6 July—3 November 2019

Aardman: Animating Early Man

Step behind the camera with Aardman and discover how the world-famous animation studio made their hit film, Early Man.

Featuring original puppets, exquisitely crafted sets, tiny props and tons of behind the scenes footage, you’ll be able to see the incredible skill behind stop-motion animation.

Follow Hognob, Goona and the Message Bird through the stages of production to reveal the secrets of how an Aardman film gets from sketchbook to screen.

Become part of the action by dressing-up as a member of the Stone Age tribe, create a live action sequence on a green screen and use unexpected materials to make sound effects. Perhaps you could be the animation star of the future!

Not only that, but you’ll be able to see the inner workings of Aardman’s most complex puppet to date – a not-so-woolly mammoth!

There will also be original Stone Age and Bronze Age objects from the museum’s stores and two loans from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation (charity no. SC001419).

About the film

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, Early Man told the story of plucky caveman Dug who, along with his sidekick Hognob, united his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game – football.

It opened in cinemas in 2018 starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

Aardman Animations is the Bristol based, four times Academy Award winning studio behind Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

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M Shed would like to thank exhibition sponsors, Canada Life.

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Available Tickets Price Qty *
Family saver £18.00 (GBP) / ticket
Adult + £1 donation £6.00 (GBP) / ticket
Adult £5.00 (GBP) / ticket
Concession + £1 donation £5.00 (GBP) / ticket
Concession £4.00 (GBP) / ticket

* Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.