A sheep dances proudly in his southwestern landscape, until one day his wool is sheared and he is left naked. He's depressed and shy, until a cheerful jackalope comes along and shows him how to leap proudly and not to be ashamed.






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In the not too distant past, a lamb lives in the desert plateau just below the snow line. He is proud of how bright and shiny his coat of wool is, so much so that it makes him want to dance, which in turn makes all the other creatures around him also want to dance. His life changes when one spring day he is captured, his wool shorn, and thrown back out onto the plateau all naked and pink. But a bounding jackalope who wanders by makes the lamb look at life a little differently in seeing that there is always something exciting in life to bound about. Written by Huggo

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Animators nicknamed the rock where the sheep lived the "Guggenheim Rock" due to its similarity to the Guggenheim Museum in New York (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). See more »


Narrator: Now in this world of ups and downs, so nice to know there are Jackalopes around.
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Really Terrific
6 November 2004 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

This is a sweet tale with a good message about how to deal when Bad Things

Happen. Beautiful animation (as expected by Pixar). Amazing how much

emotion is packed in a slim 5 minutes. Sentimental without being cynical or

cloying. A mini-triumph. This is getting wide exposure as it is playing in front of The Incredibles (another Pixar triumph). I am not usually a huge fan of

computer animation, and if you aren't either, you really ought to give this a shot. This is Oscar worthy, hopefully in the short animated subject realm. Since it is a short, here's hoping this appears on The Incredibles DVD. It would be a shame if this gem were to somehow get lost underfoot someplace at the studio. I

hesitate to mention much of the story, as I knew absolutely nothing going in, and was floored by how moved I was by it. A must see.

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