Check out the final trailer for Aardman Animations Early Man. It like Wallace and Gromit set in the Stone age!

Early Man tells the story of how one brave caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day!

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Set in prehistoric times, Early Man follows the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne), living in a thriving valley together with his best friend and sidekick Hognob and a tribe of fellow eccentric and lovable tribe members, headed by Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall).

While ambitious Dug aspires to hunt mammoths and go on adventures, Bobnar is quite happy with the tribe leading a quiet, unperturbed life chasing rabbits. However, their peace is shattered suddenly when their valley is invaded by an enemy the likes of which they have never encountered before, in the form of the pompous Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), governor of the Bronze Age town, and his army. A money-loving tyrant, Lord Nooth has found bronze in the tribe’s beloved valley, and so invades with an army with armoured mammoths in-tow, forcing the cavemen to flee and take shelter in the inhospitable Badlands.


In the drama of the invasion, Dug is accidentally captured and ends up in the unknown, intimidating world of Bronze Age Town, where he first meets Goona (Maise Williams), a spirited young girl who sells bronze pans. Dug, swept up by the Bronze Age townspeople, eventually finds himself in a huge stadium filled with a ravenous crowd, seemingly there to attend a cult spectacle – which he soon discovers is in fact a game called football.

Spotting an opportunity to win back his home, Dug challenges Real Bronzio, the imposing local team full of football stars, to an almighty football match as the ultimate clash of civilisations.

He travels back to the Badlands, eager to share the news and let the tribe know that they have a chance to return home to the valley if they win the match. The only problem? If they lose, they face a lifetime sentence working in the mines.

He manages to convince sceptical Bobnar to let him train the tribe: an endeavour which he initially has very little success in. His hopes are further dampened by their one and only football getting accidentally destroyed. With Hognob by his side, Dug has no choice but to return to the Bronze Age town to retrieve more balls.

Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Aardman Animations and The British Film Institute present, an Aardman production.

Voice cast includes Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall.

Directed by Nick Park.

Running Time: 89 minutes


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Early Man – Poster © 2017 Studiocanal SAS and The British Film Institute

Early Man Theatrical Release Dates

UK: January 26th, 2018
US and Canada: February 16th, 2018
Australia & New Zealand: March 29th, 2018

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online