Western Animation / Shaun the Sheep

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An Aardman Animations children's program premiering in 2007, Shaun the Sheep is centered on the titular Ensemble Darkhorse from their popular Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. This time around, Shaun lives on a farm Oop North with his flock, overseen by a dimwitted farmer and his much smarter dog, Bitzer. The series later got a Spinoff of its own called Timmy Time.

A movie appeared in 2015. In this, a series of accidents sends the Farmer, Bitzer, and the sheep to a big city (called, wait for it... The Big City), leading to some interactions with a larger temporary cast. (The teaser trailer, which spoofs the Big Damn Movie trope, can be found here.) The movie shares characters, setting, and a considerable number of tropes with the TV series, and is also covered here.


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    TV Series and General Tropes 

Shaun the Sheep, the television series, provides examples of the following tropes, many of which also recur in the movie:

  • Accidental Bid: Shaun engineers one as the pivot of the plot in "The Farmer's Llamas".
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Or at least their kids are really annoying.
  • Amusing Injuries: In spades. No one is spared from the slapstick.
  • Animal Stereotypes: The farm animals have about human-level intelligence, but the sheep are dim and easily led, Bitzer regards his master with appropriately doglike devotion, the pigs are greedy and superior, the cat is evil, etc.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Shaun and most of the other sheep in "A Close Shave" were portrayed as more brainless, realistic acting animals with more subtle human-like traits. In the series, Shaun (and to an extent the other sheep) are almost on par with Gromit in terms of anthro traits, often walking on two legs, using their front feet as hands or making similar human-like facial expressions. The degree of shift differs between the "farm animals" and the likes of Bitzer and Pidsley. The farm animals are essentially anthro except when the farmer is looking, while both Bitzer and Pidsley have realistic behavioral weaknesses in the form of Bitzer's unavoidable reversion to doglike behavior (including the disappearance of his wristwatch) whenever a stick is thrown, and Pidsley's involuntary reaction to being presented with a ball of yarn. These flaws are mercilessly exploited by the sheep and numerous other characters.
  • Art Shift: Some of the character models for the second series, particularly that of Bitzer the sheepdog, are quite noticeably different. The replacements were primarily made because of a combination of wear on the old ones and technical improvements as well as the switch to HD video (making fingerprints and wear on the material too obvious). Curiously the third series onwards reverts to using models closer to the early episodes.
  • Baa Bomb: No, there are no exploding sheep, but Shaun becomes a human, er, ovine cannonball in "Big Top Timmy."
  • Bee Afraid: Especially when they play tennis with Shaun!
  • Behind a Stick: Shaun and Bitzer hide behind a very narrow tree while trailing a fox who raided the henhouse.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Bitzer, though not to the extent of poor Gromit.
  • Berserk Button: Don't let the mother Duck catch you with her ducklings, or she will give you a Shout-Out to Gladys versus Tyrone!
  • Big Fun:
    • Shirley is so large she gets wedged in sheepruns and between gateposts, not surprising for the Big Eater. She also makes for a useful trampoline.
    • The occasional Hammerspace.
  • Birthday Episode: "Party Animals" and "Happy Birthday Timmy."
  • Black Comedy: After the sinking of "The Boat," Farmer and Bitzer, recovering from exposure to cold water, watch TV. Bitzer immediately switches it off after inadvertently tuning in to Titanic - at the point when it's sinking.
  • Blind Without 'Em: The farmer.
  • Bowled Over: Shirley does this to the rest of the flock in "Shirley Whirley."
  • Breakout Character: Timmy the lamb.
  • Butt Monkey: Literally everyone on the farm. However, Bitzer noticeably is more unlucky than most of them.
  • Camping Episode: The flock deal with an obnoxious camper in "Camping Chaos." In the end, it turns out to be a Horrible Camping Trip for him.
  • Cats Are Mean: Pidsley to a T.
  • Chick Magnet: The fox when he literally becomes A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. His plans are thwarted in part as a result of Shirley becoming an Abhorrent Admirer.
