Joe SuggJohn Sparkes...
Action & AdventureAnimation...
Richard PhelanWill Becher
In 2 Cinemas
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Bringing back memories seems to be a major theme in recent animation films, and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is no exception. However, it comes with a little twist.
It is the second film based on the Shaun the Sheep series, and it follows Shaun as he discovers an alien in the farm. Shaun makes friends with the alien and is on a quest to take it to its spaceship, and, ultimately, back home to its planet, before an alien catching authority gets to them.
The plot has the balance between the simplicity that the series is known for,with interesting factors that add to the standard farm action that Shaun the Sheep fans have already seen. The concept is simple and not necessarily innovative, and its incorporation into the Shaun the Sheep universe produces a fun experience.
The comedy is simple and effective, especially for Shaun the Sheep fans, as it is more of the same type of comedy – just in an extended version, kind of like a special episode. This makes A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon suitable for young children maybe up to the maximum age of ten years old, as well as for adults who are already fans of the series.
The feature is not directly related to its predecessor, so audiences do not have to watch the first film to watch this one.
The animation stays true to the Shaun the Sheep series, with only minor modernisation aspects to keep up with the current animation technology. The added character of the alien looked more like a puppy than something from another planet, which helped make it lovable but could be confusing for children who might end up asking if puppies come from outer space.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon also sticks with the minimal to no dialogue concept that has been part of the series, as well as the new movies, which puts more emphasis on sound effects and reaction sounds from the voice actors.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a fun flick for young children and adult fans. Yes, it is just like one long episode of the series and it won’t be breaking any new ground, but it can keep kids and adults satisfied, which is good enough.