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Early Man (PG)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

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.

The critical consensus

Early Man does little to move things on, in evolutionary terms, but – for younger viewers especially – its straightforward storytelling and gentle humour still work a treat.

****(*)Steve Rose, The Guardian, 14/01/2018

Early Man’s humour ends up largely playing into familiar tropes.

***(*)(*)Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 14/01/2018

A mad idea that doesn’t quite come off. But charming all the same.

***(*)(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 14/01/2018

Viewed alongside animation's CGI-slickened evolution, it's the human touches applied to plasticine and pummelled actors that make Early Man so winning.

****(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 22/01/2018

An often amusing reimagining of Bronze Age history 
that, while it doesn’t quite match the best of Aardman, is still solid family entertainment.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 23/01/2018

Early Man’s reliance on groaning dad-humour and stereotypical celebrations of British daftness feels prehistoric in all the worst ways.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 24/01/2018

Early Man isn’t the flashiest animated feature that you’ll see this year but it is certainly the most likeable.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 25/01/2018

Nick Park’s hilarious family animation pitches the stone age against the bronze age in a prehistoric football fantasy.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 25/01/2018

A primitive concept (cavemen play football) generates unsophisticated laughs in an animated caper that’s fun but rather second division by Aardman standards.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 26/01/2018

Flimsy but good wholesome fun.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 26/01/2018

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit may remain Aardman’s high-water mark, but this boisterous romp lifted my spirits and tickled my funny bone. In these dark days, that’s something to cheer about.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 28/01/2018

Features about Early Man (PG)

Early Man: Aardman goes prehistoric with moustache mood boards and claymation football.

Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian, 25/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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