  • Christmas Episode: "We Wish Ewe a Merry Christmas"
  • Claymation is the production's basic technology.
  • Clothing Damage: Lots of it on "Wash Day."
  • Clueless Boss: The farmer tended to be portrayed as such, and it was often only through the efforts of Blitzer that things were kept in line.
  • The Comically Serious: Bitzer.
  • Crazy Consumption:
  • Crazy-Prepared: In one episode Bitzer flips through his clipboard of ways to get Shirley out - including rocket powered and being on wheels until he found one where she's in a shopping cart.
  • Crossover: Apparently, one costumed character appearance in Japan had Shaun appear alongside Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy characters.
  • Conveyor Belt of Doom: More like Conveyor Belt of Launch Amusingly into the Air.
  • Dinosaur Doggie Bone: In "Fossils", Bitzer digs up a dinosaur skeleton while looking for his bone. He tries to bite one of the bones, but doesn't like the taste. Later, the completed skeleton is stolen by a pair of stray dogs.
  • Disco: "Saturday Night Shaun," complete with Dance Party Ending.
  • Door Slams You: Blitzer in opening theme always gets hit when the Farmer opens the door. Averted at the end of the movie, when the Farmer carefully opens the door to make sure he doesn't hit Bitzer... and then happens anyway when a tired, confused Pig staggers out of the house after the Farmer.
  • Dropped Abridged On It: When shown on the Disney channel in the US, most episodes were heavily edited and ended up being of very variable length. Most of the edits concerned the realistically dropping-strewn field that the sheep inhabit as well as instances of Toilet Humour. Some, such as the scene in "We Wish Ewe A Merry Xmas" where the farmer straightens the head on the snowman, which promptly falls off appear to be instances of Think of the Children!. Other, more inexplicable edits were made to fit the show to its allotted slot. In some episodes, the edits were so extensive as to completely break the plot, or reduce the length of the episode to a point where other measures were taken to lengthen the episode, for example by running the opening titles at a reduced speed. This was not a format conversion artifact, since it was present on some episodes but not others.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: The Farmer even climbs upon the stool when he sees one in "Hide and Squeak."
  • Evil Laugh: The Fox has a classic villain laugh that's almost begging for moustache to twirl. The fox also has a definite RP accent, making this a possible rare British use of Evil Brit.
  • Extreme Omni Goat: Mower Mouth.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Shirley.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The sheep frequently exploit or inconvenience the Farmer and Bitzer, though they tend to draw the line against outright tormenting them for cruel fun. The Naughty Pigs and the Llamas in The Farmer's Llamas have become the sheep's antagonists for this reason.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: A Running Gag on the show.
  • Fainting: Happens separately to the pigs and the rooster upon experiencing Body Horror.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Shirley. She makes a good trampoline, among other things.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Shaun and Bitzer have this.
  • Gasshole: The Flock, the Goat, and the Pigs are collectively this!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Occasionally, some of the Parental Bonus features get very mildly risque.
    • Bitzer has a romantic encounter with a female dog. We don't get to see what they do, but there's a sound of intense sniffing.
    • In the Christmas Episode the Farmer and his his girlfriend pull a cracker, and a plastic ring flies out of it to land in her cleavage, much to their mutual embarrassment.
  • Hammer Horror: Paid homage to in "Bitzer of the Black Lagoon".
  • Hammer Space:
    • Bitzer can pull a walkie-talkie out from behind his back, and pull out his thermos no matter where he is.
    • Shirley's wool holds just about everything.
  • Handbag of Hurt: In "Hard to Swallow," a jealous mother duck packs a wallop with her purse.
  • Here We Go Again: At the end of The Farmer's Llamas, after having finally gotten rid of the title animals that he'd accidentally purchased in an auction, the Farmer finds that he's accidentally purchased an angry looking rhinoceros. The ending credits show that Timmy ends up making friends with the rhino.
  • Hero Antagonist: Bitzer during some of the flock's mischevious moments. He just wants to keep things in order for the farmer, and is usually rather friendly to Shaun and the others when they aren't causing trouble for him. Since he usually the Butt Monkey under these moments it tends to double as Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Appropriately enough, the episode title is "Hiccups."
