Baa Baa Black Sheep (1993)

Run Time - 25 min.  |  
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This 30-minute cartoon special was originally part of Cinar's The Real Story of. . . anthology, wherein the histories of such popular songs as "O Christmas Tree" and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" were recounted in a highly fanciful fashion. The song in question this time is "Baa Baa Black Sheep", the origin of which is restaged in the fashion of a "True Crime" yarn. The toughest convict in Muttonville Prison, Baa Baa manages to bust out of the joint, whereupon he sets up a profitable wool racket. Robert Stack provides the voice of Lt. Littleboy, who has made it his mission in life to bring Baa Baa to justice, while Shelley Long is heard as Baa Baa's moll, "The Dame." Directed by award-winning animator and documentarian Gerald Potterton and originally telecast in Canada, Baa Baa Black Sheep made its first US appearance on January 1, 1994, courtesy of the HBO cable service.