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A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: Farmageddon (2019) – My rating: 7.5/10

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is a British stop motion animated science-fiction comedy 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. 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 from falling into the hands of the Ministry for Alien Detection. Farmageddon is quite busy but cute.

In the town of Mossingham, Farmer John (voice: John Sparkes) and his dog Bingo, discover the landing of a UFO.  They flee from the alien when it emerges from the spaceship. On Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun (voice: Justin Fletcher) and the flock attempt to pass time with several dangerous activities, only for Bitzer (voice: John Sparkes) the dog to stop them and ban their escapades completely. Since they were banned from having a barbecue for dinner, Shaun decides to order three pizzas. 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” (voice: Amalia Vitale), an impish alien from the planet To-Pa with extraterrestrial powers, and the ability to mimic sounds. When Shaun introduces her to the flock, she causes mischief with a combine harvester, damaging it while transforming a field behind the farmhouse 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 (Kate Harbour), 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.

Farmageddon is exciting, adventurous, and very cute. I’m sure children love the display of mischievous events that happens on the farm.  The characters are just what the children ordered.  It’s fast-paced and interesting.  The story is a little long but it all ties up in the end while sending a nice message about love, greed, and consequences. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes records 96% positive reviews based on 74 critics and an average rating of 7.50/10. 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.” FYI: As of 29 December 2019, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon made $43.1 million, with the top-grossing country being the U.K ($9.2 million), Germany ($6.7 million), and France ($5.4 million). It currently ranks as the 16th highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time. A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmegeddon is entertaining and well worth the watch especially for young children and is streaming on Netflix — Check It Out!

[A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: Farmegeddon is Oscar-nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film — Totaling 1 Nomination]