  • Hidden Depths: While Shirley is generally considered to be a Living Doorstop or Big Eater, she switches role to The Big Guy in "Lock Out", nailing Pidsley to the wall with a twirl of a hammer, and to Secretly Wealthy in "In The Doghouse" where she contributes several large wads of cash to pay for Bitzer's new deluxe kennel, while all of the other sheep, having no idea of even the concept of money, have contributed buttons, etc.
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: Starting from the second series, Shaun's front hooves have started looking decidedly more handlike while he is standing on his hind legs.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Shaun dreams of being the first sheep on the Moon until awakened - twice - by Shirley's snoring!
  • Idiot Houdini: No matter what the flock does, Shaun and Bitzer always save them in the end, and generally end up inconveniencing the farmer as well.
  • Intellectual Animal: Practically everyone on the farm. Curiously, they all fake being dumb animals while in front of the Farmer, except for Bitzer, who doesn't hide using a clipboard to track the sheep or taking his lunch with a thermos of coffee. Consider this is a world where Gromit can be arrested for sheep murder (as opposed to being put down) and publishers print Electronics For Dogs handyman books. Dogs are expected to act more like humans. Besides, if the farmer knew the sheep were (on the whole) just as intelligent as Bitzer but much less loyal, he'd probably put a stop to their adventures.
    • In at least one case, the pigs communicate intellectually with the Farmer, convincing him to let them take over while Bitzer is ill, suggesting he is aware of the animals' capability to some degree (or is merely too air headed to bother). Leads to a case of Laser-Guided Karma since it is also a very rare case the Farmer discovers an animal's misbehaviour after the pigs cause a riot with their power, compared to the more good natured mischief of the sheep.
  • Jerk Ass:
    • The Naughty Pigs, their sty is often considered out of bounds for the flock.
    • The Llamas in The Farmer's Llamas are even worse than the pigs. They outright bully all the other animals, even the pigs, Blitzer, and the Farmer. They also wreck everything without a care, and when Shaun tries to stop them they turn on him with clear intent of physical harm.
  • Jerkass Ball: Shaun in ''The Farmer's Llamas", the plot is caused by him having a more mean spirited sense of humour than usual and hanging around with the aforementioned llamas, to the point of tricking the farmer into buying them in an auction. However he has a Jerkass Realization when the llamas take their behaviour too far and even the other sheep are outraged with him.
  • Leitmotif: When the Farmer appears, a tuba is played. This is whenever the Theme Tune, other background music, or even a Standard Snippet is used.
  • Living Doorstop
    • Shirley, due to her knack for standing still and eating while oblivious to the world around her.
    • Timmy, who over the course of the two seasons has been used as a paintbrush, chalkboard eraser, table, plug for a ship's horn, pillow, curling stone, and handkerchief.
  • Loveable Rogue: Shaun. His schemes often involve screwing the Farmer or Bitzer in some way, but he has no harmful intent and occasionally tries to do nice things for them to compensate. Usually the rest of the flock get in on this too.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The bull falls for the scrap parts cow the sheep built to divert him. When he finally realizes he's been duped, he kicks it into orbit. Of course it comes down on the farmer, making it a rare 3rd party Love Hurts.
  • Magic Tool: From the animals' perspective, the Plunger appears to fulfill this role.
  • Mama Bear: In this case, Mama Duck!
  • Masquerade: The sheep conceal their intelligence from the humans.
  • Negative Continuity: No matter what happens throughout an entire episode, everything goes back to normal in the next. Self-subverts this to an extent in that certain items (most notably hats) that are "acquired" in one episode will reappear in later episodes. Examples of this are the primary plot device of "Bitzer's New Hat", which has migrated to the sheep by "An Ill Wind", and the Russian army ushanka from "Sheepwalking", which also reappears in "An Ill Wind".
  • Nice Hat:
    • On Bitzer.
    • The sheep wear wool caps on cold or windy days.
