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See The New Full Trailer For Nick Park’s ‘Early Man’

There’s no such thing as a sure thing in feature animation, but the first new significant project in a decade from stop motion master Nick Park comes pretty close to it.

It’s been quiet on the Early Man front since Aardman Animations released a teaser last March, but that changed today with the release of the film’s full trailer:

Set at the dawn of time, Early Man tells the tale of “a courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.” The film’s soccer (football) theme is finally evident in this trailer; we had first reported on this plot point back in 2015 when the film was titled Early Man United.

Other voices in the film include Timothy Spall (Chief Bobnar), Goona (Maisie Williams), Richard Ayoade (Treebor), Selina Griffiths (Magma), Johnny Vegas (Asbo), Mark Williams (Barry), Gina Yashere (Gravelle), Simon Greenall (Eemak), and Richard Webber (Grubup).

Early Man is currently filming at Aardman’s studio in Bristol, England. It’s financed by Studiocanal, and supported by National Lottery funding from the BFI (British Film Institute). Studiocanal will release in the U.K., France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand, and is selling the film worldwide.

Here in the United States, Lionsgate kicks Early Man into theaters on February 16, 2018.

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  • Mike

    After how lavish and detailed Pirates was visually, it’s interesting to see them scale things back to a more familiar style. Anyway, can’t wait! Aardman hasn’t gone wrong with a stop motion film yet.

  • Tre

    Here’s hoping Lionsgate doesn’t screw up in advertising the film in the USA like they did for ‘Shaun The Sheep: The Movie’.
    Like with all Aardman films, I can’t wait for this to be released. :D

  • JamScoBal

    This is what the Croods should have been!

  • Cameron Ward

    I’m so hyped for this film. Granted, i’m concerned with how Lionsgate is going to handle this, but other than that, the film looks fantastic

  • I always wondered what the kid version of “Year One” would look like.

    • Dave 52

      Chances are it’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of “Year One”.

    • Tony

      Reminds me more of 10,000 BC, only here the anachronisms are more acceptable because it’s a silly comedy.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    The Croods meet Wallace & Grommit. Looks good.

    • Joey Gallagher

      Well, the Croods started off as an Aardman project until Aardman and Dreamworks broke off their contract and Dreamworks took the idea with them.

  • ランダム アニメーター

    I’ve loved all Aardman feature films to date and judging by this trailer, ‘Early Man’ will be a winner too.

  • rnenno

    I never would have guessed the villain was voiced by Tom Hiddleston

  • GW

    I didn’t find any of the jokes in the trailer funny. The football theme doesn’t strike me as a very interesting anachronism. Shaun of the Sheep had some funny moments but was rather boring for me. Maybe I’m losing my sense of humor. Pirates was a dud and the only funny moment was the ghost ship gag. I wish that they would keep experimenting visually like they did with Pirates and come up with some humor that’s actually funny.

    • Although I loooove Wallace and Grommet and totally respect the art they are doing, I feel the story on Pirates was a bit all over the joint and a tad forgettable. Will still be watching this even though I didn’t laugh out loud at the trailer.

  • Dave 52

    An Aardman film is always an event for me. It happens once every couple of years, but it is indeed worth it.

  • Mack

    They had some strong toilet paper back in those days.

  • To be fair, GW said that Pirates WAS experimenting visually. I’m not going to judge this film based on the trailer, because Aardman and Nick Park are lovely, smart people and I’m hoping it’ll be a great film, but it didn’t make me laugh either. I’m hoping it’s a case of trailer-itis, as it’s been cut together in exactly the same fashion as any gag-heavy family film in the last 15 years. Wallace and Gromit are one of the funniest and most well rounded animated duos ever, so I’m hoping for a return to form.

  • Johnny Marques

    Been waiting for this for such a long time. Since it was called the Croods. Lost faith when Dreamworks used the idea for something completely different but I’m glad Aardman’s finally getting to do their take on it. So far their only “prehistoric” outing had been the short Pythagasaurus voiced by Bill Bailey, but Early Man looks really fun and loopy, exactly what I expected from them.

  • GW

    I watched the trailer again and noticed one funny gag, the vomit blond hair gag. I’ve had mixed results from Aardman’s past work but I enjoyed Wererabbit and to a lesser degree, The Shaun the Sheep Movie. To be honest though, I rarely end up liking to any great degree more than half of the films of any given studio. Studio Ghibli and while I watched them, Pixar being the exception. I’m not sure how much of it is them and how much is me. I watched the trailer for Isle of Dogs and found my reaction similarly muted though I was slightly more entertained and didn’t find it as visually boring. My biggest peeve with this trailer is probably the close to modern football games done in the stone age and the fact that they’re part of what appears to be the main plot. Even though it’s a comedy, it feels like a waste of the film’s setting to me. I didn’t find the humor funny save the one gag but maybe the underwear swapping gag would be funny if you were five. I’ve enjoyed films with bad trailers before, but even if the humor is better in the actual movie the film’s characters look like everyday Aardman and the prehistoric soccer thing just doesn’t work for me. Sorry for taking so long to respond but those are my basic thoughts.