Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a U.S. content licensing agreement with Aardman Animations that will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription streaming home for the beloved, award-winning television and short film series Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and classic animation Rex the Runt. Fans of the charming characters and their adventures now have access to this collection of Aardman content on hundreds of connected devices using their Prime membership. Those who are not already members of Amazon Prime can sign up at Amazon.com/PrimeInstantVideo.
In addition, new shows from the Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time series will be added to Prime Instant Video, including Season 3 and Season 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 both widespread fan appreciation and critical acclaim, earning 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 the spring of 2015.
Brad Beale, Director of Digital Video Content Acquisition for Amazon
"Our customers love great kids shows and we are proud to be the exclusive subscription streaming home for these popular Aardman shows. Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and the other Aardman shows have a wide-reaching fan base, and we know Prime members will enjoy watching these shows at no extra charge as part of their Prime membership."
Robin Gladman, Digital Content & Partner Manager at Aardman Animations, had this to say about the deal with Amazon.
"Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Rex the Runt continue to gain new fans, and we're thrilled to offer them to viewers exclusively on Prime Instant Video. As we get ready to release our Shaun the Sheep feature film next year, we know that Prime members will be eager to catch up on all the past adventures of their favorite animated characters."