First teaser for Nick Park's star-laden claymation Early Man

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This prehistoric lot really need to nail down their hunting game if they’re going to survive long enough to become our ancestors.

The first look at Aardman Animation’s latest claymation opus, directed by ‘Wallace and Gromit’ legend Nick Park, finds a rabbit hunt going somewhat awry.

‘Early Man’ is set at the dawn of time, around the courageous caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne, no less) and his tribe, as they battle Tom Hiddleston’s Lord Nooth and the denizens of his Bronze Age city to protect their home.

Park remarks: “Today we get to meet Dug’s tribe, a loveable bunch of misfits voiced by some exceptional British talent.

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“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.”

Now there’s some impressive talent right there. Alongside them are Johnny Vegas, Gina Yashere, and Alan Partridge (and Octonauts) legend Simon Greenall. Oh, and ‘Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.


It’s due out – this claymation takes a bit of time – on January 26, 2018.

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