He's a little lamb with a lot to learn!
Timmy! (Baa!) It's Timmy! (Baa!)
He's a handful of trouble at every turn!
Timmy leaves the farm and goes out into the world.
Trying to be cool, he's #1!
He joins all his friends on the big adventure.
And he's always having such a lot of fun!
from Aardman Animations
' Shaun the Sheep
, Timmy Time
follows that show's Ensemble Darkhorse
as he heads to an all-animal preschool run by a pink heron named Harriet and a purple owl named Osbourne. There he meets Yabba the Duckling, Paxton the Piglet, Mittens the Kitten, Ruffy the Dog, Apricot the Hedgehog, Stripey the Badger Cub, Kid the Goat, Otus the Owlet, Finlay the Fox Cub and Bumpy the Caterpillar, and learns various lessons
about getting along with others.
The series started in April 2009. If you live in the show's home of the United Kingdom, you can find Timmy Time
on CBeebies. If you're in the United States, the home for the program is Disney Junior
(formerly Playhouse Disney), and Canadian viewers can see the show on Treehouse TV
. Australian viewers can watch it on not only one, but TWO channels, ABC4 (ABC 4 Kids or 4 Kids ABC, etc)
and Disney Junior. No, really.
This series provides examples of:
- Animal Stereotypes
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Timmy (and his mother in the credits) are much more anthropomorphic than in Shaun the Sheep (where, again, the sheep were more anthropomorphic than they were in A Close Shave). They also live in a world where animals go to preschool, which doesn't entirely fit with the Shaun the Sheep setting, where the sheep are basically treated like sheep.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
- Attention Whore: Often an episode's conflict is set off by Timmy wanting to hog attention, only to learn his lesson. To be fair, his need for attention is balanced out by wanting to help his friends.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Finlay, who is more of a Keet than a Trickster.
- Escalating War: Non-violent variation in "Timmy the Train": Timmy and Mittens both want to lead their friends as pretend trains, and take advantage of the others' attraction to shiny objects by making their costumes increasingly complex.
- Everything's Cuter With Kittens: Mittens
- Everything's Messier With Pigs: Paxton
- Expressive Ears: Timmy and some of the other characters
- Everything's Precious With Puppies: Ruffy
- Halloween Episode: "Timmy Gets Spooked"
- The Owl-Knowing One: Osbourne is the more patient of the teachers. His son Otus also tries to follow his example whenever possible, mimicking his actions.
- Pokémon Speak: Most characters make their respective animal noises, but since most kids don't know what sound badgers makenote , Stripey just says "Badger, badger, badger".
- Shrinking Violet: Apricot, who responds to anything frightening by rolling up into a ball.
- Sleepy Head: Stripey is generally in a dozy state, though, to be fair, this is because badgers are nocturnal.
- Spin-Off: This show is a double example: it was spun off from Shaun the Sheep, itself a spin off of Wallace & Gromit.
- The Speechless: As on Shaun the Sheep, all the animals make their respective noises rather than speaking like humans.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Harriet is pink and wears a pearl necklace.