Four-time Oscar winner Nick Park has been one of cinema’s most groundbreaking artists thanks to his lifelong passion for stop-motion animation. Early Man is his latest work, and it was partly inspired by his love for the film One Million Years B.C. and the iconic work of Ray Harryhausen.
The storyline centers on an inspiring and naive caveman named Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne) who leads his Stone Age tribe in a battle (specifically a game of soccer!) against the seemingly superior Bronze Age warriors. Tom Hiddleston is Lord Nooth, the leader of of the Bronze Age Army and Maisie Williams is Goona, a local vendor who joins up with the Stone Age crew.
“The challenge for me, especially in creating a whole new universe with whole new characters – the most difficult bit and the most attractive bit is how you can relate to characters as soon as possible in the story,” said Park, who’s best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit.
Click on the media bar below to hear Park explain what motivates him as a storyteller:
Tom Hiddleston (Thor: Ragnarok) lends his voice to the animated film Early Man as Lord Nooth, a pompous and self-important leader to find as much bronze as he can to gain even more power. Dug (Eddie Redmayne) is the optimistic caveman who believes that his tribe can defeat Nooth and save their home in the process.
The anticipation behind Early Man is thanks to director Nick Park, the mastermind behind Wallace & Gromit who actually has not directed a full length feature since 2005’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (he executive produced 2015’s Shaun The Sheep Movie).
One of the benefits of working with Park, according to Hiddleston, was experiencing his wonderful sense of humor. Click on the media bar to hear the challenge and joys of collaborating with Nick Park on Early Man:
Early Man, co-starring Maisie Williams, opens February 16.
Animated filmmaker Nick Park, a four time Oscar winner whose credits include Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, heads to the Stone Age with his latest feature Early Man.
The narrative centers on Dug (Eddie Redmayne), a caveman who’s part of a group of rabbit hunters. When a malevolent ruler (Tom Hiddleston) invades their environment with his Bronze Age technology, it’s time for a littler battle of the “Ages.” Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and Timothy Spall co-star in the feature. The Claymation aesthetic from Park and the creators over at Aardman Animations definitely stands out in the world of animation. Early Man is also Park’s first feature film directing effort since 2005’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Early Man, co-starring Richard Ayoade and Selina Griffiths, hits theaters February 16, 2018.