Studio Synopsis: When their cave is destroyed, the Croods set out to explore a spectacular landscape filled with fantastic creatures, strange surprises…and a whole new world of adventure! As they begin to conquer their fear of the outside world, they discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 100 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
- Belt’s Cave Journal: Take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat
- Croods Cuts (Lost Scenes): The Croods’ directors share scenes that were deleted from the film
- World of DreamWorks Animation: Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films
*Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
- The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods!: Find out more about your favorite Croods creatures!
- Be An Artist!: Now you can draw Belt, Macawnivore and Mousephant
- The Croods Coloring & Storybook Builder App
With a title and trailer that sum up pretty much all that is about to come, The Croods is another affable lesson in as-to-be-expected animation. And while it’s primitive storytelling sets the heart of the film back someplace around the Stone Age, like all animated tales that stumble around in the dark, it eventually finds its fire in sheer zaniness and the brilliant glow of slap-happy style. The film is family first all the way, so thankfully The Croods never fully live up to their “crude” namesake, and the voice talent that makes up this rag-tag group of likable lummoxes is perfectly poised to do most of the heavy lifting.
The Croods is another animated outing that is largely saved by its vicarious voice cast, so if you’re smitten by the likes of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and Cloris Leachman, then chances are good that their grunts and ugs will cause, if not genuine then courtesy, chuckles. Youngsters will of course gush over the lushness of the scenery and the camp slap-stick comedy, but even with its mostly primitive plot much of the film may be lost on them.
Family remains front and center heading into the extras menu, with features heavy on fun instead of filmmaking. Standard supplements include a further introduction to the characters of Belt and Guy in Belt’s Cave Journal, a collection of 4 “lost scenes” in Croods Cuts, and a DreamWorks Jukebox of sorts featuring music videos from some of the studios most well-known releases, such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar.
The Blu-ray exclusive features also provide extended fun, with a breakdown of the mish-mashed animals that inhabit the world of The Croods in The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods, an App that enables users to construct their own story and coloring books, and an informative Be An Artist segment provided by animator Sean Sexton, who draws life into the characters of Belt, Macawnivore, and Mousephant.
So with tons of comedic charm and a multitude of bruises, but a premise so vanilla even a caveman could do it, The Croods stays lazily in the safety of the comedy cave, rather than venturing out into unexplored territory.
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Central Voice Cast: Nicolas Cage | Emma Stone | Ryan Reynolds | Catherine Keener | Cloris Leachman | Clark Duke | Chris Sanders
Director: Kirk De Micco
Central Writers: Chris Sanders | Kirk De Micco
Theatrical Release: March 22, 2013
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: October 1, 2013
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE