Shaun the Sheep – The Farm Strikes Back: The Aardman Magic Works Again [Critique]

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Shaun the Sheep 2 Trailer
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The facetious sheep returns in an adventure full of humor and action.

Whereas Annecy Animation Festival 2022 in full swing, Gulli will broadcast this evening a very successful work of the genre: Shaun the Sheep – The Farm Strikes Back. Following Shaun the Sheep first of the name, released in cinemas in October 2019, was very popular with First.

Four years after his first steps on the big screen where he ventured into the big city and its traps on every street corner, Shaun the sheep is back in the cinema… but this time playing at home! Because it is close to his farm that a spaceship has just crashed from which escapes a malicious extra-terrestrial creature that the herd will protect against a disturbing governmental organization. Whether Cro-man, the latest Aardman production to date – where it was both a question of prehistory and football – had left us unsatisfied, the British studio is stepping up a gear here. And this by seizing, as he regularly has the happy habit of doing, a genre of cinema to better divert it. This was the breakout movie in chicken run. The horror movie with Wallace and Gromit: The Mystery of the Were-Rabbit. And, this time, the duo Will Becher-Richard Phelan has chosen to play with science fiction with great blows of references (ofAlien at AND Passing by 2001, Space Odyssey, Armageddon or X-Files) which hit the bull’s eye every time because these winks are always accompanied by irresistible staging finds. You will have understood it: like the first part, the Aardman magic always operates in this sequel with the same efficiency. That of the perfect marriage between limitless screenplay inventiveness and a gourmet art of nonsense. All this again without any dialogue other than a few bleats here and there. Young and old will be delighted by this pure animation delight.

Shaun the Sheep marks Aardman’s return to the big leagues [critique]

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