"a delightful and sweet story that pits Cavemen of the Stone Age against the more advanced Bronze Age in a football match"
Aardman is one of those Animation Studios that constantly deliver, their hits include the Wallace & Gromit series, Chicken Run and the beloved Shaun the Sheep series, there is a tangibility to their works that sets them apart from their CGI counterparts like Pixar and Blue Sky, which makes them no less impressive.
Sure it’s modelling clay, but Aardman have the innate ability to make you care about the exploits of the characters on screen, which brings us to the subject of the review; Nick Park’s Early Man.
As Early Man opens, we are introduced to the tribe made up of Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall), Dug (Eddie Redmayne), Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Barry (Mark Williams), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Mr. Rock (a literal monolithic rock) as they are in the midst of Rabbit hunting, the fast paced sequence concludes with them catching a Rabbit and proceeding back to camp for the evening.
Their celebrations are cut short when the Bronze Age lead by the money obsessed Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) crash the party and run the tribe out of the Valley.
Upon infiltrating the Bronze Age City, Dug challenges Lord Nooth to a football match for the Valley and hilarity ensues as the tribe try to learn how to play the game under the tutelage of Goona (Maisie Williams).
Early Man is a delightful and sweet story that pits Cavemen of the Stone Age against the more advanced Bronze Age in a football match, matched with incredible stop motion animation, coupled with an incredible voice cast lead by Eddie Redmayne as the hero of the story Dug, Early Man is an impressive film that deserves to be seen.