THE CROODS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
NOVEMBER 3, 2013

Inventive as far as animated films go, “The Croods” takes a fantastic voice cast and some incredible visuals and puts them together in what is likely one of the highlight animated films of the year. Delving in the world of troglodytes, the story of one lone family hiding safe in a cave for the rest of their days takes off when another lone caveman named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) shows up and warns of an approaching earthquake. This family film touches on many adult subjects like death and stepping out of your comfort zone and does so in an entertaining way, even for adults. Many of the laughs come from running gags, the best of which is Nicolas Cage’s Grug hoping that his mother-in-law, Gran (Cloris Leachman), doesn’t live to see Tomorrowland. “The Croods” remains fresh while sticking to the basics. With some innovative shot selections and help from cinematography liaison Roger Deakins, this film almost rises above average. Unfortunately, it comes off a bit too much like Dreamworks’ other cash cow, “Shrek,” to do so.

RELEASE DATE
March 22, 2013

DIRECTOR
Kirk DeMicco
Chris Sanders

WRITTEN BY
Kirk DeMicco
Chris Sanders
John Cleese (story)

STUDIO
20th Century Fox
DreamWorks Animation

PG
(for some scary action)

ANIMATION
ACTION
ADVENTURE
COMEDY
FAMILY
FANTASY

98 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Bojan Bazelli

COMPOSER
Alan Silvestri

EDITOR
Eric Dapkewicz
Darren T. Holmes

CAST
Nicolas Cage
Emma Stone
Ryan Reynolds
Catherine Keener
Clark Duke
Cloris Leachman
Randy Thom

PRODUCED BY
Kristine Belson
Jane Hartwell

BUDGET
$175 million

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