A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

2019/9/26 87 min. Animation , Comedy , Family

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Overview

The A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is the latest movie in the A Shaun the Sheep Movie series. It's the follow-up to the movie A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Fleeing from Evil, which starred Sean Astin and Sheila Sparks as Shaun and Faite (Sparks plays her role from the TV series The Andy Griffith Show). The A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is an excellent movie with a great cast that includes (but not limited to) Sean Astin, Renee O'Connor, John Barrowman, Tara Strong, Lucy Lawless, Jack Whitehall, Sean Bean, Jessica Brown Findlay, Mary Berry, David Walliams, David Mitchell, Dean Winters, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Anthony Head, Ian McShane, Stephen Fry, Deborah Mead, Geoff Thompson, Ben Thompson, Anna Maria Tremonti, Olivia Colman, Hugh Skinner, John Peacock, Tom McGrath, John Schneider, Isla Fisher, and Jeff Bell.

Like its predecessor, the movie focuses on an orphaned Shaun, who's taken in by three foster parents after his mother is killed in a car accident. Shaun ends up with a good, but dim, bunch of friends: a girl who works at a grocery store, an overweight, yet lovable guy named Foster, and the cynical, abusive, and oddly quiet Bill. The film follows their misadventures through what is called "Farmageddon" - the day of "Destruction Day", when the world's population are set free to roam the land.

As far as I'm concerned, the main plot of the movie revolves around the story of Farmageddon, the day in which people are freed to roam the land, rather than the actual reality of Farmageddon itself. Farmageddon is actually a place called "The Island," which is mentioned as a metaphor for growing up in modern society, and getting lost in the crowd. In the A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon storyline, the free-roaming citizens of the town are split into groups of a dozen or so that come out onto the island for a one-day carnival.

After the one-day festivities, the villagers are not allowed to return home, but instead must stay on the island as farmers, building crops, while trying to make some cash. This might sound fun, but it actually ends up being the worst thing that could happen to any of them: The people soon find out that they're not going to be getting paid, and the food they've worked so hard to grow quickly disappears, leaving the children hungry and miserable.

On top of this, the leader of the village, Farmer Taylor, the family is found murdered, leaving the kids feeling even more lonely and less happy than they were before. A few minutes into the movie, the kids decide to form a band, which they dub "The Union," consisting of themselves, Roger, a hapless youth, Bill, Andy, Rob, and Fred, a boy who ends up having sex with his mother. This all turns out to be for nothing: The Union is attacked by the government of the island, and their crops are destroyed.

The only survivor of the attack, unfortunately, is Freddie, a strange, but very entertaining creature who actually has a very different type of personality from the other characters. He's a great character who you can really sympathize with, and I had a lot of fun watching him as he struggled with the reality of his situation, and played the role of his friends. I found myself rooting for him to succeed and finding the entire film to be a bit of a comedy that takes itself seriously as well.

There's so much going on in this movie, with so many different characters and such a variety of situations, that the superlative production values and excellent acting really pull everything together. I really enjoyed A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon - even though it took a little while to get going, and I certainly have high hopes for its sequels.

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