My family and I finally saw The Croods (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks Animation). We missed it at the theaters last spring, but watched the Blu-ray over the weekend. The kids, my wife and I loved it. The animated film made us laugh through out the movie. My kids loved it so much that they watched it a second time on Sunday. The Croods is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. BTW, for a limited time only, the Blu-ray and DVD comes with a lovable Belt toy (Belt is one of the characters in the film).
Six Things About The Croods
They are the last cavemen and the first modern family
The Croods take place in prehistoric time. The main characters are the Croods family: Grug (father), Eep (daughter), Ugga (wife), Thunk (son), Gran (grandmother), and Sandy (baby). They are apparently the only cavemen still alive in their area. All the other cavemen died from predators or illness. The Croods manage to survive because they play it safe and hide in their cave. Then one day, Eep meets Guy, who is a clever and inventive caveboy. Guy tells her danger is coming and that they should move to higher ground. At first the Croods refuse to leave, but then their cave is destroyed. They leave on an exciting and dangerous journey. In order to survive, they have to use their brains and come up with creative ideas. As a result, they become the first modern family.
It’s really a story about a father and his daughter
Grug, the father, protects his family by playing it safe. Whenever danger is near, he makes the family hide in their cave. He also makes them hide in the cave at night or whenever they encounter something new. His motto is never not be afraid. As a result, the Croods spend a lot of time hiding in the darkness of their cave. Eep, the daughter, on the hand is an explorer and is curious about things. She likes finding new things and following the light. As a result, Eep and Grug often clash. But in the end, they both realize how much they love each other.
Croods is funny and entertaining
The Croods is funnier than I thought it would be. A lot of the gags are meant for kids, but my wife and I laughed too. The Croods actually made all of us laugh throughout the movie. OK, the storyline isn’t that great, but the film is funny and entertaining. Everyone in our family loved The Croods… except for my oldest daughter. But that’s only because she had too much homework to watch it with us.
Rated PG for some scary action
The Croods is not a G-rated film. The 98-minute animated movie is rated PG for some scary action. I think the movie is fine for most kids, but very young children might find some of the scenes a little intense and some of the predators might be a bit scary for little ones.
Nicolas Cage’s voice is overwhelming
Nicolas Cage has a very distinct voice. We all know that, right? When I heard Grug speak during the movie, I knew that was the voice of Nicolas Cage right away. Having stars voice the characters of animated movies usually makes the feature a little more fun. But I don’t think that’s the case with Nicolas Cage’s voice in the Croods. Whenever I heard his voice come out of Grug’s mouth, I cringed because his voice didn’t seem to match Grug’s caveman body. In a way, it was like watching a foreign language movie dubbed in English. The character speaks, but the voice just doesn’t seem right. But on another note, I thought all the other actors did a wonderful job in the Croods. In addition to Nicolas Cage, the film featured the voices of Emma Stone (Eep), Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Cloris Leachman (Gran), Clark Duke (Thunk), Chris Sanders (Belt), and Randy Thom (Sandy). The Croods was directed by Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders.
The Croods includes croodaceous special features
The Croods Blu-ray includes the Blu-ray, DVD, digital and UltraViolet versions of the movie. In addition, it includes the following bonus features:
- The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods – find out more about your favorite Croods creatures
- Croods’ Cuts — lost scenes
- Be An Artist — learn how to draw Belt, Macawnivore and Mousephant
- The Croods Coloring and Storybook Builder App
- Belt’s Cave Journal — take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat
More info: The Croods
[Disclosure: I received a Blu-ray for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]