Early Man Reviewed By Andy Box

The Premise
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
The Review

Early Man is queen of the stone age!

This family orientated picture is filled with everything you need for a trip to the movies. The characters are original and bursting with flavour whilst the script (Mark Burton and James Higginson) offers enough humour for all ages.

Director, Nick Park (The Wrong Trousers and Chicken Run) and Aardman Animations (Shaun the Sheep)  have created another fantastic, clever and hilarious treasure that is a creditable addition to their portfolio of work.

The story follows Dug (voice by Eddie Redmayne) and his attempts to convince Chief Bobnar (Voice by Timothy Spall) and the rest of the tribe that in order to save their home they will have to play the Bronze age football team who are undefeated in a winner takes all match.

Despite being inadequately underprepared they are a team that has the heart of champions and they are willing to put everything on the line in search of a secure future. Although not quite Escape to Victory (1981) this offering does follow the usual route of a footballing underdog on a journey of training a few hiccups and some much needed expert help along the way.

Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) provides the voice for the female lead Goona and she is strong as the voice that challenges gender stereotypes throughout the action.

The Verdict

This caveman adventure rocks! Finished with hunting and gathering then why not take the family out for an animated treat?

The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 29th March 2019
Rating: PG – Contains coarse language
Duration: 89 minutes
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams
Director: Nick Park (Chicken Run)
The Extras
Wallace and Gromit are in at least one of crowd shots. Nick Park hadn't been aware that the animators had done this until post-production.
An original title was Early Man-United.
Nick Park was inspired to cast Tom Hiddleston based on his appearance on The Graham Norton Show when he did a Robert De Niro impression.
This will mark the first feature film that Nick Park will have directed by himself. On Chicken Run (2000) and The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), he directed alongside Peter Lord and Steve Box respectively.
In the scene where Dug enters the Bronze-age village, a zebra pelt can be seen lying in the road. Although the reference may go over the heads of the American audience, it is obviously a pun on the British term "zebra crossing".
The gag where Dug, Goona and Hognob jump out of the window and their fall is broken by a roll of toilet paper was originally intended by Nick Park for inclusion in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), but he couldn't find a way of fitting it in.