It seems like an age since there was a Nick Park directed Aardman Animation film on screens… and it many ways, it has been, with his last directorial effort being the Oscar winning classic Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Aardman Animation studios have naturally been extremely busy with the very well received Shaun the Sheep being the most recent release by the studio.
Coming up next however is Nick Park’s next film, Early Man, which is scheduled to hit screens in 2018. The spiel is as follows:
Pint-sized Dug’s not really cut out to be a caveman. But when disaster strikes and his tribe is driven from its homeland by the mighty Bronze Age, it’s Dug, the most inept of the tribe, who proves he’s got what it takes and leads them to victory! Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of how one plucky caveman sets off to unite his tribe against a mighty enemy and saves the day.
EARLY MAN is a stop-frame feature film by four-time Academy Award® winning director Nick Park, produced by world class animation studio, Aardman. Audiences around the world have fallen in love with Park’s creations, WALLACE & GROMIT and CHICKEN RUN, and now this exciting new film will take audiences into a dramatic prehistoric world and unleash an unforgettable cast of hilarious new characters. It also marks Park’s first feature film since Academy Award® winning WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT.
It’s interesting to see this trend of ‘early mankind’ being explored on screen. Of course, there’s the Ice Age films which portray pre-mankind Earth, and then there’s the subversive Disney/Pixar effort The Good Dinosaur which shows mankind as being the ‘dog’ companion to the dinosaur run society. The trailer for Early Man shows the trademark Aardman comedy and animation running strong. The quality of their work is undeniable, and paired with the work of Laika studios, and with films like A Town Called Panic and My Life As a Zucchini getting rave reviews it becomes more evident that we’re in the midst of a run of great era animation features.
Check out the trailer and poster for Early Man below: