Early Man is a 2018 British stop-motion animated historical sports comedy film directed by Nick Park, written by Mark Burton and James Higginson, and starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall.
The film follows a tribe of primitive Stone Age valley dwellers who have to defend their land from bronze-using invaders in an association football match.
Not quite as good as ‘Chicken Run’ or ‘Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, this still a funny and enjoyable romp through pre-history.
There are a lot of things that are historically inaccurate. But it doesn’t really matter as the characters resonate and are engaging.
The history of ball sports extends across countless cultures throughout recorded history. Solid archaeological records of ball sports extend back as early as 1600 BC – for example, discoveries of rubber balls used in the ancient sports like the Mesoamerican ball game. However, with the phrase “ball sports” being so broad and inclusive, games that could fall under this category have undoubtedly been played for millennia even before that time.