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The result is a welcome return to a form of stop-motion that takes pride in the technique’s inevitable imperfections (such as thumbprints in the modeling clay), while putting extra care into the underlying script, with its daffy humor and slightly-off characters.
Some of the jokes will need carbon-dating to ascertain their age, but the good-natured humour never loses its fizz.
There is something about the cast’s doughy physiques that has allowed Park’s flair for caricature to run completely berserk, with every character model pushed right to its expressive limits.
As ever with Aardman, the cleverest moments are also the most fleeting.
The laughs are split between deft sight gags and set pieces, and goofy word play.
No matter when the action is set, some things never change in Park’s world. Nor should they.
Early Man lacks the warmth and wit of Aardman's best clay creations.
Thankfully, some typically rich voice-acting and a plethora of visual gags help to gloss over a number of uncharacteristic stumbles.
It seems a strange thing to say about a film featuring a giant man-eating mallard, but a bit more eccentricity wouldn’t have gone amiss.
There’s a mild chuckle every so often in Early Man...but overall the movie collapses in a heap of familiarity and lackadaisicalness. Park is an animation legend, but even the greats occasionally whiff it.

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