Aardman Animations aiming to release movie in 2013 or 2014

Aardman Animations have started work on a new feature film starring Wallace & Gromit character Shaun The Sheep.

Shaun has been the star of his own BBC chidren’s TV show since 2007. Writers at Aardman have now started developing a script for a full-length film, which they hope will be ready by 2013 or 2014.

The Bristol company won an Oscar for their 1993 Wallace & Gromit film, The Wrong Trousers. They won again with the same characters in 1995 with A Close Shave – the film Shaun made his first screen appearance in.

Aardman creative director Richard Goleszowski told BBC News that one of the inspirations behind the mute Shaun the Sheep character was 1920s silent movie star Buster Keaton.

“My goal is to make a modern day silent movie starring Shaun,” he said. “When we started writing the television series we stuck a picture of Buster Keaton on the studio door.”

Goleszowski went on to say that one of the reasons he had originally developed the character as non-speaking was because animation with dialogue is time-consuming and expensive.

“I thought making him silent would make it cheaper and easier but it makes life more difficult,” he said. “Telling a story through pictures means you can’t cut corners. It’s very involved.”