The first full-length trailer and poster for the Aardman Animations film Early Man have been released online. Directed by longtime studio big wig Nick Park - who many film buffs may also know as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep - the new movie is all set to explore the prehistoric culture clash between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
Starring the likes of Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) as Stone Age central protagonist Dug, Early Man is all set to see its February 2018 theatrical release and teem with all manner of prehistoric creatures and wooly mammoths that roamed the earth during the dawn of time - including Dug's faithful companion, Hognob. Enter Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok) as the Bronze Age City dwelling Lord Nooth - in addition to Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Dug's trusty compatriot Goona - and you have the makings for quite the show-stopping event.
In the footage featured above, potential viewers of Early Man can catch another sneak peek behind the curtain at everything the new Aardman animated feature will have to offer. By both exploring the actual plot of the film and offering more of the clever physical/visual comedy that was on display in the previously-releaed Early Man teaser trailer, the latest batch of footage from the movie promises another whimsical animated adventure from one of Britain's greatest comedic filmmakers. For more Early Man-related goodness, check out the official poster below:
Much like Shaun the Sheep Movie did for general moviegoers back in 2015, Early Man already looks to be doubling down on many of the same aesthetic flourishes and physical comedy set pieces that have long made Aardman stand out as a premiere studio in the realm of stop motion animation. With any luck, Park's latest theatrical effort will additionally serve to please longtime fans of his work on the Wallace and Gromit franchise (as well as movies like Chicken Run, which Park co-directed).
Shaun the Sheep Movie came as something of a surprise in 2015, and by all accounts offered thus far Early Man may soon prove to be an (pardon the wording) early contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2018. Aardman has more of a cult following in the U.S. than in the studio's homeland, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of moviegoers based stateside that are early-awaiting the studio's new project.
Source: Aardman Animations
- Early Man (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018