DURING its 86 minutes, this claymation, stop-motion, animated, sci-fi comedy explores social, political, scientific and domestic aspects of life, the universe and relationships between humans, farm animals, tractors and interplanetary visitors.
There’s a lot of plot to absorb. When alien Lu-La’s spacecraft crashes near Mossybottom Farm, Shaun the sheep takes on the job of protecting her from a sinister earth-bound organisation until her family can come and take her home.
It’s noisy, jangly and colourful. It’s clever in typical Aardman style. The human characters are a cross-section of typical Brits. The principal diet is pizza. The gags enjoy a close relationship with puns. No-one speaks in any known intelligible language.
It’s hard to pin down any specific age cohort at which Britain’s Aardman Films was aiming it. Several small fry and their grown-up minders walked out while I was watching it.