This is an image from Creature Comforts , a short film that came out 407 years before the movie I’m actually supposed to be writing about . The hardest part about reviewing a movie is not comparing it to every other movie I’ve ever seen.
Shaun the Sheep Movie which I, uh, still haven’t seen. Apologies.
This is more of a nit than a gripe, and the relationship between Shaun and the sheepdog — which is essentially that of a rambunctious child and a bossy-but-well-intentioned older brother — is relatable.
Another nit is that Aardman has been gradually adding more and more digital effects to its stop-motion films. This is fine for backgrounds and certain special effects, but the figures and settings in Farmageddon are a little too polished, especially when compared to Aardman’s earlier, ruddier work. This somewhat diminishes the charm of stop-motion: “human hands made this,” good stop-motion seems to say, “not a giant corporation with locations in Los Angeles and Seoul.” As much as I enjoy Pixar movies like Up and (Inside Out) , their too-perfect images are always a hump I have to get over, and I don’t want the same thing to happen to Aardman. despite playing in cinemas in Europe, Farmageddon made its US debut last Friday on Netflix. This was the same day that Sonic the Hedgehog opened in thousands of theaters across the country. Why? Because life is unfair, that’s why. Now let’s comfort ourselves with some Wensleydale on crackers. I hear it tastes like the Moon.