TV Series We Love: “Timmy Time” by Aardman Animations
By Maggie Hames on June 17, 2012
Timmy’s a little lamb with (according to his creators) a lot to learn. Good thing he’s in preschool. This clay-animated marvel may be the most adorable depiction of a preschool to date. Timmy Time is a spin off from Aardman’sShaun the Sheep series, itself a spin off from the feature film, Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave.
Aardman set themselves to a difficult task: to create—in effect—a silent series; a show whose stories are completely understandable on the visual level. They don’t rely on dialogue to explain what’s going on. The characters act out each story, with no more dialogue than each animal’s “bah” or “hoot” or “mew.” There are cinema critics who claim that silent cinema was actually best because it HAD to tell its stories visually. The creative team atTimmy Time didn’t have to go silent; they made a choice. And it’s an amazing choice.
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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music.
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