'Shaun the Sheep: The Big Chase'
(DVD / NR / 2011 / Hit Favorites)
Overview: Start your engines for fun and laughter with Shaun the Sheep™ and his barnyard buddies as they speed off to stir up some mayhem in the meadow. The Oscar®-winning creators of Wallace and Gromit™ accelerate the laughter with revved-up adventures, from big races and chases to bikes and boats and everything in between. So buckle up for a wild ride with Shaun, Bitzer, Shirley, Timmy, and those Naughty Pigs next door as fun on the farm shifts into high gear!
DVD Verdict: As you can already probably guess, 'Shaun the Sheep: The Big Chase' is a funny, fast-paced childrens' series for all ages to enjoy. And, if you're not recalling anything about having seen Shaun the Sheep before, well, he is a mischief-making lil' fella that incites his fearless flock of buddies to do almost anything - when the farmers back is turned!
A spin-of from the now-classic Aardman studios' 'Wallace And Gromit' series of cult animation films, this claymation extravaganza has become a runaway hit on British TV, and is now equally beloved over here in the US.
And yes, even though there is no dialogue whatsoever thoughout the entire episodes, they still manage to combine a sharp, sublime sense of humor with some quite wonderful, artistic, colorful animation. Indeed, Shaun is the most down-to-earth member of a flock of sheep living on a rundown rural farm. The clueless farmer entrusts most of the herding duties to his dog, Bitzer, who wields a coach's whistle and not much else in his hapless attempts to keep the sheep in line!
In this way it is reminiscent of silent comedy films and even 'Pingu' and the animated version of 'Mr. Bean.' However, simple grunts, bleats, and sighs are all used to add subtle expression to each character's moods and feelings.
Each short episode is literally packed with visual jokes, and in this new volume Shaun and his mates are plagued by an arrogant magpie, have a Keystone Cops-style cross-country car chase, and much, much more! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• The Mini Making of Shaun
• Timmy Noise Song #1