HOME SHEEP HOME!
By PRIYANKA LOONKER
In SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON, Shaun (voiced by Justin Fletcher) and his animal friends get a huge surprise when a long-eared alien (Amalia Vitale) arrives on their farm. Although the creature is more trouble than it seems, they quickly form a friendship, and it is up to Shaun to save them all from meddling UFO hunters.
Parents need to know that the movie is a sequel to Shaun the Sheep Movie and a spin-off of Aardman Animation’s short-form TV series. Brimming with positive messages -teamwork, friendship, and inclusiveness -and with a sci-fi twist, it’s a great pick for the whole family. As with the first movie, there’s no spoken dialogue, just expressive sounds from Shaun (voiced by Justin Fletcher) and his friends, interspersed with a musical soundtrack. Violence is slapstick and cartoonish-characters are hit in the face with food and a flying disc, etc. but there are some moments of peril, danger, and separation (from parents) that may frighten very young viewers.
Farmageddon maintains the down-home charm of the TV show that spawned it. It reaches for the stars with its CG-enhanced animation (which is impressive) and its intergalactic story, but works best when it’s back on the farm with the whole flock of Shaun and friends, doing their thing.
TALK TO THE KIDS ABOUT-
Families can talk about the positive messages in A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. Friendship, teamwork, and inclusiveness are all prominent themes in the movie. Why are these important character strengths?
What were Agent Red’s motivations? Did your feelings toward her change as you learned about her past? Can you think of any similar examples in real life when your view of someone has changed?
What makes Shaun and Lu-La’s friendship so special? How did you feel when they had to say good-bye to each other?