Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa!
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2009
Too good to miss! Ageless humor guaranteed to bring cheer. Watch for the eventual availability of all 40 cartoons in the U.S. (not counting the recent third season)
Shaun the Sheep, appearing in the thirty minute feature "A Close Shave" appeared in the UK (and other non-U.S. nations) as seven minute Oscar winning cartoons in 2007. "Off the Baa is a collection of eight of these cartoons from the first season (listed below). Shaun is the star of farm and flock in episodes that fascinate adults and children. There are no speaking parts, but the antics stretch reality and lighten any mood using animal and people sounds.

Disney Channel seems to be the only source for Shaun cartoon broadcasts in the United States, except videos from some foreign Youtube-like sites. If you buy any videos, beware of DVD regional coding, making sure it is zero or one for the U.S. Watch for other collections of eight cartoons each - including "Wash Day", "Sheep on the Loose", "Saturday Night Shaun", and "Abracadabra". "Back in the Ba-a-ath" is also available, but I cannot find the number of episodes it includes.

You may now purchase Shaun the Sheep seasons one and two. A third season has been produced and introduces the farmer's cat. A toddler spin off of Timmy is now available: "Timmy Time"

A little searching will reward you with plenty of Aardman Animations videos including Shaun the sheep exercise video, sports, BBC shorts, as well as Wallace and Grommit features, "Cracking Contraptions", full length films, cartoons, advertisements, and over a dozen new characters.. Of the available full feature Wallace and Grommit films, none match up to the wonderfully entertaining "Chicken Run".

Three further recommendations: First, BEWARE of torrent downloads of Shaun the Sheep series. One is a vicious scam. Second, Wikipedia has a rather complete write up on Shaun. Links too. Third, don't miss out on Shawn's website [...] (or Aardmans website either)

Off the Baa includes the following eight episodes from the first season:

Off The Baa!
Timmy In A Tizzy
Buzz Off Bees
Things That Go Bump
Mower Mouth
Fleeced
Shaun Shoots The Sheep
Mountains Out Of Molehills
(episodes 1, 4,13, 20, 7, 14, 15, 18 respectively)

Happy Sheeping. Oh, and you may see clips on Amazon.uk Watching the intro in Swedish or German can be fun too.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2009
This was purchased for one of our adult children as a Christmas present. Our entire family enjoyed watching it. Our grandchildren like watching this dvd but there is also more subtle humor that adults can pick up on. Make sure to purchase the correct Region 1 for USA viewing - many of these DVD's are formatted for the UK - These DVDS need to be labeled on the front and on the order form confirming you which region you are ordering.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2009
My wife and I have been big Wallace and Gromit fans for a while now. My wife especially thinks that Shaun the sheep is adorable. One day we saw this playing somewhere and I made a mental note of it to look for it on Amazon. I found this video some time later when I remembered, and ordered it as a Christmas Present. The movie is great, just like all of the other Aardman productions. One thing that really sets it apart is that there really isn't any dialogue, but threre isn't any needed because the whole thing is so well done. This movie is highly recommended to anyone who likes movies like Wallace and Gromit. I am hoping they continue to make more adventures so we can add them to our collection as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Shaun the Sheep first made an appearance in Wallace and Gromit's A Close Shave. The character showed enough potential in that short movie that he went on to get his own tv show. The episodes are quite short and run about 6-7 minutes each. The show follows the exploits of Shaun and the herd he lives with and takes care of. The herd is owned by a nameless Farmer who only "speaks" in gibberish mumbles. The animals on the farm are watched over by a sheepdog named Blitzer who has a good friendship with Shaun. The main antagonists in the episodes on OFF THE BAA! are the Pigs.

OFF THE BAA! contains eight episodes of Shaun the Sheep:

"Off the Baa!" - in this episode a cabbage rolls into the farm yard and Shaun and the flock use it to play a game of soccer. The game gets out of hand when the Pigs want to eat the cabbage for lunch.

"Timmy In a Tizzy" - the youngest sheep in the herd and Shaun's cousin, Timmy, become very upset when the Farmer takes away his stuffed animal. Shaun and company do everything they can to get Timmy to quiet down. As a side note, Timmy now has his own spin-off for preschoolers called Timmy Time.

"Buzz Off Bees" - the Farmer decides to try his hand at harvesting honey and keeps a bee hive on the farm. Trouble ensues for everyone.

"Who's the Mummy" - a group of baby chick hatch and in the absence of their mother, they become convinced Shaun is their mother.

"Mower Mouth" - a goat eats everything in sight and gives Shirley (the sheep who will eat anything) a run for her money. The goat gets loose and the usual chaos ensues.

"Fleeced" - it's shearing day, but Shaun and the sheep are determined not to have their wool taken. They make an escape into town and try to go incognito through fashion.

