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.
An asteroid collides with the prehistoric Earth, causing the extinction of the planet's dinosaurs, but sparing a tribe of cavemen living near the impact site. Finding a roughly spherical chunk of the asteroid that is too hot to touch, the cavemen begin to kick it around and invent the game of football. Many years later during the Stone Age, a young caveman named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) lives in the village with the chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) and many other cavemen such as Asbo, (Johnny Vegas), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Barry (Mark Williams), Grubup (Richard Webber), Thongo (Simon Greenall) and Eemak (Simon Greenall). One day, Dug suggests to Bobnar that they should try hunting woolly mammoths instead of rabbits, but Bobnar brushes him off..
Written by Nicky Chinn (as Nicholas Chinn), Mike Chapman
Performed by New Hope Club
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd.
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A British stop-motion animated comedy directed by Nick Park (who also helmed multiple 'WALLACE & GROMIT' shorts, 'CHICKEN RUN' and 'THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT'). The film was written by Mark Burton, James Higginson and Park. It tells a story, set in prehistoric times, about a tribe of early men (and women) who must defend their home from a Bronze Age army, who claim the Stone Age is now over. The movie stars the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall. It's received mostly positive reviews from critics, but it bombed at the Box Office. I found it to be funny and mildly amusing, for most of it's running length.
Chief Bobnar (Spall) is the leader of a tribe of cavemen, during the Stone Age, who are forced to flee their home when a Bronze Age army invades it. A caveman named Dug (Redmayne) is unknowingly captured by the army, and he's then mistaken for a football player, and is forced to play a public game. During the game his identity is discovered, and the army's leader, Lord Nooth (Hiddleston), orders that he be executed. Dug challenges the Bronze team to a football game instead though, and requests that if his team wins they should be able to return to their valley. Nooth agrees to the challenge, but only under the agreement that if Doug's team loses they'll be forced to work in the mines instead.
The movie is amusing in a similar way to all of Nick Park's animation I think. It's definitely funny more than it's not, and the characters are all likable and entertaining. The basic premise for the film isn't that interesting to me though. I think the whole cavemen playing football concept is kind of a dull idea for a movie. Thankfully most of the film is still amusing though.
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