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by Chrystal Byrne (subscribe)
Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published April 15th 2013
Eep is different. Her family, the Croods, are all about survival – which means spending almost all of their time shut up in a dreary cave. And hey, it has worked for them, as they've outlived every other family that they've ever come across. But Eep doesn't like the darkness. Eep wants to be always in the light, and in those wonderful moments when she's outside; hunting, running and soaking in the sun; Eep is in her element. But her father is the protector, and he tells Eep no.

"Get to the cave!"
New is always bad."
Stay in the cave!"
Never not be afraid."

That is, until their whole world starts to change.

One night, Eep wakes to light seeping in through the cracks at the entrance to the cave. The light is playing off the cave walls, teasing her, and Eep decides to follow it. She squeezes her way outside, and dashes after the flickering light. It leads her out into the open, where she meets Guy, a human, and is introduced to fire. Eep is enamoured with Guy and his ability to make fire, and he tells her that the world as they know it is going to end. He asks Eep to go with him to a better place, but Eep refuses and Guy vanishes into the night. Eep's father, Grug, then finds Eep and drags her home – grounding her in the process. But the Earth begins to crack and shake beneath their feet, and Guy's prediction starts to come true.

Now the Croods must rely on Guy and his new ideas for survival, and learn to relax in the outside world.

The Croods (2013)
The Croods (2013)

The Croods (2013) is an American 3D computer-animated family adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The Croods was written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, and produced by Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell. It was released in theatres on March 22, 2013, to favourable reviews.

It's currently sitting at 68% for positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes based on 126 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10. It also boasts an 84% 'liked it' audience rating. The sites consensus reads: "While it may not be as (ahem) evolved as the best modern animated fare, The Croods will prove solidly entertaining for families seeking a fast-paced, funny cartoon adventure." On Metacritic, The Croods holds a score of 55/100, based on 30 reviews, and has an 8.0 user score of favourable reviews, based on 63 ratings.

The Croods (2013)
The Crood family

Here's a list of the voice cast for The Croods:
• Nicolas Cage = Grug Crood – the overprotective, stubborn, stuck-in-his-ways but well-meaning patriarch of the family.
• Catherine Keener = Ugga Crood – Grug's gentle and open-minded wife, mother to Eep, Thunk and Sandy.
• Emma Stone = Eep Crood – Grug and Ugga's eldest daughter; curious, adventurous, rebellious and fun.
• Ryan Reynolds = Guy – the nomadic youngster who is roped into helping the Croods using new ideas and inventions. He is accompanied by a sloth named Belt, and is Eep's love interest.
• Clark Duke = Thunk Crood – Grug and Ugga's big 9-year-old son; not very bright, bad co-ordination, huge heart. Acquires a pet named Douglas.
• Cloris Leachman = Gran – mother of Ugga, mother-in-law of Grug, grandmother to Eep, Thunk and Sandy.
• Randy Thom = Sandy Crood – Grug and Ugga's ferocious baby daughter who acts much like a dog, and bites and growls rather than speaking. Thom created her voice using creature noises.
• Chris Sanders = Belt – Guy's pet sloth/utility belt.

The Croods (2013)
Guy and Belt

I think The Croods is a fitting film for the whole family. I think that children will love the slapstick nature of the comedy, and adults will be able to relate to the storyline and emotion of the film. In the way of quality, I would never say that this film is on par with anything like Finding Nemo (2003) or The Lion King (1994) (in my opinion, anyway), but it is an entertaining, funny and uplifting film nonetheless.

If you want a film that you can watch with the whole family, The Croods is the film for you.

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