A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Shaun the Sheep Movie - Farmageddon.jpg
British theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Will Becher
  • Richard Phelan
Produced byPaul Kewley
Screenplay by
Story byRichard Starzak
Based onShaun the Sheep and A Close Shave
by Nick Park
Starring
Music byTom Howe
CinematographyDave Alex Riddett
Edited bySim Evan-Jones
Production
company
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release date
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$23.7 million[1]

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (also known as Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie or Shaun the Sheep Movie 2) is a 2019 British stop-motion animated science fiction comedy film produced by Aardman Animations. Directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan in their directorial debuts, it is the stand-alone sequel to Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) and is based on the claymation television series Shaun the Sheep, in turn based on the 1995 film A Close Shave created by Nick Park. The film stars Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour and Rich Webber reprising their roles from the series and the previous film. In the film, Shaun and the flock encounter a cute alien with extraordinary powers, who crash lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. They have to find a way to return her home in order to prevent her falling into the hands of the Ministry for Alien Detection.[2]

Plans for a sequel began in 2015, following the release of the first film. The film officially began production following the end of production of Early Man (2018). Richard Starzak was announced to return as director, however, in November 2018, the film was later announced to be directed by Becher and Phelan.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was released on 18 October 2019 in the United Kingdom.

Plot[edit]

In the town of Mossington, Farmer John and his dog Bingo discover a UFO. Both run in surprise from a mysterious alien who comes out of the spaceship.

On Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun and the flock are trying to enjoy their dangerous pastimes, only for Bitzer to stop them from their activities, one of which is to jump from a ramp through a ring. The following evening, Shaun decides to order free pizzas from a takeaway near the landing of the UFO. The alien travels in the box and eats the pizzas, confusing the sheep.

The next morning, Shaun exits the barn, only to follow a trail of pizza crusts, leading him to the alien. The visitor introduces herself as Lu-La, an impish alien from Topa with extraterrestrial powers. When Shaun introduces her to the flock, she causes mischief with a combine harvester, transforming a field behind the barn house into unintentional crop circles; due to recent news of alien sitings, the Farmer realises he can create an alien-based theme park, "Farmageddon", in which he can get money to afford a new harvester.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Alien Detection's (M.A.D.) leader Agent Red, and her robot assistant Mugg-1N5, search for Lu-La's trail. Farmer John takes them to the sighting area but discovers there is no spaceship, Red sends them to an unknown location.

At Mossy Bottom Farm, Lu-La reveals her home planet to Shaun; he agrees to help get the UFO back. Travelling to Mossington, Lu-La causes chaos at a nearby supermarket. After exiting the supermarket, Bitzer, now wearing an alien style suit, notices Shaun. However, glue gets stuck to his foot. This glue, plus the suit, cause M.A.D to think Bitzer is the alien.

At the UFO, Lu-La and Shaun enter, only to discover a crucial part has gone missing. While looking Shaun finds a picture of Lu-La with her parents. Lu-La transmits her memories to Shaun, revealing that Lu-La is a child and accidentally launched her parents spaceship while playing on it. Meanwhile, Bitzer enters into a chamber and is put to sleep and M.A.D capture the spaceship and take it to their headquarters.

At the secret headquarters, Bitzer awakens and the organisation teaches him about Earth culture. Meanwhile, Shaun and Lu-La look for the missing part, an egg-shaped sphere used to control Lu-La's ship. Red's motives are revealed: when she was younger, she saw aliens. The next school day, she drew a picture but was laughed at by the other pupils.

Lu-La and Shaun retrieve the sphere and meet Bitzer. They restart the ship and exit the atmosphere. The programmes are headed for Topa, but because of Shaun ignoring Bitzer’s Do Not Touch sign the spaceship reassigns back to the farm. This sudden change causes the UFO to speed up and crash, leaving Lu-La broken hearted.

Feeling bad for what he has done, Shaun tries to find another way to get Lu-La home. He realises the sphere can be used to contact Topa, particularly Lu-La's parents Ub-Do and Me-Ma. He and Lu-La attempt to reach the top of the Farmer's "Farmageddon" theme park.

The Farmer opens the theme park at £30. Shaun, the flock and Lu-La enter disguised as Daleks. Shaun and Lu-La begin to climb the sign, only for Red, Mugg-1N5 and M.A.D to arrive, attempting to catch Bitzer, still convinced he is an alien.

Red converts her van into a giant robot-type thing and uses it to climb the sign to catch Bitzer. After discovering Bitzer's true identity, Red discovers Lu-La climbing the sign. When the pair arrive at the top, Lu-La attempts to contact Topa, only for her to realise her magic drained after the UFO crashed.

Ub-Do and Me-Ma arrive at the scene, reuniting with Lu-La. Red remembers seeing the aliens and vice versa. Shaun, Bitzer and the flock say their goodbyes, ending the Farmer's "Farmageddon".

