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Nerdlocker Film and Family Day Review: Early Man


I’d like to start off with a special thanks to Fons PR for hosting such a fun early screening event. Biggs and Smalls both enjoyed decorating their own pet rocks, listening to Austin School of Rock perform, and now are proud owners of some snazzy Early Man shirts. Gareth Witte and Kenneth Haney of Triad Media set up a mini stop motion production to help show dreamers young and old that we can still play with toys as we grow. Biggs was particularly fascinated by their display.

The film was hosted at the Mueller location of Alamo Drafthouse, which has now been open for 11 months. The location comes fully stocked in great Mondo posters upstairs and a neat restaurant and bar called Barrel O’ Fun, downstairs. We all enjoyed the short wait once seated with a small brunch.

It has been three years since the release of the Shaun the Sheep Movie, and we were all ready for another Studio Canal and Aardman Animations production. There is artistry in all forms of animation, however we really enjoy the idea that people are getting into their work with stop motion. Being an artist who works with many mediums and fibers, I love to visually deconstruct set build and characters. The entire film was filled with innovative ideas to create a new world I don’t often see.

HOGNOB and DUG

The distant ancestors of early man stumble upon the discovery of soccer, and develop the game. They’re observed in paintings by Chief Bonbar (Timothy Spall) and his clan, but are misinterpreted and seen as hunting techniques rather than a sources of entertainment.

Sweet Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his pet counterpart Hobnob (Nick Park) wake to a beautiful new day in their valley, and rouse everyone up for hunting day. Dug can’t help but believe there’s got to be more than just little bunny rabbits for his people to live off of, but Chief is a cautious, traditional man.

By chance, Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) finds the clans pocket of paradise and decides to take what resources it has to offer for his people (or rather himself) who are of the Bronze Age.

Having been swept up, knocked out, and transported a fair distance to Bronze Age City, Dug hurries his way to a football game where he wagers his valley if his team wins against the champions. Money grubbing as he is, Lord Nooth can’t turn down the opportunity to make an extra buck off the audience, accepts.

Dug tries haphazardly to teach his group the basics, but only knowing the little he witnessed, he is overwhelmed. Luck shines down when he goes to retrieve more soccer balls, and runs into one of the merchants, Goona (Maisie Williams) practicing on the field. Typically, Nooth doesn’t believe women should be allowed to or can play, but Dug sees her strengths and what she can offer to their team, and she wants to play.

Once the duo is created, the team becomes stronger, eventually winning with an unlikely addition to the team.

I found the audience enjoyed all the puns that were part of the final cut. It was fun to hear everyone giggle together, not just kids or just adults. I thought it was refreshing to see new scenes, not just the typical urban and suburban world.

Complimenting our families style of films we like, I give this flick 4 out of 5 nerdskulls.

Check out the trailer below:


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I’ve been nerding out with these guys since 2013, when I’d decided women needed a bigger voice in the poster and arts industry. There are plenty of women artists, but the audience is primarily men. Women are often stuck with box store art pieces or pinterest-fails (because let’s be honest, following directions and common sense is hard to come by at your local craft store). I prefer to view the world around me before I go abroad. I love to enjoy a little bit of everything, but my world is built around my family. I knit, cook, craft, appreciate basic mechanics, read, drink, cuss, and love eating barbeque. I’m hard-headed, passionate, and I tell the truth ‘n’ shame the devil. Being raised with Hawaiian generosity in the Land of the Midnight Sun has taught me that family is what you make it, and that no one leaves my home empty. We’re all a bunch of misfits in a wild world, and kindness is free.