Bristol based animation wunderkinds Aardman are at it again – and this time, they are going prehistoric..
Set at the dawn of time, we follow Dug the caveman (Eddie Redmayne) and his trusty sidekick Hognob, who appears to be some sort of furry prehistoric warthog. They unite against the evil Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
A clutch of British talent has also been announced to join the voice cast today. Leading Dug's tribe is Chief Bobnar, voiced by Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) plays gentle giant Treebor, Selena Griffiths (Cuckoo) plays Treebor's no-nonsense mother, Johnny Vegas (Grimsby) plays the brilliantly named Asbo, and perhaps most intriguingly of all, Mark Williams (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) plays Barry, "whose best friend is a rock", according to Aardman. Game Of Thrones' Maisie Williams also lends her voice.
The cameras started rolling – incredibly slowly and incrementally – back in October, and production was announced with this charming little teaser.
Nick Park, the Academy Award® winning filmmaker behind Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts and Chicken Run (2000) is back in the director's chair for this one. Expect the usual marriage of wittily eccentric British humour and wholly handcrafted stop motion animation when Early Man arrives in cinemas on 26 January 2018.