Shaun is a sheep who doesn't follow the flock - in fact, he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run ... See full summary »
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
When the Farmer and Bitzer go to a Country Fair, Shaun steals away with them intent on causing mischief. Besotted by the exotic creatures he spots at auction, Shaun cleverly gets the unwitting Farmer to buy them. Back at Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun is delighted with his prank and convinces the flock that the llamas are just what they need to spice up their lives. At first everything's great fun, but soon their new llama room-mates get a bit too comfortable in their new home. When things spiral out of control, Shaun is forced to take action to oust the intruders and save the farm.
Solid honest fun, albeit below the high standards of other Aardman outings (including Shaun's)
Although it has taken me ages to watch it, this Shaun the Sheep special was one of the pieces of event television from Christmas 2015. This is not new territory for Aardman, since for many years Wallace & Gromit were the highlight of the Christmas scheduling. Shaun's outing is not to that level, although it is still fun. The film is aimed very much at younger audiences, and those seeking silly fun. As such there is not a lot of refinement to the plot or events; the farmer gets some llamas, they cause chaos, Shaun and the others sort it out. The end.
In doing this there are not really any big clever set-pieces but generally there is a fun sense of action and physical comedy. For sure it is not The Wrong Trousers or anywhere near it, and it does not in any way have the intelligence and wit of the Shaun the Sheep movie, but it works well for what it is. Solid and honest fun which is very well made (the animation is always a wonder) and delivers fairly clearly on what it wants to do.
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