In the 30 years – 30 years! – since A Grand Day Out, Wallace and Gromit’s first adventure, Aardman Animations has produced some of the most beloved stop-motion movies, including Chicken Run (2000), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), the latter based on their hit CBBC series about a mischievous young sheep and his farmyard pals – though ‘Shaun’ himself first appeared in the Wallace and Gromit short A Close Shave, in 1995. Now, Shaun is back in A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, and it really is out of this world.
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If any cinematic universe was in need of having its pants pulled down, its sense of self-importance called out and ridiculed, it’s the DC one. The Marvel movies have always managed not to take themselves too seriously, but when they do – even to great effect, as in Logan or Avengers: Infinity War – there’ll be a Deadpool movie along any minute to deflate their balloons. That happens literally in the opening scene of Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, as the teenage superheroes from the hit TV series Teen Titans Go! – itself an update of the Cartoon Network Teen Titans series from 2003 – take on a giant inflatable bank robber and burst his balloon butt-first, making a hilarious and humiliating fart noise that has the team dissolving in fits of giggles. The Justice League they ain’t.
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