Netflix’s relationship with the iconic British animation studio Aardman Animations is expanding.
Shortly after announcing the commission of an original holiday special from Aardman, Netflix revealed that it has acquired rights to Aardman’s latest feature, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon. Details follow:
- Netflix has acquired U.S., Canada, and Latin America rights to Farmageddon, and will make it available on its service in early 2020. The film was financed and released by Studiocanal in the U.K.
- Farmageddon, directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher, has grossed nearly $30 million worldwide since its release in September. The original Shaun film was released by Lionsgate in the U.S. and grossed $106.2 million worldwide.
- It is expected that Netflix will run the film for the Academy Awards next year. The first Shaun the Sheep Movie was nominated for an Oscar in 2016.
- Synopsis: “When an alien named Lu-La crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, her magical powers, irrepressible mischief and galactic sized burps soon have Shaun the Sheep and his flock enchanted. But when Shaun takes his new extraterrestrial friend on the road to find her lost spaceship, little does he know that a sinister alien-hunting agency is on their trail. Now Shaun and the flock must avert Farmageddon before it’s too late.”