We’ve known for a while that Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park has been working on Early Man, a zany prehistoric tale featuring a top-tier cast of British voice acting talent.
Now that we’ve seen the latest trailer, we’re confident in saying Early Man is shaping up to be another memorable animated Park feature that’ll bear all the marks of his unmistakably goofy, lighthearted, CGI-meets-stop-motion animated style.
In a nutshell, Early Man is the story of a cave man named Dug (Eddie Redmayne), whose little band of technologically inferior Stone Age cave people faces an existential crisis when the next big thing — that is, the inhabitants of the Bronze Age — show up and threaten to supplant Dug’s way of life with their own, decidedly more progressive, version.
True to Park’s British form, of course the conflict would be left up to the outcome of a high-stakes soccer match between the Stone Agers and the Bronze Agers. Dug's team is a little inept, to say the least, but they've definitely got heart. Wild guess, but that might just end up being a big, decisive factor in how it all turns out.
Visually, Park’s creations always have carried the mark of their maker, and Early Man follows in that tradition. Park is responsible for one of the most memorable and endearing slices of animated work in all of filmdom: In addition to five Wallace and Gromit features, he’s also given us Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.
Besides Redmayne as Dug, Early Man also stars the voice acting skills of Tom Hiddleston as Bronze Age nemesis Lord Nooth, as well as Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall, and Richard Webber.
Early Man is set to release in U.S. theaters on February 16, following a January 26 release in the U.K.