Shaun the Sheep Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 85 minutes
 Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 14 reviews

We think this movie stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Characters learn lessons about friendship, teamwork, and not taking the farmer and his schedule for granted.

Positive Messages

The animals learn to use teamwork, to trust and protect new friends, and to help Farmer remember who he is to them -- and what they mean to him. The sheep also learn through curiosity that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and that it's important to fix your mistakes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shaun isn't perfect (he gets up to some real mischief), but he realizes his mistakes in trying to deceive Farmer to have a day off and redeems himself by teaming up with Bitzer and the other sheep to fix his errors and save the day.

Violence & Scariness

The animal control officer takes pleasure in grabbing animals and keeping them caged. He uses a device to collar the animals and is bent on hurting them -- to the point of wanting to push them over a quarry. He tries out his scary-looking tool (which looks like a gun, has a menacing claw attachment, and discharges electricity) on a teddy bear, with destructive results). A climactic scene between him and the animals is a tense/frightening, but everything ends up OK. A little lamb starts crying. A surgery scene shows a scalpel about to cut skin.

Sexy Stuff

A man flirts with a "woman" who's actually two sheep in disguise. Bitzer sees bones, and romantic music starts playing as he licks his lips and must get to the bones. A photo shoot of a man includes a photo of him nude (but a chair is covering everything sensitive).

Language

No discernable dialogue, but lots of potty humor (fart, burp, and poop jokes).

Consumerism

Nothing in the movie, but some tie-in products are available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shaun the Sheep Movie is the full-length spin-off of Aardman Animation's same-named short-form TV series. There's no actual dialogue -- just animal noises, exaggerated gestures, and evocative music. It's appropriate for older preschoolers mature enough not to be bothered by brief scenes of mild peril (a cruel animal control officer is after the farm animals and uses a weapon-like device with a claw-like attachment that can discharge electricity). While no characters are seriously injured, there's one tense/frightening sequence when it seems the animals will plunge to their deaths. There's also some silly potty humor (fart, poop, pee jokes) and a photo of a nude man (all sensitive parts are covered by a chair), but overall this is a sweet little adventure that's fine for almost all ages, with positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and acknowledging and fixing your mistakes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 6 year old Written byBadgerDad August 31, 2015

A teddy gets tasered and electrocuted

There must be so much violence in our media that no one even sees it anymore when it's right in front of them. But the kids do. The dogcatcher pulls out a... Continue reading
Parent Written byLizzie8082 August 5, 2015

Great family fun!

This movie had myself and my 4 year old laughing out loud. Some crude humor, but not inappropriate. My 4 year old did find the dog catcher a little scary at th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old August 5, 2015

Awesome Movie, just be aware of the low-budget movie trailers before the show.

Shaun the Sheep is an excellent movie. Just like the show, it has good humour and writing. But be aware of the trailers before the movie. One of them was a supp... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFirefox64 September 7, 2015

Shaun the Sheep

Whether you are a fan of the original Shaun the Sheep TV show or you've never even heard of it... You will LOVE this movie! The story is about a herd of... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE, a Farmer (voiced by John Sparkes) runs his Mossy Bottom Farm on a precise, predictable schedule with the help of his trusty sheepdog Bitzer (also Sparkes) and a bunch of sheep he's had since they were baby lambs. One of those sheep, Shaun (Justin Fletcher), is bored, so -- after spotting a bus billboard promoting "A Day Off" -- he plans an elaborate scheme to make the Farmer sleepy, put him in the farm trailer, and have a day off. But things take an unexpected turn when the trailer starts rolling away, and the Farmer ends up crashing and waking up in the Big City with major memory loss. Meanwhile, the sheep decide to head to the Big City, not for a break, but to help the Farmer. Unfortunately, a cruel animal control officer ends up chasing down Shaun and his pals.

Is it any good?

This is exactly the kind of adorable, entertaining, and expertly crafted stop-action film that families with young children should see together. Shaun the Sheep Movie will definitely make audiences laugh, regardless of their age. There's no dialogue, but that makes it even easier for little kids to follow, since they'll easily interpret the characters' body language, noises, and gestures that drive the story forward. There are jokes for the whole family, and the sheep are irresistible as they don disguises, band together, and work with Bitzer to find the Farmer and return to their beloved home.

The directors fill the movie with subtle homages to other titles, like Edward Scissorhands: In one scene, the amnesiac Farmer uses clippers at a fancy hair salon to shear clients. The look becomes all the rage, and the shorn style makes him momentarily the top stylist in the Big City. Plenty of barks, bleats, and mumbles accompany the goofy soundtrack to make this movie perfectly understandable despite the lack of language. Little ones and their parents will laugh throughout at Aardman's signature wit. At a brisk 85 minutes, this is a real winner for even the youngest of movie fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Shaun the Sheep Movie's lack of dialogue. How do the characters communicate? Is it easy for viewers of all ages to understand?

  • Why is Shaun motivated to do what he does? What mistakes does he make along the way? How does he redeem himself? Is he a role model?

  • If you've seen the Wallace and Gromit shorts/movies, discuss what this movie has in common with those movies, as well as the show on which it's based.

  • How do the characters in 

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie demonstrate curiosity and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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