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In pictures: Shaun the Sheep
Slapstick comedy

Apart from a few baas from Shaun and his friends, growls from sheepdog Bitzer and grunts from the Farmer, Shaun the sheep is a silent TV series.

But while Gromit had the voice of Wallace to keep the story going in their films, Shaun does not have that luxury.

Its easier to animate because lip-synching is one of the most time-consuming aspects for animators," says Chris.

"But sometimes the stories just won't work without dialogue because the sheep end up being too hammy."

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