Shaun the Sheep

I’m a big fan of animation probably because of the cuteness factor. We should all have something in our lives that makes us feel good when we are exposed to it and one of those things for me is the work of Aardman Animations.

Aardman Animations is a British animation studio who created the well known claymation duo Wallace and Gromit. I recently came across one of their other works while watching Spongebob Squarepants (It was just on for background noise, I swear!)

Anyway, their newest creation is called Shaun the Sheep and introduces us to the antics of a saucy sheep name Shaun. Shaun first appeared in an episode of Wallace and Gromit where he was accidentally sheared and thus earned his name Shaun (a pun on the word shorn). He appeared in one other episode of the animated series before striking out on his own in March 2007 in the UK.

I once watched a television show that profiled the company. The thing that stood out the most for me was the fact that these guys love what they do which is a given considering the time and effort it takes to create even a one minute stop motion animation. This love is reflected in the quality of their work and as such they have won many awards for their programs and movies.

In 2005 the company suffered a kick in the gut when an electrical fault sent their warehouse ablaze and with it the entire collection of Wallace and Gromit scenery and probs. Thankfully no one was physically hurt but I can only imagine the devastation the company felt at having all of their hard work literally go up in flames.

Still, the company managed to pick themselves up and have gone on to produce yet another terrific animated series. So without further ado, I present to you a reason to put off getting any real work done. Enjoy!

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