Early Man

Nick Park’s new film Early Man Release Dates have been announced. So get your diaries out and write down the dates:

UK: January 26 2018

France: January 31 2018

Germany: March 29 2018

Australia/NZ: March 29 2018

Its only about two years away; it is nice that the UK gets it first. I am looking forward to this film as I am sure you are too. Thanks to ScreenDaily for the info from their site. Remember, any news about this film will be here first!

We already have one still from the film which also serves as its first easter egg.

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The first and hopefully not the last.
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When I saw this film recently in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to get it on DVD so I could pause each moment to try and find all the hidden details. So to carry on in the Aardman series, I have found some of the best Easter eggs hidden in the recent Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Without further ado, lets start with a quality cameo! If you don’t know this bus conductor is none other than Blakey, from UK show On the Buses.

Blakey Shaun the Sheep Movie
” I hate you Butler “
Stephen Lewis as "Blakey"
Stephen Lewis as “Blakey”

This next one shows the amount of detail that goes into these films. In any old cobbler shop in the UK an animatronic man mending shoes can be seen in the window. The man is advertising Phillips shoe products. They are often seen in Timpson’s windows.

Phillips Man Shaun the Sheep Movie
My Arm Aches
timpsons man
My Arm Really Aches

Its great to see a cameo from Shaun’s creator,  Nick Park!

Nick Park Shaun the Sheep Movie
Sneaky, Aardman, Sneaky.

Near the end, when the pigs are watching TV, you should be able to hear the Morph theme tune coming from the set.

Morph Shaun the Sheep Movie
A Pig’s Favourite Programme

If you look carefully at the graffiti, you should see the names of people involved in the production of the film.

More Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie
Credits before the Credits.

Time for another cameo. This time it is from the Wallace and Gromit universe. Miss. Thripp, one of the West Wallaby Street residents, can be seen in a few scenes in the film.

Miss Thripp Shaun the Sheep Movie
It seems she needs a scooter now.
Thrip
Voiced by Geraldine McEwan

A few of pop culture items making an appearance.

Hoverboard Shaun the Sheep Movie
Marty McFly’s Hoverboard

This may sound a bit far-fetched, but bare with me.  Rhett and Link created a character named Dope Zebra. This zebra was two men inside a zebra suit dancing to some funky music. During the film we see a pantomime horse doing a moonwalk to funky music. A coincidence? Probably.

Dope Zebra Shaun the Sheep Movie
Dope Spotted Horse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fljKx9nvrL4

A couple of Breaking Bad references.

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Breaking Bad Shaun the Sheep Movie

Ending with a Blue Peter badge.Blue Peter Shaun the Sheep

After seeing the posters for the new Nick Park film, Early Man, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance.

Dog Shaun the Sheep Movie
Slip the Dog
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Nick Park’s Early Man

Another lot of credits. These names are all the set designers!

Credits Shaun the Sheep Movie

This is perhaps the biggest cameofest in an Aardman film to date. On this board we can see:Containment Board Shaun the Sheep Movie

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The Creature Comforts Posh Cat
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Creature Comforts Dog
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Creature Comforts Guide Dog
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Feathers McGraw
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Creature Comforts Pugs
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and Vince from Rex the Runt

Only one more Aardman film to look through before I create some accompanying videos.

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Continuing with the Aardman easter eggs, I watched Flushed Away to see the hidden details. This was the best film so far, probably because they could add whatever they wanted because it was CGI, rather than having to make it physically for stop motion.

We start with a 50 Cent reference. Introducing to you 40 Pence!

40pence Flushed Away Easter Eggs
40 Pence In Da House

Two Aardman books including Cracking Animation.

Aardman books Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great Reading Choices

A Tail of Two Cats. Alex the Lion from Madagascar and the Cat from Creature Comforts.

Cat and Lion Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Two Cats
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Alex the Lion
Creature Comforts Cat
Creature Comforts Cat

Some more Creature Comfort characters.

Creature Comfort Flushed Away Easter Eggs
All the Creature Comfort Gang

Some recognisable DVDs including Over the Hedge, Shrek, Antz, and Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit.

DVDs Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Great DVD Collection Roddy

This looks like a fighting game with Feathers McGraw vs Preston. The question is who would you back and where do I get an arcade machine like that?

Feathers and Preston Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Feathers vs Preston – Who will win?

