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Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated animal adventure has violence, mixed messages.

Movie PG 2021 72 minutes
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The first movie of the franchise was unremarkable, and this bland and confused sequel follows suit. Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal is the follow-up to Sheep & Wolves, and despite having had the luxury of a first film to find its feet, its contradictory messaging continuously trips it up. Despite boasting a message of unity and tolerance, when it ends with an entire town rolling with laughter because someone's been turned into a pig, its already paper-thin message dissolves.

The shallow plot and slow animation are likely to engage very young viewers. But the occasionally brutal fights and mindless casual violence put it low in the pile of things you'd want them to watch. Especially when other movies featuring anthropomorphic animals working side by side -- such as the far superior Zootopia -- are available. It's not all bad. Its gentle fantasy elements allow for some lighthearted magic potion mishaps. But the labored pacing means some obvious visual gags come much later than expected, making this relatively short movie feel far too long.

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