    • Occasionally, headwear relating to the theme of the episode.
  • No OSHA Compliance: directly averted. Shaun always wears a mask while welding, and any animals shown using dangerous tools such as chainsaws or jackhammers are always shown wearing hardhats, safety goggles and yellow safety vests. The show has discovered that this stuff can be funny in itself — especially on sheep.
  • No Name Given: The Farmer.
  • Not So Above It All: Bitzer is sometimes susceptible to this trope.
  • Not So Different: Many things the sheep take curiosity in are things the Farmer enjoy.
  • Obstacle Ski Course: In "Snowed In," the Farmer uses his house as an outdoor-indoor obstacle course, complete with tripping over the gutter and crashing into his furniture and cat!
  • Parental Bonus: Aardman clearly work on the principle that parents shouldn't get bored when watching this stuff with their kids, and indeed Shaun has many adult fans who don't even have children.
  • Punny Name: "Shaun" rhymes with "shorn" (as in "sheared") in non-rhotic varieties of English.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Bitzer, when the other sheep get the "Hiccups."
  • Rummage Fail: At one point during the football episode, the football collides with Shirley and is engulfed by her wool. While retrieving it, Shaun pulls out several other objects before finding the ball.
  • Running Gag: The farmer's blue underpants make numerous appearance, although never on the farmer. Frequently they end up on the heads of characters (usually Pidsley, although they first appear on Shirley), at which point they appear to spontaneously develop eyeholes, except when the plot requires that they don't. They also grow in size in "Lock Out" - Shirley makes use of them as a handy "cat-holder" when she nails Pidsley to the wall.
  • Sausage String Silliness: For the sheep. For the pigs, it is Body Horror!
  • Screaming at Squick: The only cure for Shirley in "Hiccups."
  • Shout-Out:
    • Very detailed King Kong sequence in "Supersized Timmy", with giant Timmy on the house roof holding an unconscious Bitzer while swiping at a duck that is circling his head.
    • Numerous montage sequences, including a faithful-to-Rocky training montage in "Shape Up With Shaun", a similar one in "Bitzer's Basic Training", and numerous equipment assembly montages (examples in "Pig Swill Fly" and "The Magpie"), all with appropriate accompanying musical accompaniment.
    • The pig does Inigo Montoya's left-to-right handed sword switch in "The Boat".
    • A sheep stands at the front of the boat with their arms spread out, re-enacting the most famous scene of Titanic (1997)... Until another sheep knocks them off the boat with the sails.
    • The episode "The Big Chase" is to a large extent a homage to the final chase scene in first "The Pink Panther" movie.
    • "Pig Trouble" makes use of the main musical motif from "Babe".
    • Bitzer's musical accompaniment to the farmer's dinner date in "Frantic Romantic" is pure Liberace. The wink to the camera is also a rare instance of the series Breaking the Fourth Wall.
    • Astute viewers will note that Shaun's guitar amp goes up to eleven.
    • In "Off the Baa", the tune of Nessun dorma from Turandot can be heard playing in the background as the cabbage-football goes flying through the air, just like in Bend It Like Beckham. However, this in turn is a reference to the BBC's use of this music as the theme for their 1990 FIFA World Cup coverage.
    • The sequence in "Stick With Me" where Bitzer is running from a large ball of glued-together sheep references Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • "Little Sheep Of Horrors" contains many suspense/horror tropes, the clearest of which is the shower scene in "Psycho".
    • "Alien": Averted, possibly retroactively, in "Take Away", where there's a discontinuity between the stacked sheep trying to read the map and the bystander running off in horror. The editing is very suggestive of this originally having been an "alien chest burster" parody that was either cut or written out before filming.
    • "Saturday Night Shaun" can be considered to contain either a reference to "Saturday Night Fever" or a reference to "Airplane!"'s reference to the same scene.
    • "The Great Escape" in "Fleeced". As with many references in Shaun, it's lampshaded by the music.
    • "Fawlty Towers" in "The Visitor", where the alien begins hitting his spaceship with a branch.
