Release Date: March 22, 2013
Cast: Nicholas Cage (Grug), Emma Stone (Eep), Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Cloris Leachman (Gran), Clark Duke (Thunk)
Here we have a movie that goes back to the very basics. Sometimes when trying to make a movie or tv show where common knowledge is on the back burner it can be frustrating with how dumb the characters are but the Croods make it fun while they discover new things in the world.
Here in The Croods the family lives in a cave. The whole point is anything outside the cave is bad. Only while hunting do they ever leave the cave. So the family is dumb but not really dumb at the same time. Never exploring their surroundings the family is ignorant of whats out in the world. Eep (the oldest daughter) is questioning the rules of her father (Grug)and wants to see whats in the wild. Eve hates the cave. It’s dark, cramped and they stay in the cave for days at a time. One night Eve wakes to find light on the wall in middle of the night. Eve follows the light to find Guy who was covered in animal skin at the time. Guy wields fire, something the Croods have never seen before. What ensues is the fear of a father losing his daughter and family to some guy.
One thing I did not expect was the creation of new creatures in the world. Every animal is a creation of different animals combined to create a new one. In the early going you will see an elephant that has giraffe qualities. You will see flying turtles or my favorite the Sabretooth tiger with parrot colors. The creation of different animals shows the imagination that went into making the film.
The cast is great with high priced talent. Nicholas Cage is Grug and I fully expected to hear Cage explode in his character like in other roles but he kept it cool and the character was better for it. Emma Stone as Eep was a nice surprise. I thought she was Miley Cyrus at first. While still being a female she had the mentality of I want to be out with the guys hunting which made the character far more likeable. Ryan Reynolds did not miss a mark with Guy. Reynolds is becoming one of the top talents in Hollywood whether you like it or not and it definitely shows in his voice acting. The other characters do talk occasionally but these three are the ones you will remember.
The movie is quite impressive. As I first saw the trailer I knew I wanted to see it. The Croods is a solid animated movie easy to watch for either a child or adult.