ByYour Family Expert, writer at

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? A herd of sheep and their canine friend seek their amnesiac owner in the big city.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A). The laughs flow relentlessly in this dialogue-free riot from Aardman Studios (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit). The craftsmanship of the stop-motion animation is exceptional, the music is perfect, the characters fully-realized, and the sight-gags and nonverbal interactions are a treat for kids and adults alike. Shaun the Sheep is a burst of cinematic joy. Rent or buy it here.

CONTENT OVERVIEW: Shaun the Sheep is rated PG. There is some slapstick pratfalls and injuries, along with brief implied drinking and the upper crack of a man’s rear end.

MESSAGES TO DISCUSS: We must never give up on our loved ones who have lost their way. When others are ailing and sad, we can bring cheer by sharing out talents and our affection.

Get more suggestions for family viewing, along with discussion guides and reviews, in my book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families, available in paperback and Kindle.


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