Obscure Cartoon Spotlight Episode 2: Sheep in the Big City

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How much do you like Sheep in the Big City?

Poll closed Oct 10, 2010.
  1. I Love Sheep a whole lot, he needs to be on DVD!

    54.5%
  2. I Like Sheep in the Big City.

    9.1%
  3. I Never Minded Sheep, But There Are Better Toons Out There.

    36.4%
  4. Not What I Had in Mind.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Neomysterion

    Neomysterion TZ's Resident Neopets King

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    Hello folks, and welcome to the Obscure Cartoon Spotlight! Why am I doing this week's Obscure Cartoon Spotlight here at the Cartoon Network Forums instead of the General Animation Forums? It's simple, this week's obscure cartoon originated from Cartoon Network. It'd be wrong to put it elsewhere.

    This week's obscure cartoon is a little something that a dedicated Cartoon Cartoon fan would know, rather than kids who watch Cartoon Network today. The Obscure Cartoon Spotlight goes to: Sheep in the Big City! :sheep:

    I know I should of waited a month from now for Sheep's 10th Anniversary, but I know you guys wouldn't mind otherwise. Sheep in the Big City was a comedic cartoon series that first aired in November 2000 on Cartoon Network and lasted 2 seasons with 27 episodes. Proud Creator: Mo Willems

    Sheep in the Big City was about a Sheep fed up with living the farm-life and wanted to reside in the Big City. However, General Specific of the Secret Military Organization had an evil plan to use Sheep in his new invention, the Sheep-Powered Ray Gun (which oddly had had a sheep-shaped hole in it). Since then, Sheep has been on the lam(b) from the General and his vile henchmen, Private Public, the Angry/Mad Scientist, loads of other military-types, and General Specific's beloved Plot Device.

    With being in the Big City, Sheep had to come to grips with city life along with attempting romance with his lovelife, Swanky the Poodle. The series does come packed with unwelcome characters including Farmer John (Sheep's original owner who has plans on recapturing Sheep), Lisa Rental (a annoying, deviant young gal who think Sheep's a "cutesy wootsy dog" and wants to own Sheep very badly), and Lady Virginia Richington (Swanky's owner who ironically despises Sheep), among others. :general:

    Sheep's creator Mo Willems was also the head writer for Seasons 1 to 4 of Mr. Tom Warburton's (one of Willems' colleagues from Sheep in the Big City) cartoon creation, Codename: Kids Next Door. Also, Sheep did manage to sneak a cameo in Codename: KND within Numbuh 3's cutesy plushie collection in the first season of that show.

    Read Sheep's Wikipedia Article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheep_in_the_Big_City
    Learn more about Sheep in the Big City at the Cartoon Network Fridays Fansite: http://www.nickandmore.com/archive/fridays/sheep.html

    I hope you enjoyed this piece of obscureness, don't forget to vote on how you liked Sheep in the Big City, and I'll see you next week (more likely at a forum outside of the CN forums)!

    :sheep: Thanks for the Sheep in the Big City smilies! They really made my OCS this week stand out! :general:
     
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  2. SpongeJosh

    SpongeJosh A Bold Kid

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    Ah, Sheep in the Big City. How oxymoronic. Seriously I had all but forgotten about this show up until about a couple years back, and when it all came back to me I remembered just how much I loved this show. It truly is underrated and not as well known as it should be. It was smart, funny. and original. It just felt right and it definitely deserves and needs to join the CN Hall of Fame.
     
  3. Neomysterion

    Neomysterion TZ's Resident Neopets King

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    Sheep truly needs a spot in the CN Hall of Fame, or at least it needs to be aired on Boomerang, Sheep in the Big City is pretty much made 10 years ago, so why not?
     
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  4. chalmers

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    Ooh, good choice. This is a show that I've been meaning to check out for a while now, because I keep hearing how good it is. I watched it off and on during it's original run, but didn't pay it much attention and thus don't remember much about it(one of the only real memories I have of watching it was when I was visiting my grandmother in Reno in the summer of 2001).

    Sadly though, it's a bit of a tricky show to track down. It hasn't been on TV in a number of years, and it isn't available for download on iTunes, although it apparently was at one point. Ah well, I'll find it eventually, and give it a second look.
     
  5. Neomysterion

    Neomysterion TZ's Resident Neopets King

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    Sheep and the Big City is a very rare show

    Sheep used to be on CN Video, but no longer is. :sad:
    Sheep may be as rare and elusive as the Fox Kids shows are.
     
  6. RoyalRubble

    RoyalRubble Atom Ant... Man

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    Sheep in the Big City was a great show. One of the funniest Cartoon Cartoons, if you ask me. The humour was good (and didn't really get tiresome dspite all of their running jokes) and all the characters were very quotable. Except maybe Sheep himself. :p

    The characters were great, and lots of fun to watch. It was funny how most of their names were oxymorons. Farmer John still probably had the funniest name if you consider the thought pattern his parents went through to name him (if anyone remembers that clip). I liked all the characters but my favorites were probably the "Angry" Scientist and X Agent (the super-hero parody episode from season two is among my favorite episodes).

    I liked how the show was overflowing with puns (mostly on the word "sheep") and how they made fun of TV in general during the chapter breaks, including soap-operas ("One Life to Live"), various commercials (the "from Oxymoron"jingle was awesome... their products not so much), candid camera type shows ("Krazy Pranks", and they couldn't get any crazier), fun-ducational films, a short film on "hygiene" and lots of other parodies I can't remember right now. I might post more if I remember anything.

