Just had a fun evening watching the DVD of Early Man – and modelling these extremely similar characters from the film, out of plasticine. We used kits that Aardman (the creators of Early Man and Wallace and Gromit) produce, so you get some simple instructions and the right amount of each colour to make your figure. But of course you could go wild – wilder than these cave men – and create your figures in all kinds of colours and shapes from whatever lumps of plasticine you may have lying around your home. Move over Nick Park, I say.
As for the film – it’s a good one to watch as a family, it’s funny and engaging and you can pretend it’s educational, as the subject matter is part of the syllabus at primary schools.
According to the National Curriculum, a fascinating document if you haven’t read it!!, “Pupils should be taught about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. This could include:
- late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, for example, Skara Brae
- Bronze Age religion, technology and travel, for example, Stonehenge
- Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture”
… which ties on very nicely with the film. Although actually I think it’s a sneaky way of making a film about football!!
Anyway, my 11 year old son has written a review so you can see what he thought of it – in his own words:
“From the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Early man is a hilarious movie about the prehistoric times, where the Bronze Age comes in and drives a group of Stone Age hunters out of their valley. In a valiant attempt to reclaim their home, Dug (the main character), challenges Real Bronzeo, who are the best football team in the known world (at the time) to a game.
Hard training is put in, and a mysterious painting is uncovered, however it soon seems unlikely that Dug and his friends will be going home.
And all the while the Bronze ruler is bathing in gold (I think it’s bronze actually. Ed) , and it looks like he can’t be stopped from taking all the money from citizens in subtle ways. But the real question is: who will win the game? And will these Early Men get to keep their home in the valley.
Review courtesy of Not a Notting Hill Boy, Alexander Darcy