Amazon today announced it had snagged a U.S. content licensing agreement with Aardman Animations that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for the TV and short film series Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep, Timmy Time and classic animation Rex The Runt.  In addition, new shows from the Shaun The Sheep and Timmy Time series will be added to Prime Instant Video, including Seasons 3 and 4 of Shaun The Sheep, the Shaun The Sheep: Championsheeps special, and two new Timmy Time specials.

Created in Aardman’s distinctive stop-motion animation style, the lead characters in Wallace & Gromit won global recognition as icons of modern British culture. The series earned two Academy Awards for its short films. Wallace & Gromit inspired several spinoff series, including Shaun The Sheep and Timmy Time, aimed at younger viewers. A full-length feature film based on Shaun the Sheep is scheduled to be theatrically released in spring 2015.

Prime Instant Video is the exclusive online-only subscription home for such acquired franchises as PBS’s Downton Abbey, FX’s Justified and The Americans,  CBS’s Under the Dome, BBCA’s Orphan Black, NBC’s Hannibal, HBO’s The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords, etc.  Prime Instant Video also offers an exclusive collection of kids shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, etc.