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Early Man Review: Bend It Like Cavemen

Early Man is the latest movie from Aardman Animations, the British-based studio best known for producing stop-motion films such as Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Over the years, they’ve earned a reputation as a favorite among animation enthusiasts, picking up a plethora of accolades and awards. Early Man director Nick Park is one of their most decorated members, having won an Oscar for his work on Aardman’s 2005 offering, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. With Park tackling the studio’s most ambitious project to date, the hope was that it could emerge as a modern classic of its genre, but the film doesn’t quite get there. Early Man is technically-impressive and boasts strong visuals, but its simple story holds it back from reaching its full potential.
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Nick Park Discusses His Return to Directing With Aardman’s Stop-Motion ‘Early Man’

Nick Park Discusses His Return to Directing With Aardman’s Stop-Motion ‘Early Man’
Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park is back on the big screen with Aardman Animations’ “Early Man,” his first directing effort in a while, which opens wide in the U.S. on Friday.

The tale of a peaceful band of valley-dwelling Stone Agers who must fight to win back their verdant home from the more advanced Bronze Age humans in a high-stakes soccer match is Park’s first feature-length solo directing effort and one of his few projects that don’t star his beloved Wallace & Gromit characters. It features the voices of Eddie Redmayne as the good-natured cave man Dug; Maisie Williams as Goona, a Bronze Age girl with her own soccer aspirations; and Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth, the pompous Bronze Age governor who is bent on turning the tribe’s beloved valley into his latest mine.

Park first came up for the idea of a cave man character almost a decade ago. “I think I
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'Early Man' Review: Animated Caveman-Soccer Comedy Shoots, Sort-Of Scores

Many eons ago, when the Earth was young and stop-motion dinosaurs battled tooth and tusk on the plains – let's call it the pre-Pleistocene era – a meteor plummeted from the sky. The aftermath, known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary extinction, wiped out our giant-lizard friends; Early Man, the latest from the English animation house Aardman, suggests that an even bigger gamechanging moment in the planet's history occurred. Somewhere in the area that would one day be blessed with the regal name "Manchester" – per a disclaimer, "around lunch-time," a joke that carbon-dates back to prehistoric times – a random,
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Why Aardman Animation Still Has a Leg Up on Pixar

While countless filmmakers have strived and failed to recapture the magic and inexplicable eeriness of classic monster movies – as much the Universal canon as Jacques Tourneur’s line of wild horror noirs – Aardman Animation cast a similar spell in ostensibly parodying those films. Nick Park and Steve Box's The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the inaugural feature from Aardman’s beloved mainstays Wallace and Gromit, took the bare elements of The Wolf Man and melded it to the wondrous idiosyncrasies of the man-dog duo, from Wallace’s obsessive desire for cheese to Gromit’s innumerable deadpan stares. From …
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Review: Early Man (2018)

In many ways Aardman Animation and director/innovator Nick Park have done for Claymation and British stop-motion animation in the last few decades, what Ray Harryhausen did for the art as a whole in earlier eras of cinema advancement. In the history of this filmmaking technique these names are heroes and their work is timeless, cherished and true poetry in (stop)motion. From Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts to Chicken Run and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, this studio’s body of work is revered and consistent. So naturally expectations are high with every new project, let alone the first feature in nearly 15 years to be directed by Nick Park. Thankfully, Early Man is another win to scratch onto the Aardman slate.

Taking their own brand of British barminess to the prehistoric world, Early Man is set at the dawn of time – just outside Manchester – with an opening sequence
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Early Man movie review: primordial goop

MaryAnn’s quick take… A huge disappointment, crude and simple compared to Aardman’s earlier, more sophisticated and multilayered work. No satire or subversion, just a bog-standard triumph-of-the-underdog story. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m a huge Aardman fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

