THE CROODS (2013 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.0|5.0 Starsìììì

The Croods contains some slow dialogue spots, but overall the story more than carries its own weight as a very good animated film for the child and adult. Watch for an interesting, fast-forward filming technique at the beginning of the film that shortens the Croods’ hunt for breakfast that enhances the introduction. It’s a nice touch by the animators and story tellers. This animated feature is not a message film and yet, manages to leave its audience with the well-presented idea that lives are better lived when they meet life head-on. The animation is really well done. The character development is excellent.

Storyline

Eep (voice of Emma Stone) warns her family of an impending earthquake and the need to move to a different location. She meets with resistance from her father, Grug (voice of Nicolas Cage), who has protected the family to this point by following strict, non-variable routines.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Guy (voice of Ryan Reynolds), Ugga (voice of Catherine Keener), Gran (voice of Cloris Leachman), Thunk (voice of Clark Duke), Belt (voice of Chris Sanders), and Sandy (voice of Randy Thorn).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Completely original, it’s a surprisingly good animated feature that entertains both the child and the adult.

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