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Shaun the Sheep (U)

Shaun the Sheep (U)

Animation, Adventure, Family

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.

The critical consensus

Benign, animal-based hi-jinks, frantic chases along country lanes, a constant soundtrack of squeaks, grunts and snorts, beautifully rendered stop-motion, all drenched in a haze of geniality and glee.

****(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 26/01/2015

As with all of Aardman's productions, the level of craft on display is breathtaking, with each frame packed with tiny details that will reward future viewings. This is a beautifully made, hugely entertaining comedy that the whole family can enjoy.

****(*)Matthew Turner, The List, 02/02/2015

A Lower key than Wallace and Gromit or Pirates, but tightly packed with charm.

****(*)Empire Online, 02/02/2015

Aardman’s big-screen version of the stop-motion TV series is jam-packed with gags, visual ideas and narrative invention.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/02/2015

There's an emotional undertow to the storytelling but the gentle irony and very British understatement ensure that the film never sinks into woolly mawkishness.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/02/2015

I had my doubts that Shaun could make the leap from seven-minute TV episodes to big screen stardom (talk about ideas above your sheep-pen, I thought) but he pulls it off with aplomb.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 08/02/2015

I could feel it scrubbing my soul clean like a cinematic pumice stone.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 08/02/2015

The Bristol-based animation studio’s signature style and wit is very much present and correct, alleviating any worries that a dialogue-free movie about a sheep is a plasticine step too far.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/02/2015

An exuberant, child-friendly feature.

****(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 09/02/2015

Features about Shaun the Sheep (U)

Shaun the Sheep creator Mark Burton: 'You need the emotion to make the comedy funny'

Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 01/02/2015

Shear magic: Shaun the Sheep's woolly rivals

Michael Hogan, The Observer, 01/02/2015

A silent movie starring sheep: Aardman's new film

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 01/02/2015

Shaun the Sheep: Bleating the competition

Mark Savage, BBC, 05/02/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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