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 ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Movie, Tyler Perry Drama

Netflix has acquired the U.S., Canadian and Latin America rights to Aardman’s A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon from StudioCanal, which will be available on the service in early 2020. French-based StudioCanal and its worldwide distribution partners are releasing the stop-motion animated film in the rest of the world.

A number of Aardman’s titles, such as Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away and Shaun the Sheep Movie, are currently available on Netflix in most countries.

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Separately, Tyler Perry announced on social media that his new drama, A Fall From Grace, will begin streaming on the platform on Jan. 17.

“My next movie guys!!! This is an amazing thriller!!!” Perry tweeted on Nov. 22. The cast includes Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Cicely Tyson and Perry.

Perry remains busy co-launching the BET+ streaming service with Viacom, in addition to launching an original children’s series with Nickelodeon.

Lionsgate Bringing ‘Early Man’ to Disc

Lionsgate will release the stop-motion animated film Early Man on digital May 15, followed by Blu-ray, DVD and on demand May 22.

From the Aardman animation studio, the prehistoric romp tells the story of Dug the caveman and his goofy friends who challenge invaders to a game of soccer in order to win back their home.

The film, which earned $8.3 million at the domestic box office, features the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall.

Blu-ray and DVD extras include the featurettes “Before the Beginning of Time: Creating Early Man,” “Nick Park: Massaging the Funny,” “The Valley Meets the Bronze” and “Hanging at Aardman Studios: A Workshop Exploration.”