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Shaun the sheep in the film "UFO-Alarm": extraterrestrial steep template

In the animation “Shaun the Sheep: UFO Alarm”, chaos is one of the principles behind the action. The film quotes alien film classics in great detail.

This time Shaun the sheep (left) receives an unexpected visit from far away: Lu-La Photo: Studiocanal

Films with clay animation. It could hardly be more labor-intensive. Each figure is worked individually, each movement is rotated in individual shots. In the age of photo-realistic animation, which, like Disney's remake of “The Lion King”, can create complete, lifelike animal worlds on the computer, one might ask why all the manual labor involved. At Aardman Animation, the experts in claymation, you get the answer with every new film from the British production company.

“Shaun the Sheep: UFO Alarm” is the name of the company's latest work, the second feature film with the woolly protagonist of the hit series of the same name. This time the Mossy Bottom Farm receives unexpected visitors from far away. Lu-La is the name of the creature from the planet Tu-Pa who accidentally took his parents' spaceship, the “Zoom-Zoom”, a jaunt towards Earth and now no longer knows how to get home. The arrival of the strange guest on the farm causes fear at first. But not least thanks to Lu-La's ability to imitate all the noises around him one-to-one, Shaun and the alien quickly become friends.

The directors Richard Phelan and Will Becher gratefully take the UFOs and extraterrestrials as a template to quote classics of the genre such as Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and alien nonsense like "Men in Black" in a detailed and gaudy way. Because soon a secret government organization is on the spot, led by the mysterious agent Red, black suit and black sunglasses, who looks very grim.

In “Shaun the Sheep”, chaos is one of the principles that drive action. Anything that can be battered or mixed up on the farm will sooner or later be. "UFO-Alarm" brings another variant into play in this friendly anarchic slapstick cosmos: the child's imagination, which can create worlds of its own from household items. With Lu-La, which also has the ability to set any objects in motion, this is put into the picture particularly beautifully. A car tire, a chain of lights and kitchen cutlery can be used to make a model UFO literally in flight.

Friendship over long distances

Incidentally, the nameless farmer, whose eyes always seem to be closed behind his dusty glasses, uses the arrival of the UFO for his own creative needs: He improvises a theme park on his property without further ado, "Farmageddon", like the English film title reads. The income from this should bring him a new combine harvester.

"Shaun the sheep: UFO alarm". Directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher. Great Britain 2019, 86 min.

"Shaun the Sheep: UFO-Alarm" is most beautiful in its quiet moments, where the characters are allowed to step out of their pure mechanics and become round, like the agent Red, who has very personal motives for her alien search and is far more vulnerable than their appearance suggests.

And sometimes the film just touches with very quiet means. There is something poignant about the way Lu-La brings up her two-syllable words. Incidentally, she is the only one who speaks, all animals and people only make babbling, growling or otherwise inarticulate sounds. As a message, the film also pleads for openness to others and demonstrates that friendship can be maintained even over long distances. There are far more stupid things that a children's film could tell.