Aardman Animations’ “Shaun the Sheep” makes his highly anticipated return to the UK small screen this month with 20 brand-new episodes and five new digital games.
Bristol UK -- Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep makes his highly anticipated return to the UK small screen this month with 20 brand-new episodes, proving that life is never dull on Mossybottom Farm. Shaun and the gang return at the end of February, Monday through Friday, starting February 25th on CBBC.
Shaun and his farm friends cause mayhem in the 20 x 7 minute episodes when they get involved in high-jinks with hand gliders, dinosaurs, ducks, graffiti, crows, window cleaning, bulls, skate boards, old home movies, and even a piano in an iconic Laurel and Hardy moment.
To support the new series launch, CBBC have commissioned another five Championsheeps games to add to the existing suite of popular online games released during last year’s summer of sport. The games were produced as an experience with on-going appeal which is both engaging and entertaining for fans and encourages friendly, social competition and interaction with the show’s characters.
The new games, which are available on the CBBC website, were developed by Aardman’s in-house digital team, which has made significant updates to the suite including new animations for the main hub and new ways of reporting high scores and achievements. A special unlock code feature has also been created and fans will be provided with codes at the end of each new episode giving players access to special features in each of the new games.
The team has been working closely with Aardman’s expert CG artists in order to progress the look of the characters in the game by developing 3D models, enhancing the game experience both aesthetically and mechanically as the 3D elements provided far greater flexibility than a 2D graphic with the movement of each character. In turn this allowed the Digital team more creative freedom to produce five visually appealing and addictive games for Shaun fans to enjoy across the world.
Shaun the Sheep is now broadcast in 170 territories around the world and is now an internationally recognized icon with nearly three million fans on Facebook. The original five games have already received nearly 60 million game plays online.
Source: Aardman Animations
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.