Shaun the Sheep

I’m a huge fan of the Aardman Animation children’s TV series “Shaun the Sheep”. Although it’s nominally a children’s programme there is a lot in it for adults as well. I particularly like the references to things that not many children would be aware of. Here are a few that I’ve spotted. I’ll add more when I find them.

All images ©Aardman / BBC / WDR.

“Supersize Timmy” (S2, E09)

This episode borrows a lot from “King Kong”.

“Let’s Spray” (S3, E05)

Timmy’s graffiti looks like a “Banksy” to me. (Note – this episode is not broadcast in the UK as it might encourage vandalism. The still is from German TV.)

“Hard To Swallow” (S3, E08)

A birdwatcher points his binoculars at a pair of crows. One of them turns and grins in a way that reminds me of Eric Morecambe.

“Missing Piece” (S4, E14)

The jigsaw is a bit like Constable’s “The Hay Wain”.  Or maybe not. Please yourselves.

“Turf Wars” (S5, E11)

This episode climaxes with a lovely homage to Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin”.

“Happy Farmers’ Day” (S5, E16)

The sheep cook a meal for the farmer, but various mishaps delay the dessert. Bitzer provides some entertainment, perhaps inspired by Manuel and Polly in “Fawlty Towers”.


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