Shaun the Sheep Movie

Co-writers and -directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak use stop-action clay animation to craft an endearing feature about the madcap adventures of a wooly English flock. Unfolding without dialogue, yet filled with puns, the film follows the eponymous young ram (voice of Justin Fletcher) as he persuades his barnyard buddies to take a day off from the monotonous routine enforced on them by a myopic and clueless farmer and his trusty sheepdog (both voiced by John Sparkes). Predictably, things go awry, with the human and sheep worlds colliding to comic effect - and with the wicked ways of an animal warden (voice of Omid Djalili) further complicating matters. Despite some questionable jokes, these entertaining and inventive goings-on make suitable viewing for most of the family.

Watch out for: Some rude bathroom humor and vague innuendo.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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