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First Teaser for ‘Early Man,’ New Feature From Nick Park and Aardman

Bristol, England’s Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, have unveiled the first look at their next feature Early Man.

Early Man marks the first feature film for Nick Park since 2005’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. And if it’s Nick Park you want, it’s Nick Park you’re gonna get — Early Man looks like it’s set to deliver a healthy heap of Park’s good-natured, pleasantly goofy style of stop motion.

Set in a prehistoric age, Early Man follows caveman Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who unites his tribe against Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and the onset of the Bronze Age. Judging by his tribe’s behavior in the teaser, that won’t be an easy task.

Aardman has wanted to make a Stone Age comedy for quite some time. Back in 2005, Aardman worked with John Cleese to develop the Dreamworks film Crood Awakening, a film that eventually became — minus Aardman’s involvement — The Croods. While this film shares little in common with that earlier project besides its setting, it perhaps offers some hint of what the studio could have done with a concept like the Croods.

Early Man does not currently have a U.S. release date yet. It will be released in the U.K. on January 26, 2018 through Studiocanal, which is co-financing the film. Studiocanal will also release the film in France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.

Mark Burton (who co-directed Shaun the Sheep Movie and co-wrote Dreawmorks’ Madagascar) is writing the film. Other voice talent includes Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Mark Williams, Simon Greenall, Gina Yashere, and Johnny Vegas.

Aardman’s last feature film, Shaun the Sheep Movie, earned $106 million globally.


  • Tre

    I love that his pet is called Hogknob. XD
    Love the designs and it’ll probably be another Aardman great. :D

  • jhalpernkitcat

    That bunny is adorably goofy looking. I laughed at this trailer. It was cute.

  • JamScoBal

    I love Aardman and I did want to see their version of Crood Awakenings but I don’t see any new kinds of comedy here. Shawn the Sheep was meant just to be good clean fun and nothing innovative but I was hoping that Early Man would do more but I am not seeing it.

    • Dave 52

      Having your movie be completely silent and no one saying an actual a word of actual dialogue making your movie tell it’s story visually and physically is definitely innovative. As for this, it is just a teaser with a clip that probably won’t even be in the movie. So, with that said, you can’t say Early Man won’t do more because you haven’t seen any real footage to say it isn’t doing more. It isn’t fair to the movie either to say you are not going to see it because there is very little to judge it on.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Let me guess…
    Their lives will be interrupted by a massive earthquake.

    • Tre

      Nope. Football.

  • Tomm

    Was so lucky to get a peek behind the scenes in Bristol a few days ago – this film is going to be hilarious and spectacular

  • ea

    I wonder if we’ll ever get Chris Sander’s version of American Dog before it turned into Bolt.

  • XD This looks amazing.

  • Johnny Marques

    Nick Park is just about the best director working right now, can’t imagine I’ll be disapointed by this one. The designs look adorably goofy.