Shaun the Sheep Movie Blu-ray Review
What do you get when you combine Claymation, sheep, a fun musical score, and minimal words? Why, one of the best movies of 2015, of course! SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE is one of those films that is instantly endearing thanks to cuddly farm animals, an aloof farmer, and wacky hijinks. From beginning to end I was thoroughly entertained, as was my husband, and one-year old daughter. This movie spoke to us without having any true dialogue. Even if you are young at heart, you do not have to watch this picture with a child to fully appreciate this charming tale.
As the title might suggest, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE follows a sheep named Shaun and his flock’s haphazard attempt at getting a day off from their standard farm obligations. With good intentions of playing hooky, things go awry when the farmer gets bumped on the head and has amnesia. It’s up to the sheep, and the farmer’s loyal dog, to track down the wandering farmer and help him remember his country lifestyle. If only they can do this without getting caught by animal control.
Reminiscent to the brilliant storytelling technique of Pixar’s WALL-E and the heartfelt moments in the short marriage montage at the very beginning of Pixar’s UP, SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE does such a beautiful job of developing loveable characters and breaking things down to the simplest format while keeping the story delightfully witty. Hats off to character creator Nick Park as SHAUN OF THE SHEEP MOVIE might top some of his other works: Wallace & Gromit’s assorted tales, and one of my all-time favorite animated films: CHICKEN RUN.
As fun as it was hearing my daughter belly-laugh at the silliness of sheep dressing up like humans, the elements that elevate this film from cute to laugh-out-loud funny would have to be the slap-stick humor. These moments feel like homage to Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, or the Three Stooges. Encounters with zany characters keep in line with the over the top tomfoolery the farmer, sheep and dog experience. All of these pieces put together create a marvelous film that deserves more than one viewing.
SHUAN THE SHEEP MOVIE more than deserves receiving Best Animated Feature nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTA. No matter the age of your family members, it is a safe bet that all will enjoy this film (as they well should!).
Video: (MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p, 1.78:1) An excellent looking picture. The claymation looks beautiful.
Audio: (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1) The sound is also superb.
Making the Shaun Movie (12:20): This feature includes interviews with the crew as they discuss and act out moments from the film.
Meet the Characters (3:57): This feature showcases the storyline and some of the characters of the film.
Join Shaun Behind the Scenes (2:30): This feature introduces us to the model maker and animator behind Shaun with some fun sequences.
Meet the Crew (3:05): Just as the title suggests, this featurette includes interviews with the crew.
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