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Netflix Review: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

April 21, 2021

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

2021 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature

Like all of Aardman’s productions, it’s clear watching A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon that this film was a labour of love for all involved. The claymation animation is not only incredibly well done, but also a delight to watch, with the fingerprints and textured surfaces really adding to the expressiveness of the characters and their environment.

A sequel to their delightful 2015 caper Shaun the Sheep Movie, which was itself a spin-off of the wildly popular TV series involving these characters, Farmageddon finds Shaun continuing to get into all sorts of mischief around Mossy Bottom Farm, much to the consternation of Blitzer the dog.

This film concerns the adventures of a little blue alien named Lu-La, whose spaceship crash lands in the nearby town. Lost and far away from home, Lu-La ends up drawn to the farm through the allure of pizza that Shaun orders for his flock. With bumbling government agents hot on her trail, and a UFO panic engulfing the town, Shaun takes it upon himself to help the little alien get back home to her planet. Meanwhile, the farmer tries to capitalize on the town’s UFO craze by turning the farm into an alien theme park, which gives the film its title.

Like the first film, and the series before it, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is free of dialogue, offering a wordless adventure inspired by the great silent comedies. Aardman’s usual penchant for puns and clever visual humour is on full display in the film, and the alien storyline allows them to work in a lot of fun science fiction references, including nods to a variety of genre classics. There are so many little details here that, like all of Aardman’s best works, the film will hold up well to repeat viewings.

While A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first film, it is still a very charming and funny adventure, with an enjoyable sci-fi twist. Directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan keep the film moving at a quick pace, offering a good mix of action, comic hijinks, and some nice heartfelt moments, all brought to life through expectedly brilliant stop-motion animation.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is now available to stream exclusively on Netflix.

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