I reviewed Shaun the Sheep for VODzilla.co
Is there an institution more British than Aardman? The royalty doesn’t quite claim that title, because the claymation studio responsible for Wallace and Gromit has a much broader appeal, delighting people of every generation and class, and somehow representing them as well, in a strange kind of way. Their latest hero, Shaun, was a secondary character in A Close Shave, but was so beloved that he ended up with his own popular TV show – itself spawning Timmy Time, for the younger kids. Shaun the Sheep the Movie is a spin-off from their flagship series. This isn’t a cynical cash-in, though, as there isn’t a cynical bone in the studio’s body. Aardman has a sunny outlook, the sharpest of wits and a genial, affable nature that feels a little like drinking a cup of tea while watching reruns of Porridge.