What makes lonely farms so ripe for alien crop circles? In the words of that old Tootsie Pop commercial, "The world may never know." It could be that no one would believe a company-deprived agriculturist, or that his/her menagerie might play along in the ruse.
The first teaser for Aardman's Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie explores the second option. In the dead of night, the proprieter of Mossy Bottom Farm is woken by strange lights coming from his wheat field. He goes outside, only to discover that his crop has been turned into an alien crop circle. The farmer freaks out and starts running around and screaming like a maniac.
Bitzer, the sheep dog, is roused from his sleep and goes to investigate, finding that the "extraterrestrial" presence is just Shaun and his friends waving flashlights around and playing the theremin, an instrument known for its use in old sci-fi flicks of the 1950s. Bitzer's in the middle of reprimanding the flock when Shaun is actually abducted by a real flying saucer, much to everyone's surprise.
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The actual plot of the Shaun the Sheep sequel takes a lot from Steven Spielberg's E.T. "An impish and adorable alien with amazing powers" crashes near the farm and must rely on Shaun to get back home before she is captured by a shady alien-hunting organization.
Directed by veterans of both Aardman and Laika — Richard Phelan and Will Becher — the stop-motion feature was penned by Mark Burton (Madagascar) and relative newcomer Jon Brown. The character of Shaun the Sheep was created by the legendary Nick Park, who first introduced the woolly protagonist in his Wallace and Gromit claymation offerings.
Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie invades U.S. theaters May 15, 2019.