If you look away from Netflix A movie of Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon for a second, you will have no trouble retaking the plot, but you will lose at least one joke. Farmageddon It rewards the viewer for paying attention, but it does so in a less obvious way thanks to the time and care that Aardman Animations puts into the movie. Seemingly superfluous details make the world of young sheep Shaun (Justin Fletcher) feel alive and help tell the story, which is told completely without dialogue. The Minions are not so poetic.
Shaun has been around for a while. After originating in the 1995 film Wallace and Gromit A close shave and obtaining his own television series in 2007, Shaun arrived on the big screen in 2015 with Shaun the Sheep Movie. Despite this historical history, there is no prior knowledge necessary to enjoy Farmageddon, directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan, who avoids lots of exhibitions in favor of establishing solid presentations for his characters only through action and expression.
In the new movie, Shaun, the naughty leader of his flock, spends most of his days trying to do fun things for his sheep at Mossy Bottom Farm, and thereby make the farm guard dog, Bitzer (nervous) John Sparkes). Things change when a U.F.O. It lands in the nearby woods, and the alien on board arrives to Mossy Bottom. The extraterrestrial turns out to be the sweet Lu-La (Amalia Vitale), who quickly warms up with the sheep (who in turn take care of her), and enlists them to help her return home. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreigners Detection is mobilized after the sight of the accident of the Lu-La ship is news.
There is an antagonist in the form of M.A.D. Agent Red (Kate Harbor), whose search for Lu-La is relentless, but this is an Aardman movie, which means that even the villain has some kind of understandable motivation, and it's not really everybody bad. What is at stake is not the battle between good and evil, but simply to return home and find a safe space between those who love you. Even the Bitzer stuck to the mud is not all bad. To that end, Farmageddon almost serves as the Incredibles 2 from the universe of Shaun, since the usually naughty sheep learns to take care of someone, as well as Mr. Incredible, who normally does superhero business, finally had to stay at home and learn to be a good father.
Farmageddon It is a novelty in the contemporary landscapes of children's films. It is animated in stop-motion, for example, instead of computer animated, and the lack of dialogue means that the film is not based on jokes to keep its audience entertained. The pleasure of the film comes from simply seeing the character's work, which is uninterrupted (the way Lu-La's ears light up, the degree of work that Bitzer's little eyes have to put on), and the style of Rube Goldberg shapes the characters have to bend to get from point A (an idyllic country farm) to point B (outer space). While they do, references to E.T., 2001: a space odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kindand even Doctor who Y The x files break into the process, serving as Easter eggs for science fiction fans and gateways to the genre for younger viewers.
However, it is the most mundane details that make Farmageddon Particularly fun to watch. A farmer fleeing an alien force drops his chips, then runs back to have only one, and is frustrated by how hot they are. A bull is sucked by a U.F.O. – and then entered a store that simply sells porcelain. As a figure falls from a great height, the letters of a sign above also fall to spell, "NO."
The unimportant details are what make the movie so attractive to watch, and why the biggest blockbusters animated by computer (except Pixar's best work) can't be compared. But that's what Aardman has always been good at: the company's films are made with tangible love. Although the stop-motion animation takes a long time and is so intense, the real feats shown on the screen have a quality of effort and are full of small fragments that do not have to be there, but are, for the love of crafts .
A movie of Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon It is streaming on Netflix now.