My friend Emre, told me about Shaun the Sheep, which is a British stop-motion animated children’s television series produced by Aardman Animations. I immediately recognized the style as Wallace and Gromit‘s, which was part of my childhood. The first series of Shaun the Sheep was deemed a success worldwide and Aardman is currently producing a third series.
Apparently Shaun the Sheep first appeared in the 1995 Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave. Sucked into Wallace’s Knit-o-matic contraption, the sheep is accidentally shorn, so Wallace names him “Shaun” (a pun as “Shaun” sounds identical to “shorn” when spoken with a non-rhotic accent). Shaun later appeared in the 2002 series Cracking Contraptions episode, “Shopper 13”, ostensibly to rescue a wayward wheel of cheese. The popularity of the character, as expressed in the success of Shaun the Sheep merchandise, led to this spin-off series of 40 seven-minute episodes, which made me really happy to hear about. Here is the sixth episode from the first season, “Still Life”.