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..
The blonde football player Jurgend is an homage to German football player Jürgen Klinsmann. This character is even wearing a small sweatband Klinsmann used to wear. Additionally, while playing for Tottenham Hotspurs he was notoriously known for his theatrical way of falling after being fouled. This is exactly what Jurgend does at the end (he even speaks a bit of German in the puppet repetition.) See more »
As Dug falls down the stadium seating, Hognob looks at his wrist to tell time even though he isn't wearing a wrist watch. That may seem like a goof, especially considering that wrist watches weren't invented yet at the time the movie takes place, but that's the point of the joke. It's to imply that Hognob is realizing that Dug is taking an awfully long time to fall to the bottom of the stadium. See more »
Nearly there, Hognob. Nearly there, just a bit further. Try a little bit harder. We can do it.
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Towards the end of the credits, the two dinosaurs from the opening sequence are shown labeled as "Ray" and "Harry" in tribute to Ray Harryhausen. See more »
I Predict a Riot
Written by Simon Rix (as James Simon Rix), Nick Baines (as Nicholas Matthew Baines), Andrew White (as Andrew Robert White), Nick Hodgson (as Nicholas James David Hodgson), Ricky Wilson (as Charles Richard Wilson)
Performed by Kaiser Chiefs (as The Kaiser Chiefs)
Published by Concord Music Publishing
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd./B-Unique Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd. See more »
Saving grace for Aardman, disappointing screenplay.
I love to no end anything that Aardman has put out, including the traditional cartoons, and this one is no ecception: as usual, the stop-motion animation is flawless. Too bad that the screenplay seems rushed and underdeveloped, and the jokes did not always work. My kids (male of 8, female of 6) laughed a lot at the football match itself, but as an adult I felt that everything was dull and predictable.
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