Watch: Early Man teaser trailer portrays prehistoric humans as humourous, vulnerable
The teaser trailer of stop-motion animation film Early Man was released on 16 March, 2017, and it shows prehistoric humans in a manner very different from The Flintstones.
The teaser opens with a background score that sounds formidable and ominous, and we see the feet and footprints of a prehistoric man armed with a spear, flanked by an angry-looking hog. They seem to be hunting together and spot a rabbit eating grass.
The prehistoric man has long hair and teeth that jut out of his mouth, which is how hunter-gatherers are usually caricatured. He wears fur and has a distinctly British accent.
He looks at the rabbit with great focus and aims with his spear, but then turns with an annoyed expression on his face. We see a crowd of prehistoric humans who have turned up with musical instruments. They look like they are part of a parade meant to celebrate some event.
"You guys are really putting me off" says the protagonist, and this disappoints the crowd, who stop playing. Then, the hog calls the protagonist's attention to the rabbit, who is surprisingly a carnivore with canine teeth. He looks at them fiercely while holding a bone in his hand.
The crowd of prehistoric humans run away in fear, with the hog in tow. The rabbit chases them across the forest into a rocky plain, where they all crash into a rock. Volcanoes erupt in the distance, and the rabbit laughs at the pile of humans. As soon as he begins blowing his trumpet both literally and figuratively, a rock falls on him.
The stop-motion animation lends an adorable and humourous feel to Early Man. It is refreshing to see that humans are not all-powerful, perfect characters on top of the food chain in this film.
Early Man is set to release in 2018. This film has been voiced by a star cast, with Eddie Redmayne as Dug, the protagonist, Tom Hiddleston as Lord Nooth and Maisie Williams as Goona.
Watch the teaser trailer here: