Monday, May 9, 2016
Aardman Update: David Attenborough Shorts, 'Early Man' details
Each video starts with the live-action clip, followed by the stop-motion Aardman-ised version of the featured animals, talking about the day they met Sir David. The featured animals are Lyrebirds, penguins and gorillas.
The shorts were broadcast as part of the Attenborough at 90 programme on BBC One, but have also been released online via BBC Earth Unplugged. The clips are an absolute hoot- and are very much in the tradition of Aardman and Nick Park's Oscar Winning short Creature Comforts- although unlike in that film, the interviews here appear to be scripted. Check them all out here.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Aardman news, more details have been revealed about the Studio's next feature, Early Man. which will see Nick Park back in the director's chair. Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne has signed up to voice the lead role, Dug. The prehistoric-set tale will follow Dug and his wild-boar sidekick Hognob as they try to unite their tribe and go up against a fearsome foe. Early reports- alongside the fact that it was originally called Early Man United- suggest that they will battle the baddies (called The Bronze Age) in the form of a prehistoric variation of football (soccer). The film will be released in the UK in 2018.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.