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A prehistoric family are forced to flee their cave after it's destroyed by a disaster that threatens to change their lives forever in this animated adventure featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone. As a protective caveman father leads his family out of harm's way, the clan crosses paths with a resourceful teen named Guy voice of Ryan Reynolds, who offers to help them reach a distant land where they'll be safe from an impending catastrophe that will soon alter the entire world. Catherine Keener, Clark...
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A prehistoric family are forced to flee their cave after it's destroyed by a disaster that threatens to change their lives forever in this animated adventure featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone. As a protective caveman father leads his family out of harm's way, the clan crosses paths with a resourceful teen named Guy voice of Ryan Reynolds, who offers to help them reach a distant land where they'll be safe from an impending catastrophe that will soon alter the entire world. Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman round out the cast of vocal performers.
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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With its tale of a headstrong daughter facing off against a protective parent during prehistoric times, The Croods gives us a clear-cut case of movie math -- it equals Brave plus Ice Age. The animated film tells the story of a family -- the titular brood -- of cavemen. There's the dim-witted and gruff but loving father Grug voiced by Nicolas Cage, capable mom Ugga Catherine Keener, the even-dimmer-witted-than-dad eldest son Thunk Clark Duke, rebellious free-spirited daughter Eep Emma Stone, Tasmanian Devil-esque baby Sandy, and Ugga's mother Gran Cloris Leachman. They live in a cave and venture out every few days into the harsh world in order to find food. While Grug constantly reminds them to always be afraid, Eep dreams of living outside of the darkness. After sneaking out of the cave one night, Eep meets a human named Guy Ryan Reynolds, a handsome young man who can create fire -- something her Cro-Magnon crew know nothing about. The two hit it off, but their young love takes a backseat when Pangaea begins to break apart, causing massive earthquakes, volcano eruptions, and other disasters that threaten to wipe out the Croods. Grug is forced to team up with Guy, who claims to be able to lead all of them to safety. What's most striking about The Croods is the picture's state-of-the-art animation -- specifically, the characters' skin. There's an element of photo-realism in how well the filmmakers capture the flexibility and movement of human skin, even going so far as to give Guy a pair of nipples that sends the movie teetering on the brink of the uncanny valley. In addition, the film utilizes 3-D well, letting the background fall deep into the distance so that the zany action -- best showcased in an elaborate chase in which the family try to steal an egg from a bird -- has the energy of the classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes shorts. That said, the movie doesn't have a rich color palate, though it's hard to set something in the Stone Age and figure out how to fill it with cool colors like purples, reds, and blues. Instead, the film is filled with warm tones like browns and yellows that grow repetitive and dull over the course of its running time. However, the real problem is the script. Not so much the dialogue, which is functional and occasionally humorous, but more the story itself. Namely, though Eep narrates the opening and claims this is her story, it's really about Grug learning how to grow as a father. The movie refuses to fully commit to either his story or hers, and the result is a lack of focus. In addition, pretty much the entire second act of the film is a bunch of movement without any real goal or purpose; the picture becomes an endless string of arbitrary action scenes that aren't well-motivated or particularly inventive -- especially when held up against that early egg-stealing sequence. It's as if co-directors Chris Sanders the fabulous-looking How to Train Your Dragon, the very likable Lilo & Stitch and Kirk De Micco the execrable Space Chimps are trying so hard to overcompensate for what they know is the thinnest part of their movie. This is where The Croods will probably lose parents' interest, though the slapstick elements should keep the kiddies entertained. During the overly long third act, the characters finally learn the lessons you knew they would from the beginning. The Croods is far from the worst family-friendly film ever made, and some of the movie's technical achievements are genuinely remarkable. Sadly, this Dreamworks project drops the ball exactly where Pixar -- their biggest rival -- inevitably shines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2013
  • UPC: 024543884293
  • Original Release: 2013
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Voice Only
Emma Stone Voice Only
Ryan Reynolds Voice Only
Catherine Keener Voice Only
Cloris Leachman Voice Only
Clark Duke Voice Only
Randy Thom Voice Only
Chris Sanders Voice Only
Alan Silvestri Conductor
Technical Credits
Kirk De Micco Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Chris Sanders Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Kristine Belson Producer
John Cleese Original Story
Paul Duncan Art Director
Leslee Feldman Casting
Jane Hartwell Producer
Darren Holmes Editor
Christophe Lautrette Production Designer
Dominique Louis Art Director
Daniela Mazzucato Production Manager
Jed Schlanger Production Manager
Alan Silvestri Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Christi Soper Casting
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    i saw this movie when it was in the theaters and i have to say t

    i saw this movie when it was in the theaters and i have to say that this is the most beautifully put together Kids movie. i absolutely loved this movie and i would watch it over and over and over again. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    A whole lot of life lessons and behavioral dynamics to ponder an

    A whole lot of life lessons and behavioral dynamics to ponder and observe. Metaphors abound in a galaxy of wonders. Good moral of the story. Stay in the light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Great Family Movie MUST WATCH

    This movie was fun for our whole family, even brought our teen daughter out of her room for movie night. Great movie Must Have!!

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