Shaun the Sheep Movie

Musical Score By: Ilan Eshkeri

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Silva Screen Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The Shaun the Sheep Movie is a stop-motion animated comedy film starring characters from the hit British television series that began as a spin-off of Wallace and Gromit.  In the film, Shaun (Justin Fletcher), a mischievous sheep living at Mossy Bottom Farm, has become bored with everyday farm life.  But life outside of the farm is not everything it's cracked up to be, especially when Shaun and his flock are chased by an over-zealous animal control officer named Trumper (Omid Djalili).

                The musical score of the Shaun the Sheep Movie was created by British film composer Ilan Eshkeri.  Learning to play violin and guitar and later performing in a rock band, Eshkeri studied music and English literature at Leeds University.  Working with a number of well-known composers, Eshkeri's big break came when he was asked to create a score for Layer Cake.  Since then, he has worked on the musical scores for Hannibal Rising, Ninja Assassin, Stardust, Kick-Ass, 47 Ronin and Still Alice.

                From the very first track, the Shaun the Sheep Movie Soundtrack had me smiling.  The opening track, Feels Like Summer, is a sweet and catchy song about enjoying each day with someone special: "'Cause everyday feels like summer with you / Everything feels like startin' anew / everyday feels like summer with you / Aaah (aah, aah)!"  The score of Shaun the Sheep is orchestral with some electric guitars thrown in here and there.  Shaun's theme is upbeat and laid back with whistling and some banjo playing.  Action sequences begin quietly with that laid back theme, then escalate in crescendo and pace.  A good example of this can be found in the track Runaway Caravan.

                If you have a sense of humor, you will note some funny moments in this soundtrack, such as the Feels Like Summer song performed by the Baa Baa Quartet - think Baaahs at the end of each hook.  And then there is Life's a Treat which features a sort of punk meets rap sound, complete with sheep bleets. 

                All in all, the Shaun the Sheep Movie Soundtrack will leave the listener with a happy sort of feeling, thanks to its upbeat sound and songs containing funny, quirky moments.  I had a lot of fun listening to this soundtrack and encourage others to check it out whether they are a fan of the movie, the television series or just looking for some sunshine in an otherwise dreary day.


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