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Shaun the Sheep!

August 6, 2015

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Although a smaller sheep, Shaun the Sheep has leadership written all over him, and would probably be a better presidential candidate than most of the Republican field.  A break-out character from the third Wallace & Gromit short, ‘A Close Shave,’ Shaun is a resident of the Mossy Bottom Farm who needs some time off from the farm, eventually winding up with the flock in the Big City (London).  The farmer who pursues them winds up hospitalized with amnesia, and it falls to Shaun to free the farmer, return home, and restore the normal order of things.

Remarkably, this can be done without dialogue save for the odd sound effect and musical score.  Visual humor is key, with references made to The Shawshank Redemption, The Silence of the Lambs, and even The Wolverine.  We also learn that sheep, long under-rated creatures, can sing harmony.

Other films from Aardman Animations include Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run.  The resourceful Shaun also has his own television show in the United Kingdom…

Disney Animal Sidekicks

August 1, 2008

Disney cartoon movies follow a formula which almost always includes an amusing animal sidekick; an example of such would be the raccoon Meeko in the film, Pocahontas. There are many other examples which can readily be cited; the meerkat and warthog to Simba in The Lion King, to name others.  The sidekicks are usually funny, and may at times provide comic relief for a serious situation, guide the main character, or serve as alternative “selves” to that character.  The Disney formula has been both popular and successful, but may portray the animal sidekicks as lightweights rather than stand-alone characters.  This can kind of reinforce the “kiddy character” of animated Disney flicks, although they often may be the only films with furry characters that many adults see, and that to please or entertain their kids.

My favorite Disney film?–Why, Robin Hood, of course, featuring as it does a fox properly portraying the title role…


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