A Gromit Pencil topper available at all good ebay stores.

Gromit Pencil Topper Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Gromit Pencil Topper

Surely another Gromit reference?

Gromit Reference Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Got to be a Gromit Reference

Gromit Plushie. Need I say more?

Gromit Toy Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Oh Gromit

A sock monkey of the monkey from Madagascar.

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Madagascar Sock Monkey
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Madagascar Monkey

An obvious reference to Dreamwork’s rival Pixar. Doesn’t really look like Nemo though.

Nemo Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Have you seen my dad?

These penguins sneak in everywhere.

Penguins Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Feathers?

The rabbits from Were Rabbit.

Rabbits Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Veg Bad… Veg Bad…

Rex the Runt, Aardman’s TV series gets a reference too.

Rex the Runt Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Rex the Hunt

Shaun also gets two nods.

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He’s Shaun the Sheep
Shaun the Sheep Pic Flushed Away Easter Eggs
He’s Shaun the Sheep

We also get a Shrek reference.

Shrek Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Shrek Fridge Magnet

Recognise this picture?

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Wallace and Gromit Picture

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Or this one?

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Wallace from Cracking Contraptions playing the Bootiful Game

Or this Costume?

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Wallace Costume

Two for one. A Wendolene picture and a Chicken Run DVD.

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Two for the price of one… Wendolene and Chicken Run

A newspaper reference to the Were Rabbit terrorising West Wallaby Street.

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Were Rabbit Reference

Last but not least, a Wolverine reference. Wolverine is played by Hugh Jackman, and so is Rodney, so why not have a Wolverine costume.

Wolverine Flushed Away Easter Eggs
Wolverine Costume

Thanks for reading. I have finally found all the other DVDs for the other Aardman films, so stay tuned Fishy Friends!

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After watching all the Wallace and Gromit films and finding all the Easter eggs in those, I decided to do the first Aardman feature film… Chicken Run. I must say, even though it is a film about chickens, I didn’t find that many Easter eggs. I did try my best, however, so sit back and enjoy.

The first hidden detail is a tin of chicken soup. How on earth could they get a tin of chicken soup? The logo even looks like Campbells.

Chicken Soup Chicken Run Easter Eggs
A Bit in Bad Taste?

When I watched the film the first time I couldn’t place this next detail. It wasn’t until I watched an episode of Rex the Runt, when I put two and two together. The company Chuffy Dog Snacks appears in Chicken Run when the rats are watching the chickens fly, and also in Rex the Runt episode 2 when Bad Bob is eating in the telly.

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Rats with Chuffy Bag
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Bad Bob from Rex the Runt with Chuffy

Just took this little bit out as everyone knows that Cornflakes have a rooster on the front, and obviously Aardman didn’t forget either.

Cornflakes Chicken Run Easter Eggs
Your Wake Up Ritual

The next is a nice nod towards two war time heroines; Get and Daisy. They were some of the most well-known radio personalities during the war. This is the actual cover of their wartime recipe book. You can see the amazon listing for the book here.

Gert and Daisy Chicken Run Easter Eggs
Fowler’s Favourite

Nick Park likes to make cameos in his films and this one was no exception. Nick voiced this chicken. This is the chicken that whistles when Mr. Tweedy is looking at the covered teapot.

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A Special Cameo

Although it is very hard to read, the propellers are actually road signs. They say Halifax 32, Lancaster 40, and Sunderland 59 making the location of the farm somewhere around Wensleydale, Wallace’s favourite place!

Propeller Chicken Run Easter Eggs
An interesting propeller

This radio has some interesting place names on it, but the most interesting is Nick Park’s beloved Preston.

Radio Chicken Run Easter Eggs
Preston?

How witty. If you didn’t know, Stephenson’s Rocket was the name of the first train ever made.

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Stevenson’s Roquette Rides Like A Dream

The last is a nod to Bristol, the home of Aardman. There is a Stokehill in Bristol, so I can only assume there was a good green grocers there.

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Stokehill’s Vegetables

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Well he we are, the last Wallace and Gromit movie; it’s been fun hasn’t it? This film was chocked full of hidden extras like all the others, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

In the first scene we see Bob Baker, the same baker who appeared in a Close Shave. He is also named after the writer of Wallace and Gromit, Bob Baker.

