I probably would have enjoyed this movie a lot more if I invested some time in reading the manga. After seeing this movie I already am trying to get a copy of the manga series. Going into this movie I expected a long story about the artist and his life. What I did not expect was a collection of short stories from these artist and what they experienced. The story is linear but there are many stories intertwined to get a feel of the characters and their backgrounds. I absolutely loved the traditional art and with studying art history in the past I enjoyed the many mediums they used. I also enjoyed the references of Hokusaias, Great Wave off Kanagawa and a few other prints he did. I would have liked to see more story background about the father, Hokusai. I thought the ending was a little abrupt but I enjoyed the short stories and illustration of the movie. The illustration was certainly not a disappointed and it kept the story interesting. I do expect this movie to make the top 10 finalist for best animation at the Academy Awards but I don’t think I expect to see this movie make the top five at the Academy Awards for best animation. Overall I give this movies story a 3 out of 5 woodblock prints.
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The story details of a young girl located in St. Petersburg in 1892 named Sasha. Sasha is a young Russian aristocrat that has always been fascinated by the adventurous life of her late grandfather, Oloukine. He was a renowned explorer, designer de son splendid Arctic ship, the Davaï, but never came back from his last expedition to conquer the North Pole. Now, his name Is being tarnished and her family is disgraced. To save the families honor, Sasha runs away. Going a long way North, she rushes in the footsteps of her grandfather to find the famous ship.
The plot of the movie consists of a sheep named Shaun who happens to live with his flock at Mossy Bottom Farm. Tired of the routine of life on the farm, he hatches a plan for a day off, by tricking the farmer into going back to sleep by counting the sheep over and over. However, the travel-trailer in which they put the farmer to bed accidentally rolls away, taking him all the way into the big city. Bitzer, the farmer’s dog, goes after him, ordering the sheep to stay on the farm. The voice cast includes Justin Fletcher as Shaun/Timmy John Sparkes as Bitzer/Farmer, Omid Djalili as Trumper, Kate Harbour as Timmy’s mom/ Meryl and Nick Park as himself.
Production started in January 2011 but with a few setbacks the movie was suppose to be released 2013 or 2014. In April 2013, the movie was announced it would be distributed by StudioCanal and written by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. Principal photography and production began January 30, 2014. The music of the film is composed by Ilan Eshkeri. The soundtrack was released in the UK on June 1st. The soundtrack consist of 26 tracks with a total length of 54:45. The movie has a rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes with 112 votes. Overall the movie has been given “okay” reviews calling the movie fluffy, smart and fun. There have already been discussions of a possible sequel for the movie.