You may or may not remember the original The Croods—a 2013 animated movie—so let me catch you up.
It’s the story of a family of cavemen who endured the harsh realities of the pre-historic era by abiding by a set of rules for survival created by the patriarch of the family, Grug (voiced by Nicholas Cage).
In the original movie, the main character Eep (voiced by Emma Stone) is a curious and adventurous teenager who ventures out and meets a boy named Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds), and they fall in love much to the dismay of her father. Through a series of misfortunate events, (don’t want to give away too much here) Guy helps the Croods find their way when their world is falling apart.
That’s where The Croods: A New Age begins. The Croods are doing their best navigating their way in this new world—but most importantly Guy and Eep are in love and thinking about moving away from the rest of the zany Croods crew. That is until they stumble into a lush valley and the magnificent tree home of the Betterman family.
The Betterman family is more evolved, sophisticated, and most importantly, knew Guy when he was younger. In fact, the Betterman’s wish for Guy to live with their family—while the rest of the Croods can go. You can imagine that many hijinks ensue.
I was lucky enough to screen this movie in my living room with my 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. So I was able to see what they thought.
One thing that was very clear, there is no question that this movie will keep your children laughing and entertained. My 6-year-old was captivated by the bright colors and the constant comedy mishaps of the Croods trying to navigate a more modern world. My 2-year-old thought the physical humor of the Croods was funny and loved the kooky grandmother character (voiced by Cloris Leachman). This is a movie that is sure to delight a variety of ages, so it’s a great movie for families during the holidays.
While the movie may not pull at your heartstrings, that’s OK because that’s not really what we need these days. This year has had so many ups and downs that The Croods: A New Age is the perfect antidote to the tough, moody year. The laughs are easy and plentiful, there are minimal scary subplots for the younger kiddos, and the vivid cinematography of the film is a much-needed escape to remind us that there is a big colorful world out there whenever we get the opportunity to experience it again.
The Croods: A New Age will be released in theaters everywhere on November 25, 2020.
Photos courtesy of DreamWorks Animation LLC.