Shaun the Sheep, the movie, is out today! I’m sharing my movie review and a really fun Shaun the Sheep decorated cookie. This summer my kids took some classes at our local cake supply store. I thought it would be a fun opportunity to get the kids started with some beginning decorating techniques. I have to say I was really impressed with the treats they brought home each day. On the second day of class my daughter was so proud to show me her Shaun the Sheep inspired cookie.
Both my kids loved watching Shaun the Sheep when it was available on Netflix and they have been so excited for the movie to hit theaters. I was so impressed with her cookie! I asked her how she made it so that I could share the directions with all of you. The recipe starts assuming you have already baked some cookies. These cookies were on sticks, but you could use normal sugar cookies too. Tip: For a nice flat work surface, decorate the back side of the cookie.
- Sugar Cookies on a stick
- White Fondant
- Black Fondant
- Candy Eyes
- White frosting - for "glue"
- Roll out the white fondant to ¼" thick and cut with a scallop circle cookie cutter.
- Frost the cookie with a layer of white frosting. Transfer the scallop fondant circle to the cookie.
- Roll out the black fondant and cut a 1.5 inch circle.
- Place the black circle in the middle of the white circle, use white frosting to adhere it.
- With your hands make two small tear drop shaped ears and adhere to the cookie with frosting.
- Place a small dot of frosting on the back of the eyes and adhere them to the black face.
- Take the circle end of an ice tip and gently press into the white fondant. Do this all the way around the white to give it texture.
- Use a boo-boo stick to imprint a mouth shape into the black sheep's face.
My daughter has never worked with fondant before, I couldn’t believe how great it turned out. She also made a pig and a chick. The pig looks a lot like the pigs in Shaun the Sheep too. Although the pigs in the movie are not usually so smiley. They are some tough pigs.
Shaun the Sheep hits theaters today, August 5. We went and saw a complimentary media preview and I think your kids are going to love it.
Here’s the synopsis: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.
If you are unfamiliar with Shaun the Sheep, it is stop motion animation. It’s really quite impressive when you think about it. Each second of film requires 12 photos. That’s a lot of photos for a 82 minute movie! Another interesting fact is that Shaun the Sheep doesn’t have traditional dialogue. There is a lot of grunting and sort of mumble talking from the humans. It might take some getting used to but it means all the characters are really expressive with their movements and expressions. In the movie there is one musical number from the sheep and it’s actually my favorite part of the whole movie. Here’s a movie trailer:
Shaun the Sheep is rated PG. There is no dialogue so no need to worry about inappropriate words. I would say there are plenty of body function gags and I would guess that’s why it’s PG instead of a G rating. It was definitely more on the funny side and not gross. My kids loved the movie and thought it was really funny. I laughed out loud at several parts and I can tell you for sure that the whole theater thought it was funny too! I also enjoyed the story line. I can certainly relate to being tired of the daily grind and wanting to take a day off!
The verdict on the movie: Shaun the Sheep was a great movie for the whole family. I enjoy movies where I don’t have to cringe because my kids just heard or saw something I prefer the didn’t. Check out the official Shaun the Sheep website for more info, activities, and games.
The verdict on the cookies: They were so much fun. I hope you give them a try. If your kids like playing with clay, they’ll love working with fondant too! Here’s one more shot of all the cookies she made. I was impressed with the whole bunch.
Disclaimer: My family attended a complimentary media screening of Shaun the Sheep in exchange for a movie review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.