Aardman’s troublesome sheep, Shaun has been gracing the hearts of both the young and old since 2006 when he first appeared on our TV screens. Now, 13 years later, the stop-motion animation studio are about to release their second feature with Shaun with Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon. We ventured down to Aardman’s studio in Bristol to immerse ourselves in the sets to talk to directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan as well as the producer Paul Kewley before getting our hands dirty on learning how to animate and make our own special puppet.
This time around, the ever mischevious Shaun finds he has to act the responsible one as he takes the baby alien Lu-La under his wing. The story sees strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… but at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer.
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When an impish and adorable alien with amazing powers crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure, setting off on a mission to shepherd the intergalactic visitor home before a sinister organisation can capture her…can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late?
‘Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ continues the production partnership with Aardman and Studiocanal following the success of Shaun the Sheep Movie directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, which grossed $106 million worldwide and Nick Park’s prehistoric comedy adventure, ‘Early Man’.
Set against the backdrop of Shaun’s specially-curated wonderland set we spoke to directors Will Becher and Richard Phelan about their first time directing on the Aardman hit franchise and their first journey to the cosmos.
Set against the backdrop of Aardman’s largest set we spoke to the film’s producer Paul Kewley about expanding Shaun’s world to outer space, the idea of going intergalactic and whether a superhero-themed movie could next be on the cards the lovable rascal.
We also got to spend some time getting to grips with how long and how filming takes on the stop-motion animation. We spoke to animator Carmen Bromfield Mason on the set of Mossingham Supermarket which features in a hilarious scene in the film.
Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon is out in cinemas October 18th