Blame (thank?) the Internet: squeal-inducing, rapid-clapping, jump-up-and-down-because-you-can't-contain-yourself-and-must-immediately-proceed-to-Facebook-to-gush adorableness is all the rage. Cute cat, cute puppy, cute koala bear, cute malnourished komodo dragon — as long as a camera captures a wide-eyed creature at the right angle, any member of the animal kingdom can woo eager audiences.
So it makes sense that Aardman Animation (Pirates! Band of Misfits, Chicken Run) would revive their most adorable creation for his own feature film. Confirmed by French production company Studio Canal, Aardman will produce a big screen vehicle for its popular character, Shaun the Sheep. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.
Shaun first appeared in the Academy Award-winning short film A Close Shave, starring the iconic claymation duo Wallace and Gromit. Knowing full well that the fluffy sheep's adorable antics couldn't be contained to a 30-minute short, Shaun was later spun off in his own television show, Shaun the Sheep. Forty episodes of the kids show aired between 2007 and 2010, with a handful of additional episodes currently in production.
The Shaun the Sheep movie will be directed by Aardman collaborators Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, and will see the titular character and his sheepish flock head to the big city to rescue their farmer. A release date was not part of the official announcement.
With "cute" all the rage, there's no better time to translate Shaun for the big screen. Sorry, Meme Cats — the swooning landscape of the Internet needs a little more wool.
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