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Dreamworks' The Croods


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Mar 8, 2004
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Yeah, this looks pretty damn funny.
Looks like it could be alright. The pet belt made me laugh when that elephant dissappears.

It seems more fleshed out but it reminds me of this
I like that the nicholas cage caveman really wants his mother-in-law to die lmao.
I' am glad that there is a Nic Cage freak out moment in the trailer.
a nicholas cage movie just isn't worth it unless he cages out at least twice.
Some info...


The Croods - Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, and featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke, The Croods opens March 22, 2013 in 3D.

The last presentation of the day started with a pre-recorded message from Emma Stone, who lends her voice as a narrator and main character in The Croods. Written and directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps), The Croods is the first family-friendly movie from DreamWorks to actually feature a family. Presented in 3D, The Croods was the most polished bit we saw, which makes sense, considering it opens in March. The 3D throws in the occasional gimmick, but is mainly used to establish depth within the scene.

The Croods are a prehistoric family dealing with contemporary issues…more or less. Nicolas Cage voices the over-protective father who runs the family through drills such as hunting for breakfast or retreating to the safety of their cave. The world the Croods live in, during the fictional Croodaceous period, is rich if not particularly lush. They occupy a rocky and arid land with fantastic creatues that are hodgepodges of modern-day animals (like a stork with the horns of a ram, or a predatory lemur-cat, or a flying piranha-flamingo). The bare-bones landscape and animals get exponentially expanded when the Croods find themselves in unfamiliar territory.

While each of the family members is uniquely grounded as a character (ie Cage’s Grug is cautious to a fault, Stone’s Eep is headstrong and Clark Duke’s Thunk is thick-headed and slow), their comedic beats don’t land 100% of the time. There’s a nice father-daughter relationship between Grug and Eep, and the dynamic between Grug and his mother-in-law Gran got the biggest laughs in the screening. But some of the jokes just fall flat and feel like shades of what was already done in How to Train Your Dragon. Some sections appear disjointed or get too drawn out, but perhaps this is still an artifact of the unfinished state of the film.

Eventually, a wrench is thrown into the works when outsider Guy (Reynolds) joins the group and creates even more tension among the ranks. I liked that The Croods turned caveman stereotypes on its head, so to speak (for example, Eep actually drags Guy “off to the cave” and possesses superior strength to his more evolved intelligence) but they rely too much on “Cavemen are dumb” humor. This might work well with kids, but the clips shown don’t do much to elevate the overall picture. To be quite honest, none of the three pictures stood up and proclaimed to be the next How to Train Your Dragon, but I’m sure DreamWorks would be content if one of them managed to spawn a Madagascar-like franchise.
Here’s the updated synopsis for The Croods:
The Croods is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

Next up on the slate was a 30-minute look at The Croods. The voice cast is stellar: Ryan Reynolds plays the more advanced Caveman and love interest to Emma Stone, the oldest daughter of Nic Cage, who's the father of The Croods. It's got that adult Dreamworks wit and a lot of really fun action. But the most durable impression this movie makes probably comes from the array of wild animals dreamt up by the movie's creators.

As opposed to mastodons and saber-toothed tigers, The Croods goes full fantasy. What we see is a hodgepodge of beasts and environments. The desert The Crood family must cross is basically a dry coral reef where walking whales spend their days open mouthed like clams in the sun. Birds are mixed with piranhas. Meerkats with bats that look like innocent hanging gourds. The whole world is completely insane, and staggeringly beautiful. Honestly, if the whole movie was a giant fake documentary about this wacky land, we would be just fine. But instead, it's about a family struggling with modern technology, etc. etc. It's sweet, but thank goodness there's this lush wildlife and great voice talent to fall back on or I would be worried it's more of the same. Even though this is the first Dreamworks family movie about a family, the dynamic doesn't seem too new. Still, we're really excited to see more creatures.
Got back a little while ago, it's a pretty fun flick. I like how they don't skirt how they are in fact homosapiens and although they speak perfect english they still act violent amongst each other, including the guys on the girls. Cage doing his crazy shtick is never a fail, and he does it here.
How did I not know that Chris Sanders directed this?
This movie was pretty amazing imo.
Lot's of subtle tragedy, which always get me.

The opening theme Alan Silvestri composed during the opening food hunt scene. Very football marching band.
Really enjoyed this movie. The world was very imaginative and the colors were vivid. Being the first animated movie of 2013 for me, I'd say this started it off right. Hope we get a sequel, I'd love to see more of the Croods and their world.

I expected to see the first wheel in this movie, but maybe they're saving that for a possible sequel.
Toldja has the film dropping only 31% in its second weekend to $30M. If it holds like this onwards for the next few weeks, DWA could have another How to Train Your Dragon sleeper hit on their hands.
Hope they don't make some tv show out of this, but I can see it happening because the premise is perfect, plus it's a successful kids' movie. I'd rather they go straight for a theatrical sequel, though.
My favorite dreamworks animated film since the Shrek films.
It was alright, a strong film for the family but far from being as good as Dreamworks's best like Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda. But then again it's better than being on their worst films tier
I enjoyed more than I thought I would. The marketing for it made it look dull even to my 9 year old, but it was decent. Probably Cage's best movie in some time, which is pretty crazy.
This was great. I loved it.

The whole scene when Grug finally let go of his trepidations to seek out the unknown and help his family reach the other side was really good. His leap of faith to help his family by sacrificing himself was beautifully done. The reunion with Eep was also very sweet. I teared up a couple of times there, so well done.
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The pet sloth was hilarious :lmao:

Also @terry78, Eep is thicc and she loves it
That's bae right there :ilv:
Kelly Marie Tran Joins Voice Cast of 'Croods' Sequel (Exclusive)

Kelly Marie Tran is going from a galaxy far far away to the Cro-Magnon age. The Star Wars actor is joining the voice cast of DreamWorks' The Croods 2, the follow-up to the 2013 animated film about a caveman family. In the sequel, the Croods will face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family, The Bettermans. Tran will play Dawn, the only child of the Bettermans. Due to her strict, overprotective parents (voiced by Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage), she’s never been allowed to venture beyond the safety of their protective wall. As an awkward, sheltered girl, Dawn is overjoyed to meet fellow teenagers for the first time. Through Eep’s (Emma Stone) encouragement and a journey with the Croods, Dawn embraces her wild side and finally finds her voice and the courage to be herself.
**** I forgot this was even still going.

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