Baby Lamb & Friends is a web-series created by Simon A. and released on the Baby Lamb Creations YouTube channel. The series released the premiere of its first episode on YouTube on April 29, 2016. The show contains a total of 5 seasons, 77 episodes, 6 shorts, and a movie.
The series involves a young and happy-go-lucky little sheep named Baby Lamb as well as his colorful and unique friends: including his best friend Cow McMoo, his sweetheart Belle Butterfly, wisecracking Ricky Bowers, wise Donny Dolphin, and sassy Alice Pennington. All of them live in the random fictional town of Capitol City, where they tend to get into random situations and even learn important life lessons about themselves and the world around them. The show uses a mixture of live action and animation as well as plush toys, "paper puppets", LEGO mini-figures, and others.
The Making of the Series
Every single episode of "Baby Lamb & Friends" is made and produced with iMovie. Initially, the first 5 episodes were shot on an iPhone 4. Eventually, it was switched to an iPad or an iPad mini, which is still used to this day. The first 38 episodes were all shot and edited with the mobile iMovie app, but following Baby Lamb Creations' switch to iMovie for iOS in early 2017, episodes afterwards are still recorded with the iMovie mobile app but are currently edited with iMovie for iOS. The designs for some of the characters were originally hand-drawn on paper in Season 1. But in early Season 3 they were digitally drawn with Sketchpad, and in late Season 3 to present, they are digitally drawn with the AnimationCreator app which Simon A. uses for character designs and also animations.
Main Article: Episode Guide
The series premiered on YouTube via Baby Lamb Creations' YouTube channel with the episode "The Dare" on April 29th, 2016.
The first season ran from April 29, 2016 to December 31, 2016, with a total of 31 episodes.
The second season ran from January 10, 2017 to December 27, 2017 with a total of 23 episodes.
The third season ran from February 3, 2018 to November 22, 2018 with a total of 12 episodes.
The fourth season ran from March 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020 ,with a total of 8 episodes.
The fifth and current season started on February 29, 2020.
Main Article: Baby Lamb & Friends: The Movie
There were originally plans to make a film adaptation of Baby Lamb & Friends and a video announcement was made in 2016 promoting the movie, but eventually due to time constraints as well as recording issues, the idea was canned. 3 years later, on May 4, 2019, Baby Lamb Creations announced on Twitter and on YouTube that "Baby Lamb & Friends: The Movie" is officially in development and is said to be released summer of 2019. However, due to personal obligations that delayed the initial deadline, the movie was delayed. A sneak peek was uploaded on June 29, 20,19 and the first official trailer was released on September 15, 2019. Another trailer was uploaded on October 26, 20,19 and the third and final trailer was uploaded on November 4, 2019. The movie features the 6 main characters, some new characters, special guest roles from various YouTubers, and it is shot in Cinemascope.
The movie itself premiered on November 9, 2019.
It's about an evil yet pathetic guy named The Dark Slayer who may look threatening, but is actually a very lousy villain. So, he sets out to prove to everyone in Capitol City that he is a real villain by plotting to destroy the town and rule its people with an iron fist. Baby Lamb and the gang don't believe him until The Dark Slayer proves them wrong, takes over the town, and kidnaps everyone. The rest of the gang seeks vengeance, but Baby Lamb realizes something serious about The Dark Slayer.
- Some episodes, such as "First Day of Spring", "Duck of Steel", and "I Like Brains", were archived recordings from 2013-2016 (the pre-YouTube era), and were also shot with a Sony camcorder instead of on an iPad via iMovie. That also explains the change in the characters' voices.
- So far, despite being the titular character of the series, Baby Lamb does not appear in the episodes "The Return of Cliff Hanger", "Halloween Special: Part 2", "Holiday Special: Part 2", "Valentine's Day: Part 1 ", and "Duck of Steel".
- Baby Lamb & Friends drew inspiration from the popular YouTube series Angry Birds Craptastic Adventures , which Simon has watched as a child prior to making his own web series. It is also inspired by the YouTube web series, SuperMarioLogan.
- After the release of Episode 48, "Another Egg-stravagant Easter" on April 16, 2017, the series went on a long hiatus for 6 months until the release of "I Like Brains" on October 22, 2017.