Shaun and the rest of the flock come to the aid of a lost alien in “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” the sweetly funny sequel to “Shaun the Sheep,” which is now streaming on Netflix in the U.S.
The story starts when an alien ship lands near Mossy Bottom Farm. Soon there are sightings of a mysterious creature and the locals are swept up in UFO fever.
Although he hasn’t seen anything himself, The Farmer decides to cash in on the UFO craze and turn his farm into “Farmageddon,” an alien-themed amusement park.
Meanwhile, Shaun has met the strange creature lurking in the barn and befriended it. Lu-La, who looks like a cute young puppy, only with more arms, is as fun-loving and mischievous as the sheep and they are soon fast friends.
While trying to figure out to get her home, the flock hides Lu-La from humans and Bitzer the dog. But a secret group of UFO hunters is already on her trail, led by an obsessed scientist who could be the sister of “Chicken Run”‘s villain Mrs. Tweedy.
With nods to “Close Encounters,” “E.T.,” “Doctor Who,” “Wall-E,” and many more sci-fi classics, the story builds to a humorous climax between the hunt for Lu-La and the grand opening of Farmageddon.
While it doesn’t quite hit the hilarious highs or emotional depths of the first film (in which Shaun and Bitzer try to find the amnesiac Farmer in the big city), it’s an enjoyable outing with our favorite sheep.
As in the first film, there is no real dialogue, only the various noises of surprise and other reactions from the animals and various humans.
Without dialogue, the movie does lean rather heavily on the use of pop songs. One key exception: A funny space sequence is set to The Chemical Brothers’ “Out of Control.”