Shaun the Sheep, a Movie for the whole Family

Yesterday morning, Crevette (6 years 6 months), Beanie (4 years 4 months), Wriggly (8 months) and I headed to Central London for a day out. The little ones loved the tube journey and behaved beautifully.

Getting off the tube at Leicester Square with a pram, a baby and two other children on Chinese New Year was probably not my most judicious idea, but people were nice enough and I managed to get help on the stairs. We had lunch, during which Wriggly did not stop crying. Teething pain is my nemesis at the moment!

After a ten minute walk that left us all soaking from head to toe, we arrived in Covent Garden. Together with a group of 20 or so lucky guests, the children and I had been invited a private screening of Shaun the Sheep Movie. The venue was the private cinema of luxurious five star hotel One Aldwych.

We were treated like royalty. We were offered drinks, fruit and popcorn as we were making ourselves comfortable on the blue leather seats. As the lights were dimmed and the film started, we put our sheep hats on.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Shaun is fed up. All he does is work, work, work and he desperately needs a day off. After plotting with his flock, he manages to get the farmer out of the way. A caravan ride leads the poor farmer to the big city, with amnesia caused by a head injury. Mr X, farmer turned hairdresser, sets the trend for a new haircut and goes viral. Shaun and his friends are determined to find the farmer and take him home.

There is not a word of spoken dialogue in the film, but the endearing flock, slapstick humour, take on the power of kinship and team work all contribute to the movie’s success.

Beanie Loves Shaun the Sheep... and Popcorn

Humour, bright visuals and funny situations appeal to children as young as eight months old (in our case), and references to popular culture, like Bansky, free running, Trojan horses, are sure to get adults smiling, too. The soundtrack is spot on and even includes a head bobbing rendition of Primal Scream’s Rocks Off.

The event was organised by Best Western, and let me tell you something: they really know how to look after families and make children feel special!

Crevette Loves Shaun the Sheep The Movie

After the film, the children were given bags full of sheep-tastic goodies. Before we reached the lifts, Beanie had lost her Shaun-shaped pencil and was trying to steal her brother’s.

Have you ever had to deal with a tantrum just outside the doors of a five star hotel? I have.

She sat on the pavement, hollering, in her smart white trousers. Oh, and it was raining!

 

I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this post. All opinions and photographs are my own.

 

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12 Comments

  1. Kim W
    21/02/2015 / 8:31 pm

    Oh Mel, how brave you are taking them all there and negotiating the tube too and the tantrum! Much braver than me! I love Covent Garden. There’s so much to see and do there. And I want to see Shaun too, but haven’t any young children now. Can I borrow one of yours? Preferrably one that doesn’t have tantrums lol! 🙂 Glad you had a nice time.

    • 28/02/2015 / 3:36 am

      You would have to borrow my boy then, but he has seen it already!

  2. 22/02/2015 / 10:05 am

    What about Jumpy? Sounds like a lovely day out (in between the tantrums, I haven’t figured out how to have a day out without a couple of those either!)

    We haven’t taken Daniel to the cinema yet but it sounds like this would be perfect so perhaps it’s time to give it a try.

    • 23/02/2015 / 2:59 pm

      I could never have taken all four on my own… well, I suppose I could have, but I might have lost one! Jumpy had a ‘Daddy day’ and was a very happy girl; she rarely gets one-on-one time with Hubby, bless her. I find that the best time to take little ones to the cinema is early in the morning (cheap and full of kids). Crevette only went for the first time about a year ago.

  3. 23/02/2015 / 9:02 am

    Quelle journée de rêve ! Mes enfants auras adoré aussi !

    • 23/02/2015 / 2:47 pm

      Sans aucun doute ma belle. On a eu beaucoup de chance d’avoir été invités!

  4. 25/02/2015 / 8:56 am

    Sounds like a fab day out hon, and I love that Jumpy got to have a daddy’s day! My little minxes really enjoy their daddy’s days too xx #SWM

    • 28/02/2015 / 3:30 am

      It really was, despite the pouring rain (and wet bottom for Little Miss Tantrum!). They were still talking about it yesterday.

  5. 25/02/2015 / 11:20 am

    We went to Shaun the Sheep a few weeks ago it was our first movie experience and it didn’t disappoint. Loved it. Sounds like yall did too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 25/02/2015 / 8:40 pm

      Oh that would have been a nice first cinema experience for your little ones!

  6. 25/02/2015 / 12:39 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic time! I love that you got some quality time with your little one, and this was the perfect activity to do it! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • 05/03/2015 / 5:21 pm

      We really had a great day despite the rain and the silly meltdowns!

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