Bob Baker Wallace and Gomit
If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake.
Bob Baker Wallace and Gromit Sign
A Sign Advertising Bob Baker’s Buns in A Close Shave

I wouldn’t usually point out any nods to films, but this time I made an exception. In A Grand Day Out we can see a red sledge named Rose Bud after the film Citizen Cane, and now in this film we see a poster in Gromit’s room of Citizen Canine.

Citizen Canine Wallace and Gromit
Gromit’s Favourite Film?

We see Feathers McGraw yet again make an appearance. I have a theory surrounding this shady character so stay tuned.

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Not again…

Another nod to an older film, this Meatabix brand can also be seen in the Wrong Trousers.

Meetabix Wallace and Gromit
An Old favourite

The bike and sidecar hasn’t been discarded since its use in the Close Shave.

Motorbike Wallace and Gromit
An old friend

At the Zoo enclosure we can see some familiar looking penguins, but bare in mind none of these can be Feathers because he is missing.

Penguin Enclosure Wallace and Gromit
Recognise anyone?

This rocket has also appeared in every film.

Rocket Wallace and Gromit
Gromit sure loves his rocket.

No sheep pictures to be seen in this film, but we do still see some sheep on Gromit’s wall.

Wall Sheep Wallace and Gromit
Makes a change from ducks I suppose.

Now the Wallace and Gromit films are finished with, we can now turn our attentions to Aardman’s other films, so keep an eye out and follow this blog so you don’t miss out.

Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit

Unlike the last two Wallace and Gromit films I have featured, I actually remember when this film came out, and I think I went to see it in the cinema about 3 times because I loved it that much. Even after watching it so many times, after searching through it with a fine toothed comb I find little bits I have never noticed it before. So lets begin…

The first few hidden items were mainstays from the Wallace and Gromit films, the first being the rocket from Grand Day Out.

Grand Day Out Rocket Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
Cheese, We’ll Go Somewhere where theres cheese!

The other mainstays are sheep pictures giving a nod to the Close Shave previously and Shaun the Sheep later.

Sheep Pics Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
More Sheep Pictures

Next we see another familiar face, Frank the Tortoise from Creature Comforts. Frank also appeared in a Close Shave

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Frank from Creature Comforts in Curse of the Were Rabbit as a security device.
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Do You Recognise This Tortoise? Frank in A Close Shave
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Frank the Tortoise Appearing in Creature Comforts

A reference to another film is also made. The name of the green grocers is Harvey’s named after the large rabbit named Harvey in the film with the same name.

Harvey's Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
A big carrot for a big rabbit

The two directors even got a cameo appearance as real-life photos in the Vicar’s church building.

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Nick Park as a Vicar
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Steve Box as a Vicar

In 2002, Matt Groening, the creator of the Simpsons, came to have a tour around Aardman studios. Curse of the Were-Rabbit was in production at this point so seeing this book title, Springfield named after the setting of the Simpson, got me wondering. Did Nick add this small detail in as a nod to Matt’s tour, or did Matt ask for something to be added while he went round? I don’t think we will ever know.

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Springfield, the setting of the Simpsons.
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Signed Pic of Matt Groening and Aardman Crew during Matt’s Tour.

A great nod to Wallace and Gromit’s last adventure, a Close Shave.

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A Close Shave Barber

As some fans may know, Lady Tottington was originally supposed to be Wendolene from A Close Shave, but was later changed. Wendolene Ramsbottom was not forgotten in the film however, with a great cheese banner advertising Ramsbottom Dairy Products.

Ramsbottom Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
I thought Wendolene hated cheese?

Since his appearance in the Wrong Trousers, Feathers McGraw has appeared in every W + G film since, and Were Rabbit was no exception. You can see him in an urn on top of Tottington Hall!

Feather's McGraw Wallace and Gromit Were Rabbit
He sneaks in everywhere.

I hope you enjoy reading these easter eggs as much I enjoy finding them. I am aiming to create a post like this for every Aardman film ever made, so stay tuned for Matter of Loaf and Death, Chicken Run, and the Shaun the Sheep Movie.

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Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave is one of my favourite movies meaning I have watched it over and over again. So you would think I would know most of the easter eggs, but after watching the film the last time pausing at different moments did I see so many more little hidden gems that I had never seen before.

In the first few scenes of the film you will be able to see many food items in Wallace’s larder. One of these items actually has the name of Steve Box, an Aardman animator, on it!

