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
by Nick Park
Starring
Music byTom Howe
CinematographyDave Alex Riddett
Edited bySim Evan-Jones
Production
company
Distributed byStudioCanal UK
Release date
  • 22 September 2019 (2019-09-22) (Odeon Leicester Square)
  • 18 October 2019 (2019-10-18) (United Kingdom)
  • 14 February 2020 (2020-02-14) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Box office$37.7 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 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, whilst new cast members include Amalia Vitale, David Holt and Chris Morrell. 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, while Netflix will release it in the United States on 14 February 2020.

Plot[edit]

In the town of Mossingham, Farmer John and his dog Bingo discover the landing of a UFO and flee from the alien who comes out of it. On Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun and the flock try to enjoy their dangerous pastimes, only for Bitzer to stop them from their activities and ban them completely. After being banned from having a barbecue for dinner, Shaun decides to order three pizzas, but when the pizzas arrive, both Bitzer—who intercepts two-thirds of the delivery—and the flock discover the pizza boxes are completely empty.

The next morning, Shaun discovers a trail of pizza crusts and encounters the alien. The visitor introduces herself as Lu-La, an impish alien from To-Pa with extraterrestrial powers. When Shaun introduces her to the flock, she causes mischief with a combine harvester, damaging it while transforming a field behind the farm house into unintentional crop circles. Taking advantage of the recent news of alien sightings, the Farmer deduces he can create an alien-based theme park, "Farmageddon", in which he can earn money to afford a new harvester.

The Ministry of Alien Detection's (M.A.D.) leader Agent Red investigates the UFO claims. After discovering the UFO have disappeared, both John and Bingo are arrested. Meanwhile, Lu-La and Shaun track down the UFO, which is revealed to have been made invisible earlier. The pair try to get the UFO started but are unable to. Trying to recall how to start the spaceship and Shaun's query on a picture of her family, Lu-La transmits her memories to Shaun, revealing that she is actually a child and accidentally launched her parents' spaceship while playing on it. They also realise they need an egg-shaped sphere device to activate it. M.A.D arrives and captures the spaceship and take it to their headquarters.

At the base, Shaun and Lu-La slip out and manage to retrieve the device, while the others are distracted by Bitzer who has been following Shaun and is mistaken as the alien due to an alien-based suit used to promote "Farmageddon". Shaun and Lu-La restart the ship and manage to escape with Bitzer and head to To-Pa; en route, Shaun ignores Bitzer instructions not to touch anything on the ship, causing them to crash back to Earth. Seeing the UFO destroyed Lu-La is left broken hearted. Feeling remorse for what he had done, Shaun tries to find another way to get Lu-La home; he then discovers that the device can be used to contact Lu-La's parents back on her planet, but requires a signal at a greater height. Shaun decides that he and Lu-La attempt to reach the top of the Farmer's "Farmageddon" theme park signboard to be able make contact.

With the help of the flock and Bitzer, Shaun and Lu-La climb the sign while the Farmer launches a show at the theme park. Meanwhile, Red arrives and chases Shaun and Lu-La up the signboard using a robotic device. Delaying her from capturing the alien and eventually pushing her down, Shaun manages to send a distress message, but Lu-La is captured. Her parents—Ub-Do and Me-Ma—arrive in time and reunite with their daughter. Red eventually welcomes the aliens, knowing they are aliens she saw as a child, starting her projects with M.A.D.. Shaun, Bitzer and the flock bid the aliens farewell, while "Farmageddon" received good reviews as the incident is regarded as part of the theme park's show's 'special effects'. Whilst on their way back to To-Pa, the aliens discover the Farmer on their UFO so they took him back to earth during the credits.

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 female alien who befriends Shaun.
    • Vitale also voices Me-Ma, Lu-La’s mother.
  • Kate Harbour as Timmy's mum
    • Harbour also voices Agent Red, who is determined to track down the aliens to prove their existence. When she was young, she had encountered them and talked about it to her classmates, only to be laughed at.
  • David Holt as Mugg-1N5, a robotic probe.
  • 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 written by Howe and performed by The Vaccines and Kylie Minogue. Furthermore, like the previous film, the film incorporates a remix of series theme tune "Life's a Treat". Both Mark Thomas and Vic Reeves return to perform the remix and are joined by Nadia Rose.

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.[6] Originally intended to release theatrically in the United States on December 13, 2019, Netflix bought the distribution rights for the U.S., Canada and Latin America and pushed the American release date to February 14th, 2020.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] On 3 July 2019 the second trailer was released.[10]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

As of 29 December 2019, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon has made $37.7 million.[11] With the top grossing country being U.K ($9.1 million), Germany ($6.6 million) and France ($5.4 million). It ranks as the 16th highest-grossing Stop motion animated film of all time.

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes records 98% positive reviews based on 41 critics and an average rating of 7.54/10. 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."[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 80 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of Ceremony Category Nominee Result
British Academy Film Awards 2 February 2020 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film Will Becher, Richard Phelan and Paul Kewley Pending
British Independent Film Awards[14] 1 December 2019 Best Effects Howard Jones Won
Douglas Hickox Award Will Becher and Richard Phelan Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards 30 January 2020 Technical Achievement Award Pending
Satellite Awards December 19 2019 Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media Nominated

Video game[edit]

A movie adaptation of Home Sheep Home, entitled Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition was released on Nintendo Switch and Steam in October 2019. In the game, Shaun, Shirley and Timmy find their way back to the green grass of home, all hosted by Lu-La.[15] The platform-puzzle game re-used much of the gameplay from previous Home Sheep Home games.[16]

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. ^ "Netflix Adds Aardman's 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon' to Animation Slate — Exclusive". inderwire.com. 22 November 2019.
  8. ^ Starzak, Richard (2019). "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 teaser trailer before Early Man begins, says Wallace and Gromit maker Aardman". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon - Official Trailer". YouTube. 1 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon - Official Trailer 2". YouTube. 1 August 2019.
  11. ^ "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) – International Box Office Results – Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmaggedon". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon Movie". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  14. ^ Yang, Rachel (15 January 2020). "NOMINATIONS THE AWARDS 2019". BIFA. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  15. ^ https://shaunthesheep.com/news/home-sheep-home-farmageddon-party-edition-coming-soon
  16. ^ https://homesheephomegame.com/

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