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‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ Teaser Trailer Has Arrived!

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Shaun the Sheep has achieved a lot since debuting in the 1995 Wallace & Gromit short A Close Shave. After then having a successful TV show and his own Oscar-nominated movie in 2015, the folks at Aardman are now giving him a sequel! Behold, the new teaser trailer for A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon!

Shaun the Sheep Movie was a masterclass in animated comedy, immensely succeeding in rare dialogue-free storytelling, and the sequel looks to continue that with a loving sci-fi tribute to it. Already in the trailer, we get clever nods to classic science fiction films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Signs. I’ll also include Armageddon if the punny title isn’t enough of an indicator.

Even the premise itself has an E.T. vibe to it, where Shaun and his flock must guide a crash-landed alien back home while avoiding a sinister organization wanting their hands on it. While not entirely original, it’s the cute charm and superb physical comedy that’ll definitely make this movie a massive joy to watch, just like with the first film.

The first movie’s directing/writing duo Mark Burton and Richard Starzak will be involved in the sequel as executive producers along with Aardman’s key people Peter Lord, Nick Park, and David Sproxton. Burton will stay on board as co-writer with up-and-coming writer Jon Brown. Two experienced Aardman staff will take over as directors in their feature debut, consisting of animator Will Becher and storyboard artist Richard Phelan.

Funny enough, this isn’t the only sequel that Aardman has in the pipeline. They are also developing a follow-up to their first and most-successful movie Chicken Run, though it remains unknown if DreamWorks will have any involvement since the two studios parted ways in 2006.

Aardman confirmed via Facebook comment the following countries with concrete release dates for Farmageddon so far, all of which are to be handled by StudioCanal:

  • Germany: September 26, 2019
  • France: October 16, 2019
  • United Kingdom: October 18. 2019
  • Australia and New Zealand: January 9, 2020

North American distributor Lionsgate has yet to assign a release date for that area, although The Hollywood Reporter indicates it should get released there sometime in either 2019 or 2020. We’ll be sure to add the movie to our frequently-updated Animation Calendar once we have a concrete date.

[Aardman Animations/StudioCanal]

Are you excited for Shaun and his flock’s next big adventure?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).