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Just Behind the Beans Can You See The Name of Aardman Animator, Steve Box?

Do you recognise this Tortoise? If you are an avid fan of Aardman, you should know this tortoise from Creature Comforts named Frank. Nick Park worked on Creature Comforts after his first film, A Grand Day Out.

Tortoise Wallace and Gromit
Do You Recognise This Tortoise? It Is Very Similar To The One From Creature Comforts!
Frank Tortoise Creature Comforts
Frank the Tortoise Appearing in Creature Comforts

Only four characters have made an appearance in two or more Wallace and Gromit films; Wallace, Gromit, Feathers, and Bob Baker.Bob Baker was actually a nod towards the scriptwriter of the Wallace and Gromit films, also named Bob Baker. Interestingly, what was a cheeky nod to Bob in the Close Shave became a full blown appearance in a Matter of Loaf and Death, being the first baker to be killed by Piella Bakewell at the beginning of the film.

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This is the Baker’s Shop of Bob Baker
Bob Baker Wallace and Gromit Sign
A Sign Advertising Bob Baker’s Buns (Try saying that 5 Times)
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Bob Baker in a Matter of Loaf and Death

This is the prison table in Gromit’s cell. notice the funny graffiti.

Close Shave Prison Table
Just a fun addition of graffiti on the prison table. You can see a butterfly, Home Sweet Home, and an escape route.

Now this is the interesting bit. Nick park has mentioned the fact that Feathers McGraw appears in A Close Shave, but has never officially revealed where he is. There are some signs of Feathers in the film…

Feathers Hat Close Shave
It looks like Wendolene is selling Feathers McGraw disguises.
Feathers Was 'Ere
Wiganian Graffiti
Penguin Books Close Shave
Penguin Books…

This is where I think he is. Just as Wallace is getting covered in Shaun’s fleece, look behind Wallace and you should see him.

Feathers McGraw in A Close Shave
I think this is where Feathers McGraw is in a Close Shave

Stay Tuned for the Easter Eggs in the Wrong Trousers.

Early Man

It seems to be a trend at the moment for animated films to be set in the stone age with cavemen and dinosaurs. The big three animation companies (in my eyes) are all creating or have created a movie about the stone age. I find it interesting that these companies all have the same theme for their big blockbuster movies around the same time.

The Croods

The first movie to start this trend was the Croods created by Dreamworks in 2013. The movie starred a family of cavemen and women who were having to get used to a new world. They were forced to start inventing things to try and survive. This film had an all-star cast and generated around $187 m at the box office. With the success of this film Dreamworks announced Croods 2 this year to be released in 2017. The original film was started in 2007, but was kept on hold for How to Train your Dragon in 2008, and then was worked on again until 2013. This is the first animated film set in the stone age of this lineup, but it will not be the last.

The Croods
The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Good Dinosaur

Pixar are set to release this film this year around Thanksgiving time, and will be the first film to be released in the same year as another Pixar film. The trailer was released yesterday and from what I can see features a dinosaur interacting with a young Neanderthal boy. The setting looks much more realistic compared to the cartoony Croods. The film has been known about since 2009, but with Pixar they could have been working on it for many years before that. Whether Dreamworks knew of Pixar’s project and wanted to also cash in like Bug’s Life and Antz, or whether both companies had no idea of the other company’s ideas remains to be seen.

Early Man

Potentially the most exciting prospect on this list is Early Man. Early Man will be the first new venture for veteran animator Nick Park since Wallace and Gromit. The characters in Early Man appear to be a cave man and his dog showing the same kind of format as Wallace and Gromit. Whether this film will be Wallace and Gromit in prehistoric times or a completely different format is the question we all want to know. The focus of the plot is Doug the human character and his dog, Hog Nobs, and their attempts to save their city from destruction. This film is scheduled for release in 2018 and knowing Aardman’s other works means it was started around 2013, as most of their large feature films take around five years to create. Interestingly when the Croods was started is was going to be a stop motion by Dreamworks and Aardman while they were still in a movie making agreement.

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Nick Park’s Early Man

It is fascinating to see a distinct pattern to the animated movies of the next few years. As a massive Aardman fan I am most looking forward to Nick Park’s offering, but the new Pixar film looks incredibly well done too. No matter what I think I know that these films will do really well at the box office just because of the companies behind them. Which one do you want to watch the most?