Shaun the Sheep Goes Sci-Fi in Aardman's First 'Farmageddon' Trailer

Strange things are afoot in the Mossy Bottom Farm.

It’s a close encounters of the herd kind in the first teaser for Shaun the Sheep’s new movie.

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon continues the production partnership between British animation powerhouse Aardman and StudioCanal, and sees strange lights that appear over the quiet country town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy. But at nearby Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun has other things on his mind, as his mischievous schemes are continually thwarted by an exasperated Bitzer.

The film, which follows the $106 million success of the original Shaun the Sheep Movie in 2015, is directed by Richard Phelan and Will Becher, written by Jon Brown and Mark Burton, produced by Paul Kewley with executive producers Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, Peter Lord, Nick Park and David Sproxton.

Lionsgate is releasing Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon domestically in 2019/2020, while StudioCanal is releasing in its territories of Germany, France, U.K. and Australia/New Zealand from September 2019. 

The film will be the first feature released by Aardman since the company's founders Lord and Sproxton made the landmark decision last month to hand over ownership to its employees. The studio is also working on a sequel to its 2001 hit Chicken Run, still the most successful stop-motion animation of all time.