Lakeshore Records is set to release Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally December 3 featuring music by Tom Howe (A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Early Man). Howe’s score brings a fresh, yet heartfelt familiarity in his quirky music for the now-classic stop-motion character created by the multi award-winning and independent British production company Aardman (Robin Robin, Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run). The film streams in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and parts of Europe and the Middle East on Netflix December 3. It will also air on BBC One in the UK on Christmas Eve.
In this 30-minute special from Aardman, the world’s favorite sheep stars in his very own winter’s tale. Shaun's seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock inadvertently leads to Timmy going missing. Can Shaun get Timmy back before he becomes someone else’s present? Prepare for a ‘Santastic’ adventure as everyone learns the true value of Christmas!
Notes Howe: Composing the music for “Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas” was my fourth time working with Aardman. There is now a familiarity and easiness that makes the creative process, not only enjoyable, but also allows me to not be overly concerned with putting forward unusual ideas and suggesting different ways of doing things. That goes both ways and Aardman often steer me in directions I might never have thought about. There is action, comedy, quirk and like all Aardman projects, heart. I recorded at Abbey Road with Britain’s finest and loved the whole experience. I hope you do too.
Tom Howe has created the music for over 100 films and television series. His work includes music for the much-loved “Great British Bake Off” as well as Taskmaster, Whiskey Cavalier, Paranormal Witness and the Lodge. He has also composed scores for films such as A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Early Man, for which he received an Annie nomination, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, and Upside-Down Magic. In 2020, Howe collaborated with Marcus Mumford on the theme song and soundtrack for the Apple TV+ production Ted Lasso, for which he received an Emmy nomination. In June 2020, Howe was made a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars).
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is an independent and multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment – current animated productions include; brand new 2021 holiday specials Robin Robin and Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas, CGI series Lloyd of the Flies, a new stop motion series for pre-schoolers The Very Small Creatures and a Chicken Run movie sequel.
Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work – which includes the creation of much-loved characters including Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Morph – is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world. Recent celebrated projects include the ‘visually astonishing’ (Guardian), BAFTA® nominated console game, 11-11: Memories Retold, the four-times Gold Cannes Lions-winning StorySign app, AR experience Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix up - and innovative attractions for both the domestic and international market, including a 4D theatre attraction at Efteling in the Netherlands.
The studio runs the Aardman Academy which has a commitment to nurturing talent by delivering excellence in film and animation training and mentoring. The Aardman Academy offers a variety of courses from intensive one-day workshops teaching production skills and storyboarding, to comprehensive twelve-week courses for professionals in craft based subjects from model making to animation.
In November 2018 it became an Employee Owned Organisation, to ensure Aardman remains independent and to secure the creative legacy and culture of the company for many decades to come. www.aardman.com
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