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Netflix and Aardman’s Robin takes flight

Stop-motion animated holiday special Robin Robin

Global streamer Netflix and UK studio Aardman have linked up for their first exclusive original project together – a stop-motion animated holiday special.

Robin Robin is currently in production at Aardman’s award-winning studio in the UK and will debut on Netflix in late 2020.

The special follows a robin who, after her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent.

Its creators and directors are Dan Ojari and Mikey Please. The producer is Helen Argo and Sarah Cox is executive producer.

Aardman is the four-time Academy Award winner behind Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts and Chicken Run. It has previously collaborated on its original series with the BBC and this marks its first original with US-based Netflix.

Cox described it as a “beautifully crafted stop-frame musical that immediately feels classic whilst being groundbreaking and modern.”

“Together with Aardman, we’re thrilled to celebrate and introduce new generations of families around the world to the craft of stop-motion animation through Robin Robin, a magical tale that warms the heart and can be enjoyed by the whole family,” added Alexi Wheeler, manager of kids and family international originals at Netflix.

Robin Robin will join Netflix’s growing family-friendly animated slate, which includes Sergio Pablos’s Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, Glen Keane’s Over The Moon, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Chris Williams’ Jacob and the Sea Beast and Mark Osborne’s Escape From Hat.

Netflix’s Alexi Wheeler and Aardman’s Sarah Cox will be discussing their collaboration on Robin Robin at Kids Content Futures, part of C21’s Content London conference, on December 6. Tickets are available here.

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