Thank You for Everything, (A) Shaun the Sheep (Movie: Farmageddon)!

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CREDIT: Chris Johnson/Netflix

Dear Shaun the Sheep,

Won’t you please my friend? After watching your first movie and now your new movie, Farmageddon (cool title, BTDubz), I feel like a lot of cool stuff happens when you’re around. But also, you keep everyone out of danger, even when danger appears to be imminent. It’s an ideal combination!

For now, I’ll satiate myself with watching your adventures and live vicariously through your already-friends. Like Lu-La! Please tell me this isn’t the last time you’ll ever hang out together. Maybe you can visit her on her home planet. I’m sure you can figure out a way to get there! I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that her presence inspired super-obvious homages to other famous space creature movies. They actually felt clever and not at all cliché! Also, I think I might start calling my own parents Ub-Do and Me-Ma.

Please let me know as soon as you can, Shaun!

Love,
jmunney

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 2/14/20

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CREDIT: Chris Johnson, Stuart Collis/Netflix

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Fantasy Island (Theatrically Nationwide) – I must watch every horror movie no matter how ridiculous.
The Photograph (Theatrically Nationwide)
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Streaming February 14 on Netflix) – I loved the last Shaun the Sheep movie!

TV
Duncanville Series Premiere (February 16 on FOX) – Is this the next great animated FOX show?
Good Girls Season 3 Premiere (February 16 on NBC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Season 7 Premiere (February 16 on HBO)

Music
-Tame Impala, The Slow Rush

 

This Is a (Quickie) Movie Review: Shaun the Sheep Movie

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Shaun the Sheep Movie shares some DNA with the work of David Wain, specifically in its propensity for significant plot developments to transpire in an absurdly short time frame. After a conk on the head causes the Farmer to forget his identity, his skills for shearing lead him to believe he is a renowned stylist, and he soon becomes the talk of the Big City. This is a process that one would assume would take months, or at least weeks. Maybe days. Meanwhile, Shaun and the rest of the flock track him down to return him home and restore his memory. Their run-ins with the overzealous animal-control worker and the rest of the Big City could not possibly be taking place over more than a couple of days, based on what is presented. Thus, the Farmer becomes the new celebrity stylist “Mr. X” literally overnight. This time compression deserves to be considered as prominently as the whimsically crafted slapstick set pieces, such as the sheep attempting to mimic the human behavior of restaurant patrons or their transporting an elaborate fake horse disguise (whose butt the animal-control guy gets adorably stuck in).