Written By: Nigel Asipa
Oggy oggy oggy, oi oi oi!
Seeing that in Aardman studio’s latest venture reminded me how infectious that chant is, even though I’m no sports enthusiast. Director Nick Park looks to flip the lid on Britain’s most coveted sport by going further back in time. A meteorite makes its way to the earliest civilisation man can recall and nearly obliterates everything in its blast radius. Some of not all make it unscathed and are amazed by what they see, a lava rock. They grunt and ponder on what to make of it, touching it is probably not a good idea, but it’s that clumsy curiosity that births a phenomenon. This sequence is very much dialogue-free, and the rest of the film could’ve been as such, they all sound like Patrick Star.
This legend is soon passed down to a small, good-natured tribe who seek to hunt rabbits as they’ve nothing else better to do. One is Dug (Eddie Redmayne), who wears an over-avid smile, pig-like nose and broom-like hair. He suggests that hunting mammoths would spread out the hunger factor much further. Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) can’t see that far, he thinks small while Dug thinks big. A mammoth ends up at their camp a lot sooner than anticipated, except its heavily armoured and scares the living daylights out of the tribe, forcing them to flee their valley. We’re introduced to Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston), and he’s the villain, how do i know? He says ‘excellent’ in the most sinister manner possible, think Mr Burns. He’s part of the Bronze age and deems it unquestionably superior to the Stone age.