Shaun the Sheep: The Movie is a 2015 British stop-motion animated adventure comedy film produced by Aardman Animations, based on the television series of the same name. The film is written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton.
The film opens with a montage, set to Tim Wheeler's "Feels Like Summer". The montage shows clips of a young farmer just starting out his career with a new flock of lambs. He bottlefeeds the smallest, Shaun, and lets the little ones run and play with his new puppy Bitzer. Sometimes he plays with them as well, and they are a big happy family of sorts. He also takes a photograph of himself holding baby Bitzer and baby Shaun, with the rest of the lambs gathered round them. He keeps this photograph for many years.
Time fast-forwards to the present day, and Shaun, living with his flock at Mossy Bottom Farm, is bored with the routine of life on the farm. One day, he concocts a plan to have a day away, by tricking the farmer into going back to sleep by counting his sheep repeatedly. However, the caravan in which they put the farmer to bed accidentally rolls away, taking him the entire way into the city. Bitzer, the farmer's dog, goes after him, ordering the sheep to stay on the farm until he returns.
The farmer receives a blow to the head and is hospitalized, where he is diagnosed with amnesia, and leaves the hospital. He wanders into a hair salon, where he cuts a celebrity's hair as if he was shearing a sheep. The celebrity loves it, which leads the farmer to be known as the mysterious hair stylist "Mr. X".
Meanwhile, Shaun and The Flock find life impossible without the farmer, so Shaun sneaks on a bus to the city; the rest of the flock follow him on another bus. He manages to disguise them as people and they begin looking for the farmer, but Shaun is captured by Trumper, an over-zealous animal-control worker. Shaun is reunited with Bitzer in the animal lock-up, and with the help of a homeless dog named Slip, they escape and Lock up Trumper. They find the farmer, but he does not recognize Shaun, who is heartbroken by his owner's hostility.
Shaun and The Flock sings to Timmy and The Farmer listen the song and remebers having heard beafore. Despite this, he throws the note of "Memory Loss" and Shaun learns about the farmer's memory loss, and he and the flock devise a plan, which involves putting the farmer and everyone else to sleep with the sheep-counting trick, returning him to the trailer on a pantomime horse (really the sheep in an elaborate disguise), and hooking the trailer up to a bus returning to Mossy Bottom. The plan is initially successful, but they are pursued by Trumper who becomes insane and intent on killing them outright.
At the farm, the group hide in a shed, which Trumper tries to push into a nearby rock quarry. Fortunately, the farmer wakes up and regains his memory, Shaun figths Trumper saving The Flock and The Farmer, but Trumper grabs Shaun and throws it in the quarry obsesing to kill him. Fortunately The Farmer saves Shaun and complints Trumper to try to trow him and his animals, and after that, Trumper is defeated. The Farmer and the animals have a renewed appreciation for each other, and the next day, The Farmer and Bitzer cancels the day's routine activities. Slip leaves, but is adopted by a bus driver who finds her on the road. The animal-control service is turned into animal-protection centre, and Trumper, no longer welcome there, finds work wearing a chicken suit to promote a restaurant.
In a mid-credits scene, the farmer witnesses the events caused by his oblivious self and the animals on the news, as the animals watch in horror.
After that, The Rooster comes by carrying a sign that says "The End", but the credits end up covering it Before the final credits the rooster appears with a sign saying "The End". As the credits move up the screen, The Rooster jumps in order to stay visible but is finally covered up. When the credits come to an end we see the rooster again, now playing a game on his mobile phone. He notices us, turns the sign round to show the words "Go home" and walks off. The screen is blank for a moment, then a sheep appears with a vacuum cleaner.
- Directors: Mark Burton, Richard Starzack
- Writers: Mark Burton (screenplay), Richard Starzack (screenplay)
- Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family
- Country: UK
- Release Date: February 6, 2015 (UK) / August 5, 2015 (US)
- Justin Fletcher as Shaun/Timmy
- John Sparkes as Bitzer/Farmer
- Omid Djalili as Trumper
- Kate Harbour as Timmy's Mum/Meryl
- Richard Webber as Shirley
- Tim Hands as Slip
- Simon Greenall as The Twins
- Emma Tate as Hazel
- Henry Burton as Junior Doctor/Animal Containment Visitor
- Dhimant Vyas as Hospital Consultant
- Sophie Laughton as Animal Containment Visitor
- Nia Medi James as Operatic Sheep
- Andy Nyman as Nuts
- Jack Paulson as Celebrity with Hair Trouble
- Nick Park as Himself
In January 2011, BBC reported that Aardman had started developing a feature film version of Shaun the Sheep, with a plan to be ready for a 2013/2014 release. In April 2013, it was announced that the film, written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, would be financed and distributed by French StudioCanal. The film will follow Shaun and his flock into the big city to rescue their farmer, who was forced by Shaun's mischief to leave the farm. On September 24, 2013, it was announced the film would be released on March 20, 2015. Principal photography and production began on January 30, 2014.
A teaser poster and a trailer were released on April 3, 2014.
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