Shaun the Sheep

Common Sense Media says

Fun critter mischief from Wallace and Gromit crew.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Characters learn some basic lessons, but overall the show is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Characters learn gentle lessons about fixing the mistakes they make.

Positive role models

Characters are mischievous and get into some mildly naughty situations, but they always set things right.

Violence & scariness

Very mild, injury-free cartoon stuff: Sheep use a rotund peer as a trampoline, tumble from trees, etc.

Sexy stuff

Some stories imply romance between animal characters, who mostly cuddle and bat their eyes at each other.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful short-form animated series from the creator of Wallace and Gromit is appropriate for virtually all ages. The animal characters engage in some mildly naughty behavior (playing football with a cabbage, making a mess of The Farmer's house when he's away), but it's offset by the situational humor, and they always set things right in the end.

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Kids say

What's the story?

From the creator of beloved claymation characters Wallace and Gromit comes SHAUN THE SHEEP -- a short-form animated series about a curious young sheep who delights in adventure and enjoys leading his flock into all sorts of mischief. When The Farmer's around, Shaun gives the man no reason to doubt that Shaun is just another follower of the herd. But the minute the unsuspecting man's back is turned, the resourceful young sheep is off in pursuit of fun. Often it's up to faithful sheepdog Bitzer to wrangle the flock -- and help Shaun clean up their mess -- before his owner discovers all isn't as it seems.

Is it any good?


Shaun made his debut as the unfortunate victim of Wallace's Knit-o-matic machine in the 1995 short film A Close Shave, and his immediate popularity with fans prompted this series of shorts from creator Nick Park. The great news is that these abbreviated tales lose no ground due to their brevity -- each five-minute episode is packed with the same clever humor and endearing characters that fans have come to expect from Park's work.

While the series doesn't really offer any pointedly positive messages, parents can rest assured: Because the show makes no attempt to represent reality (Shaun walks upright, and Bitzer wears a hat and a wristwatch), kids will easily see the exaggerated humor in Shaun's mildly naughty behavior and won't be influenced to follow suit. This mini gem of a series will delight viewers of all ages, and its simplicity makes it a good option for sharing with even young kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to be a leader. Who are some of the leaders you know? What makes them good at what they do?

  • What qualities are important in being an effective leader? Have you ever been put in a position to lead? How did you feel about that responsibility?

  • Families who've seen the Wallace and Gromit shorts/movies can also discuss what this series has in common with them and how it's different.

TV details

Cast:John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-Y7
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bymwbarker January 15, 2010

Great fo all ages

We absolutely love this show! Great for kids and adults alike.

Adult Written byMidnightCresent June 22, 2010

Its a Yawner but its cute

Its not the most intertaning, but I'm glad its on. Somehow it puts me in a good mood and I like the music.

Kid, 11 years old Written byFangbite91 May 21, 2011

A little better than Wallace and Gromit etc.

I actually really like this show! I love it! I have it on DVD and I watch it with my brother. I know it looks like a little kids show but its for everybody! Messages are very good! It is actually pretty educational, Love it!

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models


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