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Set in prehistoric times, Early Man follows the story of the courageous caveman hero, Dug (Eddie Redmayne), living in a thriving valley together with his best friend and sidekick, Hognob, and a tribe of fellow eccentric and lovable tribe members, headed by Cheif Bobnar (Timothy Spall).
While ambitious Dug aspires to hunt mammoths and go on adventures, Bobnar is quite happy with the tribe leading a quiet, unperturbed life chasing rabbits. However, their peace is shattered suddenly when their valley is invaded by an enemy the likes of which they have never encountered before, in the form of the pompous Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), governor of the Bronze Age town and his army. A money-loving tyrant, Lord Nooth has found bronze in the tribe’s beloved valley and so invades with an army with armoured mammoths in-tow, forcing the cavemen to flee and take shelter in the inhospitable badlands.
In the drama of the invasion, Dug is accidentally captured and ends up in the unknown, intimidating world of Bronze Age Town, where he first meets Goona (Maisie Williams), a spirited young girl who sells bronze pans. Dug, swept up by the Bronze Age townspeople, eventually finds himself in a huge stadium filled with a ravenous crowd, seemingly there to attend a cult spectacle – which he soon discovers is, in fact, a game called football.
Spotting an opportunity to win back his home, Dug challenges Real Bronzio, the imposing local team full of football stars, to an almighty football match as the ultimate clash of civilisations. He travels back to the Badlands, eager to share the news and let the tribe know that they have a chance to return home to the valley if they win the match. The only problem? If they lose, they face a lifetime sentence working in the mines.
He manages to convince sceptical Bobnar to let him train the tribe: an endeavour which he initially has very little success in. His hopes are further dampened by their one and only football getting accidentally destroyed. With Hognob by his side, Dug has no choice but to return to the Bronze Age town to retrieve more balls.
Dug and Hognob sneak into the stadium, where they meet Goona once again and are surprised to discover that she is herself a mightily talented football player with dreams of playing in the crowd-filled stadium. Unfortunately, being a girl, she is forbidden from playing on the sacred turf.
Goona agrees to travel back to the Badlands with Dug and Hognob to help train the tribe, in turn using this chance to compete on the pitch herself and realise her own dream. Thanks to her skills, Goona teaches the cavemen the rules and techniques of the game, as well as the importance of teamwork. Soon the tribe begin to harness their passion for football inspired by their ancestors who once played the game.
Meanwhile, Lord Nooth is under increasing pressure from Queen Oofeefa (Miriam Margolyes), who is communicating with him through aggressive messages sent via Bronze Age telecommunications technology – a Message Bird – making it clear that the cavemen should not be given a chance to beat Real Bronzio.
Nooth Sets out to destroy Dug’s confidence, by revealing to him that his ancestors had no real football skills at all, and convinces him to forfeit the match on the day of the face-off and accept to let go of his valley forever. However, Dug’s fellow cavemen and hog arrive to save the day, united by the confidence instilled by Goona’s training and the courage and determination that Dug himself inspired in them. What ensues is a memorable football match the likes of which nobody has ever seen before.
- Dug – Eddie Redmayne
- Lord Nooth – Tom Hiddleston
- Goona – Maisie Williams
- Chief Bobnar – Timothy Spall
- Queen Oofeefa – Miriam Margolyes
- The Message Bird – Rob Brydon
- Dino & Jurgend – Kayvan Novak
- Brian & Bryan – Rob Brydon
- Treebor – Richard Ayoade
- Magma – Selina Griffiths
- Asbo – Johnny Vegas
- Barry – Mark Williams
- Gravelle – Gina Yashere
- Grubup – Richard Webber
- Eemak & Thongo – Simon Greenall
- Hognob – Nick Park
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