I'm just going to say this, I love Aardman, It maybe a overused statement but it's true, I admire their work even if it's from TV shows like Shaun the Sheep and Angry Kid, the Adverts like Change4Life, the well-received movies like Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Shaun the Sheep, but they are well-known for creating the iconic animated duo Wallace and Gromit, really funny and charming characters in four classic short films, Grand Day Out, Wrong Trousers, Close Shave and Matter of Loaf and Death, not to mention that their stop-motion is excellent and shows that they are one of the best studios with stop-motion along with Wes Anderson, Lakia and even Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa.
So when I heard the next Aardman film is about the Stone Age, you bet I was hyped as heck, the trailers looked promising, could be the best film from Aardman and the return of Nick Park, fourteen years since he directed the Oscar winning animated feature Wallace and Gromit: The Curse If The Were-Rabbit, so I was looking forward to what he'll give us.
So I saw the film the day after it got released (the 26th of January) in the UK on the 27th of January and....... I loved it!,
the plot is about a young caveman named Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who is part of a tribe who hunts rabbits, but after their valley gets invaded by the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) who wants to finish off the rest of the Stone Age and move to the Bronze Age, so It's up to Dug to save their tribe, their valley by challenging Lord Nooth to a football game, with the help of a football expert Goona (Maisie Williams), It doesn't sound like much and It's pretty simple and predicable, however what keeps the plot from being basic is the writing, the humour and the direction, that's what makes this plot work in it's favour, It has a lot of clever jokes as well as quite a bit of clever visual jokes and Nick Park's direction makes it charming and have a good heart to it, so I should dislike the plot for how predicable it is but thanks to Aardman's clever writing and Nick Park's direction, it makes the plot all worth it in the end.
The animation is pretty much what you expect but at least it's very good, the movie visually looks gorgeous, the characters are all very identifiable, you can tell who's who from Dug to Hognob and Lord Nooth, the sets and props all look amazing and fits very well with the Stone Age and Bronze Age world make it really stand out, the animation is still very strong thanks to the wonderful Stop-Motion team and the amount of effort they put in to it.
The characters are all loveable, memorable, funny and charming, Dug is a endearing main character who will do anything to save his tribe and go up against Lord Nooth, speaking of which Lord Nooth is the main antagonist of the film who may not be the best Aardman villain but at the very least he's funny, entertaining and somewhat threatening, the tribe are pretty funny with a personality especially Bobnar the chief of tribe who acts more like a father figure to Dug who's generally likeable and very funny and a great chief who cares a lot about his tribe, Goona's a very helpful character who has a point in the film to help the tribe play football, she's also endearing and likeable like Dug, Hognob isn't in the film as much as I thought, he's a good supporting character but he doesn't do all that much, same with the Message Bird, he's in a lot of the posters but is only in for like two really funny scenes and that's about it, the rest like the football team and the citizens of Bronze City all have a time to shine to bring more comedy and more personality, even the voice acting is wonderful, Eddie Redmayne is great, Tom Hiddleston is very entertaining, Maisie Williams is charming and Timothy Spall is really funny, same for the rest of the cast, not one bad cast member here, everyone was doing a fantastic job with their voice roles.
So In total, Early Man is a delight, the plot may not be anything special but thanks to the clever writing and great direction, it makes the plot far better then it has any right to be, the stop-motion animation is amazing as always and the voice acting is fantastic along with some memorable and charming characters, If you live in the UK and you love Aardman, go check It out, If you live outside the UK, then wait till it comes out and then go see It, it may not be the greatest Aardman film but it's certainly one of their best.
I'm giving Early Man a nice fresh 10/10.
Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
Animation / Adventure / Comedy / Family / Fantasy
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.
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