The stop-motion animated TV series Shaun The Sheep first aired on the BBC’s CBBC in 2007 and has been sold in over 170 countries. France’s Studiocanal will finance the feature version of the popular kids show from Aardman Animations. Studiocanal will also distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand and handle international sales. The family film, written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton, will see the titular character and his flock venture into the big city to rescue their farmer.

This is the first collaboration between Studiocanal and Aardman and will be one of Studiocanal’s lead pre-sales titles in Cannes, where I understand the company will dedicate a day to Shaun.