Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa! (2007)

[Review] Shaun the Sheep: Off the Baa! (2007)



Shaun the Sheep is a BBC kids TV series of claymation figures from the creators of Wallace and Grommit. A flock of sheep clandestinely conduct human-like activities behind the back of their farmer.

In the first episode, Off the Baa, the sheep play soccer with a head of lettuce, with the watchdog as the referee. The greedy pigs next door try to steal and eat the lettuce.

In the Who’s the Mummy? episode, there is a tiny bit more soccer action as Shaun juggles a soccer ball.

The depictions of the claymation sheep playing soccer, juggling, and heading the ball are very cute. There is no dialog, partially because Aardman Animations wanted to emulate the silent screen slapstick of Buster Keaton. But also, dialog is expensive to animate in claymation.

The official website at has clips from all episodes, but unfortunately, none of the soccer clips. A movie is coming out soon, as well as new 3D stuff on Nintendo.

The DVD has eight 7-minute episodes from Season 1 and has an extra where children explain a little background about the characters. Off the Baa! is Episode 1.

Update Sep-2018: Aardman released a whole claymation soccer movie: Early Man.

6 Soccer Movie Mom Rating = 6