This is a sneak peek review of Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind. It’s from Lionsgate and HiT Entertainment and due to hit stores on June 8, 2010. The creators of Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind, Aardman Animations, also created Wallace & Gromit. I was provided a review copy of this product, but was under no obligation to recommend it. My observations are my own.
Synopsis of the New Release DVD Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind
The first episode is Shaun Encounters, where two space aliens land on the farm and create all kinds of havoc, especially for the sheep dog Bitzer. The Bull sees Shaun the Sheep, Bitzer, and the flock have it out with an angry bull, much to the joy of those Naughty Pigs. In Hiccups, the gluttonous Shirley samples some of Bitzer’s soft drink and begins to hiccup uncontrollably, while in Bitzer Puts His Foot In It, the sheep dog is commissioned by The Farmer to guard his new concrete floor, but everything goes terribly wrong. When The Farmer runs out of firewood, he goes hunting for more, and the flock of sheep scheme to keep him from cutting down their play tree in Save The Tree. In the last episode of the DVD Shaun the Sheep: One Giant Leap for Lambkind, called The Visitor, an alien crash lands on the farm, and needs the animals’ help getting back to outer space, using an unlikely fuel source. In between episodes, if you choose the continuous play option, you’ll see little acts by the farm animals, including a little “Riverdance” by the flock, and witness Shaun the Sheep show his skills with a soccer ball.
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Also included is in this DVD is the sing-along of the Shaun the Sheep’s lively theme as well as a simple but funny computer game called “Whack-A-Pig” (with a cabbage). I definitely recommend these off-the-wall and bratty farm animals, who gave me a lot of chuckles while watching the six episodes. I liked the banjo-like music soundtrack accompanying some of the programs. The Suggested Retail Price of this product is $14.98, and its running time is about 38 minutes with availability at retail outlets like Amazon.com beginning June 8, 2010.
As far as age appropriateness goes, any age will get laughs from this DVD. There’s nothing really that shocking in the six episodes except a bit of potty humor in a couple of episodes and a brief glimpse of The Farmer’s big butt (Hiccups episode). Parents can review these Shaun the Sheep episodes and decide if it’s appropriate for their young children (0-5). For more information about Shaun the Sheep in general, go to the official website here.