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saunthesheep
Created by Nick Park
Voices by Kate Harbour, John Sparkes, Jo Allen, Richard Webber

I have said it a million times before and I will say it again: I just love Nick Park and the feature films and short films that come out of Aardman Animation, based in Bristol. England. Our favorite little sheep is back with another collection of his adventures from Hit Entertainment.

The Series

In case you aren’t familiar, Shaun the Sheep was first introduced to audiences in the Wallace and Gromit (another fantastic Aardman Animation creation) short A Close Shave (1995). Fans has such a strong response to this character, Aardman has created several shorts that feature Sean and the other sheep, critters and humans that reside on his farm.

In the 3rd collection of Shaun the Sheep shorts, our little friend is up to his same shenanigans and there is just more to love here.

The shorts included in this release are Sheep on the Loose, Saturday Night Shaun, Tidy Up, Shaun the Farmer, Camping Chaos, and If You Can’t Stand the Heat.

Just like in the other shorts, the plots focus on Shaun dealing with his kindly but dimwitted farmer and the pigs that never seem to stop giving him trouble. The guard dog is lazy but well intended. And, as always, it seems that Shaun is the smartest sheep in his flock is he is always getting his kind out of some jam of some sort.

The short films are than 10 minutes in length and are able to tell their entertaining and sweet stories without words or complicated narratives. Rather, Shaun the Sheep’s adventures are told mostly through sight gags and music cues. So, this is suitable for all ages.

The shorts included in this release are all enjoyable. However, my only complaint is that there are only 6 included in this release, so look for the best price online to add this to your collection. Or, just add it to the Netflix queue.

The producers of some of the screeching experiments that pass as kid’s entertainment could take a lesson out of the book of Aardman Animation and Shaun the Sheep. The quality of the stop motion animation, the thoughtfulness put into the funny yet simple stories and the overall sophistication in the approach of entertaining children and their parent is only rivaled by the folks over at Pixar and Jim Henson Productions.

This is a no brainer, once again. Aardman fans are going to want to add this collection to their shelves.

 10/10

The Video

Presented in full screen, the series suffers from not being presented in widescreen. Luckily, the color palette is respectfully vibrant. I did not notice any instances of grain or artifacts.

5/10

The Audio

Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0, the overall sound is mixed well and sounds crystal clear. The clever soundtrack is featured nicely and never overpowers the “dialogue” and ambient sound.

7/10

The Packaging and Bonus Features

Presented in a standard amaray case, there is a cute picture of little Shaun on the cover.

Only a few bonus features await your discovery on this release. First up, The Mini Making of Shaun shows a brief look into the production of the show.

The Building of a Pig will be interesting for fans of all ages. It shows the step by step process of sculpting one of the pigs in the series.

Rounding things out are a collection of trailers.

4.5/10

Overall (Not an Average) 7.5/10

The Review

The Series 10/10
The Video 5/10
The Audio 7/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 4.5/10
Overall (Not an Average) 7.5/10