Aardman Animation’s ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Gets a Trailer and Poster

Published 6 months ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 12:32 pm,

Aardman Animation is beloved for its charming characters and imaginative world-building, be it the various hens and Great Escape-esque farm setting of Chicken Run or the home of Wallace the oddball inventor and his silent companion Gromit, featured in a number of award-winning shorts (as well as the Oscar-winning feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit).

That much of their output – with exceptions like CGI Arthur Christmas - are brought to life through the tedious process of stop-motion animation, means that most Aardman’s projects end up being real labors of love – and, thankfully, that passion generally shines through in the final product. Hence, there’s good reason to be excited for their latest venture, with the upcoming Shaun the Sheep.

Shaun, for those unaware, is the sheep who was featured in the Oscar-winning Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave”, who thereafter became the star of his own British stop-motion animated kids program. In the upcoming Shaun the Sheep movie, the character “get a little more action than he bargained for” when his misdeeds land his Farmer boss in trouble and force Shaun (along with his flock) to travel to the Big City to save their overseer.

Of course, as the first Shaun the Sheep trailer is merely a teaser, it serves up Aardman’s preferred brand of irreverent humor instead of actual plot; that includes multiple sight gags and funny attention to detail, like having one of the sheep production team filming Shaun via an iPhone-like device. Similarly, the first poster is just a reminder that Shaun the Sheep is being developed, as well as a refresher on Aardman’s past hits.

Check out said poster below (click to enlarge):

shaun sheep poster 1024x768 Aardman Animations Shaun the Sheep Gets a Trailer and Poster

Shaun the Sheep was co-written and co-directed by first-timers Mark Burton and Richard Starzack. The former has spent years earning his keep and moving up the ladder by working on the scripts for animated features like Chicken Run, Madagascar, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Gnomeo & Juliet; the latter, however, has fewer projects to his name, though he did work on the animated TV series Canimals in the past.

Animation, even more so than live-action filmmaking, is a collaborative process, so one imagines that Shaun the Sheep will continue the proud Aardman tradition of quality material by moviemakers who take pride in and enjoy their work – something that was touched upon in both the story (and subtext) of one of the studio’s more recent films, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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Shaun the Sheep opens in UK theaters on March 20th, 2015; a U.S. release date may be announced sometime in the year ahead.

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  1. Those text transitions look EXACTLY like Turbo’s trailer….

  2. Made in my hometown. Go Bristol!!

  3. Nice, I like Shaun The Sheep. I wonder if Vic Reeves will play a part in it since he does the narration and sings the theme tune.

    • @ Dazz

      I grew up on the Wallace and Gromit. Shaun makes an appearance in A Close Shave, which coincidentally was my fave W&G back in the day. I’m also aware that Shaun has his own TV show (idk if its still running or what).

      My question is whether Shaun the Sheep (either his TV show or this movie) has any ties to Wallace and Gromit? Is he the same sheep from A Close Shave? I’m just curious…

      • It is indeed the same sheep from “A Close Shave”. As a matter of fact, “A Close Shave” was Shaun’s first appearance.

  4. That trailer is hilarious
    I hope the farmer gets a few words in. He’s been mum the whole Tv series.

  5. I hope it does not get Baaaaaaaa-d reviews!

  6. Mary had a little sheep;
    With her sheep she went to sleep;
    The sheep turned out to be a ram;
    Mary had a little lamb!

    • (I should probably feel sheepish after posting that one…).

  7. Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn:
    The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
    Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
    He’s under the haystack with Little Bo Peep!

    • Lol. +1

      • +1 obviously! Thanx, Big O.!