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It breaks my heart to say this, because I’ve been such a huge fan of animator Nick Park, but his latest years-in-the-making claymation opus, Early Man, simply isn’t very good. The lovingly handcrafted stop-motion animation, with its distinctive character design that is both goofy and charming, is intact, as you’d expect: that is Park’s trademark. But I did rather think that smart humor — subversive and satirical and also somehow magically heartwarming — was also part of what made his work so special.
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Video: Top 6 Aardman Movie Characters

Aardman have been producing lovable characters with their distinctive stop-motion animation utilising clay for nearly 50 years now. Whether it be the old-school days of the original Wallace and Gromit TV shorts or even the cheeky Morph character from the 70s, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t fallen for one of their characters. With the upcoming release of their latest instalment Early Man, we have decided to look at some of the best characters Aardman have created since their clay creations hit the big screen…

6. Mr Bobo – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

The studio clearly has a soft spot for animated animals as in all of their feature films they are depicted with human levels of intelligence. In fact, as with Mr Bobo in The Pirates!, our furry friends are often given a superior level of wits and capability than their human counterparts. As the
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Early Man review – stone age football’s finest hour

Nick Park pits British cavemen against bronze age interlopers in his gloriously funny take on the prehistoric birth of the beautiful game

Watching an Aardman animation is like taking a potted tour of the history of cinema and the humour of Britain. From the sinister penguin of The Wrong Trousers, who was based on Mrs Danvers from Hitchcock’s Rebecca, to end-of-the-pier sight gags about the Hello!-style Ay-Up! magazine in the Hammer-influenced The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Bristol’s finest have forged a distinctive brand of film-making, which is as slyly cine-literate as it is sublimely silly. Now, with its most ambitious project to date, Aardman fuses the spectacle of One Million Years BC with the innocent charm of Gregory’s Girl to conjure a film that director Nick Park describes as “Gladiator meets Dodgeball”. Unsurprisingly, it’s a hoot.

Early Man opens with a scratchy showreel of marauding dinosaurs,
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Aardman's Early Man Trailer Ushers in a New Age of Cavemen and Dinosaurs

Aardman's Early Man Trailer Ushers in a New Age of Cavemen and Dinosaurs
Lionsgate and Aardman Animation have released the new trailer and poster for Early Man, a new stop-motion animated comedy that shows the transition between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age. Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and wooly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of how one plucky caveman unites his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day! Summit Entertainment, StudioCanal, Aardman Animations and The British Film Institute present Early Man, an Aardman production that marks director Nick Park's (creator of Wallace and Grommit) first feature film since Academy Award winning Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.

Early Man unleashes an unforgettable cast of hilarious new animated characters, lead by Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne. Indomitably cheerful and optimistic, this scrawny but big-hearted young hero is a can-do caveman with boundless enthusiasm and an unwavering belief that anything's possible.
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The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960

Since the early days of home video Ray Harryhausen’s films have been a lightning rod for companies eager to one-up the competition with bigger and brighter releases of the beloved animator’s work. Located in the UK, Powerhouse/Indicator is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with lavishly appointed blu ray sets each featuring three of his films. Though all these movies have been previously released through other companies, Powerhouse has upped the ante with fresh transfers and a broad slate of new extras.

The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Vol. One: 1955-1960

Blu-ray – All Region

Powerhouse/Indicator

2001 / 1:85 / Street Date September 25, 2017

Starring Kenneth Tobey, William Hopper, Kerwin Matthews

Cinematography: Henry Freulich, Irving Lippman, Carlo Ventimiglia, Wilkie Cooper

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms, Edwin H. Bryant, Raymond Poulton

Produced by Sam Katzman, Charles H. Schneer

Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff, Bernard Herrmann

Directed by Robert Gordon, Nathan Juran, Jack Sher

It Came from Beneath the Sea
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Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet Join Moomins Animated TV Series

Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet Join Moomins Animated TV Series
An all-star cast has been assembled for the upcoming animated TV series centered on the Moomins, the central characters in a series of hugely popular Scandinavian children’s books,

Rosamund Pike, Taron Egerton, Kate Winslet, Warwick Davis, Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade, Will Self and Akiya Henry will lend their voices to Moominvalley, which is being produced by Finnish studio Gutsy Animations. Steve Box, formerly of Aardman and an Oscar winner for co-directing Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit with Nick Park, will helm.

