Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Delightful, fast-paced special a treat for the whole family.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value
Positive Messages

Teamwork, courage, curiosity, and family bonds are the big messages here; Shaun's son also learns how a human family operates -- a little differently than his own. 

Positive Role Models

Shaun will stop at nothing to get his son back, and the love between both the human and sheep families is very apparent. 

Diverse Representations

Most characters are animals, but in the city scenes, human characters are racially diverse, including Black and South Asian people. The main kid character has parents who are White and Black. 

Violence & Scariness

A character comically has his last tooth knocked out; there's some peril and pratfalls during Shaun's adventure in the city, but no one is truly hurt. A main plot point involves a sheep child being separated from his family.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Tie-in merchandise available. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The farmer appears to be selling his home-brewed ale or beer at the holiday fair. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is a holiday special featuring Shaun the Sheep's Christmastime adventures at home and in the city. As usual for an Aardman (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep) production, this dialogue-free treat is filled with creative delights, gorgeous stop-motion animation, and oodles of delightful details. There are also some funny modern twists, like when the farmer's online cooking video starts buffering (causing him to add salt about 30 times); smartphones and a Roomba-type vacuum also play roles. A character comically has his last tooth knocked out, and there's some peril and pratfalls during Shaun's adventure in the city, but no one is truly hurt. A main plot point involves a sheep child being separated from his family. The farmer appears to be selling his potent home-brewed ale at the holiday fair. This short but fast-paced special is the perfect whole-family (even teens will find themselves charmed by it!) holiday viewing experience. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byUlf Claesson December 9, 2021

A masterpiece of animated cinema

Ok, for some reason some people think Aardman's creations are mainly for "kids," but like with Pixar, Laika et.al this is art, and can be embrace... Continue reading
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bysalty.purple.seacats December 26, 2021

Disappointing, boring, and Maybe not for Santa Believers

This was our first Shaun the Sheep Movie, and my child was disappointed about three or four minutes in, and she finally realized there would be no talking.

My... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySuperMag December 19, 2021

Good Show

This is a good show for kids and better than the others.
Teen, 17 years old Written bylrosea1 December 18, 2021

very disappointing compared to the old ones

i’ve always loved shaun the sheep and wallace and gromit growing up, so watching whatever this was couldn’t have been more disappointing. in the old productions... Continue reading

What's the story?

Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas is a holiday special about Shaun, a sheep, and his adventures trying to retrieve his missing son. Curiously exploring the farmer's house, Shaun's son accidentally gets taken away inside of a gift box and is driven away by The Farmer, who, oblivious as usual, just wants to make it to the local holiday market. The sheep must find a way to get him home and out of the clutches of a cute but chaotic human kid. 

Is it any good?

As usual for an Aardman (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep) production, this dialogue-free treat is filled with creative delights, gorgeous stop-motion animation, and oodles of delightful details. There are also some funny modern twists, like when the farmer's online cooking video starts buffering (causing him to add salt about 30 times); smartphones and a Roomba-type vacuum also play roles. This short but fast-paced special is the perfect whole-family (even teens will find themselves charmed by it!) holiday viewing experience. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animation and its different styles. Do you know how a stop-motion movie is made? How is it different than other types of animation? 

  • How do the sheep show teamwork and bravery in their quest to find Shaun's son? Why do you think these are important character strengths? 

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