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Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas 2021 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Xmas looms over Mossy Bottom. Shaun (vocal whatnot by Justin Fletcher) and his fellow sheep decorate the barn with lights and strung-up pizza slices, and don wool Christmas sweaters on top of their natural wool non-Christmas sweaters, you know, the type that spurts forth very slowly from their skin. Outside, Bitzer the non-denominational herding dog bewreaths his dog house with care, and all that. Shaun is discontented with the inferior capacity of his stocking, which surely is made of the shorn fibers of his and his compatriots’ anatomical growth, and not some artificial poly-whatevers.
He looks into Farmer’s (John Sparkes) house and sees large socks hanging in the window, and deems them worthy of snatching, surely so Santa can give him more loot, like, I dunno, what do sheep want for Christmas, a cud spittoon or something?
Indoors, Farmer is totally blowing it on his recipe for some orange soda-like beverage, but that doesn’t stop him from bottling it, donning a Santa suit and taking his concoction to town, to sell it at the holiday bazaar. Meanwhile, Shaun and the little lamb — whose name is apparently Cousin Timmy — who knew, I mean, nobody speaks names or anything in this series — they aim to kife one of the big socks when the tot ends up inside a gift box which ends up in Farmer’s truck and then under the tree at the bazaar and then under the ownership of a cute little girl, who takes it to her family’s modern Smart Home and its many ridiculous wifi-enabled conveniences, which are surely ripe for slapsticky shenanigans. Of course, Shaun and the other sheeple, who also have names, like Shirley, Nuts and Timmy’s Mother, must rescue Timmy, with Bitzer inevitably in pursuit and inevitably suited up in a mortifying elf costume, typically hapless in his attempts to herd them. This is peril of the lightest sort, but peril nonetheless, and it must be resolved before Santa descends upon the scene. Chaos reigns!
The Flight Before Christmas is wooly, wooly funny, as funny as any other Shaun adventure. It’s the usual sheep dip, delightful, whimsical, fast-but-not-too-fast-paced, loaded with jokes, except this time holiday-themed, with amusing depictions of heavily headphone’d moms and dads who are too busy staring at their tablet screens to notice their smart-curtained home is awash with marauding sheep. Incisive social commentary: INATTENTIVE PARENTS MUST PAY. And potentially clean up sheep poop, although this is never explicitly depicted, only implied. Anyhow, this is consistently laugh-out-loud stuff, sight gag city, some must-see family TV, alongside Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, The Star Wars Holiday Special and Black Phillip’s Christmas Variety Show Spectacular On Ice.