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A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Shaun the Sheep Movie - Farmageddon.jpg
British theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Richard Phelan
  • Will Becher
Produced by Paul Kewley
Screenplay by
  • Mark Burton
  • Jon Brown
Story by Richard Starzak
Starring
Music by Tom Howe
Cinematography Charles Copping
Editing by Sim Evan-Jones
Studio Aardman Animations
Creative Europe MEDIA
Anton Capital Entertainment
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release date(s) 22 September 2019 (2019-09-22) (Odeon Leicester Square)
18 October 2019 (2019-10-18) (United Kingdom)
Running time 87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English (no dialogue)
Money made $43.1 million

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a 2019 British stop motion animated science fiction comedy film produced by Aardman Animations. The film is directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher (in their feature directorial debuts) and written by Mark Burton and Jon Brown, based on an idea by Richard Starzak. It is a stand-alone sequel and the second installment to Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) and is based on the claymation television series Shaun the Sheep, a spinoff from the Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave. The film stars Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour, and Rich Webber reprising their voice 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.

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 in theaters on 18 October 2019 in the United Kingdom, and on Netflix in the United States on 14 February 2020. The film made $43.1 million and received positive reviews from critics for its animation, humour, and story. It was nominated at the British Academy Film Awards for Best Animated Film and the Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film. being the sixth animated franchise to do so.

Plot

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 attempt to pass time with several dangerous activities, only for Bitzer the dog to stop them and ban their escapades 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 the planet To-Pa with extraterrestrial powers, and she can mimic sounds. 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, who has been obsessed with proving the existence of aliens since seeing two of them as a child, investigates the UFO claims. After discovering the UFO has 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 they 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 realize they need an egg-shaped sphere device to activate it. M.A.D. captures the spaceship with Shaun and Lu-La still on board and takes 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 the Farmer having dressed him as an alien. Shaun and Lu-La restart the ship and manage to escape with Bitzer, plotting a course for To-Pa; en route, Shaun ignores Bitzer's instructions not to touch anything on the ship and causes them to crash back to Earth. Seeing the UFO destroyed, Lu-La is left heartbroken and powerless. Feeling bad for what he has done, Shaun tries to find another way to get Lu-La home. He 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 suggests that he and Lu-La attempt to reach the top of the Farmer's "Farmageddon" theme park signboard to 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 to To-Pa. Lu-La's parents, Ub-Do and Me-Ma, quickly arrive and reunite with their daughter. Red eventually welcomes the aliens, recognizing them as the aliens she saw as a child. Shaun, Bitzer and the flock bid the aliens farewell, while the "Farmageddon" theme park and show receive rave reviews as the entire incident is regarded as part of the theme park's show's 'special effects'. On their way back to To-Pa, the aliens discover the Farmer on their UFO, prompting them to take him back to Earth.

In a mid-credit scene, Shaun, Bitzer, Timmy and the flock are playing with a frisbee, while the Farmer (now back on Earth) try's out his new harvester, but the frisbee jam's the system, causing it to explode, scaring Shaun, Bitzer and Timmy.

In the post-credit scene, A man with the M.A.D. hazmat suit enters in a black room with a keyboard, he removes his suit and reveals himself to be Professor Brian Cox and proceeds to play "Things Can Only Get Better" on the keyboard. Timmy enters the room and unplugs the keyboard, claiming that it's too loud.

Cast

  • 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 sheepdog 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, Shaun's aunt.
    • 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 Obo, 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

Music

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 rumors 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 the series theme tune "Life's a Treat". Both Mark Thomas and Vic Reeves return to perform the remix and are joined by Nadia Rose.

Video game

A movie adaptation of Home Sheep Home, entitled Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition was released on Nintendo Switch and Steam in October 2019. It was released in Japan in August 2020 by Greenlight Games. In the game, Shaun, Shirley, and Timmy find their way back to the green grass of home, all hosted by Lu-La. The platform-puzzle game re-used much of the gameplay from previous Home Sheep Home games.

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