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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Delightful, fast-paced special a treat for the whole family.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

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 daughter got really sad when the farmer dressed up as Santa Clause and sold his bottles (homebrew). She is a big Santa fan. Furthermore, there is some slapstick humor; someone loses their last tooth, and the kids attack the fake farmer Santa. We went ahead and watched it from the initial review as all the reviews seemed ok. However, it was a disappointment to my daughter, and she thought it was boring.
age 4+

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 embraced by everyone. I am 64 and worship at Aardman's feet. This 30 minute short is so delightful, so lovely to look at, and has a "don't get too caught up in social media" message that really has a point, that I cannot praise it enough. It achieves a perfect balance betwen humor and action and a christmassy feel that never hits a false note. Between this and Robin Robin, another Aardman-produced gem, this is ART on a level all kids from 4 to 104 can, and will, enjoy.

Is It Any Good?

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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.

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