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I expect a knowledgeable review of this stop motion movie by Keith and François for WARP!   They are, apparently, planning a Plasticine stop motion for our next MonSFFilm production.  Is Nick Park worried about the competition?  –CPL

THE PLASTICINE AGE: Caveman movie’s jokes stand the test of time

Early Man, while not exactly a laugh riot, is amusing enough to be enjoyed by both adults and children.

How much you get out of the latest animated shenanigans from Aardman studios may depend on your reactions to the following bits of visual and aural humour: a zebra pelt is used as a crosswalk; and a soccer team’s cohesion has someone referring to them as “early Man United.”

The first gag is a play on Britain’s “zebra crossings,” the second a pun on the name of its Manchester football team. Early Man is a funny romp through prehistory, but it’s staunchly British, and makes no apologies. Though to be fair, most of its caveman humour doesn’t know any geographical boundaries. And most of its cavemen don’t even know how to spell that.

The time period is somewhere between the Late Pleistocene and the Early Plasticine era. Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne, is the brightest member of a tribe of cave dwellers whose simple, rabbit-hunting-and-gathering lifestyle is given a shake when they encounter a society that has figured out bronze. The newcomers are led by a Frenchman (Tom Hiddleston doing a Monty Python-style French accent) and his band of Euro-baddies (more Brits). There’s a weird Brexit subtext to the whole matchup, although given the time period maybe it’s more pre-Br’entrance.

The bronze-agers take over the cavemen’s valley, until Dug challenges them to a football match to win it back.

He’s confident, after discovering ancient rock paintings that suggest his tribe invented the game. But the players of “Real Bronzio” have all the latest tech, including puppet-driven instant replays that favour their team. You’ve heard of fake news? This is fake sports.

And so we have the classic setup in which a bunch of underdogs (and one under-pig, a sabretoothed hog voiced by director and co-writer Nick Park), must band together against seemingly impossible odds. They’re aided by Goona (Maisie Williams), a soccer-lover from the bronze side, fed up with not being allowed to play because she’s female.

The humour is all over the pitch, which means some jokes will fly over the heads of younger (and/or non-British) viewers, but also that there’s something for almost everyone to enjoy. (Though I must pause here to make a formal request to comedies: You know that scene where several characters are startled by one another, and the camera cuts from one of them screaming, to another, to another? Please. Stop.)

The stop-motion animation is up to the usual Aardman standards, as is the studio’s unusual but endearing obsession with rabbit characters. It’s not quite the equal of 2015’s Shaun the Sheep Movie, but it’s a step above The Pirates! from 2012. If Early Man was an Olympic competitor, it wouldn’t be breaking any records but would easily qualify for a third-place medal.

Local Sensors detect…

The Stop Motion Festival of Montreal has issued its infoletter, which can be viewed here.

A bit of fun: Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani perform a satirical take on the Tory party’s human rights policy, inspired by the classic Monty Python sketch that asks ‘what has the European Convention on Human Rights ever done for us?’ Apart from the right to a fair trial, freedom from slavery, freedom from torture ..

James Davis Nicoll returns with “Twenty Core Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Speculative Fiction Works Every True SF Fan Should Have On Their Shelves”.


Montreal Stop Motion Festival Highlights

The full text of the Stop Motion Festival newsletter can be read HERE.

8th Edition Highlights

The 8th edition of Festival Stop Motion Montreal took place this past September 16th, 17th and 18th. On behalf of the entire team, we thank you again for having contributed to the success of our 2016 edition.

It is with pleasure that we bring you the highlights of our last edition. Access our complete “Festival Summary” case file with images. The summary is also available on our website through the home page.
Album photos / Photos albums

Accédez également à nos albums photos de la dernière édition sur notre site Internet:

Access our photo albums of the 8th edition on our website as well:







More squashed dinos!

At the October 16th meeting, François and Keith made a lot of progress on our stop motion film project. Being in suite 700 really helped since they were able to set up in a bedroom and work without distractions and the effects of ambient lighting.

Unfortunately, this means they missed most of the meeting as well.  With a bit of luck, and François’ work schedule permitting, the last of the shooting will be completed at the November20th meeting.

And below, a rough cut of what our completed stop motion film will look like.

Free stop motion workshops

From the Stop Motion newsletter Vol 8, #5 (Download the full newsletter by clicking here.)

I think this should be interesting for some of our members, and it is FREE !! ( There are pictures of the activity HERE.)

Stop Motion hands-on workshop stations
Saturday, September 17th and Sunday September 18th from 12 PM to 4 PM (Free)

Join us on Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 12 PM to 4 PM in the atrium of the EV Building at Concordia University (1515 Ste-Catherine West). Our hands-on workshops are free for everyone.  

During the Festival Stop Motion Montreal weekend, there will be free stop motion animation workshops open to all ages. Led by local animators, several stop motion techniques will be presented, including puppet animation, claymation, toymation and pixilation. Our hand-on stations are perfect for experimenting and trying out different techniques. Bring along your USB key to take your animation home as a souvenir!

August 28th Meeting

Aug 28 is Project Day!

Members are being asked to consider what projects or hobbies dragon in colour with hammerthey would like to introduce to our members in hands-on workshops.

Cathy will give a crash course in using Word Press in hopes of temping members into being contributors to our website.

If the force is with us, and everyone and everything needed to complete our stop motion project comes together, we will complete the stop motion project we started last year.

The theme for the snack table will be “Alien Food” so cooks, get your aprons on, and be creative! Yes, the food has to be edible, but not necessarily attractive!