Cameras Roll On Aardman, Studiocanal’s ‘Shaun

Movie marks first partnership between Europe’s premier animation industry powers

Aardman and Studiocanal announced Thursday that cameras have begun to roll in Bristol, the U.K., on animated comedy “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” a big-screen stop-motion adventure toplining the character first seen in Aardman’s Oscar-winning short “A Close Shave.”

Marking the first teaming of Europe’s biggest animated feature forces, European film-TV group Studiocanal and Aardman (“Chicken Run, “Wallace & Gromit”), “Shaun” will hit cinemas worldwide in 2015.

Richard Starzak (aka Golly) and Mark Burton will write and direct. Aardman produces.

Studiocanal will finance and also distribute in U.K., France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, where it owns distribution operations. It has also handling sales to the rest of the world outside these territories, closing heavyweight deals at Cannes last year: Latin America and Spain with Universal, Japan with Tohokushinsha, the CIS with Volga and Svensk Industry for Scandinavia,

Billed as an “epic big screen adventure,” “Shaun the Sheep” sees Shaun (pictured, left) proving just too mischievous, leading to the farmer being taken away from the farm and Shaun, Blitzer (photo right) and the flock trecking to the big city to rescue him. Richard Starzak and Mark Burton direct.

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