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Shaun the Sheep

Updated on November 26, 2011

He's Shaun the Sheep!

His name is Shaun. He lives on a farm. Oh, and he's a sheep.

But Shaun is no ordinary sheep! He can dance, paint, and play a guitar. He's full of wild ideas and clever plans to help get his flock in and out of trouble.

He's Shaun the Sheep...

He doesn't miss a trick or ever lose a beat!

Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep

A History of Shaun the Sheep

Shaun was first seen in a 1995 Wallace and Gromit short called "A Close Shave." In this episode, Wallace and Gromit are window-washers who accidentally get mixed up with a pair of sheep-rustlers. Shaun manages to escape the sheep-rustlers and sneak into Wallace and Gromit's home, where he chews up anything and everything he can find.

In 2007, Shaun returns in his very own series by Aardman Animations. Shaun lives on a farm with several other sheep, but he's the most quick and clever of the bunch. The poor farmer has no idea that when his back his turned, his sheep are getting into all sorts of crazy shenanigans. Whether the sheep are playing football with a cabbage, having a dance-party in the barn, or fixing up the farmer's old tractor, Shaun is always leading the way!

Shaun the Sheep Chases Down Timmy

Shaun the Sheep Chases Down Timmy
Shaun the Sheep Chases Down Timmy

Shaun the Sheep Song

Actually, this music video is better at explaining and introducing Shaun the Sheep. Careful, the tune will probably get stuck in your head.

Shaun the Sheep on DVD

Haven't seen Shaun the Sheep yet? You can catch up by watching these DVDs!

He's Shaun the Sheep!

He even mucks about with those who cannot bleat.

See Shaun the Sheep in His Debut Role

Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave
Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave

Apart from being a funny Wallace and Gromit short in its own right, A Close Shave is worth seeing because we get to meet Shaun the Sheep... back when he was wearing a little sweater made from his own wool.

 

What Do You Think of Shaun the Sheep?

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A Close Shave - Shaun the Sheep Goes Through the Knit-O-Matic

THIS video snippet explains why Shaun spends most of A Close Shave wearing a little sweater made from his own wool. Once Shaun has his own TV series, however, we don't see that sweater again. He's comfortable enough with his own wool, thank you very much!

Shaun the Sheep

Shaun is cool, quick, and clever. He's always got another trick up his sleeve... very impressive for someone who doesn't even have sleeves! A brave and inquisitive sheep, he's always the first to investigate when something doesn't seem right. Although Bitzer the dog is technically in charge of looking after the sheep, Shaun is the true leader of the flock.

Shaun often leads the way to chaos and mayhem, but he also works the hardest to get everyone out of trouble and set things right again.

Shaun the Sheep Doll - Shaun Plush

It's so CUTE!

Shivering Shaun the Sheep Soft Toy
Shivering Shaun the Sheep Soft Toy

An adorable and cuddly likeness of everyone's favorite sheep. Shaun shivers when you pull his tail... cute, but personally I think it would make more sense if he made annoyed bleating noises.

 

Bitzer the Dog

Poor Bitzer has his work cut out for him. The farmer trusts him to look after the sheep and make sure they don't stray from the farm. Bitzer does his best to keep the flock in line, but the sheep always seem to get into some kind of mischief the minute he tries to relax.

Although Bitzer's loyalty is to the farmer, Bitzer and Shaun are friends and have a kind of understanding between them. In fact, Bitzer often joins the sheep on their adventures. More often than not, however, Bitzer ends up frantically trying to clean up the mess and hide the evidence.

Bitzer the Dog

Bitzer the Dog
Bitzer the Dog

Bitzer's New Look - Bitzer from Shaun the Sheep is Given a New Design...

Bitzer New Design
Bitzer New Design

In the second series of Shaun the Sheep, some changes were made to the show and the characters themselves. The most dramatic change was Bitzer's new look: He looks like a totally different character.

The old Bitzer was smooth and yellow; he looked a little like a large-nosed Gromit with teeth. Now his lower body has a furry texture, and his head is split into two pieces. It's obvious that his mouth was designed to pop out easily. The furry texture was added to hide dirt, dust, and other flaws.

These weren't aesthetic changes to make Bitzer look better. Aardman had to make big changes to expedite shooting. If they couldn't speed up the process of animating the characters, there would be no more Shaun the Sheep episodes... and a whole bunch of people would have been out of a job.

[Source: Shaun the Sheep Discussion Forum ]

What do you think of the new Bitzer?

Which Bitzer do YOU prefer?

I like Bitzer's new look!

I like Bitzer's new look!

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      the only thing i like from Bitzer is his teeth! please don't make any changes with the teeth. but it's ok if you change the body.

    I miss the old Bitzer!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        The new Bitzer is horrible. Never expected Aardman to cut expenses by degrading a character. This is what happens when managers take over. Sad.

      • christopherwell 5 years ago

        It was hard to watch at first. I figured it was a production choice; the farmer's mouth is different, too. (Just not as dramatically.)

      • christopherwell 5 years ago

        Although I assumed it was a production choice (the farmer's face was changed, too, just not as dramatically), it was hard to watch at first.

      • VictoriaNeely1 6 years ago

        I understand that the studio had to "adapt or die," but the changes have made Bitzer look like a different character... and not in a good way.

      The Farmer

      The farmer is a nice enough fellow, but he has no idea what his sheep are doing when he's not looking. He doesn't know the sheep have parties and occasionally muck around with his laundry--Bitzer and Shaun are good at cleaning up the evidence! But every now and then, the farmer notices strange things that make him scratch his head and wonder...

      Timmy the Sheep

      Timmy is the littlest sheep of the flock. He mostly likes to suck on his pacifier, cuddle with his teddy bear, and watch what the other sheep are doing. Sometimes he wanders off on his own and has to be rescued by the rest of the flock.

      Timmy the Sheep Plush - Shaun the Sheep Toy

      Speaking of little Timmy...

      Timmy Time - Night Night Timmy
      Timmy Time - Night Night Timmy

      Here's cute little Timmy the Sheep holding his teddy bear. The teddy is detachable, but I don't recommend taking it away from Timmy for too long... he's very attached to it. Timmy baaas, and when you lay him down, he goes to sleep and snores.

       
      Shirley the Sheep
      Shirley the Sheep

      Shirley the Sheep

      Shirley is a big, big, BIG sheep. She often has things hidden in her wool, such as rubber boots and bugle horns. She doesn't do much except eat constantly.

      Still, the rest of the flock find ways to put big Shirley to use. She makes a very nice doorstop. She's also a handy substitute for a trampoline.

      Shaun the Sheep Toys

      Who wouldn't want their very own cuddly Shaun?

      Shaun the Sheep Lyrics

      He's Shaun the sheep

      He's Shaun the sheep

      He even mucks about with those who cannot bleat

      Keep it in mind, he’s one of a kind

      Oh, life's a treat with Shaun the Sheep

      He's Shaun the sheep

      He's Shaun the sheep

      He doesn’t miss a trick or ever lose a beat

      Perhaps one day, you'll find a way

      To, come and meet with Shaun the sheep

      Oh, come and bleat with Shaun the Sheep!

      Perhaps One Day, You'll Find a Way...

      ... to come and meet with Shaun the Sheep!

      Please don't chew on the guestbook. Other people need room for their signatures too!

      Baa-aa-aaah! Sign the Guestbook!

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          Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

          Shaun the Sheep is a great series - it's sweet, funny and innovative all at once. Thanks for making this great Shaun the Sheep lens!

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          christopherwell 5 years ago

          Good stuff!