Aardman return with the charming Shaun the Sheep and show animation fans everywhere, why they’re still the top-dogs.
Its been an exhilarating 12 months for film, specifically for animated cinema and Mark Burton’s and Richard Starzak’s Shaun the Sheep does nothing to change the tempo. Shaun the Sheep harks back to Aardman of old and its impossible to avoid the reminiscences of Wallace and Gromit and this is certainly no bad thing. The whole film is produced without any dialogue and as an audience member, you don’t notice it for a second. The sheep are voiced intelligently, and their grunts and ‘ba’s’ prove amusing, insightful and extremely loveable. Justin Fletcher voices Shaun and cousin Timmy (a sure favourite with younger viewers) and his sheep expertise are far from wooly, as he delivers an appropriate performance. The obvious craft lies with the visual aesthetics; delivered so beautifully by Aardman. The classic Aardman stop-start is a flawless as ever but unlike their earliest work, it now incorporates computer generated support. The attention to detail is astounding, with the majority of the scenes demonstrating intricate interactions between characters, changing of outfits and even an elaborate restaurant scene.
Shaun the Sheep is a film of two halves, the first is set in the idyllic mossybottom and the other in the ‘Big City’ twinned with the amusingly named ‘Grande Ville’. Aardman really show their diversity with this one and prove that they’re capable of animating the spanning yorkshire moors and the grimey metropolis. Shaun… deals with a difficult balance effectively, and because of its varied audience it must appeal to the youngest of viewers, the bigger kids and those younger adults who fancy a slice of nostalgia, not to mention the mums and dads. It’s fair to say that Shaun the Sheep ‘The Movie’ rises to the challenge brilliantly and the classic combination of slapstick and delightful humour make for a great watch, even for the most sheepish amongst us.
FilmFilmFilm watched Shaun The Sheep at Greenwich Picturehouse. Lookout for their Student deals including their weekly Under 24, £4 offer and their £10 student membership (includes 2 Free Tickets!). Find more information at their website, http://www.greenwich.picturehouse.com