BRITAIN headed back to the Stone Age at the weekend with the movie release of the latest hit from iconic West Country studio Aardman.
And there’s to be a special new exhibition dedicated to the studio’s work, it was announced last week.
The Eden Project is holding a week-long event celebrating the Aardman film Early Man, released on Friday.
The new prehistoric comedy adventure comes from four-time Oscar-winning director Nick Park and the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.
The film opened to glowing reviews: Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian said it was a “back-of-the-net triumph”.
The Eden Project in Cornwall will be marking the release with a series of themed activities taking place around the gardens and Biomes from February 10 to 18.
The dome tent in the arena will be transformed into a Stone Age cave, where visitors will be able to daub cave art on the walls.
Animation enthusiasts can also discover the tricks of the trade and see how the film was made in the studio area. This will feature behind-the-scenes footage and film clips and production art work, providing inspiration for everyone to make their own character from the film in model-making workshops.
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Eddie Redmayne) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his Bronze Age city to save their home.
Leading Dug’s tribe of lovable misfits is Chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall) who is joined by Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Asbo (Johnny Vegas), Barry (Mark Williams), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Eemak (Simon Greenall) and Grubup (Richard Webber).
Bristol’s Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug.
Peter Lord of Aardman, said: “Early Man is set to be one of the best family films of the year.”