Shaun the Sheep The Movie. is in the Cinemas and this is why you should go and see it. From the Aardman productions team (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit, Wrong Trouser, A Grand Day out and Close Shave).
With our favourite little bleeter having a day off which as usual all goes wrong and finds the flock stranded in the Big City. Can the flock intellect save the day, with thrills and spills and close shaves can Shaun and the others make it back to the safety of the farm?
From StudioCanal and Aardman Animations comes the great new film and here are teasers.
Follow the link for a slide show of 12 funny GIFS from the film and here is some amazing trivia from the making of the film.
There are 21 Shaun puppets in total. It takes a week and a half to make a Shaun puppet from scratch.
A Shaun puppet stands 17cm tall and weighs 100g.
The total number of puppets used on the Shaun the Sheep Movie was 354 (157 humans and 197 animals – of which 116 were sheep!)
The puppets need constant maintenance. It takes 45 minutes to re-fleece one sheep.
Over 80m of fleece fabric was used to fleece the flock. The fleece has to be stiffened with a spray of diluted PVA glue, to stop it ‘boiling’ under the studio lights and moving around when the animator touches it
Number of mouth pieces used was 3000
The tiniest prop used were Bitzer’s whistle, The Farmer’s glasses and Shaun’s tape recorder.
A full crew of 17 animators worked on the Shaun the Sheep Movie, producing an average of 2 seconds of animation per day.
The film is comprised of 25 sequences, which range in length from one minute to five-and-a-half minutes each.
There were 58 cameras, shooting across 33 units.
549,777 frames were taken – that’s 5.5 billion (British billion, not American billion), or 5,586,174,141,600 pixels.
There were 79,237 storyboards drawn.
1,051 of the shots had visual effects on them, ranging from tiny clean-ups to major CG shots.
Most number of characters animated in the same shot was the town plaza scene- 42 puppets
If there was 1 animator making the whole film, how long would it have taken to shoot? Each animator on average shot 2 seconds of footage per day, as a starting point so 9 years (or 8.936 years to be more precise)
The edit department got through 8 catering-size tubs of kids sweets during production.
Shaun The Sheep The Movie Trivia:Number of baas in the movie: 1589
For the first time ever we meet the characters as babies and The Farmer as a young man
Blue Peter badge (from the iconic BBC children’s show) appears on Shaun’s satchel. This has appeared in other Aardman productions including The Pirates
Timmy is disguised as a back pack when the flock are in disguise in the city
Nick Park was cast in a cameo role as the bird watcher
A Radio Times (a UK publication) competition winner is featured in a scene – a likeness was created by the Aardman model making
We pay homage to other movies throughout the film. For example in the animal containment scene we feature a cat whose behaviour is inspired by Hannibal Lector
Rizzle Kicks did a version of the internationally recognised Shaun the Sheep theme song ‘Life’s a Treat’
Eliza Doolittle also recorded a song for the movie called ‘Big City’
Shaun the Sheep Trivia:
Shaun is 11 years old in sheep years!
Shaun first appeared in Wallace & Gromit short film, A Close Shave, 20 years ago.
130 x 7minute episodes of Shaun the Sheep have been made for TV
Shaun the Sheep episodes are on TV in over 170 countries
Shaun the Sheep has won 2 BAFTAs
Shaun the Sheep has over 5 million Facebook fans
2015 is lunar Year of the Sheep