Brief Synopsis – A sheep hatches a plan to put the farmer to sleep and have a day of fun.
My Take on it – Really fun film that works on numerous levels.
The film is quite reminiscent of some of the silent films starring Harold Lloyd and Charlie Chaplin because of the way that the antics of these characters helps keep things so much fun along the way.
The slapstick is also done really well as the story progresses.
The style of stop motion animation is done great and lets us really care about the way things move along.
The film also has lots of fun by giving us some witty references to other films that one wouldn’t necessarily expect from a kid’s film.
The run time of 85 minutes also helps this film stay fun and there aren’t many points that drag along.
The ability to create a story like this with no dialogue what so ever is quite an achievement and the fact that they are able to keep it entertaining throughout is amazing to see.
The characters aren’t developed at all, yet they still find a way to make it very enjoyable to watch unfold.
Watching this film, makes me recall other stop motion films similar to this and it actually makes me curious to rewatch Chicken Run (2000) and see if I can find a way to enjoy that movie more especially given the fact that I’m a HUGE fan of The Great Escape (1963) which is what the film is a homage to.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Twenty animators worked on the film, each producing two seconds of footage per day. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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