The Moomins, created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson and first published in 1945 and now one...
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New Early Man Trailer Arrives from the Creators of Wallace and Gromit

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New Early Man Trailer Arrives from the Creators of Wallace and Gromit
Aardman Animations and Studio Canal have released the official trailer and poster for the upcoming stop-motion Stone Age adventure, Early Man. The Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit, Shaun of the Sheep) directed movie was announced as far back as 2007, but was untitled at the time and many assumed that the new movie would be a Wallace and Gromit sequel. It wasn't until 2015 that Early Man was officially announced and in 2016, while the movie was in production, it was announced that Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) would provide the voice for the main character, Dug.

The first full-length trailer for Early Man comes to us via Aardman Animations' YouTube channel and it is our first real look at the movie. The previously released teaser trailer featured a sequence that will more than likely not be included in the movie and was used to introduce Dug. The new trailer is
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Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, Passes Away at 96

Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, Passes Away at 96
Peter Sallis, who is best known for voicing Wallace in the animated Wallace and Gromit movies, has passed away at the age of 96. He died on Friday at his home in the U.K. and reportedly died peacefully. Peter Sallis' acting career lasted more than 60 years, with his first role dating back to 1947. He continued acting until 2010 before retiring from the business.

With more than 150 credits to his name, Peter Sallis was very prolific during his long career, but there are two roles for which he will always be remembered. One being Wallace, a role which he first took on in 1989 in the Wallace and Gromit short A Grand Day Out. He also played Norman Clegg on Summer Wine, the longest-running British sitcom in history. Per Deadline, his agents Jonathan Altaras Associates released this statement.

"It is with sadness that we announce that our client Peter Sallis died peacefully,
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Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Films, Dies at 96

Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Films, Dies at 96
English actor Peter Sallis, best known for voicing Wallace in the “Wallace & Gromit” films, died Friday in a London nursing home. He was 96.

“It is with sadness that we announce that our client Peter Sallis died peacefully, with his family by his side, at Denville Hall on Friday, June 2,” his agents, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said in a statement to the Guardian.

Prior to his retirement from acting in 2010, Sallis notably starred in Britain’s longest-running sitcom as Norman Clegg in “Last of the Summer Wine.” Sallis was the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes during the show’s 1973-2010 run.

He also provided the voice of Rat in the “Wind and the Willows” TV series and appeared on dozens of other TV shows including “Dr. Who.”

His vocal work in the Academy Award-winning claymation series helped him also become known outside of the United Kingdom. He portrayed the eccentric
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Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Films, Dies at 96

Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Films, Dies at 96
English actor Peter Sallis, best known for voicing Wallace in the “Wallace & Gromit” films, died Friday in a London nursing home. He was 96.

“It is with sadness that we announce that our client Peter Sallis died peacefully, with his family by his side, at Denville Hall on Friday, June 2,” his agents, Jonathan Altaras Associates, said in a statement to the Guardian.

Prior to his retirement from acting in 2010, Sallis notably starred in Britain’s longest-running sitcom as Norman Clegg in “Last of the Summer Wine.” Sallis was the only actor to appear in all 295 episodes during the show’s 1973-2010 run.

He also provided the voice of Rat in the “Wind and the Willows” TV series and appeared on dozens of other TV shows including “Dr. Who.”

His vocal work in the Academy Award-winning claymation series helped him also become known outside of the United Kingdom. He portrayed the eccentric cheese-loving inventor in a number of shorts
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Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America

Eddie Redmayne’s ‘Early Man’ to Be Released by Lionsgate in North America
Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to Aardman Studios’ upcoming prehistoric comedy adventure “Early Man,” starring Eddie Redmayne.

