Netflix Teams With Aardman for New ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Movie, ‘Chicken Run’ Sequel

Netflix will release a new “Wallace & Gromit” film and the sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget through its collaboration with stop-motion animation company Aardman Animations.

The sequel to Chicken Run, the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, will be coming exclusively to Netflix in 2023, according to the service. In Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream — a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk — they’re breaking in. The voice cast includes Thandie Newton (Ginger), Zachary Levi (Rocky), Bella Ramsey (Molly), Jane Horrocks (Babs), Imelda Staunton (Bunty), Lynn Ferguson (Mac), Josie Sedgwick-Davies (Frizzle), David Bradley (Fowler), Romesh Ranganathan (Nick), Daniel Mays (Fetcher) and Nick Mohammed (Dr Fry) .

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Also, Nick Park is returning to his roots with a new film starring his Oscar-winning characters “Wallace & Gromit.” The film will premiere exclusively on Netflix around the world except in the United Kingdom, where it will debut first on the BBC before also coming to Netflix. Park will direct alongside Aardman’s creative director of “Wallace & Gromit” Merlin Crossingham, with Mark Burton onboard to write. In the as-yet-untitled film, set for a 2024 release, Gromit’s concern that Wallace has become overdependent on his inventions proves justified when Wallace invents a “smart gnome” that seems to develop a mind of its own. As events spiral out of control, it falls to Gromit to put aside his qualms and battle sinister forces.

Last year, Aardman and Netflix released the companies’ first project collaboration, the animated musical Robin Robin, which recently made the Oscars shortlist and BAFTA longlist for animated short films.

Netflix Gets New ‘Aardman’ Movie

Netflix has secured exclusive rights to animated holiday movie Robin Robin from Aardman Studios, the production company responsible for Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit and Shawn the Sheep.

The 30-minute musical tells the story of a baby robin redbreast named Robin who, after hatching in a rubbish dump, is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent.

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“When we [got] the concept for Robin Robin, we knew instantly that this was a rare and special project that we had to make together” Sarah Cox, executive creative director at Aardman, said in a statement.

Robin Robin is currently in production at Aardman’s facility in the United Kingdom and will debut on Netflix for the holidays in 2020.

Aardman’s move to Netflix from U.K. distributor BBC reportedly involved money and global distribution.

“Netflix has the ability to buy for the whole world rather than just the U.K.,” director Sean Clarke told The Guardian. “Everything we’ve done [in the past] has been done with the BBC, but BBC budgets are under pressure. The last one we did was probably four or five years ago. The BBC would have loved to have taken Robin Robin. But they weren’t in a position to afford it.”

Alexi Wheeler, manager of kids and family international originals at Netflix, said the SVOD behemoth plans to introduce the Aardman brand to “new generations of families” around the world.

“The craft of stop motion animation through Robin Robin … warms the heart and can be enjoyed by the whole family,” Wheeler said.