In an age of boundary-pushing digital animation and modern movies, Aardman Productions continues to prove their relevance by bucking the trend. Instead of following the crowd, the studio remains true to the claymation that made them famous so many years ago. You probably know them from Wallace and Gromit, or Chicken Run, or Flushed Away, or any of their many other successes. Their characters are quirky and endearing and oh-so-relatable.
Early Man is no exception to the Aardman collection. The movie chronicles the story of a small tribe of cavemen and their first encounter with the bronze age. It also offers a cosmic theory of the origins of the game of soccer (or football as it is called in the movie and everywhere else in the world except this one continent.) The movie touches on themes of progress vs. tradition, greed vs. compassion, privilege vs. grit, teamwork, as well as others.
It is neither historically accurate, nor is it deeply profound, nor does it have an agenda to preach. However, it never claimed to be any of those things. Early Man advertised itself as lighthearted entertainment, and it delivered. I brought my whole family to the screening. Every member of our family, from ages 2 to 42, enjoyed the movie. I had debated whether or not my 2 year old could handle a feature length film. He was riveted! Little man stayed in his seat through the entire movie, emotionally invested in the characters and the peril they faced. The teen and tween also enjoyed the movie, as did the adults.
To this movie I award a bronze medal – the highest honour of the bronze age! It is a fun family movie for all ages. This movie releases to the general public Feburary 16th. In the meantime we’ve got a prize pack giveaway! Click here to enter.
I attended this screening free of charge as a member of the press.