Farmageddon won an award for Best Effects at the British Independent Film Awards and was nominated for the BAFTA for Best Animated Feature. It has a stunning 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes. What begins as an ordinary day for Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) turns out to be anything but, when an unusual creature (Amalia Vitale) from another world endures a crash landing close to Shaun’s home, Mossy Bottom Farm. When word gets out, a shady corporation vies to capture the alien creature to use her for its own gain, after it is revealed she possesses unique abilities. It is then up to Shaun to help his new friend return to her home planet before it is too late. With this sheepquel to Shaun the Sheep, Aardman have seriously upped the ante, delivering a Spielbergian sci-fi epic: an ovine spin on ET crammed with gags (spot the ‘HG Wheels’ sign on a mechanic’s garage), movie pastiches, and all the usual something-for-all-ages charm.
As in the long-running Shaun the Sheep TV series, there is no dialogue, just plenty of expressive baas and bleating. In place of one-liners, the slapstick and sight gags come thick and fast – a joke involving a frozen pizza thrown into the air and being mistaken for a UFO is vintage Aardman.
A U film should be suitable for audiences aged four years and over, although it is impossible to predict what might upset any particular child.
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