Whilst on their way back to Topa, Lu-La, Ub-Do and Me-Ma discover the Farmer on their UFO.

Now back on Earth, the Farmer tries out his new harvester, only for it to blow up, scaring Shaun, Bitzer and Timmy.

Cast[edit]

  • Justin Fletcher as Shaun, the main character and leader of the flock
    • Fletcher also voices Timmy, Shaun's cousin and the smallest sheep of the flock
  • John Sparkes as Bitzer, the sheep dog of the farm and Shaun's best friend
    • Sparkes also voices the Farmer, the owner of the farm
  • Amalia Vitale as Lu-La, a mischievous alien who befriends Shaun.
    • Vitale also voices Me-Ma, Lu-La’s mother.
  • Kate Harbour as Timmy's mum
    • Harbour also voices Agent Red
  • David Holt as Mugg-1N5
  • Richard Webber as Shirley, a fat sheep
    • Webber also voices Ub-Do, Lu-La’s father.
  • Simon Greenall as the twins, two sheep
  • Emma Tate as Hazel, a member of the flock
  • Andy Nyman as Nuts, a sheep with strange eyes
  • Chris Morrell as Farmer John
  • Joe Sugg as Pizza Boy[3]

Production[edit]

On 14 September 2015, StudioCanal announced it was working with Aardman on a sequel to Shaun the Sheep Movie.[4] On 25 October 2016, under the working title, Shaun the Sheep Movie 2, Aardman confirmed a sequel would go into pre production in January 2017 with Richard Starzak, co director of the first film, returning.[5]

In November 2018, it was announced that Aardman employees Richard Phelan and Will Becher will be co directing the film, with Starzak still attached as director, due to Peter Lord and David Sproxton giving majority of ownership to employees to keep the company independent.

Music[edit]

The music for the film is composed by Tom Howe. It was initially believed Ilan Eshkeri, who composed the music for Shaun the Sheep Movie, would return, but these rumours were false.

The theme tune for the film is titled "LAZY" and is writren by Howe and performed by The Vaccines and Kylie Minogue. The soundtrack also includes a remix of "Life's a Treat" which is performed by Nadia Rose, alongside Mark Thomas (the writer of the music of the series) and Vic Reeves, who both return to perform the song from the series and the previous film.

Release[edit]

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was first released in Germany on 26 September 2019 while in the United Kingdom, it was released on 18 October 2019. The film was planned for release in the United States on 13 December 2019, but its status is currently unknown.[6]

Marketing[edit]

In January 2018, it was announced that the teaser of the film would play theatrically in front of the other Aardman film, Early Man, worldwide, revealing the film's new title and synopsis.[7] On 7 December 2018, Aardman announced through their social media that the teaser trailer for the film along with release dates would be arriving the following week. The teaser trailer was released on 11 December 2018, followed by the first official trailer released on 1 April 2019.[8] On 3 July 2019 the second trailer was released.[9]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

As of 12 November 2019, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon has made $23.7 million.[10] With the top grossing country being U.K ($7.1 million), Germany ($5.7 million) and France ($5 million). It ranks as the 19th highest-grossing Stop motion animated film of all time.

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes records 97% positive reviews based on 33 critics and an average rating of 7.52/10. The critical consensus reads, "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon retains the charm of its small-screen source material while engagingly expanding the title character's world."[11]

Video game[edit]

A movie adaptation of Home Sheep Home, entitled Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition was released on Nintendo Switch in October 2019. Shaun, Shirley and Timmy find their way back to the green grass of home, all hosted by Shaun’s new alien pal Lu-La![12] The platform-puzzle game contained all the much loved gameplay from previous Home Sheep Home games.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) – International Box Office Results – Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  2. ^ Erbland, Kate (11 December 2018). "'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon' First Trailer: Aardman's Beloved Flock Goes to Space". IndieWire. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ Sister Reacts To My Performance!, retrieved 17 September 2019
  4. ^ Hopewell, John (14 September 2015). "'Legend,' 'Shaun,' Smash Benchmarks for Studiocanal". Variety. Variety Media, LLC. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (25 October 2016). "Aardman, Studiocanal Reunite Flock For 'Shaun The Sheep Movie 2' – AFM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie: Release Dates". shaunthesheep.com. 25 October 2019.
  7. ^ Starzak, Richard (2019). "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 teaser trailer before Early Man begins, says Wallace and Gromit maker Aardman". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon - Official Trailer". YouTube. 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon - Official Trailer 2". YouTube. 1 August 2019.
  10. ^ "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) – International Box Office Results – Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  12. ^ https://shaunthesheep.com/news/home-sheep-home-farmageddon-party-edition-coming-soon
  13. ^ https://homesheephomegame.com/

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