Since my family is a huge fan already of Wallace & Gromit™ and Shaun the Sheep™ I was very interested in watching the new Timmy Time: Timmy Steals the Show DVD from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Timmy is a very lovable little lamb from Shaun the Sheep who is always getting into trouble and making us laugh with his antics. We already knew we loved Timmy so my three and four year old boys were exited to watch him in his own show.
My favorite part of the series is that the pictures are slower moving and there isn’t a single word of dialogue, just like Shaun the Sheep™. Instead the usual silent comedy is used. However, with Timmy Time™ the show is much brighter and different types of animals are featured, versus only the sheep, dog, cat and pigs found in the Shaun the Sheep™ series. The characters show how they are feeling with their hoots, clucks, barks, bleats and more. That is what I loved most about Timmy Steals the Show.
For example, with the Timmy’s Picnic episode I was able to take the opportunity to ask my boys what they characters were feeling. Why is Timmy sad? Why is Apricot (the porcupine) sad? Do you think Timmy is really mad at Apricot? How would you feel if your ball burst? Because the show isn’t telling my boys what they are feeling, they have to practice using cues to decipher how the characters feel. This is great practice for real life and opens up conversation because we don’t have to worry about talking over any dialogue.
With slapstick humor and classic silent comedy, Timmy Time draws from Shaun the Sheep’s frolicking adventures with each episode following a day in the life of Timmy and his friends where they learn lessons about friendship and trial and error to which every young child can relate. Timmy Time debuted on Playhouse Disney in September, to stellar ratings with over 1.5 million viewers and continues to air daily in nearly 100 million homes.
I have seen the new lovable characters from this DVD in my local Target store and during our visit a couple of days ago my three year old immediately recognized them, asked me to stop the cart so he could see and played with the plush while I shopped. Perfect! You can also find them at Toys ‘R Us.
“Timmy Steals the Show” – While bossing everybody around during rehearsals for the nursery’s talent show, diva Yabba loses her voice! Yabba is crestfallen that she may not able to perform, but Timmy saves the day by performing for her.
“Timmy’s Picnic” – The class is off on a picnic! But during a game of soccer, the ball bursts on Apricot’s spikes. Apricot feels guilty that the little animals no longer have a ball to play with, but soon finds a good use for her prickly spikes – picking up the picnic litter!
“Timmy Brings a Smile” – Apricot has brought her favorite blanket to the nursery – of which she will not let go! But when she briefly puts it down, the other animals mistake it or a rag which they use to clean up paint and mud. Timmy tries to console Apricot with substitutes, until he discovers a pleasant surprise in Stripey’s sand pie!
“Timmy Can’t Dance” – Led by Harriet and Osbourne, the class is exploring various dance styles, from hula dancing to line dancing. But Timmy just cannot get into the groove! He soon discovers a passion for hip-hop music and wows his friends with his break-dancing moves.
“Timmy Says Sorry” – Timmy accidentally kicks a soccer ball through the preschool window! After a time out, he tries to be more careful, but ends up knocking down Otus’ sandcastle with a careless kick of the ball. After much soul searching, Timmy realizes it’s not enough to say sorry, you have to show you’re sorry, too.