DreamWorks channels the Stone Age in The Croods
By Christopher Totten
photo courtesy of DreamWorks Studios
DreamWorks releases the 2013 animated caveman
comedy The Croods. The PG-film is currently
in theaters nationwide.
Some people argue that there is nothing better than the sound of a child's laughter. In DreamWorks' new animated feature film The Croods—released on March 22—you will hear nothing but the joyous laughter of children. Who cares if some of them are 40 years old? This animated movie is truly a film for all ages and has the power to brighten anyone's day.
The Croods is a coming of age story about Eep, an adventurous and daring young cave girl—voiced by the ever funny Emma Stone—who thirsts for freedom and dreams of exploring the world around her. Her dreams are completely smashed by her father, Grug, wonderfully voiced by Nicholas Cage—did someone say paycheck? Grug believes that in order to survive, his family needs to stick together and adhere to his one golden rule, which is to never not be afraid.
The family's world is rocked when Eep comes into contact with a mysterious creature ahead of his prehistoric times named Guy—voiced by the witty Ryan Reynolds who will also be voicing Turbo in the upcoming DreamWorks animated film Turbo. Upon Eep's first encounter with Guy, audiences will immediately find themselves enamored with his oddly adorable and appropriately named companion, Belt—who holds up Guy's pants as well as the audience's laughter throughout the film. The Croods are forced to abandon their beloved home—the cave—to escape the volatile end of their prehistoric world and, in turn, discover an entirely new one. On the way laughs are thrown at the audience nonstop as the viewer accompanies the Croods along their journey.
The Croods does not fail in delivering messages and morals to the audience to take home. Throughout the movie messages of courage, self identity, perserverance, and family are prevalent. The Croods also manages to pull at the audience's heartstrings from time to time showing the viewer moments of true family love, loss, and the feeling of being unneeded—all of this in seemingly palpable 3D. Young viewers can learn a lot by watching this film, all the while, experiencing visually striking images and a new take on the archaic times.
All in all, The Croods is a film that makes you laugh, cry, scream, and even let out a heartwarming, "ahhhh". This film is not only for people with kids but also—maybe even more so—for people with a heart and a funny bone. If you leave the theatre feeling ripped off then maybe at one point in your life the family filled piece of your heart was too.