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Originally posted on Movies Silently.
Aardman presents a modern silent comedy about some mischievous sheep and their adventures in the city. It has music and sound effects but no dialogue and that’s good enough for me to review this brilliant family film.
Home Media Availability: Already released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK but still in theaters in the USA.
The story of Shaun the Sheep begins two decades back. Shaun made his first appearance as a supporting character in the 1995 Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. He was just a little sheep who was shorn (shorn, Shaun, get it?) too closely by mistake but he was popular enough to warrant a spinoff and this is where things get interesting for silent film fans.
Shaun became the star of a television series (called, shockingly enough, Shaun the Sheep). Show creator Richard Starzak (previously credited as Richard Goleszowski) decided from the very beginning that Shaun would be a dialogue-free character in a dialogue-free world. At first, the goal was to save time and money that would have been spent synching lip movements to voice acting but creating silent comedy proved to be far more challenging than it looked at first. No corners could be cut and writers could not fall back on…
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