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GIF’s and Trivia land on The Fan Carpet for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

12 February 2015

To celebrate the release of Shaun the Sheep The Movie in UK cinemas now,  StudioCanal and Aardman Animations are delighted to bring you a selection of hilarious GIFS and eye-opening trivia!

Model making

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)

Movie Crew

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

Produced by Aardman, SHAUN THE SHEEP was first seen in Nick Park’s Academy-Award winning Wallace and Gromit film A CLOSE SHAVE and SHAUN, the world’s most famous sheep, has continued to enthrall television audiences in over 170 countries since. SHAUN THE SHEEP THE  MOVIE is currently in Production at Aardman Studios in Bristol and is in UK Cinemas across the country now.

SHAUN THE SHEEP THE MOVIE sees SHAUN’s mischief inadvertently lead to the Farmer being taken away from the farm. SHAUN, Bitzer and the Flock have to go to the big city to rescue him, setting the stage for an epic and hilarious big screen adventure.

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