Shaun the Sheep Movie: What You Need To Know
If you're a parent, you will probably already be familiar with the exploits of Shaun the Sheep. Created by Aardman Animations, the studio behind children's claymation hero Morph and films like Chicken Run, Shaun began life as a minor character in the Wallace & Gromit films, making his first appearance in the Nick Park's Oscar-winning short A Close Shave.
The character proved so popular he was given in his own series on CBBC in 2007 and, eight years and some 130 episodes later, Shaun is still going strong. Now however he's made the jump to the big screen with Shaun the Sheep Movie, which you'll be able to get your hands on when it drops onto shelves on Monday June 1st. Here's everything you need to know about it...
What's the plot?
For Shaun's big-screen adventure the action is transplanted from his usual setting on the farm to the big city where, following some typical mischief from Shaun and his friends, the Farmer goes missing after a bump on the head leaves him with amnesia.
Shaun and his friends set out to find him, but he and Bitzer end up in a cell after being captured by animal control. By the time they escape and catch up with the Farmer, they discover that he has embarked on a new life as a celebrity hair stylist and no longer remembers who they are. Shaun and friends then hatch a plan to abduct the Farmer and return him home to the farm in the hope of restoring his memory.
Who's in it?
The usual voice cast are all present and correct, including Justin Fletcher voicing Shaun and Timmy, as well as John Sparkes providing voices for Bitzer and the Farmer, but there are some new additions for the film, including comedian Omid Djalili as the voice of the film's villain, Trumper. Directing the new film are Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, both of whom have worked on Aardman's previous outings such as Chicken Run and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
Does it deliver?
Of course it does. Aardman have been making some of the most creative and popular animated films we've seen over the last few decades and Shaun the Sheep Movie is infused with the same sharp humour as the rest of their films. Sure, it's primarily aimed at the kids, but as with all of Aardman's films it's equally enjoyable for adults too. It's witty, well-paced and, as you'd expect, beautifully animated, but most of all it's just heaps of fun, whatever age you happen to be.