- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Chris Sanders, Randy Thorne
- Directors: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco
- Writers: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, John Cleese
- Producers: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell
- Art Directions: Paul Duncan, Dominique Louis
- D.O.P.: Yong Duk Jhun
- Editors: Eric Dapkewicz, Darren T. Holmes
- Music: Alan Silvestri
- Production Design: Christophe Lautrette
"The Croods" is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures - and their outlook is changed forever.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- MPAA Warning: Some scary action
- Production Budget: $145 million
- Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation
2013 Guide Analysis: "The first film that DreamWorks Animation is pushing out through its new deal with 20th Century Fox, this 3D CG caveman comedy was originally going to be an Aardman Animations production. The venerable British studio ended up departing the project with "How to Train Your Dragon" director Chris Sanders coming onboard to take the helm.
The story? An earthquake forces a caveman to lead his family across a volatile world in search of a new home. Said caveman is scared of anything new in life, and so has kept his family sheltered over the years. Now he's forced to venture out into a dangerous world for the first time. Add to that a restless daughter eager to see more of what's out there, Ryan Reynolds voicing a hunky nomad who could serve as a love interest, and assorted jokes about a crusty mother-in-law and cavemen understanding technology.
With numerous delays and shifts of personnel on the project, one wonders how much of the behind-the-scenes problems have had an impact on the final film. DWA's films have seen an uptick in overall quality over the past 2-3 years with the aforementioned 'Dragon' and "Puss in Boots" being the best of the bunch. With the financial flop of "Rise of the Guardians" the other month though, the studio is in need of a hit and hopes this first of three DWA films scheduled to hit next year will find the audience that movie failed to reach."