Shaun Christmas v2

We seem to post a fair amount about Aardman's Shaun The Sheep. That's because of the incredible stop motion work the studio produces. Oh, that and Shaun is cool. Anyway Shaun, Timmy and the rest of the Flock will star in a new Christmas half hour special, premiering once again on Netflix in 2021!

Our friends at Animation Magazine posted this short desciption of the upcoming feature: Shaun's seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing. Can Shaun get Timmy back before he becomes someone else’s present?

To read the entire article, please click here.

Brothers Morgan and Mason McGrew re-created the famous Pixar film completely in stop motion, calling it Toy Story 3 in Real Life. OK, to be honest it's not 100% in stop motion since it takes place in real environments. There are live action scenes and occasionally some rod puppetry shots that are used too. However the majority of the project was done one frame at a time and it took over eight years to complete. So would Toy Story have been better if it were done by hand as opposed to in a computer? Maybe not, but it might have had a little more charm in that every kid imagines their toys living and breathing in their toy box when the lights go out. If you'd like to see how the project was made with behind the scenes video clips, check out the official Facebook page here. You can also see similar updates on their official YouTube channel here.

ShaunFarm

We’ve got the release date for the acquired new Netflix Original movie A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, and it’s coming to Netflix in the United States, Canada, and Latin America in February 2020.

Firstly, let’s go over what the movie is about and who Shaun the Sheep is in case you didn’t already know.

Produced by Aardman (the production studio behind Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit and the upcoming Robin Robin for Netflix) Shaun the Sheep is a spin-off character from Wallace and Gromit. It saw five seasons released under the main show and a couple of TV specials too.

Farmageddon is the follow-up to the 2015 movie. Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon is currently scheduled to release on Netflix on February 14th, 2020, alongside a big slate of other Netflix Originals. We first learned Netflix would be carrying the movie back in November 2020.

Here’s what you can expect from the new movie:

Shaun the Sheep befriends an alien, goes looking for her spaceship and keeps his new pal safe from a sinister government agency in the stop-motion animated sequel.

The movie is directed by Richard Phelan & Will Becher and written by Mark Burton and Jon Brown.

For more information and a video preview of the movie, click here.

matthewrobins

If you haven't heard of Matthew Robins, he is a UK based multidisciplinary artist. He has worked in stop motion animation, music and drawing. According to his about page, he has worked with "Tori Amos, Passenger, Phil Collins, Brian Irvine and John McIlduff, and Led Bib." He also tours with his own band and has hands-on creative competitions with his audience. In other words, there isn't much Matthew doesn't do.

You can watch his latest stop motion video for Yusuf / Cat Stevens above called Toy Heart. It is comprised of live action, stop motion and pixelation. If you'd like to see more of his animations, check out his web site over at https://www.sadlucy.com/

oscar nominees 2020

 

Is Stop Motion dead?


Apparently the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t think so.


There were a remarkable four stop motion selections nominated this year for the #Oscars2020! Three out of the five animated shorts nominated are in stop motion and they all come from the independent sector:

Dcera (Daughter) | Daria Kashcheeva
Memorable | Bruno collar, Jean-François Le Corre
Sister| Siqi Song

But wait, there’s more! A Best Animated Feature nomination went to this stop motion feature:

Missing Link | Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight

So take that, Frozen 2!!  (which was left out in the cold by Oscar nominators)

Click here to read more about the animation nominations for this year's Academy Awards