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Early Man (2018)

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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.

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Nick Park

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Mark Burton (screenplay by), James Higginson (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Redmayne ... Dug (voice)
Tom Hiddleston ... Lord Nooth (voice)
Maisie Williams ... Goona (voice)
Timothy Spall ... Chief Bobnar (voice)
Miriam Margolyes ... Queen Oofeefa (voice)
Rob Brydon ... Message Bird / Brian / Bryan / Gonad the Gaul (voice)
Kayvan Novak ... Dino / Jurgend (voice)
Richard Ayoade ... Treebor (voice)
Selina Griffiths Selina Griffiths ... Magma / Additional Voices (voice)
Johnny Vegas ... Asbo (voice)
Mark Williams ... Barry (voice)
Gina Yashere ... Gravelle (voice)
Richard Webber Richard Webber ... Grubup (voice)
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... Eemak / Thongo / Additional Voices (voice)
Nick Park ... Hognob (voice)
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Storyline

An asteroid collides with the prehistoric Earth, causing the extinction of the planet's dinosaurs, but sparing a tribe of cavemen living near the impact site. Finding a roughly spherical chunk of the asteroid that is too hot to touch, the cavemen begin to kick it around and invent the game of football. Many years later during the Stone Age, a young caveman named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) lives in the village with the chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) and many other cavemen such as Asbo, (Johnny Vegas), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Barry (Mark Williams), Grubup (Richard Webber), Thongo (Simon Greenall) and Eemak (Simon Greenall). One day, Dug suggests to Bobnar that they should try hunting woolly mammoths instead of rabbits, but Bobnar brushes him off..

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Invent Soccer. Make Prehistory. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude humor and some action | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Aardman [UK] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Early Man - Steinzeit bereit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,267,544, 29 March 2018
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Dolby Atmos | DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

An original title was Early Man-United. See more »

Goofs

Chief Bobnar shaves his stubble with a beetle. Parts of his stubble reappear during his conversation with Dug. See more »

Quotes

Lord Nooth: I have been massaged by a pig!
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits, the two dinosaurs from the opening sequence are shown labeled as "Ray" and "Harry" in tribute to Ray Harryhausen. See more »

Connections

References Gladiator (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Feet
Written by Nicky Chinn (as Nicholas Chinn), Mike Chapman
Performed by New Hope Club
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd.
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Aardman always put a smile on my face; it's no 'Wallace & Gromit', but few things are.
28 January 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

Nick Park's claymation creations always manage to put a smile on my face. While it doesn't quite reach the heights of their 'Wallace & Gromit' franchise, 'Early Man (2018)' is a consistently clever and chuckle-worthy affair with plenty of laughs to be had at its typically home-spun humour that just gets better the longer you think about it. The beautifully tangible animation is compounded by awesomely ostentatious vocal work and a wonderfully written script, crafting a fully formed world just one-step removed from our own. It is also far and away the best football film I've seen. Though I'm not a huge fan of the sport and always find the formula of its features rather dull, the piece had me both riveted and grinning ear-to-ear during its ball-to-boots sequences with its wisecracking yet respectful, satirical wit which remains good-natured and suitably subtle even when taking the easiest, or sometimes most obscure, of hits. 7/10


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