    • "Futurama", also in "The Visitor", whose spaceship ends up running on sheep droppings (which are small, round black lumps).
    • "Mission: Impossible": The show frequently uses a pastiche of the "Mission Impossible" theme during some of Shaun's more complex plans. Perhaps the canonical example of this occurs in "Bathtime".
    • "A Grand Day Out" - Aardman get self-referential in "Troublesome Tractor", in which Timmy has exactly the same problem with a power drill as Gromit did in "A Grand Day Out".
    • During the second season, a pastiche of "Yakety Sax", as used in every The Benny Hill Show chase scene ever, is played over some chase scenes. Notable examples in "Bitzer From The Black Lagoon" and "Cock-a-Doodle Shaun".
    • The first scene of "Cat Got Your Brain", showing the silent shadow of the alien saucer moving over the farm, accompanied by a low rumble, is clearly ""Independence Day"-inspired, although it's technically a little more realistic since British farms do not suffer from Space Is Noisy.
    • Although not part of the series proper, the music video that accompanied the release of an extended version of the opening theme tune ("Life's A Treat" by Vic Reeves) contains many clear references to the music videos of Madness such as their trademark "nutty dance", fezzes and a flying saxophonist suspending from a wire.
    • The Web Game Home Sheep Home 2: Lost in Space has hidden Funny Background Events including the TARDIS and Wallace sealed in Carbonite. As well as a Hurricane of Puns of level titles including "Close Encounters of the Herd Kind", "Star Sheep Enterprise", "Baa Wars: A Ewe Hope", "Baa Wars: The Empire Stikes Baa'ck", "Baa Trek: Sheep Space Nine" and so on.
  • Shown Their Work: In "The Magpie", Shaun builds an electromagnet to get the stolen metal items back from the thiefish magpie. Wait, is Shawn just explaning the law of Biot-Savart on the blackboard?
  • Silent Snarker: Bitzer, and Shaun to an extent.
  • Slapstick: Inspired greatly by silent era physical comedy.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: Intellectual Animal (though the flock is often minus the intellectual part)
  • Spinoff:
    • This show is a spin off of Wallace & Gromit, and has its own spin off in the form of Timmy Time.
    • A 45-minute stage show is launching in Cairo in 2015. It is planned to tour to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Australia and other Asian countries. A 20-minute show designed to play in shopping malls has played in Jakarta and Beijing.
  • Snowball Fight
  • Standard Snippet: Frequently used, depending on the theme of the episode:
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Played straight and averted. In a flock of sheep almost all the members will be females; besides Lola, all the sheep look like normal sheep, with nothing to point out their gender. Timmy's mum does have curlers, a play on a stereotypical housewife.
  • There's No "B" in "Movie": Both the farmer and the sheep seem to like low budget horror films.
  • The Speechless: Everybody. The animals bleat, grunt and bark respectively, and even the humans speak an unintelligble Simlish. This slips slightly in the later episodes from the second season - the farmer's accent shift coincides with his becoming borderline intelligible (albeit for only a word or two) and Shaun's own voice changes slightly from "always a sheep" to sounding human in when it comes to screams, cheers, etc.

    Even Talking with Signs is avoided, and printed material shown in the show is either solely pictorial or conveys no information through the text (which is often nonsense words, with letters sometimes mirrored or inverted). (The show is broadcast all over the world — Aardman claim 170 countries — and the speechlessness surely helps with localisation.) Curiously, though, the movie version features a bit more English-language text in places, though not very much.
  • Tightrope Walking: In "Big Top Timmy."
  • Toon Physics: Many standard examples, such as characters being briefly suspended in air before falling, and various items being launched into the air to implausibly high altitudes, or staying up for an improbably long time.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: In the episode "Supersized Timmy" although the trope is subverted somewhat by one of the "villagers" turning up with a lamp rather than a torch.
  • Totem Pole Trench: In the episode, "Take-Away"
  • Unconventional Vehicle Chase: In "The Big Chase."
  • Unwanted Assistance: As the Farmer ultimately reacts to Bitzer in "Bitzer's Basic Training."
