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When you think of head injuries, a claymation sheep probably doesn’t come to mind. The Shaun the Sheep Movie might change that. The movie features head injury and a UK based charity that can help survivors get the help they need.
The Shaun the Sheep Movie by Aardman Animations is an animated comedy that balances playfulness with a respectful treatment of serious head injury. The story follows Shaun, a sheep, and his flock as they try to rescue their lost farmer who has suffered a bang on the head.
The farmer’s head injury results in memory problems, which prevent him from running his farm. That leaves the farm in Shaun’s hands to help fill the gaps resulting from the farmer’s disability.
What seems like a simple, somewhat childish comedy, the Shaun the Sheep Movie provides a surprise for brain injury advocates. It has paired with UK based Headway Worchestershire, a charity that works to improve the lives of head injury survivors. The charity has also produced a helpful information booklet that can help you understand brain injury where ever you are.
After 85 minutes of animated hilarity, Shaun the Sheep Movie displays Headway’s logo in its closing credits, along with the message “Getting a bang on the head can be serious.” In advertising the movie, Aardman Animations also produced a promotional image of Shaun sitting poolside, reading the Headway booklet “Memory Problems After Brain Injury.”
The team at Headway Worcestershire are proud of the collaboration with the major movie. According to Claire Wagstaff-Townend, the charity’s development manager:
“Everyone at Headway is proud to be associated with such a popular and well-loved character.
“We are delighted that Aardman Animations have decided to highlight that people who have sustained a brain injury often face extremely difficult daily challenges and that these challenges often extend to their families and carers.
“Aardman animations have tastefully managed to strike a balance between comedy and raising awareness of brain injury in a way that children can absorb and understand.”
Conveying brain injury awareness to children is essential. Children can suffer a head injury as a result of anything from a fall on the playground to a traumatic car accident. Childhood sports pose a special risk of concussion. Those injuries can even developmental delays if not treated promptly.
Films like the Shaun the Sheep Movie can teach kids the importance of reporting any bump on the head so that parents can watch for a concussion. If your child has suffered a brain injury, don’t wait. Have them examined by a doctor right away to prevent more serious injuries later on.
David Christensen is a brain injury expert at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team represent brain injury survivors as the result of a car crash, and get them the recovery they deserve. If you or someone you know has suffered a brain injury, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.
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