Aardman Animation announces prehistoric adventure Early Man

Aardman Animation announces prehistoric adventure Early Man

Nick Park

Nick Park to direct his first animated feature in ten years

The British animation studio that gave the world Wallace and Gromit, Arthur Christmas, Shaun the Sheep and Peter Gabriel's ground breaking 'Sledgehammer' video are set to return with a new original project titled Early Man.

An animated feature film, 'set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and woolly mammoths roamed the earth,' according to the official synopsis. 'Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!'

Ok so that might not be scientifically accurate, but Early Man promises plenty of action as Aardman turns its comedic eye to the prehistoric age. It also marks director Nick Park's first feature film following a ten year break following 2005's Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which won Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. So expect plenty of clever sight gags, wonderful claymation dinosaurs and a colourful cast of 'inept' Neanderthals.

It's still early days for Early Man so no official release date as yet (and stop motion films literally take years to complete) but it'll be worth the wait.

Early Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Park
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall
  • UK release: 26 January 2018

Gormless caveman Dug (Redmayne) and his clan are menaced by Bronze Age invader Lord Nooth (Hiddleston), until twinkle-toed defector Goona (Williams) joins them to help them unite. Deliciously daft prehistoric fun from Park and his team on top form, with winning human touches, plenty of sight gags and painful puns.