DVD Review: Shaun the Sheep – Off the Baa!

Hi all…

As huge fans of Wallace and Gromit, we were honored to get a chance to take a look at Shaun the Sheep – Off the Baa! when it was announced.

Shaun the Sheep first came on the scene in Wallace & Gromit’s short film, A Close Shave in 1995. He caused no end of trouble for the famous pair. And that appearance spawned a spin-off series of 40 seven-minute episodes. Off the Baa! is the first DVD collection of the show and includes eight hilarious episodes.

[rating:4/4]

Evidently the show has been shown on the Disney Channel and has been regularly among the top 5 shorts. (Shaun even has his own Disney Channel web page – click here!) Apparently we don’t watch enough Disney Channel at our house!

Each episode combines slapstick humor and old-style silent comedy in new and entertaining ways as we meet Shaun and all the other animals on the farm.

Characters include:

  • Shaun (the leader of the flock)
  • Timmy and his Mum (Timmy is the baby sheep of the flock)
  • Bitzer (the Farmer’s Dog)
  • The Farmer (very confused, but not very smart)
  • Shirley (the biggest sheep on the lot)
  • The Pigs (always trying to spoil the sheep’s fun)

The eight episodes included on the DVD are:

  • Off the Baa
  • Timmy in a Tizzy
  • Buzz Off Bees
  • Who is the Mummy
  • Mower Mouth
  • Fleeced
  • Shaun Shoots the Sheep
  • Mountains Out of Molehills

Since I have soccer players at my house, we were all entertained by “Off the Baa” when Shaun and company turn a cabbage head into a soccer ball and have a match. The Pigs (always hungry) have to try and steal the ball for a mid-day snack of course!

“Mower Mouth” and “Mountains Out of Molehills” introduce a couple of other characters… a goat who eats everything in one case and a mole who’s digging holes all across the farm. Both cause no end of trouble for Bitzer and Shaun.

In addition to the eight great episodes, there are a few extras. A “Meet the Animals” feature that introduces us to the cast of characters for Shaun the Sheep from a kid’s point of view. And a couple of sneak peeks for a “Shaun of the Sheep” game for the Nintendo DS and “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures” games from Telltale Games.

For any fans of stop-motion animation, Wallace & Gromit, or just fun family animation, Shaun of the Sheep – Off the Baa! provides a fun introduction to Shaun’s world!

–Fitz

p.s.  Pick up Shaun the Sheep at Amazon and look for it on The Disney Channel!

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