Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time parents guide

Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time Parent Guide

Overall A-

A Woolly Good Time is bound to be had by all who watch this DVD release of six episodes from the TV show Shaun the Sheep. Created by Aardman Animations, this series follows the sheepish shenanigans of a fluffy flock and their not-so-watchful watchdog, who try to pull the wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting Farmer, who thinks he's in charge of the barnyard.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time Not Rated

Run Time: 39 minutes

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A Woolly Good Time is bound to be had by all who watch this DVD release of six episodes from the TV series Shaun the Sheep. Based on a character introduced in the short film Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave, the mischievous mutton and his barnyard friends do a lot of playing while the Farmer’s away—or otherwise distracted.

The sheepish shenanigans include mucking with the laundry (Washday), doing dentist duty with things you have lying about the house (Tooth Fairy) and clowning around when the circus comes to town (Big Top Timmy). Then there are plucky solutions for perplexing problems like amusing troublesome tikes (The Farmer’s Niece), silencing a loud sleeper (Snore-Worn Shaun) and tackling technology (Helping Hound).

While slapstick antics abound, there is little to offend even the youngest of viewers. A few characters occasionally find themselves in peril (a baby lamb walking a tight rope causes more danger to his rescuers than to himself, and protecting a child from harm while babysitting results in more injuries to the “sitters” than the “baby”). Language is never an issue, as none of the characters actually speak. Instead they communicate in murmurs and gestures. (Have no fear—you’ll understand every word!) Aside from that, there are some boxer shorts that get loose from the line and a few squeamish moments when the helpful animals try to remove an abscessed tooth. Yet it is all in good fun and the fleece will be sure to fly again in the next adventure.

Meanwhile, anyone familiar with the Studio’s other work is sure to enjoy some of the similarities between former productions and these shorts. For instance, the robot the Farmer introduces to round up the sheep is reminiscent of Wallace’s Techno-trousers and Bitzer the Dog shows the same kind of impatient patience as Gromit. And as in the past, fans are likely to be delighted once more by the imaginative clay creatures that have become a trademark of the folks at Aardman Animation.

Starring Nick Park. Running time: 39 minutes. Updated

Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time
Rating & Content Info

Why is Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time rated Not Rated? Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Slapstick antics are non-stop in these animated, short TV episodes about some naughty sheep, a hounded watchdog and an oblivious farmer. Boxer shorts make an appearance from time to time, especially when the lambs get into the laundry. To remove an abscessed tooth, characters try pulling it out with pliers and a plunger, and then rope it to a gate. To keep a mischievous child amused, animals allow her to subject them to heavy burdens and jumping exercises that result in comic injuries. A sleeping sheep is unaware of the dangers she experiences when her mates try to move her out of the barn. A robotic dog harasses a flock. Sheep, who try to rescue a lamb that is walking on a tight rope, fall from heights and are shot out of a cannon.

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Shaun The Sheep - A Woolly Good Time movie is February 16, 2010. Here are some details…

Release Date: 16 February 2010

Shaun The Sheep: A Wooly Good Time releases to DVD with the following features:

- Sing-Along with Shaun

- The Mini-Making of Shaun

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The creative personnel of Aardmen Animations has also work on Chicken Run, Flushed Away, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Creature Comforts. The inner workings of a barnyard, and the relationships between sheep and dogs (and a pig), are also depicted in the live action movie Babe. Another clay animation that communicates without the use of language is Pingu.