Early Man, from the creator of Wallace and Gromit, is a fun romp about cavemen and football

The film draws on sports movies and Monty Python for a hilarious stop-motion tale.

There’s a fitting, goofy grace to Early Man being rendered in old-school plasticine stop-motion animation: a tale about man’s earliest ancestors, told in a form so ancient you can occasionally see, like little fossils, the imprints of the animators’ thumbs on the characters.

That kind of elbow-grease animation is the stock and trade of Aardman Animations and its star, Nick Park, who invented the...

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