Soundtrack review: Shaun the sheep movie (Ilan Eshkeri – 2015)
Shaun the sheep is a British slow motion animated TV series very popular in Britain and all over the world. It was time to release a feature movie because of this success. I always expect surprises from Ilan Eshkeri and I can’t wait to hear how he sounds in a lighter mood. And it doesn’t get lighter and more feel good than the opening “Humdrum day”. The cue is not monotonous at all, it’s just a lazy summer song full of whistling and mandolin like sounds which suggest to me a careless stroll on a day when I have absolutely nothing to do.
Since this is an animation score, the composer can just go silly and all over the place. “Shaun the sheep movie” is a motley collection of various different musical styles ranging from funk to acoustic guitar to the hilarious country sounding “Runaway caravan”. Ilan Eshkeri keeps it varied and interesting and I can enjoy this score to the fullest. There’s also a heavy metal cue and a allegro piano piece (Le chou Brule) which sounds as if it comes straight out of the vaudeville years. Animation scores are sometimes hard for me to sit through because I am not always in the right mood to enjoy a light composition. This one does enough to make me smile and curious about the next cue.
But yes, you should be in the right state of mind to enjoy “Shaun the sheep movie”. You need to have the patience to put up with this kind of fun and silly and not lose focus. There were times when it reminded me of the simplest cartoons I used to watch as a child. Other times it made me laugh while I felt the need to skip some parts. What this score will do, if you give it the chance, will be to put you in a good mood and leave you with a smile. Your kids will enjoy this one even without seeing the movie or knowing the character. For me, it was interesting to hear Ilan Eshkeri like this, especially after the moving “After Alice” score he wrote earlier this year.
Cue rating: 76 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 5 / 39
Album excellence: 13%
Le Chou Brule