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The holiday special Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is a delightful outing that offers plenty to charm the entire family. Following the spirit of the Shaun The Sheep franchise, The Flight Before Christmas is a non-verbal, goofy adventure that sees Shaun and his flock getting into mischief — much to the long-suffering sheepdog Bitzer’s chagrin. The stop-motion animation is much shorter than a typical holiday movie; however, in this instance, the 30-minute run-time perfectly matches the comedic tone and helps the story maintain the feel of the beloved TV show. In general, Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is a hilarious holiday special that offers plenty of excitement, laughs, and touching moments.
Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas has a straightforward premise: when Shaun and Timmy enter the farmhouse in an attempt to procure a larger stocking — hoping to get more Christmas presents of course — young Timmy (the only lamb in the herd) goes missing, pursuing what he believes to be Santa. This is actually the clueless Farmer, who is dressed up for a local event. Always looking for a way to make a quick buck, the Farmer is off to sell some homemade soda, completely unaware that he has a stowaway. It’s up to Shaun to get his little cousin back or face the wraith of his very upset aunt.
Director Steve Cox takes the reigns with Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas. A career animator, Cox has a thorough understanding of the medium — and it shows. The stop-motion animation in Flight Before Christmas is not only excellent, it’s refreshingly unique, infused with personality, and beautifully fluid. What’s more, Cox knows how to frame a visual gag to maximize the humor. The main plot in Flight Before Christmas is also tight and witty. The special was written by Mark Burton and Giles Pilbrow. The story in The Flight Before Christmas is simple enough for younger viewers to follow, but also varied enough to keep the audience’s attention throughout.
Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas was produced by Aardman Animations, the same studio responsible for stop-motion animated films like Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit. Like those titles, the Shaun The Sheep franchise uses slapstick and visual gags to great effect. What makes Shaun The Sheep unique is its complete lack of dialogue: characters communicate through wordless sounds, like grunts, sighs, growls and bleating. This lends the show a universal, classic appeal, and really enhances the silly tone. While the 2019 feature-length A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon needed to alter the show’s formula in order to tell its central story, The Flight Before Christmas maintains the breakneck pacing of the series, which told short, seven-minute stories, packed to the brim with absurdity and goofy joy.
Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas is not only funny — it’s also surprisingly sweet and touching. This is a must-see Netflix holiday special for any family with small children. Not only does it bring the young and old together through shared laughter, but there’s a message of family togetherness, kindness, and community that feels particularly pertinent in 2021, especially when so many other recent holiday movies either fail to be memorable or simply ring cynically hollow.