A film by Nick Park.
An asteroid collides with the prehistoric Earth, causing the extinction of the planet’s dinosaurs, but sparing a tribe of cavemen living in a valley. Finding a roughly spherical chunk of the asteroid that is too hot to touch, the cavemen begin to kick it around and invent a sports games named football.
Many years later during the Stone Age, a young caveman named Dug (Eddie Redmayne) lives in the valley with his chief Bobnar (Timothy Spall), and many other cavemen such as Asbo, (Johnny Vegas), Gravelle (Gina Yashere), Treebor (Richard Ayoade), Magma (Selina Griffiths), Barry (Mark Williams), Grubup (Richard Webber), Thongo and Eemak (Simon Greenall). One day, Dug suggests to Bobnar that they should try hunting woolly mammoths instead of rabbits, but he brushes him off.
A Bronze Age army of War Elephants led by Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) drives the tribe out of the valley and into the surrounding volcanic badlands, proclaiming that the Stone Age has ended. Dug tries to attack the army, but falls into a cart and is unknowingly taken to Nooth’s city. While trying to evade the guards and escape, he is mistaken for a football player and led onto the pitch before a full stadium crowd. He challenges Nooth’s elite local team to a match with the valley at stake and promises that the tribe will work in Nooth’s mines forever if they lose. Nooth dismisses the proposal at first, but changes his mind once he realizes that he can profit off the match.
Dug discovers that although his ancestors invented football, the other members of his tribe are too dim to understand it. After their only ball is destroyed, Dug and his pet boar Hognob (Nick Park) sneak into the city to steal more but are found by a local resident of Bronze city named Goona (Maisie Williams). Resentful over the team’s exclusion of women, she helps them steal some balls and agrees to help him and the tribe win the game.
Goona points out that the players on Nooth’s team are talented but too egotistical to work together effectively. The cavemen improve in skill and teamwork under her coaching. Nooth receives a Message Bird (Rob Brydon) from Queen Oofeefa, warning him to not underestimate Dug’s team. To demoralise Dug, Nooth has him brought to the mines and shows him cave paintings made by his tribe’s ancestors, who proved so inept at football that they never won a match and eventually gave up the sport.
On the day of the match with Oofeefa (Miriam Margolyes) in attendance, Dug announces his forfeiture as part of a deal to spare the rest of the tribe and agrees to take their place in the mines. However, his reinvigorated teammates persuade him to break the deal and play the match. They are down 3–1 at half-time, but rally in the second half to tie the score. Nooth incapacitates the referee and takes his place, making biased calls in favour of the local team that leads to Bobnar being knocked out.
Hognob takes his place and blocks a penalty kick, and Dug scores to win the match for the cavemen, 4–3. The cavemen win their valley back with the respect of Oofeefa, the local team, and the crowd. Nooth tries to escape with the intentions to steal all their money, but Goona stops him with help from a giant duck, they arrest him for his theft and everyone gets their money back.
Goona joins Dug’s tribe for a hunt, but they are chased away by a rabbit pretending to be a woolly mammoth.
USA/GB/F 2018, 89 Min., engl. OmU & dt. Fassung, Regie: Nick Park, Kamera: Dave Alex Riddett, Schnitt: Sim Evan Jones, mit den Stimmen von engl. OV: Eddie Redmayne (Dug), Tom Hiddleston ( Lord Nooth), Maisie Williams (Goona), Timothy Spall (Chief Bobnar)
dt. Fassung: Friedrich Mücke (Dug), Kaya Yanar (Lord Nooth, Dino), Palina Rojinski (Goona)
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