Critics Corner: SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

Read two critical perspectives on Shaun the Sheep Movie (Mark Burton, Richard Starzak; 2015), by Robert Bloomberg and Nancy Denney-Phelps. Shaun the Sheep Movie is now playing at theaters nationwide.

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Sheep Thrills

by Robert Bloomberg

Shaun the Sheep Movie says more in its 88 minutes than most films do in two hours, and does it without uttering a word. In a nod to classic silent films, the movie contains no dialog, but rather relies on wit, visual humor, grunts, groans, music and masterful stop-motion animation to tell its story. Co-writer-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak cite Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as inspirations and personal heroes. Continue reading →

Pure Entertainment, Flawless Claymation

by Nancy Phelps

Britain’s Aardman Animation Studio is back on the big screen in the United States doing what it does best, providing pure entertainment in flawless claymation. The 85-minute Shaun the Sheep Movie, written and directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, brings Shaun and his fellow sheep to the big screen along with all of the usual suspects from the BBC television series. Continue reading →

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