"Shaun Shoots the Sheep" - Shaun discovers a camera and becomes a photographer. However, Blitzer and the Pigs want the camera, too.

"Mountains Out of Molehills" - a sheep dance is interrupted by an unruly mole. The flock goes to increasingly extreme measures to rid the farm of the troublesome mole's presence.

There aren't very many extras on OFF THE BAA! There's about a five minute featurette ("Meet the Animals") with the art department of the show that features several school children talking about the show and the characters. There are some trailers for two Aardman-related video games (SHAUN THE SHEEP and WALLACE AND GROMIT: GRAND ADVENTURES). There's also some trailers for a few Lionsgate films.

I really liked OFF THE BAA! I find Shaun the Sheep just as entertaining as Wallace and Gromit, but in a completely different way. The humor in both franchises is similar. However, Wallace and Gromit is essentially a buddy story, whereas Shaun the Sheep focuses on Shaun and the crazy family of animals he lives with.

You can find all of the episodes of SHAUN THE SHEEP: OFF THE BAA! on SHAUN THE SHEEP SEASON ONE. OFF THE BAA! was released before the complete season one was available on DVD. With that said, if you aren't familiar with the show, OFF THE BAA! would be a good DVD to rent or buy to see if you liked the concept.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 27, 2009
If you've got a toddler or two around the house and you're not happy with most of what's on TV, rest assured that "Shaun the Sheep" is a show that children and adults can both enjoy. All the comedy is visual (i.e. there are no spoken words) and clean, so you don't have to worry about your kids becoming the new miscreants on the block as a result of viewing any of the episodes. Each of the episodes, by the way, is less than five minutes long. It's great to hear your kids laugh out loud at a show rather than staring dumbly at the screen, befuddled by a program that's over their heads.

(Another wholesome and entertaining show for toddlers is Peep and the Big Wide World. There is talking, but it's all fairly simple (i.e. no big words or complex plots) and clean (no lewdness, no one saying "stupid" or "dumb"). I should point out, as well, that the children love the show, too.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2009
This is a wonderful series created by Nick Parks, the guy who created Wallace and Grommit. It's done in beautifully detailed claymation. Here's the basic premise: Shaun is not just any sheep. He's the male ringleader of a flock of sheep who live on the farm of a somewhat witless farmer. When no one is looking, the sheep do things such as dance the Irish jig (a la Lord of the Dance), fly kites, go to the beauty parlor, drive trucks, ransack the farmer's house, experiment with a Polaroid instant camera, etc. When the farmer is around, however, they all try to act like normal sheep. Each sheep has its own unique personality, from the adorable lamb, Timmy, to his curler-wearing mother, to morbidly obese Shirley. My whole family loves Shaun the Sheep, from my six year old son to my husband. It's one of those shows that has something for everyone. We have watched it dozens of times and never grow tired of it. It's hilarious and silly fun; give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Like most DVDs today, this has ads: Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder. That gives you a fair idea what age group these amusing shorts aim at.

Shaun is back with another eight stop-animated cartoons. This time, he faces the implacable pigs, determined to capture and consume the cabbage the sheep use as a football, fends of the ultimate bad haircut on sheep shearing day, goes goat-surfing, and more. A brief extra features some kids describing the main characters - finding that this non-verbal series had names for the characters was a pleasant surprise.

Parents might note that this DVD goes from main menu to the cartoons by itself, so kids lacking remote control skills can watch unaided. It will also cycle forever, so you might want to keep an eye on how many times it runs.

-- wiredweird
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2011
This is the 3rd Shaun the Sheep video I purchased and there is not a bad one. Everyone of every age will enjoy tremendously Shaun the sheep. Although my grandson who I purchased this for said this particular video is the one he always wanted. By the way my 28 year old daughter put in her order. There is not an age group that won't enjoy Shaun the Sheep
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2012
Shaun is the best. Very funny, very well done. Oh, I have to say twenty more words, OK, so twenty, nineteen, eighteen, seventeen, sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, .... that's probably enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2011
We have my two year old niece Monday and Wednesday nights and since the beginning have put in Shaun the Sheep. He began as background noise and has quickly become a favourite! She now goes a picks out her own movies to watch and Shaun is ALWAYS her first choice. Thankfully, we never tire of them as they are truly timeless. We laugh at the farmer and all of the animals antics. My favourite part is the dancing in between episodes. She and I have a special dance for each of them and stop whatever we are doing and dance! Christmas this year will be Shaun-Themed as she is now old enough for the stuffies/purses/stickers etc. You know it's a classic, when her dad who is only in town for the weekends, begs to watch it with her when he's home! It's amazing to hear both of them giggling over some naugtiness that Shaun, Bitzer, Timmy and the like are up to.... PS, our cat was dressed up as Shirley for Halloween. She's a HUGE cat and it really suited her!
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