Watch Out Flintstones… Here Come The Croods!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

"The Croods" New York PremiereI recently was lucky enough to watch an exclusive viewing of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming movie The Croods, set to release tomorrow, March 22.  I had my reservations at first thinking would just be Ice Age all over again, except with people instead of animals as characters.  But with a cast list of Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, and more I thought there has to be something good about it to attract so many great names to the project.  Despite my hatred of the new trend to put everything, including this viewing, in 3-D, I ended up really enjoying the movie.  Don’t worry, I won’t give away anything that wasn’t in the previews.

the_croods_2013-wideNicolas Cage plays the voice of Grug, a caveman that has kept his family alive by teaching them to avoid anything new.  This lesson doesn’t sit too well with his daughter Eep, voiced by Emma Stone.  Eep loves being out in the world and feels trapped when the family is forced into the cave for days at a time.  When Ryan Reynolds’ character Guy shows up announcing the end of the world, it sparks a journey for a safer place where they can all survive.

While I know it can be trying on a parent’s patience to take kids to movie after movie that all rely on the same fart jokes to get your kids laughing, you don’t have to worry about that this time.  Most of The Croods’ body-related humor is more akin to animated slapstick.  But thankfully that isn’t the only thing that’s funny.  You can only watch a cartoon character get struck by lightning so many times before you get tired of it.  There’s a lot of humor in the comparisons between Guy and the Croods because he’s slightly further along on the scale of human evolution.  Families will be able to relate to this cave family as they learn and grow together.

thecroodssneakpeek-11413If you still aren’t sold on the movie from previews, cast, and the idea of family bonding, maybe the animation will be the last push you need to get on board for this movie.  The Croods themselves are drawn well so that you can believe them as cavemen without going too far and making them look deformed.  But the real artistry is in the sceneries and animals throughout the movie.  The animators do a wonderful job creating both desert and jungle landscapes for the characters to travel through.  But I have to tip my hat to the mind behind the different types of animals that the characters encounter.  The use of color and imagination to combine different species that will eventually evolve and split to be the animals we know today is probably my favorite part of the art in this movie.  If you haven’t already bought your ticket what are you waiting for? The Croods is a treat for the whole family.

photoKeep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

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