The Croods (2013)
Director: Kirk DeMicco / Chris Sanders
Writers: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, John Cleese
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Chris Sanders, Randy Tom
Genre: Comedy / Adventure / Animation
Region: United States
Release: 2013-04-20 (Mainland China) / 2013-02-15 (Berlin Film Festival) / 2013-03-22 (USA)
Series:  Crazy Primitives
Length: 98 minutes
Also known as: Guru Family (Hong Kong/Taiwan) / Crude Family / Crazy Family
Rating: IMDB 7.2 / Rotten Tomatoes 72%
The primitive man Gulu’s family of six lived under the protection of his father Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage). Snatching ostrich eggs for food every day, avoiding the pursuit of wild animals, listening to the same story told by my father every night, living an unchanging life in the cave. The eldest daughter Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) is a curious girl who is completely opposite to her father’s personality. She is not satisfied to stay in this small cave all her life, and she wants to chase the novel world outside the cave.
Unexpectedly, the end of the world came suddenly, the cave was destroyed, and the family was forced to leave their home to embark on a new journey. Leaving the cave where they lived “for a lifetime”, what unfolded in front of their eyes was a new, gorgeous but dangerous new world, full of man-eating flowers and plants and strange birds and beasts that could not be named. An unprecedented crisis. During the journey, they also met Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), a nomadic tribe, who has extraordinary creativity and innovative ideas, and helped the Gulu family escape many difficulties. “Technology” products, and let them know that life needs “brain”, walking needs “shoes” and so on. A group of people embark on a noisy and thrilling journey in the film.
“The Croods” is a 2013 computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Catherine Keener, among others.
Set in a prehistoric era, the film follows the Croods, a family of cavemen who must navigate the dangerous and unpredictable world around them in order to survive. When their sheltered existence is threatened by natural disasters, they encounter a more advanced human named Guy who introduces them to new technology and ideas.
As the family adjusts to their changing world, they also struggle with the dynamics of their relationships and the protective instincts of their patriarch, Grug. Along the way, they encounter various creatures, including sabre-toothed tigers and a flock of brightly-colored birds, and must overcome their fears and prejudices to survive and thrive.
The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its animation, humor, and heartwarming story. It was a commercial success, grossing over $587 million worldwide, and was nominated for several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A sequel, “The Croods: A New Age”, was released in 2020.
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