Timmy Time is a British stop-motion Clay animated children's television series made for the BBC by Aardman Animations. It started broadcasting in the United Kingdom on CBeebies on 6 April 2009. The show is a spin-off of Shaun the Sheep, in turn a spin off of the Wallace & Gromit film, A Close Shave (1995).
The first two series ran for 26 episodes. In the United Kingdom, the show's most recent run began in September 2011 on CBeebies. In Australia, season one commenced in May 2009 on ABC1 and season three started in May 2011 on ABC 4 Kids. The show also broadcast reruns on Disney Junior from its launch in 2012, but the show was discontinued in May 2014.
In 2018, Aardman joined forces with the British Council to create "Learning Time with Timmy", a learning experience to encourage children aged 2–6 around the world to learn the English language, along with a YouTube-exclusive series and 3 apps.
Timmy is a little lamb with a lot to learn as he heads off to nursery school. An "only lamb", he's had his own way most of the time, and he hasn't had to consider other people's feelings or share. But when he goes to Nursery, a cosy little school in an old farm building nestled in rolling hills, Timmy will have to learn to take others' feelings into account. Harriet Heron and Osbourne Owl, who run Nursery, make sure Timmy and his schoolmates stay on track as they paint, sing, play and learn together each day.
Why It Rocks
- Very faithful to the original Shaun the Sheep cartoon it was based on.
- Wonderful stop motion animation just like is precessor.
- Funny and likable characters such as Timmy the lamb, Yabba the Duckling, Ruffy the puppy, Stripey the Badger, Paxton the Pig, Finlay the Fox and the teachers (Harriet the Heron and Osbourne the Owl).
- Has a lot of memorable episodes, such as Timmy's Jigsaw, Timmy Plays Ball, Timmy Goes Bang, Timmy On Wheels, Timmy Wants To Win, Timmy the Artist, Timmy Can't Dance, Timmy Steals The Show, Timmy's Picnic, Timmy Tries To Hide, etc.
- Promotes good values such as friendship and teamwork (Timmy Tries To Hide) and learning from mistakes (Timmy Says Sorry)
- There are a few good references to Shaun the Sheep, such as Sheep bleating in Timmy's imagination in Timmy Wants To Win and Kid sneaking up to Timmy and eating a clue card in a similar fashion to Mower Mouth in the episode, "Timmy's Treasure Trail".
- Catchy songs, such as the theme song, the name song, Jingle Bells and the Beach song.
- Cute and adorable character designs.
- It was from Jackie Cockle, best known for being the producer of Bob the Builder.
- It spawned 2 double-length specials, "Timmy's Christmas Surprise" and "Timmy's Seaside Rescue" (the series finale).
- "Timmy's Scrapbook" was a great way to send off the series as Timmy keeps his memories in nursery.
- There are a few unlikable/annoying characters such as Mittens the Kitten, Apricot the Hedgehog, Kid the Goat, Otus the Owl(who is Osbourne's son) and Bumpy the caterpillar.
- While somewhat relatable, Timmy might also be portrayed as bratty, mean-spirited and dumb in some occasions.
- Yabba also can be a temperamental and impulsive loudmouth at times when someone screws up.
- The stories can be mean-spirited at times.
- Every single episode title has "Timmy" in it, which is quite uncreative. Even for a big British animation company like Aardman.
- The fact that the show is slapstick (The characters being unable to speak English) does not work. Surely if it was made for kids 7+ it could be acceptable but for this show meant for toddlers or preschoolers, they made not understand the stories as much as older kids would.
- There are a handful of bad episodes, such as "Timmy Wants The Beret", "Timmy Gets The Job Done" and the infamous "Sticky Timmy".
- Some of the episode titles are fairly misleading.
- As pretty much a lot of the episodes take place only at the nursery, there's little variety and lack of new character introduction.
- Missed opportunity: Shaun, Blitzer, and the Farmer are nowhere to be seen since it's a spin-off to the show.