Within the age of streaming the whole lot on all of your gadgets everytime you really feel prefer it, household viewing – one thing you may watch collectively around the flat-screen fireplace “that doesn’t completely suck”, as my eldest places it – has turn into TV’s Holy Grail. Doctor Who at its greatest can do it, and machine-tooled US sitcoms resembling Brooklyn 9-9 and Associates get shut, however for toddler-to-codger full spectrum viewing at Christmas it’s laborious to beat an Aardman. When has Wallace & Gromit ever allow you to down?
Shaun the Sheep is a kids’s collection spun-off from the basic Aardman W&G quick A Shut Shave. It units additional strictures on these good Aardmaniacs by eradicating dialogue altogether: there’s as a lot Buster Keaton as Sesame Avenue in each episode and at its greatest it could attain a pitch of visible comedy that’s wondrous to behold. When the 2 feature-length movies (Shaun the Sheep: The Film and Farmageddon) got here out in 2015 and 2019 it moved Shaun near usurping Wallace’s (or extra realistically Gromit’s) plasticine throne.
However it additionally raised the bar for dialogue-free, plasticine-sheep-related humour, and set in opposition to these two triumphs this Christmas half-hour, as frenzied and free-wheeling because it was, felt second-rate. Timmy, the wee bairn of the flock, was the McGuffin as standard, when a farmhouse raid to get the sheep greater stockings went mistaken and Timmy bought carted off to the native Christmas market.
The remainder of the bunch spent the remainder of the movie attempting to get him again, together with piling themselves up as a multi-sheep snowman and fascinating in an excellent, House Alone-style battle with a younger woman who thought Timmy was her Christmas current.
The plot was all around the store however then the plot was solely there to serve the set items and the jokes, and so they all handed muster. Let it’s mentioned right here and now that there’ll by no means be a time when a flock of sheep engaged in a chase scene shouldn’t be humorous.