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Shaun the Sheep - Off the Baa! DVD is available for a bargain price at the moment. Our copy cost £4 from HMV, and Amazon presently have it available for £4.08. For a 55 minute long DVD that isn't unbeatable value, but it is certainly reasonable.
Included on the DVD are eight episodes of Shaun the Sheep. Most youngsters will be familiar with this character from watching this on CBBC television, but those who aren't will probably still enjoy this and find it easy to pick up. Shaun the Sheep is a fun little animation starring a clever, but mute, sheep called Shaun and a mis-matched flock. The characters are created by the same guys who are responsible for Wallace and Grommit, and Shaun the Sheep has a very similar style of comedy as that show has, only it's been aimed at a younger audience.
This DVD also features little Timmy the lamb, who fans of the show may recognise from the Timmy Time spin-off which is now on CBeebies. There's an especially cute little episode on this disc that heavily involves Timmy, as the poor little wool-ball has lost his teddy bear. There's a real sense of humour that's obviously been subtly aimed at the adult viewers that lies beneath the surface of this episode. Honestly, I don't know who enjoyed it more - the kids or the adults.
What I like about this kind of show is that it encourages children to use their imaginations and pay attention to the show. The sheep don't talk, so the story is told purely through actions and music. It's all so cleverly and obviously done that even our autistic grandson can understand what the story is about. That's no mean feat! In many ways this reminds me of Pingu, but perhaps for a marginally older audience. It's much more easy to follow than Pingu is as well.
The episodes on here include:
Off The Baa!
Timmy In A Tizzy
Buzz Off Bees
Things That Go Bump
Shaun Shoots The Sheep
Mountains Out Of Molehills
As I said above, Timmy in a Tizzy was definitely my favourite, where little Timmy the lamb loses his teddy bear (love his Mum in this too, you'll have to watch to see why!). There's not one episode other than that which really stands out, they're all as good as each other. The high standard of animation and silent plotlines is consistently good from episode to episode. The stories are all different, but set in similar locations (mostly just in the farm yard) and they feature a regular cast along with a handful of part-timers who add variety to the show. This is the kind of DVD you can happily sit and watch for the full duration in one sitting, and for the price, I'd definitely recommend it for youngsters between about four and nine years old. My only criticism is that the length of the DVD isn't as long as it could do with being.
I love Shaun the Sheep. My son loves Shaun the Sheep. This is the second DVD of Shaun the Sheep I purchased (for my son!) as he loves it so much! The first series was Shape up with Shaun which was excellent, so prompted me to buy another of this high quality production.
Off the Baa, the second series, features the following:
-Off the Baa
-Timmy in a Tizzy
-Buzz off Bees
-Who's the Mummy
-Shaun Shoots the Sheep
-Mountains out of Molehills
Also includes the "Making of Shuan the Sheep"
This is a British animated series by Nick Park with Shaun the Sheep who appeared in the animated Wallace & Gromit (also by Nick Park), and now has his own spin-off series. I bought mine from Woolworths for about £8 which was very good value for a series of this standard of entertainment and quality, but it is retailing now on Amazon for £7.98. The running time is 55 minutes.
This is a very high quality animated series for children and adults alike, which is very entertaining and good storylines. My son was fascinated by it, as I was too. I especially like Buzz off Bees (so clever) and Mower Mouth (so funny). Buy it. Now!