Friday, October 7, 2016

Shaun The Sheep - Film

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Shaun The Sheep - Movie

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Shaun The Sheep

An Animated Movie With A New Twist- No Dialogue!

        If you think that you could not be entertained by an animated film with no words spoken, you will be pleasantly surprised by “Shaun The Sheep.” This movie is proof positive that we communicate just as much with facial expressions, vocal tones, hand gestures, body language and general vibes as we do with spoken words. The story revolves around a sheep named Shaun who becomes board with the same monotonous everyday routine of the farmyard he and a flock of sheep and other farm animals share. So he hatches up a plan to escape from the farm for a day of fun and frolic. What starts as fun soon becomes more than he can handle outside the confines of the farm.

Shaun the Sheep
   “Shaun The Sheep” made his debut in 1995 as a supporting player in Nick Park’s Oscar® winning short film “A Close Shave.” Following a lengthy hiatus, the cute faced, four legged charmer became an international sensation starring in his own, completely dialogue free TV show. The U.K. based animation house Aardman, who produced the TV series, decided it was time the let Shaun and his flock of merry sheep run wild on the big screen and thus the movie.

Shaun leads the flock to escape through the broken fence
      The project was written and directed in the U.K. by Mark Button and Richard (“Golly”) Starzak. What sparked the concept of no dialogue for the movie as well as the TV show and shorts? Starzak explains, “Initially when we made the TV series, the idea of no dialogue was an economic one. Doing lip sync when the character’s speak is a lot more labor intensive; you need a lot more animation, so initially it was just purely a financial consideration. But, that kind of meant that the TV excerpts became more cinematic. They became more like mini films because you had to tell a story through pictures. That is something we wanted to retain the integrity of in the film is to keep that going. That was the exciting bit I think for me and Mark, was to make a modern day silent film.” Mark chimed in saying “Obviously they invented them here (U.S.). We watched a lot of the old silent movies from the old days like Charlie Chaplin, you know.”

Bitzer the farmyard guard dog
  How did Button and Starzak come up with the approach for a film with no dialogue? Starzak breaks it down, “A lot of it is in the story telling. If you know what is going on in the heads of your characters you don’t need words. We were worried early on, is it going to sustain? Are people going to watch it for a while then the kids will be running around the cinema? But in fact, I think what happens is, you forget there’s no words because you know what the characters are thinking. And a lot of that came from Richard and me
working very hard on telling a quite simple story.” The film has grossed over 100 million worldwide and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

The Farmer, Bitzer, and the sheep

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