  • Up to Eleven: In "Hiccups", Shaun gets out an electric guitar and amplifier, and turns it up to eleven. It explodes with a mushroom cloud.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Literally. Even the fox has to get his groceries from somewhere.
  • Web Game: A Platformer called Home Sheep Home, with three sequels (all numbered 2, so maybe one sequel with two level packs): Lost in London, Lost Undeground and Lost in Space.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Literally, the fox in "Foxy Laddie."

    Tropes in the Movie 

The movie version of Shaun the Sheep provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abbey Road Crossing: Done twice by the sheep in the Big City.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Shaun had become bored with the daily routine on the farm and wanted a change up in his day. Unfortunately, he got more than he bargained for when he and the others had to track down the farmer in the city.
  • Big Bad: Played with in the case of Trumper, the Animal Control specialist. While not responsible for the farmer's Easy Amnesia (as it turned out, Shaun and company did that by accident), his efforts to pursue the animals radically affect the plot and he becomes the primary antagonist of the film.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The sister cities of The Big City all have names translating to "Big City".
  • Book Ends: The movie ends with the Morning Routine from the beginning, only this time, everyone is happy with the day-to-day life.
  • Captivity Harmonica: Played by the goldfish in the pound.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The farmer's diagnosis report becomes crucial in helping Shaun and the others realize why he didn't recognize them.
  • The Coconut Effect: The sheep do this, complete with coconuts, when they are trying to get the farmer out of Big City via a horse costume.
  • Contrived Coincidence: You can pretty much make a Drinking Game from how often this happens.
  • Counting Sheep: Hilarity Ensues as a result.
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: When Shaun tried to operate the tractor earlier in the film, he ended up trashing the barnyard. Later, during the climax, when the farmer, Bitzer, and the sheep are about to fall in a quarry in a shed, Shaun manages to operate it perfectly in order to save them.
  • Cut Apart: When the sheep are carrying out their plan of freeing Shaun and Bitzer from Animal Containment, the two hear them working outside. However, when they pull down the cell wall, it's revealed that it's actually the wall of a prison cell. Shaun and Bitzer are on the other side of the alley.
  • Delicious Distraction: Bitzer twice. With bones of course.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Shaun and the other animals reach this when it looks like the farmer has abandoned them and they can't go back to the farm. Until they discover that the farmer had lost his memory.
  • The Determinator: A villainous instance; when Trumper gets really annoyed at being embarrassed by Shaun and the others, he becomes seriously dangerous and hard to stop.
  • Easy Amnesia is suffered by the Farmer, driving much of the plot of the movie.
  • FaceHoof: By Shaun.
  • Feedback Rule: The rooster crows through a megaphone and winces from the feedback.
  • Flat "What.": One of the few intelligible words in the film - and not spoken by a human!
  • Genre Savvy: In keeping with the series, Shaun's a cut above the rest of the flock. When they all start imitating a random person in the fancy restaurant, Shaun realizes trouble is on its way when he belches. He frantically tries to stop his flockmates, to no avail, and that's where the trouble starts.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The photo shoot with the farmer features a very brief visual reference to a famous nude photograph linked to a noted British political sex scandal of the 1960s.
  • Great Escape: Aardman do seem to love this trope, and it reappears in this movie — the "prison" being an animal pound, of course.
  • Inspector Javert: Trumper's pretty much this from the first frame. He won't stop until the rogue sheep are in custody, dead or alive.
  • Just for Pun: The sheep chorus is referred to as the "Baa baa shop quintet" in the credits.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Double subverted with Trumper. While his hero-wannabe tendencies add to his pathetic nature and are somewhat humorous, he's much viler than even the pigs, who were at worst annoying bullies. He treats the animals that he imprisons very cruelly in a way that isn't played for laughs, and in the climax he attempts to outright murder the farmer, Bitzer and all the sheep.
  • Knuckle Tattoos: A dog in the animal pound has BARK and BITE tattooed on his knuckles, to complete the Pounds Are Animal Prisons look.
