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Shaun the Sheep Movie: A delightful stop-motion animated escapade romp

With no dialogue in this offshoot of an adorable British television series, the barnyard characters – and all the humans, too – grunt, point and communicate with facial expressions only.

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3 out of 4 stars

Written by
Richard Starzak, Mark Burton
Directed by
Richard Starzak, Mark Burton
Starring
Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili
Genre
Family
Country
USA
Language
English

Talk is cheap, and not for the sheep.

This delightful stop-motion animated romp features no dialogue, which is as it should be – the beauty of animals is in their actions, not words, after all.

And so, in this offshoot of an adorable British television series (itself a Wallace and Gromit spinoff), the barnyard characters – and all the humans, too – grunt, point and communicate with facial expressions only.

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The story has to do with a disruption in the monotonous farm-life schedule, involving a head-scratching farmer who loses his memory and finds himself disoriented in the city.

His animals, initially delighted with their freedom, soon grasp their deep inability to take care of themselves.

They then leave the farm in search of their master; a Mission: Impossible meets Babe: Pig in the City escapade ensues (A malicious "animal containment officer" has the wool pulled over his eyes!)

Visually appealing and animal friendly, Shaun the Sheep celebrates summer – a break in the routine, loving it on the lam.

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