Aardman and Studiocanal have dropped the first full trailer for their prehistoric family film, Early Man. Eddie Redmayne voices the lead character, plucky caveman Dug, who, along with his best friend Hognob, must unite their tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
Nick Park directs the stop-motion comedy adventure which reteams Aardman and Studiocanal after 2015’s hit Shaun The Sheep Movie which grossed $106M worldwide.
Leading Dug’s tribe of lovable misfits is Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) who is joined by Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Grubup (Richard Webber). Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug and helps the tribe in its battle.
Also joining the cast are Roby Brydon, Kayvan Novak and Miriam Margolyes.
Studiocanal co-finances Early Man alongside the BFI, and will distribute in its own territories: the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, selling worldwide. Lionsgate boarded U.S. rights in May and has set a February 16 release date. Studiocanal opens Early Man on January 26 in the UK.
Also today, the partners announced that in the run-up to release, Redmayne will be reading a Bedtime Story to kids on CBeebies on Christmas Day.