Aardman Animations, producer of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, as well as Chicken Run and Flushed Away, has found an American home for its internationally successful children’s property Shaun the Sheep.
The animated series, which just last week won the Cristal Award as 'Best TV Production' at the Annecy Animated Film Festival, will premiere on Disney Channel on Sunday, July 8th in prime time. Since its successful launch as the most viewed show at MipCom 2006, the property has sold to primary broadcasters in 145 territories including Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, India, France, Benelux, Japan, and Latin America.
Targeted at kids 5-10, Shaun the Sheep follows the comedic misadventures of a young sheep who leads his barnyard buddies into all sorts of funny and calamitous situations, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. As a character, Shaun was first introduced in director Nick Park’s Oscar-winning animated short A Close Shave. While the rest of the flock is content to spend all day chewing on the cud, Shaun is out to have as much fun as possible – whether flying a kite, organizing synchronised swimming in the water troth, or nipping into town for a pizza!
"Shaun was always destined to be the star of his own show," says Miles Bullough, Aardman’s Head of Broadcast and executive producer of the series. "The show has been hugely popular with broadcasters around the world and we’re thrilled that Disney Channel will bring its enormous marketing expertise to his American debut."
At the heart of this endearing series is Shaun, a young sheep with a master’s degree in mischief and a talent for tomfoolery. He’s surrounded by some very funny pals, including the Naughty Pigs, and Timmy the baby lamb. Together they run rings around their hapless sheepdog Bitzer, as he tries to stop the Farmer from finding out what’s going on behind his back.