The special is the first half-hour film to be produced for the brand and is due to premiere on BBC One at Christmas 2015. Following its premiere in the UK, The Farmers Llamas will air on all Aardman’s partner channels reaching a global family audience. The special goes straight into production following the completion of Shaun the Sheep The Movie, which is set for international theatrical release from February 2015.
The new adventure will see the farmer go to market to buy pigs, when Shaun goes along for the ride and gets the farmer to return home with a trio of llamas instead.
Alix Wiseman, head of sales and acquisitions at Aardman, said: “We’re all truly excited to be seeing the story of The Farmer’s Llamas come to life and we hope our global fans will enjoy this fun new adventure as we delve deeper into Shaun’s world.”
Kristian Smith, commissioning editor, Comedy, added: “Aardman is the inimitable master of beautiful, funny and truly original animation which thrills all ages. BBC Comedy Commissioning is very excited to be working with them again to bring Shaun the Sheep in The Farmer’s Llamas to BBC1 for Christmas 2015.”
A further 30×7’ episodes have been launched in the UK this year and continue to enjoy global success, with a particularly strong following in Germany, the Middle East, Japan and Indonesia. Shaun the Sheep is now established as an internationally recognised icon with over 5m fans online.