Rated: G for some scary action. Reviewed by: Nina Release date: March 22, 2013 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Animated family movies these days are most certainly for the kids with the active characters, bright and lively colors, funny characters and everything. The plots of these movies, the characters and most of the dialog are for the adults. The Croods is an entertaining movie about a prehistoric family worried about the end of the world and striking out to find another home – it was the beginning of the family "road-trip" complete with the cranky grandmother!
The storyline and the characters were very enjoyable, starting with everyday survival, the father, Grug, voiced by Nicholas Cage, being the "rock" of the family and the teenaged children struggling against him. The family still has unity, they have the tag-team approach to catching food, having fun and sleeping in a pile. It isn't until the daughter leaves against her father's warning that she sees some of the outside world. Her leaving actually saves the family from destruction, their cave collapses, and they strike out with the help of Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, on his way to find paradise and Eep, voiced by Emma Stone.
The family is unit is complete, mother father, son, daughter, baby and grandmother played lovingly by Cloris Leachman, and lending the right amount of comic relief. They have all the typical interactions and responses, and at the end pull together to get it done!
This band of travelers seems to only be one step in front of destruction, having all sorts of close calls and lucky saves where they have to work together and overcome pitfalls to make it. There are dangerous characters and situations but they all work out with the triumph that only a family working together can achieve. Paradise, the end of the road, the final destination – whichever you call it when the trip is actually over - makes you smile because you realize you've probably had a similar experience on a trip with all of your family, except you didn't have to chase your food with a rock!
Definitely a go-see movie-the whole family will enjoy it – I promise – Dunn Dunn Dunnnnnnnnnn!