Discover what to watch this November including a Marvel docu-series, a '90s reboot, and a Star Wars holiday celebration. Get some streaming picks. In the Stone Age, strong caveman Tonda is the leader of a hostile tribe and the outcast Atouk feels unrequited desire for Tonda's mate Lana. They save her blind father Gog from a tar pit and Tala fells unrequited affection for Atouk. Soon the smart Atouk becomes the leader of the misfit tribe and dispute the leadership of the whole clan and Lana with Tonda. But in the end, the leader needs a worthwhile mate.
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A caveman is a stock character representative of primitive man in the Paleolithic. The popularization of the type dates to the early 20th century, when Neanderthal Man was influentially described as " simian " or ape -like by Marcellin Boule  and Arthur Keith. While knowledge of human evolution in the Pleistocene has become much more detailed, the stock character has not disappeared, even though it anachronistically conflates characteristics of archaic humans and early modern humans. The term "caveman" has its taxonomic equivalent in the now-obsolete Homo troglodytes , Linnaeus , Cavemen are typically portrayed as wearing shaggy animal hides, and capable of cave painting like behaviorally modern humans of the last glacial period. Anachronistically, they are simultaneously shown armed with rocks or cattle bone clubs that are also adorned with rocks, unintelligent, and aggressive. Popular culture also frequently represents cavemen as living with or alongside dinosaurs , even though non-avian dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period , 66 million years before the emergence of the Homo sapiens species. The image of them living in caves arises from the fact that caves are where the preponderance of artifacts have been found from European Stone Age cultures, although this most likely reflects the degree of preservation that caves provide over the millennia rather than an indication of their typical form of shelter.
After being banished along with his friend Lar Dennis Quaid , Atouk falls in with a band of assorted misfits, among them the comely Tala Shelley Long and the elderly blind man Gog Jack Gilford. The group has ongoing encounters with hungry dinosaurs , and rescues Lar from a "nearby ice age ", where they encounter an abominable snowman. In the course of these adventures they discover sedative drugs, fire, invent cooking, music, weapons, and learn how to walk fully upright. Atouk uses these advancements to lead an attack on Tonda, overthrowing him and becoming the tribe's new leader. He rejects Lana and takes Tala as his mate, and they live happily ever after. The river and fishing lake scene was shot in the Mexican state of Durango , and some scenes were filmed at the Churubusco Studios in Mexico City. The film features stop motion animated dinosaurs constructed by Jim Danforth ,  including a Tyrannosaurus Rex which in one scene becomes intoxicated by a cannabis -type drug, animated by Randall W. Consequently, Danforth's name does not appear on the film.