    I was fortunate enough to watch re-runs of this show as Boomerang Central & Eastern Europe has aired all the episodes except for the pilot, till last year (or earlier this year, can't really remember). But a DVD release would be great.
     
  7. Neomysterion

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    I'm guessing Boomerang in Europe acts a lot differently than the one here in America, that's awesome! Boomerang USA thinks that Sheep's a bit too new for their tastes, they're airing Samurai Jack, and that's not even 10 years old yet! Even Boomerang USA airs The Batman from 2004, and it's a bit too new for a classics channel. It's also fun to compare whatever programming airs here in the US and there in Europe as well.
     
  8. Innagadadavida

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    It was entertaining, but I really didn't like the static backgrounds as colors. Like, when a character's lines would move but the pattern on their clothing would say still as if it were a layer underneath the background. I still don't like that in Chowder. Its distracting.

    I was also bugged at how the main villain's teeth never moved.

    In short, I enjoyed the show but hated the animation.
     
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    I remember Sheep in the Big City. I think that it was the first Cartoon Cartoon that I watched the premire of. I saw it at my grandma's house (sadly she isn't with us anymore). Even Sheep was an okay show to watch, I am honestly not really missing it.
     
  11. Silverstar

    Silverstar Ah, No.

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    This for me as well. Sheep in the Big City was a lot like the Jay Ward shows in that while it was witty and entertaining enough, it was never #1, and if Sheep were airing today, it still wouldn't be #1. I found some individual moments of Sheep to be quite funny, but somehow it just lacked that something extra that made me love a show and its' characters the way shows like Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy and The Powerpuff Girls did. Even later shows like Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack had this 'loveability' quality to them, but that factor just wasn't there on Sheep.

    Not a bad show by any means, and it would indeed be a hoot to see it again, but not one of CN's all-time best toons.
     
  12. Spaceman

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    What "factor"? As far as I'm concerned, Sheep was infinitely better at humor, writing and pure charm than Chowder ever was.

    I'd be perfectly content if they put reruns at 6:00AM; it has that strong "early in the morning" vibe for me. Or at least make it available on iTunes again (why would they take this down to begin with?).
     
  13. Silverstar

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    Don't get me wrong; I thought Sheep could be very funny at times, but I just didn't find myself caring about the characters they way I did the casts on other CN shows.
     
  14. Neomysterion

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    Very strange that Sheep in the Big City scored the highest amount of viewers when the show first premiered, but as I read these posts, it feels like that honour should of gone to a more popular Cartoon Network series. No wonder Sheep lasted 2 seasons with 27 episodes, at least it had one more episode than Squirrel Boy did, as well as a bit more appreciation than Class of 3000 and Ellen's Acres scored when they were on Cartoon Network. It was also a great reason to give Sheep the Spotlight for this week, it was fading away pretty quick since it was no longer on CN Video or iTunes, making Sheep in the Big City one of the most obscure cartoons since the comedic Fox Kids cartoons.
     
  15. PowerZord

    PowerZord It's time to change.

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    I recall sheep.. I was in High school when it first premiered. Cool Cartoon, Different style of humor than the usual Cartoon Cartoon of those times, I guess that's why it didn't last long.
     
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    I didn't care too much for Sheep in the Big City. I can hardly remember anythign specific about the show (I recall one episode in which the announcer/narrarator gets reunited and teamed with another announcer... Not sure if the show regularly had two announcers or not). I feel like this show was bland. I didn't care much for Ed, Edd & Eddy, either (though I did watch that show more). Seems the Cartoon Cartoon shows I watched the most were the original three (Johnny Bravo, Dexter's Laboratory, and Cow and Chicken) and The Powerpuff Girls (and to a lesser extent What a Cartoon Show, though I can't remember many of the cartoons on that show). Back in 2007 I did watch a few of the later Cartoon Cartoon shows semi-regularly (Camp Lazlo, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, My Gym Partner is a Monkey, and The Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy), but not for too long.

    The series creator, Mo Willems, also worked on Sesame Street, writing some of the street stories and also being responsible for some of the show's aniamtion in the 1990s and 2000s, most notably the Suzie Kabloozie cartoons. I think I read that a number of Sesame Street regulars provided guest voices on Sheep in the Big City. I'll have to check Muppet Wiki on that, but I think I read that Jerry Nelson (The Count, Herry Monster, SHerlock Hemlock, the original Snuffleupagus, and others) and Fran Brill (Zoe, Prairie Dawn, and others) were two of the Muppet performers who did voice work.
     
  17. ShadowBlinky

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    I liked it. I especially liked that song "My Voice Is So High". And how many cartoons have a sheep for a star? I remember a Cartoon Network ad in which Sheep was eating in a cafeteria in Cartoon Network studios and the chef told him to "stick to your own kind". Of course, there were no other sheep characters around.:sweat:
     
  18. Sketch

    Sketch not like those other old guys

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    General Specific and Private Public.

    Some of the finest name word-play ever.
     
  19. Desensitized

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    I liked it then and still like it now. It was a bit different, (in a good way) sort of like Courage was, yet still managed to be funny and just bizarre.
     
  20. Michael JJ

    Michael JJ Remember to Stay Positive!

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    This was one of my favorites. I adored this show, and it was one of those obsessions me and my cousin had for a while. You know, before we moved on to something else.

    I adored it, I would buy a DVD release.
     

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