The script for "Shaun the Sheep," the new movie from Aardman Animations, the new movie doesn't have a word of spoken dialogue. But the screenplay, by the writer-director team of Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, paints a vivid picture of the world its fluffy stars inhabit.
In the movie, Shaun and the flock, including their sheepdog Bitzer, leave the comfortable tedium of farm life to rescue their farmer, who is lost in the big city and suffering from amnesia.
In this excerpt, Shaun has been captured by an animal control officer named Trumper, and is making a grim prison walk. As he moves through the cages, he passes a harmonica-playing goldfish, a tortoise counting off the days and a Hannibal Lecter-like cat, before arriving at a cell to find Bitzer.
"The best movies are the ones you can watch without any volume so that was our goal," Starzak said in a recent interview with The Times.