Directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders.
Voices of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.
an interview that he really loves the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons and that he wrote a first pass on a Hong Kong Phooey script. (This was before there was a Kung Fu Panda). DeMicco said that it felt like it was a dream project though the property left his hands before it was completed.
I read a comment by a reader at Cartoon Brew on a The Croods talkback post that lamented Eep's lack of an arc. I think this reader is missing the point. The creators of the film didn't set out to write a "bad-ass girl shows the world who wears the pants" story. Eep is independent, strong, motivated and honest. She wants more from life and clashes with her dad Grug on the lifestyle of their family. And the very theme of the movie is to chase tomorrow, to want a better life and not be afraid of change. Eep's curiosity and rebellious nature eventually sets the whole family on a path of change and discovery. And she sticks to her guns throughout the film. The character who really experiences an arc is Grug. He is afraid of change but realises that his family does crave a better tomorrow and that change can mean discovery and betterment. I found it easy to feel for Grug since he is a strong and protective dad and is just so damn earnest. He cares about his family more than anything. While his "never not be afraid" attitude is stagnant and frustrating to his family, it did keep his family alive for a long time.
The Croodaeceous Era is visually stunning and very lush. The trailers feature a lot of dry looking rocks and caves, but there is a whole gorgeous alien world that The Croods enter that is to be enjoyed like candy. The world is populated by many fun and appealling prehistoric animals. Watch out for crocopups, trip gerbils, mousephants and of course adorable and fierce macawnivores; that brightly colored giant headed cat creature you'll see on some of the promo posters.
Personally, I loved seeing this movie. I laughed out loud at many clever gags. The film's conceit and world felt unique and refreshing. I felt that the threat the family was running from was clear and the resolution satisfying, emotional and fun. I was very pleased with each individual character's personality and role in the film. The cartoony nature of the film was so much fun. The family really behaved like a family. Each character acted on impulse which felt real and it was entertaining as hell. I watched the first trailer ages ago and felt like it made the film out to be cheesey and mushy. When I go back and watch the trailers now I don't feel like that anymore but the way that they are cut just doesn't compare to the quality of the film.
Now who doesn't love checking out deleted scenes and storyboards? Or drooling over Chris Sanders drawings? Sanders posted a bunch of deleted boards from the film on his personal blog, check them out! Currently there are 10 entries of deleted boards, just scroll down and drink them in.
Here is the video of Eep!
Steven A. Macleod on storyboards, Shannon Tindle on character design and Nicolas Weis on visual development. But that is only a few of the many great artists who had a hand in making this film. You can check out lots more gorgeous loveliness in The Croods art of book. Here's a great review on that from an excellent unofficial The Croods blog and you can get the book here.
I don't really want to share any clips of the movie here since you will want to be surprised by the clever gags in the theater with an audience and laugh out out with them. (Ok so I watched all the trailers but ended up laughing at the gags when they were on screen anyway.) But really, just go see it in theaters the way it was meant to be seen and enjoyed!
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