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The Croods
Before Disney bought 20th Century Fox and turned it into 20th Century Studios, Dreamworks made their first movie with 20th Century Fox.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Chris Sanders
Kirk DeMicco
Produced By: Kristine Belson
Jane Hartwell
Written By: Kirk DeMicco (screenplay and story)
Chris Sanders (screenplay and story)
John Cleese (story)
Starring: Nicolas Cage
Emma Stone
Ryan Reynolds
Catherine Keener
Cloris Leachman
Clark Duke
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: March 22, 2013
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $135 million
Box Office: $587.2 million
Sequel: The Croods: A New Age

The Croods is a 2013 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film was written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, and stars the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman. The film is set in a fictional prehistoric Pliocene era known as "The Croodaceous" (a prehistoric period which contains fictional creatures) when a prehistoric caveman's position as a "Leader of the Hunt" is threatened by the arrival of a genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions as they trek through a dangerous but exotic land in search of a new home.


"The Croods" are an eccentric family of cavemen, who survive the harsh terrain by living accordingly to a strict set of rules. After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Why It Shines Its Way

  1. Amazing animation. It is a really big step up for DreamWorks animation movies. At times, it looks realistic.
  2. Likeable characters, including Eep, Grug (because he grows as a character), Guy, Ugga, Thunk, Gran, Sandy, and Belt.
  3. There is some decent character development. For example: Grug starts out as an overprotective father making dumb rules for his family. But then, he learns that sometimes, life isn't about being safe. Life is about trying new things and being risky in the process.
  4. Great humor, like Thunk trying to hide from a fire on himself by running into dry, tall grass.
  5. Great voice acting, especially from Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman.
  6. Amazing soundtrack. Alan Silvestri composed it, and he sure did a great job.
  7. Entertaining action scenes, like when the Croods bring an egg to their cave for breakfast.
  8. While there isn't any real villain, it's pretty refreshing and fits with the story of characters escaping The End.
  9. There are plenty of emotional moments, like when Grug is trapped in a cave, and paints his family on the wall with dirt.
  10. Great Moral, which is the moral explained in WIR#3 that the audience also learns.

The Only Bad Quality

  1. Despite being focused, the plot is the weakest quality of the film due to being clichéd.