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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but characters do learn lessons about friendship and teamwork.
Friendship is a key theme. The animals all demonstrate inclusiveness, teamwork, empathy, and compassion. Promotes making amends for your mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Shaun is cheeky and mischievous, but he's also sensitive to others and goes out of his way to help. The Farmer is motivated by money as he tries to make enough to pay for a new harvester. Bitzer is rule-obsessed, but his heart is in the right place, and he helps and comforts Lu-La in her quest to get home. Agent Red is mean and obsessed about hunting down Lu-La -- but her behavior is later explained.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick but cartoonish, with some moments of peril. Characters are hit in the face with a flying disc, pizza, and a pie. Initially, a character appears scary but quickly establishes themselves as friendly and playful. A character is separated from their parents. Character hits head. Characters fall from a tower but are unharmed. Several crashes involving vehicles; no one is hurt. A harvester narrowly misses a dog. One character is mean and scary and uses a robotic machine to try to capture an alien. Two friends have an emotional goodbye.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character appears in underpants. Photo shows two nude adults, but sensitive areas are covered by carefully positioned fingers and thumbs. A character's buttocks are briefly seen in the end credits.
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Some potty humor, such as belching.
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Products & Purchases
Subtle references to other movies. The farmer is obsessed with buying the best harvester. Some tie-in products are available.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character has a high-energy episode after drinking too much fizzy soda.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a stand-alone stop-motion 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. Agent Red (Kate Harbour) is deliberately sinister as the movie's villain who's determined to capture the alien, Lu-La (Amalia Vitale). But even her behavior is later explained sympathetically. A van, a harvester, and a UFO all crash at different points in the movie, but no one is harmed. Lu-La is separated from her extraterrestrial parents, which may cause distress to some. There is some toilet humor, such as when Lu-La belches so loud that she's heard across the globe. The end credits include a brief a glimpse of the Farmer's (John Sparkes) buttocks, and a photo shows two nude adults with their sensitive areas covered by carefully positioned fingers and thumbs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Aardman Animations' charming adventure is further proof that few studios do family entertainment better. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a joy from start to finish -- stay seated until the very final credit -- with the stop-motion animation so good that you soon forget you're watching models made of clay. Shaun maintains his cheeky appeal, but it's the introduction of Lu-La, a cute, blue, dog-like alien, that steals the show. The relationship between Shaun and Lu-La is genuinely touching. It's great to have a sheep and alien remind you that friendships can blossom no matter your background or where you come from -- in this instance two entirely different planets.
As with so many of Aardman's creations, there are plenty of cultural references to look out for. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is the most obvious, but there are also nods to The X-Files, Doctor Who, and even Alien. There's even a blink-and-you-miss-it joke on the label of a jar of jam. These in-jokes are just a small part of why A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon warrants repeat viewings. The real reason is that this is a movie that it can be enjoyed together by the whole family.
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