Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)

Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour,
Shaun's seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing. Can Shaun get Timmy back before he becomes someone else's present?
  • 7.3 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2021-12-04 Added:
  • Mark Burton, Giles Pilbrow, Writer:
  • Steve Cox, Director:
  • Richard Beek, Producer:


5 / 10

Cuddly, wooly Christmas...

I sat down to watch the 2021 animated movie "Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas" with my 11 year old son, given this being a Christmas addition to the "Shaun the Sheep" franchise. Sure, I wasn't really expecting all that much from director Steve Cox, with this being an animated children's movie.

But let me say that writers Mark Burton and Giles Pilbrow actually managed to put together an enjoyable enough story for this one. Will it become a Christmas classic? Hardly. But it was watchable for a single viewing, and of course it will have more appeal to the younger audience.

The animation is really nice in "Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas", as it always is in this franchise, so if you have enjoyed the series or any of the previous movies, then you will also like this 2021 Christmas special.

My rating of "Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas" lands on a five out of ten stars, as it didn't really bring much of anything new to the table.

10 / 10

The Best from Aardman so far?

It is well nigh impossible to top the quality of feature-length titles like Curse of The Were-Rabbit or Pirates, just to mention a few, but The Flight Before Christmas, at 30 minutes only, comes very, very close.

Everything about this gem hits the mark: the story is touching, the pacing perfect (fast without feeling forced), the humor and characters without a single false note, the animation is amazing, and then.. the visual part, the look and feel of the christmassy, wintry world, interiors as well as exteriors, had me totally mesmerized. This looks so lovely and colorful, that I'd give anything to step into its magic landscape.

A classic? Yes, if there is any justice in the world, this IS a new christmas classic (also check out Robin Robin, another splendid Aardman gem on Netflix) and those who are untouched by this jewel in Aardman's crown are either dead or deaf n' blind.

By the way, there is a short Shaun title, from season 2, called We Wish Ewe(!) A Merry Christmas, that is just like this new only, a small miracle. Only shorter.

8 / 10

Another mini-stop-motion masterpiece! :-)

Shaun is back with some Christmas mischief that makes you laugh and melts your heart! :-). I haven't seen Shaun lately, and I got a kick out of the sheep-like verbalizations they are now doing :-)

9 / 10

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

I have always been a big Wallace & Gromit fan. I much preferred them to Shaun the Sheep who made his debut in a Wallace & Gromit adventure.

This extended Christmas special is utterly charming with a lot of love, care and detail.

It is Christmas and little Timmy has ended up going to the Christmas market with the Farmer.

It is Shaun to the rescue but Timmy inadvertently becomes a present for a little girl.

This is one that even adults will like. It reminded me a lot of Toy Story.

I loved the reference to The Snowman.

9 / 10

The best Christmas show of 2021.

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Christmas 2021, arguably the worst year for Christmas telly that I can think of, nothing has gripped or excited me, or made me laugh. It comes to something when the best TV of Christmas 2021 is Shaun The Sheep, but there it is, this really was a Christmas delight, myself and family all loved it, we chuckled the whole way through, it was funny and entertaining, and unlike most shows this year, actually had a bit of meaning.

Beautifully made, as always it looked incredible, but best of all, it was so funny, at the age of 41, watching with grown up kids, I was still able to love and enjoy this sheep show.

A triumph 9/10.