By: Cayce McCarthy
Good evening readers hope you’re ready for this evening’s blog where I will be sharing with you guys some movie info. The movie is, Early Man, that came out in theaters on the 16th. This film was created and directed by Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, and Chicken Run.
The character Dug is a bit like Park’s other character Wallace in the aspects that he tries to be a hero when he’s just your average ordinary guy. Dug is also like Wallace in the aspect that he gets help from his highly intelligent animal friend. However, this time unlike having a canine companion like Gromit, Dug’s friend is the pig Hobnob, who gets into a good bit of mischief when helping Dug invade the new Bronze Age city. The most hysterical trouble he gets into would be giving Lord Nooth a shoulder message in the bath tub. What makes it so funny is the fact that Park wanted to implement authentic sound so during recording he went into Hiddleston’s sound booth and actually gave him a shoulder message. They had to do a various amount of takes because Hiddleston couldn’t stop laughing. Park himself also thought this was hilarious as well only because he thought of Hiddleston’s fans who would kill to message his shoulders.
The interesting thing about Lord Nooth is the fact that Parker and Hiddleston decided to give the character a comedic French accent. At first, they tried giving Nooth an arrogant villainous British accent but they both felt that it fell flat. That’s when they decided to make Nooth have a rather ridiculous and not at all authentic French accent. In fact, in an older interview Hiddleston gave with The Up and Coming, Hiddleston talks about how Nooth isn’t like other villains he’s played before. As we all know Hiddleston is famous for being the evil brother, Loki, to the thunder god, Thor. Except instead of being rather dark and sinister or even a wise villain, Hiddleston explains that Nooth is rather a silly and non-intelligent light-hearted.
In this film Dug also gets help from a Bronze Age girl named Goona, voiced by Maisie Williams, who likes Dug’s bravery and commitment to help with the survival of his tribe. Once she discovers that Dug has challenged Nooth to a soccer game that will control the fate of their tribe she decides to help, especially since the cavemen have no clue what soccer is. Together with Dug she trains the tribe as a team while hitting a few bumps on the way. Goona is strong and courageous girl that takes the cavemen by surprise with her tenacity. With her as a key player on the team they might just win. This movie came out on February 16th and if you haven’t seen it, yet you really should. Till next time.