Directed by Nick Park from a script by Mark Burton and John O’Farrell, the stop-motion movie is co-financed by the U.K.’s Aardman and France’s Studiocanal. It’s a re-team of the companies following 2015’s “Shaun the Sheep.” Lionsgate also handled the domestic distribution for “Shaun the Sheep.”

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer made the announcement during Thursday’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts. “Early Man” opens in the U.K. on Jan. 26 and in the U.S. on Feb. 16.

The film will be released by the Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate will also represent licensing and merchandising for the film in the U.S.

Redmayne was the first cast member who boarded the toon, set at the dawn of time when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth.
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5 Secrets Behind Aardman’s Stop-Motion Animation, from ‘Wallace & Gromit’ to ‘Early Man’

5 Secrets Behind Aardman’s Stop-Motion Animation, from ‘Wallace & Gromit’ to ‘Early Man’
Aardman co-founder Peter Lord grabbed a ball of clay before his conversation last week at the Fmx International Conference on Animation, Effects, Vr, Games and Transmedia in Stuttgart, Germany, and slowly molded a puppet of Morph, Aardman’s first creation, while discussing 40 years of stop-motion glory at its animation studio in Bristol, England.

From “Wallace & Gromit” to “Creature Comforts” to “Shaun the Sheep,” Aardman will be firmly dedicated to the hand-crafted technique of stop-motion as long as audiences continue to embrace it. For Lord, who co-founded Aardman with school chum David Sproxton before adding animator-director Nick Park to the creative team, it’s all about the comedy of manners and empathy.

Here are Lord’s five rules for stop-motion animation:

1. Never forget the importance of Ray Harryhausen.

When Lord was ten years old, he saw “Jason and the Argonauts” and was so amazed at the brilliance of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen
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Aardman are looking to bring back Wallace and Gromit, but not in feature films

Author: Jon Lyus

Fans of incorrect lower limb attire, facial decortication and enormous Lycan-Lapine crossbreeds will be pleased this morning. Aardman’s Co-founder Peter Lord (and Master) has told a German VFX conference that he ‘absolutely assumes’ that Nick Park will bring back Wallace and Gromit to your screens soon.

According to THR Lord told the Fmx VFX and animation audience in Stuttgart, Germany recently,

“When Nick’s not drawing cavemen, he’s drawing Wallace & Gromit…I absolutely assume he will do another, but not a feature. I think he found it was too much. I think he liked the half-hour format.”

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was a stretch for our old pals W&C, though the relentless invention and visual accuity was as mesmerising as ever. That we’ll see more Wallace and Gromit on the small screen is a reassuring sign that Aardman, no matter how far they travel,
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Aardman's Peter Lord "Absolutely Assumes" There Will Be More 'Wallace & Gromit'

Aardman's Peter Lord
Aardman Animations co-founder Peter Lord said he “absolutely assumes” the famed U.K. stop-motion animation studio will make more projects with its famous Wallace and Gromit characters.

The characters — the subjects of Aardman stories including the Oscar-winning shorts A Close Shave and The Wrong Trousers, as well as the Oscar-winning animated feature The Curse of the Were-Rabbit — were created by the studio’s Nick Park, who is currently directing Aardman’s upcoming cavemen feature Early Man.

“When Nick’s not drawing cavemen, he’s drawing Wallace & Gromit,” Lord said during a session Thursday at VFX and animation confab Fmx in Stuttgart, Germany. “I absolutely assume...
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Early Man: the new trailer for Aardman's next movie

Simon Brew Dec 19, 2017

From the director of Wallace & Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit comes Early Man. Here's the brand new trailer...

Aardman has just released the latest trailer for its upcoming animated movie, Early Man. We're hugely excited about this one, not least because it's the first feature film Nick Park has directed in over a decade. Here's the trailer...

Back in November, it released the third trailer for the film...

Here's the second trailer too, that arrived at the start of September...

From March

We know of two films in the works at one of our favourite animation studios, Aardman, right now. There’s a sequel to the delightful Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. But before that, Nick Park is directing a feature for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. This, chums, is mighty exciting news.

The feature in question is Early Man, that
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