Friday, April 19, 2013

My Cinema - The Crude Croods

I mentioned in a previous post I recently got to see the new animated film from DreamWorks, "The Croods". Saw it with my grandkids (it's the only way to see animated films!). The perfect barometer to tell if its a winner or not.

So if you haven't seen it yet, let me fill you in
(no spoilers, I promise!).
The official premise is:
"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."              

The comedy adventure film stars Nicholas Cage as the voice of "Grug", the patriarch of the family, and Emma Stone as "Eep", his willful, curious older daughter. Judging by the giggly reaction of my grandkids, I think they loved best "Belt" a pet sloth, and the silly antics of "Sandy", the baby daughter. However, the cackling, cantankerous character "Gran", voiced by Cloris Leachman, had my vote! I admit to chuckling along with the grandkids when "Belt" would sing out "duh-duh-DUH" in the cutest voice at just the right juncture; always set the kids off on a case of the giggles!

While I can't say it's the best animated movie I've ever seen, it made for a pleasant afternoon. The storyline kind of just wanders along. It basically has the family following "Guy" who is searching for the land of paradise called "tomorrow"; along the way the family's mindset slowly evolves as their world expands. (The scenes about fire and shoes are some of the best in the film.) The humor isn't the really laugh out loud type. Mostly snickers and guffaws from the audience. But when I saw the way all the kids in the audience laughed and cheered during the movie, I knew it was just right for the demographic the movie makers were trying to market to.

If you're looking for a feel-good movie you can see with your little ones, I highly recommend "The Croods". But I think I can safely say you can skip the theater and wait for this one to be released on DVD.

Have you seen "The Croods"? What did you think?
What is your all time fav animated movie?


  1. we enjoyed it . thanks for the spot on review.

    1. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by my blog.


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