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Cracking news! 'Wallace and Gromit' creator Nick Park is working on a new film

Tom Huddleston

He hasn't directed a film since 2008's BAFTA-winning Wallace and Gromit short 'A Matter of Loaf and Death', so the return of animator, writer and all-round national treasure Nick Park is a bit of a big deal. Prehistoric football comedy 'Early Man' isn't due until 2018, but Aardman Studios have very kindly released just a little snippet to tide us over until then.

The Caveman hero glimpsed in that clip is called Dug - he's voiced by Eddie Redmayne, the only member of the voice cast announced thus far. His porcine pal is Hognob - signs point to him being an expressive but silent Gromit-style sidekick - and together this mismatched duo must whip their people into shape ahead of a life-or-death match against the invading Bronze Age tribes, inventing the game of football in the process. This synopsis - plus the fact there's a dinosaur in the clip - lead us to assume that 'Early Man' isn't going for painstaking documentary realism, but will instead offer a more fantastical take on the prehistoric period. As long as it's packed with classic Park-style sight gags, action scenes and loveable characters, we're sold either way.

Keep an eye on Time Out Film for news on 'Early Man' and all the other big movie releases.

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