EARLY MAN is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy
Award® -winning director Nick Park and AARDMAN, the creators of WALLACE AND
GROMIT and SHAUN THE SHEEP. Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the
film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new
world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters
voiced by an all-star British cast. Set at the dawn of time, when
prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of
courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as
they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and
his Bronze Age City to save their home.
It seems strange for Aardman studios to go with a football story. Hero Dug
(Eddie Redmayne) must gather a football team together so that he can defeat
Bronze Age Tyrant, Lord Nooth’s (Tom Hiddleston) team, victory will then
grant the freedom of Dug’s tribe and give them back control of the valley
where they stay. Previous films from the studio, Chicken Run and Shaun The
Sheep to name but two, have had an international appeal, whereas Early Man
feels so very British.
The animation is at times stunning and the voice cast are all good. Sadly
great animation and wonderful voice work don’t always make for an excellent
Early Man gets off to a good start in the first half but quickly runs out
of steam in the second half with jokes feeling forced and at times corny.
Early Man is not bad, it’s just not a patch on Aardman studios previous