Analysis: Shaun The Sheep


OVERVIEW

With it's clever, funny, and appealing irresistible nature of the overall movie. Shaun The Sheep manages to capture everyones attention no matter if they are hardcore or casual fans of the TV series.

DIRECTING

For the most part when adapting any show into a movie like this one, you want to make sure that it still feels fresh while never missing a beat to those that have seen almost every episode. Exactly the same thing can be said for those who know very little or none of the source material in this analysis. The genius part of what story these directors planned for this movie is simply if the characters are used to causing shenanigans at the farm, then how would they fare outside their comfort zone, outside their home. Meet Richard Starzak and Mark Burton. Richard Starzak was a genius choice for many reasons, one reason is simply because he wrote all the episodes of the TV series and has experience with the source material and it shows in the final movie. Mark Burton was another genius choice simply because he has done other Aardman projects like Wallace And Gromit while being a writer for a few other animated features. They’re no strangers in knowing on how to make a film like Shaun The Sheep which first aired on December 4th 2006 which was created by Nick Park who also is a producer in this 2015 adaptation.

MUSIC

The music that Ilan Eshkeri has composed for this movie with Andy Brown conducting The London Metropolitan Orchestra. It will make you feel like you're currently on a camping trip while watching the movie on your tablet or smartphone with it’s very mellow, heartfelt and playful countryside tones. The only exception being the song titled "Trumper" as well as "Gaol House Blues." The only songs that particularly count as dialogue or lyrics are "Feels like Summer" by Tim Wheeler, "Your Mine" by Chad Hobson feat Lucille Findlay, "Big City" by Eliza Doolittle and of course the remix of the main theme of the television show "Life's a treat". Also known as the Shaun The Sheep theme by Mark Thomas with Vic Reeves remixed by Rizzle Kicks. One of the songs from the soundtrack of the movie that has lyrics in it that struck my attention and has in a short span is and will probably be "Feels like summer." I’m going to be honest and say it is not for it’s warm electric guitar opening to the movie. Honestly rather the words that doesn't exactly sound like you finished school and poof its summer while also explaining how beautiful the weather clearly is. Honestly though it’s the feeling of freedom and happiness of spending time with your loved ones, especially your best friends or heck even something that you (yes you the one reading) just are keen on loving what you do every day, no matter what the weather is or how the people around you are feeling. Furthermore the non lyrical songs are just as important equally as the ones with lyrics.

ACTING

So in all of these of these reviews you have seen so far and are expecting more of. You guys at least expect some written insight on how well the acting is. So i have a unique problem to explain to you guys reading this review, Just like the TV series for those of you who aren't familiar with it’s source material. There is not a single line of dialogue apart from some songs that was already mentioned in the music section, for example the animals like Shaun and his herd of sheep make the usual sheep sound you would hear from a real life sheep and humans use very non verbal like form of communication. That kind of acting wouldn't happen at all without the voice talents of Justin Fletcher who voices Shaun The Sheep who is the leader of the flock and Timmy the youngest of the flock of sheep, John Sparkes as The Farmer and Bitzer, Omid Djalili as Trumper, Richard Webber as Shirley, Kate Harbour as Timmy's Mum and Meryl , Tim Hands as Slip, Andy Nyman as Nuts, Simon Greenall as the Twins, and Emma Tate voicing Hazel.

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The number one thing that is like every stop motion movie or in case claymation from Aardmans arsenal of well known films is known as model making. Model Making is very different from your standard 3D or even 2D animation you usually see nowadays. It still feels like a Shaun The Sheep episode but more of a really good hour long episode. The one thing that cannot be ignored is that every movie like this has a lot of effort showered into this from the production team on this movie from people like the 2 Lead Character Animators Will Becher and Laurie Sitzia-Hammond and 19 animators with 5 of them being assistants. In conclusion i am very excited for the sequel and what the production design of model making can bring for Shaun and the flocks next adventure.

STORY

Honestly in most of the time with kids movies it has to be simple and to the point like how the story revolves around Shaun, a sheep who with Timmy the younger sheep including the rest of the flock of sheep are on a day to day schedule by the farmer and his very trusty companion dog. Their job is to take care of the sheep and the other kinds of animals in the farm that you will see in the movie. The coolest part of the story just like with adapting the core essence of the TV show is that Shaun and the gang have their own set of adventures with some shenanigans thrown in. It definitely makes the farm quite like this one seem special while not as normal as other farms and in this film it's no different. One of the coolest learning experiences or as you would think of this as an analysis is that just because you're are used to doing some shenanigans almost all the time doesn't necessarily mean it could all work out smoothly when being in a place you're not familiar to and just like Eliza Doolittle sings in the song "Big City." “We'll find what we want in this city.”

EMOTION

So as far as emotion goes with a movie like Shaun The Sheep. It produces a lot of the emotions within everyone depending on the person. It can range from feeling suddenly warm mentally because of the soundtrack from Ilan Eshkeris. The nostalgia of the source material when it was just an ordinary tv show adapted by the directors, producers and everyone involved with this turning into a major motion picture with a sequel well on it’s way. Those emotions explained along with a few others might even trigger nostalgia of remembering your first unplanned adventure like the way the characters experienced it.

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