  • Lampshade Hanging: During the climax, there's a sign reading "Convenient Quarry".
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • One of the sheep wears Timmy the lamb as a backpack - visually a real-world Shaun backpack.
    • When trouble starts in the restaurant the pianist starts playing that classic tied-to-the-railway-tracks theme.
  • Logo Joke: The letters of the Aardman logo are painted on the sheep (two of which are out of order), with Timmy as the star.
  • No Name Given: The farmer is simply referred to as "Mr X", due to the name on his hospital bracelet. The salon's famous client is also never referred to by name.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: To hide from Trumper when they first encounter him, Shaun and the sheep stand still in front of a poster with two people in a grassy field.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • Look closely at the background of one scene, and you can see a poster advertising something called Breaking Dad. Another scene has two sheep in protective clothing experimenting with chemicals and creating a bluish substance.
    • In Trumper's office there is a picture of Trumper riding a horse shirtless. How many kids are likely to understand the reference?
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons : The animal pound in which Shaun ends up is pictured like this, with tattooed inmates and even an insane Hannibal Lecter cat. This is an effect of Trumper being in charge, because he is only interested in catching animals and don't want to see them adopted, even going so far as to kick a sign that reads "Adopt a Stray Day" to the curb. After Trumper's departure, the pound is shown to be a much nicer place.
  • Prisons Are Gymnasiums: The poodle at the pound is lifting weights with a chew toy.
  • Quick Draw:
    • Trumper practices his, in a Shout-Out to Taxi Driver.
    • Whereas Shaun escapes with a literal quick-draw gag in the style of the Quick Draw trope image.
  • Repeat After Me: To get them to blend in at the restaurant, Shaun tells his fellow sheep to copy one of the customers. Unfortunately, they copy every motion from dropping silverware on the floor to burping.
  • Running Gag: The Evil-Eye Uncanny Valley Dog, never changing expression from one scene to the next. Turns out he's a cardboard stand-up. The real dog escaped some time ago in the style of The Shawshank Redemption
  • Shout-Out:
    • One of the publicity shots for the hairdressing salon has the farmer doing a Wolverine pose with a pair of clippers.
    • The aforementioned Breaking Bad references.
    • Also the aforementioned Taxi Driver reference.
    • Trumper: crawling out from under the wrecked Caravan red eyes and all .
    • The animal shelter houses a cat who mimics Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
    • The goldfish in the animal shelter makes a dancing performance like the one in Fantasia.
    • During the credits, it's revealed that the creepy staring dog in the pound was actually a cardboard cutout, with a hole in the wall leading to outside behind it.
    • Trumper's red safety glasses in the climax have a HUD that directly parodies the Terminator's.
    • As "Mr. X"/the farmer's haircut skills go viral, there are blink-and-you-miss-it pictures of the farmer in style of Nyan Cat and the Doge meme. There are also parodies of the Obama Hope poster and Banksy street art.
    • With the city only ever being referred to as "The Big City", the film is literally "Sheep in the Big City''.
    • The Rottweiler with "Bark" and "Bite" tattooed on his paws references The Night of the Hunter.
    • The Celebrity with Hair Trouble bears a startling resemblance to Baby Ray in The Fifth Element.
    • The song "Search for the Hero Inside Yourself" by M People is played at once stage. It was also featured in an episode of Father Ted that centered around a sheep.
  • Spit Take: Right before the credits when the farmer turns on the television the next day and sees himself and the sheep on the news. Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the sheep outside.
  • Stealth Pun: Shaun and his friends travel to the Big City to find the farmer. They are in affect Sheep in the Big City.
  • The Stinger: The credits finish rolling to reveal that the cockerel with the sign saying "THE END" is still there, fiddling with his mobile phone. As soon as he realizes the credits have gone, he turns the sign round to reveal "GO HOME" written on the other side and leaves. Seconds later, one of the sheep comes on to hoover the floor.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Used by the sheep as a disguise.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: This is clearly Bitzer's behavior towards Shaun for being the cause of the farmer getting lost in the city.

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