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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom is a stop-motion series starring the now famous fluffy character who first gained notice in a Wallace & Gromit spin-off. Shaun is mischievous and full of big ideas that often get a little out of hand, but there's no real harm in any of what goes on in the show. Expect some potentially perilous situations that always resolve themselves in happy ways, as well as slapstick-style incidents played for laughs. There's no dialogue, but the characters' expressions and gestures are such that language isn't really needed. Shaun's adventures are charming, hilarious, and fun for the whole family.
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What's the story?
SHAUN THE SHEEP: ADVENTURES FROM MOSSY BOTTOM chronicles the continuing misadventures of a mischievous young sheep named Shaun (voiced by Justin Fletcher) and his animal friends who live with him on the farm. For Shaun, every day is an opportunity to turn his circumstances into exciting new prospects -- when the Farmer's (John Sparkes) back is turned and his dog, Bitzer (Sparkes again), is otherwise occupied, that is. Shaun leads his flock into all sorts of hilarious scrapes, the resident pigs find new ways to be naughty, and the Farmer always manages to narrowly miss all the fun.
Is it any good?
This darling lamb never fails to entertain with his big ideas and his even greater ability to whip his faithful flock into following his lead. Shaun's adventures are laugh-out-loud funny, which is all the more impressive given that there's no dialogue in the show. Where words are left out, facial expressions, gestures, and various noises more than do the trick in communicating the characters' thoughts and intentions.
Adventures from Mossy Bottom is a delightful pick for families to enjoy together. Little kids will love the characters' silliness, and adults will appreciate the small nods to a more mature sense of humor that are hidden throughout the show. Aardman Animations continues to win big by betting on this small sheep, and Shaun fans of all ages will be happy to tag along on his comical adventures in this series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the characters communicate without speaking to each other. Can you understand their intentions and needs? How would the addition of conversation change the style of Shaun the Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom?
What do these stories suggest about Shaun's friendships? Do his friends always do what he wants them to? How effectively do the characters work together? Do you notice any other character strengths in this series?
Do you like this show's animation style? How does it contribute to the comic effect? How does Shaun the Sheep's humor stack up against that in other shows you like?
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