Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas

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Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
Shaun the Sheep The Farmers Llamas cover.jpg
DVD cover
Genre
Created by Richard Starzak
Based on Shaun the Sheep
by Nick Park
Written by
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Paul Kewley
  • John Woolley
Editor(s) Dan Williamson
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) Aardman Animations
Distributor StudioCanal (home media; UK)
Release
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 26 December 2015 (2015-12-26)
Chronology
Related shows Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie 2

Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas is a British stop motion animated television special based on the television program Shaun the Sheep by Nick Park. Produced by Paul Kewley and John Woolley and directed by Jay Grace, the program made its debut on Amazon Video in the United States on 13 November 2015 and on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 26 December 2015, Boxing Day. The special follows Shaun the Sheep (Justin Fletcher) as he gets the Farmer (John Sparkes) to bring home three Llamas from the County Fair.

Plot[edit]

When the Farmer and Bitzer bring a cake to a contest at a festival, Shaun tries to steal it but ends up hiding in the Farmer's jacket, at the festival, he encounters three llamas who are hypnotized by a flutist. The flute player stumbles and awakens the llamas, who create chaos in the cake contest. Once the llamas are again hypnotized, they are taken to an auction and sold. Thanks to Shaun, the Farmer and Bitzer accidentally buy them.

Back at Mossy Bottom Farm, the Farmer leads the llamas to the sheep meadow. Shaun befriends the llamas and the flock play a football game against the llamas. Timmy finds the flute that came with the llamas and tests it, discovering that he can hypnotize the llamas. However, Timmy loses the flute and the llamas destroy it, the llamas go on a vandalizing spree, culminating in taking a quad bike and destroying the sheep house just as Bitzer finishes repairing it. The flock becomes angry with Shaun for bringing the llamas. Meanwhile, The Farmer and Bitzer discover that the llamas have taken over the Farmer's house, after a confrontation, the llamas lock the Farmer in a wardrobe.

Bitzer and Shaun devise a plan to get rid of the llamas, tricking the creatures into the caravan, the llamas escape to take revenge on Shaun. He climbs on the roof of the Farmer's house and the llamas follow and are about to kill him, with almost everything lost, Timmy and the flock, with Bitzer's help, musically play empty bottles of soda to hypnotize the llamas, who fall back into the caravan.

Bitzer frees the Farmer from the wardrobe, and the next day the llamas are taken back to the auction, where the Farmer inadvertently buys a Rhino, during the credits, a bald man who Shaun tricked into buying the llamas leads them to his house, where he has a daughter who treats them very badly. Back at the farm, Timmy befriends the Rhino.

Cast[edit]

Additional voices

  • Dan Williamson

Production[edit]

The special was first announced on 13 October 2014 and aired on BBC One on 26 December 2015, Boxing Day, it first went into production after production was completed on Shaun the Sheep Movie.[5]

Release[edit]

The special was released on Amazon Video in the USA on 13 November 2015,[6] it aired in the UK on Boxing Day 2015 at 6.10pm.[7] It was released on DVD in the UK on 8 February 2016.[8]

Reception[edit]

Melissa Camacho from Common Sense Media gave it four out of five and said "Shaun fans of all ages should find this adventure a delightful addition to the Aardman canon."[9] Ed Power from The Daily Telegraph gave it four out of five and said "Kids, of course, will have loved every silly, sloppy minute, for a show going out at tea-time on Boxing Day, surely that was mission accomplished."[10] Ed Liu from Toon Zone said "The show certainly held my interest and extracted more than its share of laughs, but The Farmer’s Llamas doesn’t really have much more plot than an average episode of Shaun the Sheep."[11]

In 2016, it was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Kids: Animation.[12]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
International Emmy Awards[13][14] Kids:Animation Jay Grace Won
British Academy Children's Awards[15] Animation in 2016 Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas Nominated
Kidscreen Awards 2017[16] Best in Class Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas Won

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