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Shaun the Sheep

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Fun critter mischief from Wallace and Gromit crew.
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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.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
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.

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?

QUALITY

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

Premiere date:July 8, 2007
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, Streaming

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Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny July 14, 2011

Adorable!!!

One of the most adorable cartoons I've ever seen. From the creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep is a really impressive spin-off. Not just that, but it takes a lot of skill and hard work to make claymation. Although there is no dialogue, it's still very entertaining and the characters are engaging. Can be really funny at times and is just one of those things you have to see to believe. I recently started watching it again through Netflix Instant and I forgot how good it really was. Now, I watch it over and over again, even if it's the same episode.
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Great role models
Parent of a 5 year old Written byHalHorvath July 24, 2012

Well done light entertainment, good heart, but 5 yrs and up

This is definitely above average (often really clever humor), and adults can watch and enjoy without cringing because the kids are watching. Would not let a 3-yr-old watch this. 4-yr-olds won't understand much of it, and the 3 bad pigs are somewhat problematic. But by age 5, this is fairly good entertainment, though it doesn't teach much usually. It does have a good heart in the end, and the characters will sometimes show sympathy in a great way, once every episode or two. Pretty good entertainment for the family age 5 and up, and adults won't feel bored.
Teen, 14 years old Written byBlueSunday October 11, 2010

(I put 2 ratings in 1)

It can get a tad boring, but its a very cute short show, the theme song is catchy, and its neat to see all the mistive he gets into. (And sinse they don't have a 'Brian O'Brian rating thing on here, I'll do it here) Brian O'Brian is a very cute show, I love the one when he's at the pool, they need to show it more often and even put it on DVD, it's very fun, also a cute short!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models