The world of animation, whether in the form of TV series or movies, is actually very rich in visual presentations that are displayed in 2D and 3D. The selection of the right medium will support the dynamics of the story and the interaction of its characters as well as a manifestation of the creativity of the story makers. Stop motion is a technique that is quite popular in the world of animation. In the world of animation, stop motion means the technique of making animation or film from pieces of images
which are made as if they are related to each other so as to form a movement or story, one medium that is quite popularly used is clay other than dolls (one of the famous stop motion series using dolls and perhaps we watched as a child was Thunderbirds). As one of the animation techniques, the stop motion technique with clay (clay stop motion or commonly called Claymotion) has existed since 1912. Since then the world of Claymotion animation has persisted until now even though the film world has been dominated by the use of CGI and visual effects due to the low cost of production. and its realistic approach because it has textures compared to purely artificial CGI. However, its use for now is more limited to TV programs for children, commercials, and some comedy shows. Tim Burton , Henry Selick , Wes Anderson , and Travis Knight .
Claymotion animation has spawned quite a number of well-known and favorite titles for the audience, some of which are Bob The Builder, Pingu, a series that is quite sadistic but quite popular, namely Celebrity Deathmatch, Shaun The Sheep, and Timmy Time. Shaun The Sheep is a claymotion animated film produced in England as a spin-off from the Wallace and Gromit franchise and created by Nick Park. Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon is a stand-alone sequel after the first big screen version appeared (Shaun The Sheep Movie – 2015). The sequel film was directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan as their directorial debut. The film was released in Indonesian theaters on 2 October 2019 and will be released in the UK on 18 October 2019
In Farmageddon, a purple alien named Lu-La accidentally lands near Mossy Bottom Farm where Shaun and his friends live. Not long after, Shaun found him hiding in a warehouse and he saw an opportunity for adventure as well as helping Lu-La return to her planet so that she could reunite with her parents. But in an effort to bring Lu-La back there are people from organizations like Men In Black who want to capture Lu-La, can Shaun, Bitzer and the Flock complete their mission and prevent farmageddon at Mossy Bottom Farm? The cohesiveness of Shaun and his colleagues will be tested in this mission involving intergalactic creatures.
Similar to the series, which is without dialogue and only contains the murmurs of the characters throughout the 86 minutes the story runs casually and remains easy to understand. The early part of the film still focuses on Shaun and his hilarious behavior with his flock of sheep in life at Mossy Bottom Farm with Bitzer, the guard dog who always gets sap due to the mischief of Shaun and his friends. When the character Lu-La is included in the story, the dynamics of the story become interesting because Lu-La is still classified as an alien with the age of a child but has telekinetic powers that are able to move objects. Together with Shaun they both travel around the city and sometimes create chaos. Farmageddon is very fun to watch because it is full of comedy that sometimes feels absurd, the title itself is a combination of Farm (farm / agriculture) and Armageddon (reference title from a disaster film involving space) which indicates this film does bring the topic of all things Alien-related. Watching Shaun’s mischief coupled with Lu-La’s character will certainly entertain the audience, especially children.
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In Farmageddon, all elements of pop culture and film references related to Alien are included in moments that are intended to have a humorous effect, such as Men In Black’s references to officers who want to arrest Lu-La. There are references to ET, references to the use of music from the very famous X-Files, and also the phenomenon of Crop Circles. In addition, at the end of the story, we are also given a little conflict ahead of the mission to return Lu-La to her home planet. This is intended to teach the audience, especially children, not to give up easily in achieving their goals.
The theme of alien stories, UFOs, and everything related to other life in outer space is not new because it has been widely exploited in various film genres. In Farmageddon, the use of this topic is intended to educate children that life may not only exist on earth but also on other planets and it has been successful. The delivery is very child-friendly and very entertaining. In addition, Farmageddon also inserts the values of kinship and friendship regardless of status or race (in this case physical / appearance because Shaun is a sheep while Lu-La is an alien). Through Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon.