Kel McGowan is Kelligrafie
Ever since I can remember, I have been enthralled by Wallace & Gromit. It has always been a firm family favourite and it was joined soon after by Chicken Run. I have a lot of love and respect for Aardman Animations. They have built themselves up to be a worldwide renowned animation company, yet they still hold true to their British roots.
Their attention to detail, both visually and with what the characters do and say, is infinite. Gag follows gag but the legendary British wit is spread carefully throughout the film so it never feels too much or too little. The films also carry a great deal of heart. You can feel the love that went into making them.
Early Man continues on these traditions. There are plenty of jokes for the kids, plenty jokes for the adults. When I initially saw the trailer, I had worried that it was one of those films where ALL of the best bits had been put into that 90 seconds. But even though they do include some of the funnier moments in the trailer, there is still so much humour to experience.
The sets and characters are wonderfully bright and colourful, with lots of media culture references in the backgrounds that are easy to pick up, no pause button is required.
(Yes Pixar, I'm looking at you and your overly-subtle Easter eggs that are impossible to spot without being pointed out by someone who works at your studio during an interview)
If you're expecting something new, exciting or surprising from Aardman, you might be a little bit disappointed. It does follow the Aardman formula quite rigidly and can play it a bit safe. I would also say that even though there are bits that adults will appreciate, it is definitely more a film for younger audiences.
But it's a delightful story and a worthy addition to the Aardman collection.
File under: Early Man, Aardman Animation, stop frame, film review