Director: Nick Park (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit)
Starring: Voice talents of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall
REVIEWER: Lyall Carter
Dug and his tribe are being forced out of their lush, green valley into the Bad Lands by Lord Nooth, who wants to mine it for bronze. Dug challenges Lord Nooth’s star football team to a match to win back their home.
In a world where the vast majority of animated feature movies are produced on a computer, the physical hands on production of Aardman’s stop motion animation is beautiful to behold. Not only is this film visually stunning, it’s also a cracking tale as well.
The story is heartfelt and engaging from the outset and continues throughout the film, as we follow Dug’s often hilarious mission to get his hapless tribe ready to face Lord Nooth’s football pro’s for the big match. Early Man continues the Aardman comedic tradition with some of the funniest moments including a pig giving a massage, a bird messenger service, and a fall through rows and rows of flip up stadium seats.
Although not quite up there with their previous outstanding efforts Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Early Man is truly a delight with more than enough to engage, entertain, and tickle the funny bone of children and adults alike.
Heartfelt with a good dose of humour, Early Man is a film that both children and adults will enjoy.