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Shaun the Sheep comes to life in Bristol

Shaun was voted the nation's favourite children's TV character this year. Credit: Aardman

Fans of Shaun the Sheep can watch sculptures of the Aardman Animations character come to life from today.

Ahead of an art trail in Bristol next summer, a unit at the Galleries Shopping Centre in the city centre is being used as a studio.

Local artists will be transforming the blank sheep canvasses into works of art.

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Shaun the Sheep trailer released by Aardman

The movies is due to be released in February Credit: Aardman

Bristol company Aardman have released the full trailer for the Shaun the Sheep movie, which is due in cinemas in February 2015.

The film sees Shaun and his friends head to the big city on an adventure to rescue their farmer after a prank goes wrong.

It's based on Aardman's popular children's television series and sees Justin Fletcher reprise his role as lead character Shaun.

Meanwhile John Sparkes voices Bitzer, the farmer's loyal sheepdog.

The movie opens in UK cinemas on February 6, 2015.

Aardman favourites help children learn English

Aardman have teamed up with the British Council to create educational films for children Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol-based Aardman animation's well-loved characters Shaun the Sheep and Timmy are to help children across the globe learn English.

The British Council has teamed up with the animators to create stories and films for children under six-years-old. They'll start being used in Singapore and Chile later this year.

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Miliband: 'I look like Wallace' but image isn't important

Labour leader Ed Miliband has admitted to a likeness with "Wallace" from the popular "Wallace and Gromit" films, made by Bristol's Aardman Animations.

But he says politics rather than his image is what is important to him.

Separated at birth? Wallace and Ed Miliband Credit: PA

In a wide-ranging speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects he said:

I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.

– Ed Miliband MP, Labour leader

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character

Shaun the Sheep is the nation's favourite children's TV character Credit: Aardman

Bristol animation Shaun the Sheep has topped a poll of the nation's favourite children's TV cartoon characters.

Created by Aardman Animations, who also made Wallace and Gromit, Shaun beat Postman Pat and Sooty & Sweep in the Radio Times survey. They came second and third respectively.

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