Aardman Animations has made twenty new episodes of the hit stop-motion series for the streaming company. The series will be titled Shaun The Sheep: Adventures From Mossy Bottom.
The episodes will introduce four new characters: Stash, a hyperactive squirrel; 'no nonsense' Rita who delivers the parcels; and new rival Farmer Ben, and his Afghan hound, Lexi, exuding an air of superiority, much to Bitzer and the Farmer's annoyance.
The producers say: "More anarchic than ever, Shaun is the centre of adventure and excitement at Mossy Bottom Farm for a sixth series, making mischief for the Farmer and his long-suffering sheep dog, Bitzer."
Following the success of last year's film - Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon - the new series will see Aardman "using more cinematic production values" in the episodes. Series director Tom Parkinson comments: "We started shooting Shaun The Sheep: Adventures From Mossy Bottom as we wrapped on our most recent feature, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and so inherited much of its more cinematic visual style. We also made a conscious decision to write more dramatic storylines. Adventures From Mossy Bottom aims to bridge the gap between the simple storytelling of the earlier series and this larger scale filmic stuff... with these new episodes you're almost getting 20 mini movies! Add to this a number of new characters and I think we have given the show a fresh new feel."
Talking about the plotlines, the producers say: "Viewers will get to join the super sheep on new adventures, as they undertake a teddy bear heist, conduct a pumpkin patrol against a snail army and even try their hooves at a pizza delivery service. The Farmer is up to his antics again, doing all he can to make some money by opening the Farm as a petting zoo, renting out the flock's barn as a holiday let and unknowingly becoming an internet sensation."
Whilst the show is moving to Netflix, the BBC has not lost the rights to show repeats, and as recently announced it will show a new half-hour Christmas special titled A Winter's Tale From Shaun The Sheep in December 2021.
Shaun The Sheep: Adventures From Mossy Bottom will be available on Netflix in many countries around the world, including the UK, from 17th March.
Below is the trailer:
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