A Shaun the Sheep movie: Farmageddon (Short-take review)

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)

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Synopsis: The ongoing battle between Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) and Bitzer the dog is put on hold when Shaun discovers a young pizza-eating alien, Lu-La (Amalia Vitale), in the shed of their otherwise peaceful home of Mossy Bottom Farm.

When the Ministry of Alien Detections (MAD), a secret government agency led by Agent Red, comes to investigate, can Shaun the Sheep protect Lu-La long enough to figure out a way to safely get her home before she is captured?

Review: This is an exciting return to the farm for Shaun the Sheep fans. A film that still has all the charm of the original television series. Fun that is due to all of the shenanigans between the sheep and Bitzer the dog. Every time that Shaun and his flock of sheep come up with a way to make life enjoyable on Mossy Bottom Farm, Bitzer is right there to put a stop to their fun.

Their earthly existence is invaded by Agent Red and her obsession with proving that aliens exist. An obsession that stems from a first contact experience that she had as a child. On the schoolyard, the young Red tells everyone that she had a first-hand account with aliens. Instead of interest in this extra-terrestrial experience, she becomes the object of ridicule. An event that will continue to impact her life and life-time ambition.

As an adult, Agent Red discovers a new alien invasion of a sort, when the adorable Lu-La comes to earth. An alien who contains all of the sweetness, enthusiasm and inquisitiveness of a youngster. Shaun is drawn into this space-aged tale and must set aside his own naughtiness to be a ‘big brother’ to Lu-La. The youthful sheep must help her get back home to her parents, Me-Ma and Ub-Do. An enormous task that means that Shaun cannot help Lu-La on his own and needs to join forces with his faithful flock and Bitzer.

Aardman Animation continues to produce films that entertain children as well as their parents. The story includes a multitude of clever in-jokes for the benefit of the grown-ups in the theatre, while providing great animation and characters for the little ones. With the exclusion of Agent Red, the characters are loveable and Shaun’s shenanigans will keep everyone laughing throughout the film.

REEL DIALOGUE: I can get by with a little help from my friends

Shaun the Sheep’s efforts to help Lu-La to return home were honourable, but he was unable to do it on his own. He comes to realise that he needed the assistance of his friends and even Bitzer the dog to save Lu-La.

Despite knowing that a task could not be completed without help, what is it in our nature to deny support from others when it is offered – even when the offer comes from the most unlikely sources?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12