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Aardman's "Early Man" Takes You Back to the Stone Age With New Trailer and Poster

Aardman explores prehistoric times in Early Man, the studio’s new stop motion film. It is also the first solo directorial debut of Academy Award winner and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, whose previous feature-length directorial outings were Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which he directed alongside Peter Lord and Steve Box, respectively.

Earlier today, the studio released a new poster for the film along with a trailer (both of which are posted below), which is the first real glimpse at the plot of the film that we’ve gotten. An official synopsis was also released, reading:
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.

“Today we get to meet Dug’s tribe, a lovable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent,”   said Park. “They’re essentially a group of inept cavemen and women, including Treebor, played by Richard Ayoade, a gentle giant scared of his own shadow; Magma, Treebor’s no-nonsense mother voiced by Selena Griffiths and Mark Williams as Barry, whose best friend is a rock. Chief Bobnar, voiced by the brilliant Timothy Spall, leads the pack as their long-suffering leader and father figure to his tribe of idiotic brutes.”

This film is in the studios’ trademark stop motion style featured in Nick Park’s previous projects, Wallace and Gromit and Shuan the Sheep. From the glimpses we’ve seen so far, Early Man looks to be quite a fun ride, and being one of two stop motion films set to premiere in 2018 – the other being Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs – it looks like a very artistically satisfying film to fans of the medium.

For an deeper look at Early Man, the official Early Man Facebook page recently uploaded some stills from the movie as well as behind-the-scenes pictures featuring some of the voice-actors and actresses from the star-studded film – Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Theory of Everything), who portrays the lead protagonist “Dug”, Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor franchises), who voices the greedy villain “Lord Nooth” and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), who portrays the plucky heroine “Goona”. These pictures are featured below.

You can learn more about the film and receive updates on the official website, Facebook and Twitter.

Early Man is due to roll into theaters January 2018.

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