Early Man (2018) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Early Man (2018)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG (UK): Infrequent mild bad language, threat.

  • The pitch:

    Early Man united.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Nick Park, Miriam Margolyes, Rob Brydon, Johnny Vegas, Kayvan Novak, Selina Griffiths, Simon Greenall

  • Directed by:

    Nick Park

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters get squashed by slabs of rock, thrown through the air, hit with objects, bitten, shot at (spears), punched, knocked/pushed over, splattered with goo/hot tea/bird poo, nose-squeezed, dowsed with water, chased by a giant duck, squirted in the eye, hooded, kidnapped, tied up, shirt-grabbed, tripped, dacked. Characters fall over, bump their heads, fall into a fissure, slam into one another, slide down an embankment. A man is rammed down another man's throat. An animal is tied up and hung over a campfire. An inanimate character is beheaded. A character makes a throat-slitting gesture across his neck. Animals are used as musical instruments, boots. Break and enter. Dinosaurs fighting, cavemen fighting. Burning object. Asteroid hits a planet. Characters say, "Let's kill something", "we're gonna get slaughtered", "take him away and kill him slowly", "tell chef to boil the bird up into a cassoulet". Growling, barking, screaming, howling. Blood/gore: Dead dinosaurs. Teeth marks on limb, red hand print on nose. Human skeletons, dinosaur skeletons, dinosaur bones, eyeballs floating in soup. "Your funeral" mentioned.


    Kissing, hugging, hand-holding. Nude man (genitals obscured; bum visible). Paintings of characters mooning. Shirtless men. A crocodile bites a man's crotch area (implied), man holding crotch area. A man blows kisses at the screen. Man in shower, man in bath, back massage. A man slides to a stop beneath another man's legs in the shower.




    Crap. Name-calling (fool, primitives, idiots, crow, savages, silly old bat, crazy, angry pan girl, losers, stupid, gormless halfwits, stupid old bird, silly, disgrace, etc).


    Football, soccer, cavemen, ancestors, hunting, mining, greed, teamwork, bronze, the beautiful game, practice, training, cave paintings, pre-history, under-Dugs.


    Erupting volcano, thunder, lightning, full moon. Cavemen fight over a giant drumstick, animal fur/animal skins/antlers worn, zebra skin on ground, animal tail waved around like a flag. Rabbit, butterflies, dinosaurs, badgers, mammoth, squirrel, hog, crocodiles, beetle, spider, spider web, lizard, buffalo, giant rat (mascot), pigeon, crab, duck, slime creatures, caterpillar. Face-licking, toe-sucking.


    Endearing, old-school, charming, appealing, character-driven, detailed, silly, glorious, funny, innovative, joyous, likeable, easy, welcome, timely, warming, homey, retro, kid-friendly. Uproarious/rich/high-profile voice work, daffy/pun-heavy/good-natured/gentle/goofy/winning humour, thowaway/clever sight gags, old-fashioned/straightforward storytelling, slightly off characters, adorably ugly characters, lovably British, painstakingly hand-crafted stop-motion animation, trademark style, crisp editing.


    Familiar/mediocre sport-based narritive, not as warm/witty/clever/eccentric/madcap/genius/satirical as prevous Aardman animations.

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