Shaun The Sheep Movie – A Review

Shaun The Sheep Movie

On Sunday I took my three youngest to London’s West End to see a special preview screening of new movie Shaun The Sheep, by Aardman (creators of Wallace and Gromit).

I’m  a massive Aardman fan. All the old favourites were on TV over Christmas and I really looked forward to watching them all with my children; The Wrong Trousers, A close Shave, A Grand Day Out etc…. I absolutely love them. They’re just so clever. The stoylines are ingenious and the characters are simply brilliant, each and every one of them!

Shaun The Sheep made little appearances in many of the old films and has since had his own claim to fame in a spin off kids TV show that my kids have watched. There was even another spin off from that which starred Shaun’s younger cousin Timmy, in popular CBeebies show Timmy Time, another one my children have enjoyed. He’s so cute and fans will be pleased to know that Timmy is in this new movie too!

When we arrived at Vue Leicester Square we were treated to some fun in the foyer, which was all decked out to look like a farmyard, complete with hay bales! My daughter joined in with some clay modelling!

shaun the sheep

After grabbing some popcorn, that was wrapped up to look like animal feed, we headed down to watch the film. I’ve been to a few previews of new movies over the past year or so, but I can tell you that none have been as busy as this one. Obviously Shaun has a very big fan base!

So what’s the film about?

Well all the sheep live on a farm and have, what they believe to be a very mundane, groundhog day type of existence so Shaun has the great idea of organising a day off! He thinks he’s doing the Farmer a favour too as even he seems very tired with the same old routine!

But, Shaun’s mischief accidentally causes the Farmer to end up in the Big City, miles away from home and the animals quickly realise that it’s no fun without the Farmer, they miss him and need him. So, in a story that reminds us how we often forget to appreciate the things we have, Shaun and the flock embark on a quest to find the Farmer and bring him home!

We are introduced to two new characters in this film, one being Trumper, the baddie, who is an Animal Welfare Warden who takes his job very seriously indeed, and Slip, a little city stray dog who makes friends with Shaun.

shaun the sheepMy three little film critics!

Our Verdict!

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

Like all the Aardman productions, the film was incredibly entertaining and jam packed full of laugh out loud moments! Cheeky, witty, silly, charming…. the attention to detail is utterly brilliant. Some of the scenes are just so funny, with often subtle but visual jokes, as well as the very obvious daft stuff which appeals to the very young! None of the characters actually speak in the film, like the TV series, they either grunt or makes noises, which only adds to the appeal and again, reiterates how clever the makers are in telling a fantastic story with no spoken words.

We loved it. It’s a fast paced, hilarious, action packed caper as the animals get caught up in all kinds of crazy situations as they search for their Farmer! It’s a fantastic family movie which everyone from the very, very young, to the very old will enjoy and find thoroughly entertaining.

GO AND SEE IT!

SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE is released in UK cinemas on 6 February 2015.

In addition, if you have a tablet obsessed child at home (who hasn’t?)…. Aardman Animations have also released an all-new, action-packed game where only the fastest survive called Shear Speed and you can learn more about this game by watching this YouTube video: http://youtu.be/sTlx654uV5g
Disclosure: I was offered some complimentary preview tickets for Shaun The Sheep, in return for an honest, family review. All words and opinions are our own.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Ooh lovely my girls really want to see this movie so it’s good to hear what it is like before we go! They are always so clever with their story-lines and always end up appealing to the parents as well as the children! :)

  2. You are so lucky – we all love Shaun here! I love watching the animation, it’s brilliant!

  3. It sounds like a great fun film, am sure my boys are going to love it!

  4. I think the look on their faces says it all really x

  5. Oh good, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it – mine are desperate to see it so I will definitely take them. Pleased to hear it was so good.

  6. I love Shaun the sheep, but my kids sometimes find it disturbing, they stick to Timmy for now.
    I will however put this on my to watch list…. who knows, maybe this film will be a turning point in the kids’ taste.

  7. Sounds like it was a great movie! And I love the way they made it interactive by doing kids crafts first :)

  8. Everytime the advert appears on the TV Sebby goes mad and shouts Baa!! One to take the kids to in half term

  9. Ah, fantastic – I’m looking forward to seeing this with D. Looking forward even more to hunting Shauns in Bristol and London in the summer. :)

  10. Cass@FrugalFamily says:

    My two really fancy this although me, not so much ;-)

  11. F would love this! h loves all of the aardman films so I’m sure we’ll be going to this one.x

  12. Can’t wait to see it. Perfect movie for a family day out the the picture house.

  13. My two really want to see this. I must admit so do I

  14. Jamster has been such a big fan for so many years, he ends up in fits of laughter every time! His fav soft toy is his Timmy hehe x

  15. How exciting that you got to go the preview screening. I think even I would have wanted to join in with the clay modelling. Its great to see there is still room for this style of animation in this modern age.

  16. Is there anything in it that might scare a 3 year old girl?

  17. Thanks so much for this! My little guy is 2, and Shaun is the only animated show he likes. I’d love to take him to this as his first film at a theater, but I wasn’t sure if there would be anything scary. Sometimes things that seem totally benign to me really bother him, and I don’t want any nasty surprises in the middle of a busy theater! Your review & the comments have eased my mind a bit! (We’re in the US, so we have to wait until August :-( )

    • Mummy Endeavours says:

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my post! I’m so happy to have helped :) Hope he loves the film when you finally get to see it xx

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