Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 13:45

The Eden Project is celebrating the launch of Aardman’s acclaimed Early Man film by encouraging visitors to unleash their inner cave man.

Eden – whose Early Man half-term activities run from Saturday (February 10 to 18) – has released a film of its own resident cave man emerging from the Rainforest Biome undergrowth and going on a rampage.

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Eden’s Early Man event will see the project transformed into a prehistoric playground with no shortage of plasticine.

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, make their own prehistoric accessories and help in an archaeological dig.

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 the model-making workshops.

Visitors will be able to trek through the Rainforest Biome to find Schnookle coins, the film’s prehistoric currency, and take part in bush craft and survival skills workshops.

Early Man is the new prehistoric comedy adventure from four-time Academy Award-winning director Nick Park and Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. Released by STUDIOCANAL, it’s in cinemas now.

The film has received glowing reviews. The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin described it as “gloriously funny”, while Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian said it was a “back-of-the-net triumph”.

The Independent’s Clarisse Loughrey praised its “irresistible British charm that made Wallace and Gromit a household favourite” and Peter Debruge of Variety said the film is “as charming as they come.”

Shot in Aardman’s own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast.

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). Maisie Williams voices Goona, the gallant and indomitable rebel who befriends Dug and helps the tribe in their battle to beat the Bronze Age at their own game.

Aardman is a production company based in Bristol specialising in stop-motion animation. Their most famous work includes the Wallace & Gromit films, Shaun the Sheep and Creature Comforts. Feature films include Chicken Run, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas.