The Croods 2013

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A prehistoric family embark on a journey of discovery in this animated comedy featuring the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. Content to stay within the confines of their stone-age cave, Grug (Cage), his wife Ugga (Catherine Keener), daughter Eep (Emma Stone), son Thunk (Clark Duke), and mother-in-law Gran (Cloris Leachman) soon find themselves homeless when a seismic upheaval literally brings the roof down. As they venture out into a wondrous, unknown world in search of a new home, the family soon team up with a nomadic caveboy called Guy (Ryan Reynolds), who offers his own unique take on the challenges ahead.

Starring:
Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

The Croods

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman
Director Chris Sanders
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 7 February 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman
Director Chris Sanders
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 7 February 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Cloris Leachman
Director Chris Sanders
Studio 20th Century Fox
Rental release 7 February 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
Took my 47 year old, to quench her need for to see a `cutesy' prehistoric animation, I must say I was pleasantly surprised the film was rather good. This is a very good cross-generational film that will appeal to children as well as adults. The narrative is engaging and the animation is some the best I have seen lately. As another reviewer has said the story is quite funny in the way it deals with fear of the unknown, being alone and life in general when you trying just to survive to the next day. Your inner child should really like this film, well worth a very good five stars. I must say my 47 year old was very well behaved!
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bizimum on 25 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I took my family to see this film - age range of 9-65 and everyone came out saying how much they had enjoyed it. We have seen loads of animated films and thought we had seen it all, but this proved we haven't. There is plenty to be amused by and the story is interesting - the scene when the family are introduced to fire is really funny (the character is advised to hide from it in the tall dry grass) but there is one scene involving the dad which is quite moving (my 10 year old was crying). The basic story is that our cave family is the only one left in the area and the father has taken an overly-cautious approach to life to keep the family safe making them spend a lot of time closed in their cave. The daughter is bored and frustrated and one night sneaks out of the cave and finds a boy who can make fire. He tells her the end of the world is coming and the action begins from there after the familys cave is destroyed. Should they trust the new boy and follow him to the mountains or keep with the fathers idea of finding a new cave to hide in? The ensuing journey has plenty of ups and downs along the way and there's the message about sometimes taking risks in life to make it better. Visually the film is stunning, the animation is fantastic and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Hitchins on 17 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I am not surprised this is nominated for an Oscar. Good story and great effects; however, as it is a story of caveman survival, it does have some scary moments, so I would not recommend for very young children. The 3D Blu Ray worked well on my Philips player, which has the latest firmware. Together with my HD600 projector and 3D LX, this gave a prefect performance that even my wife enjoyed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 22 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is an animated tale of a teen girl and her natural desire to explore the world and the angst that it causes the father who wants to keep the family safe in a cave...in this case it is not a metaphor. Emma Stone was perfect for our on screen teen girl Eep, complete with her signature cracking voice. The world around them is falling apart and their only chance for survival is to follow the new Guy (Ryan Reynolds) to the objection of Grug (Nicolas Cage).

In spite of what sounds like an adult theme, it is aimed at the kids. The comedy is slapstick and simple jokes. The animals are wildly colorful so as to not be frightening as they chase humans. As an adult I didn't find the film boring, yet its lack of depth allowed me to have frequent breaks and not miss any plot points. Eep provides girls with a positive role model, something that is becoming the norm in these animated sagas.

Cloris Leachman played the voice of Gran, most likely because Betty White was too busy playing football. Great film for the kids, so-so for adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 16 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
At this point I am pretty cynical when it comes to CGI cartoons on the big screen. Once upon a time it was the genius of Pixar and the entertainment of DreamWorks Animation. However, with these animations making more money than most live action films the number of them have increased and not always the quality. DreamWorks themselves have had a few dodgy films in their back catalogue so watching ‘The Croods’ was no guarantee. Thankfully, although it may lack some of the intelligence of the best modern animations, this is a heartfelt, colourful and fun entry.

‘The Croods’ centres around the titular family of Neanderthal people who have only managed to survive by hiding in their cave. When the cave is no longer an option they are forced to seek new ground with the aid of Guy, a Homosapien and is belt. The film is a mixture of coming of age (Ice Age) and family drama. It is the relationships between the family that makes the film fun; the protective father, overbearing grandmother, adventurous daughter etc. The dynamic is a very modern feeling one, but transported back to a lost age full of danger. It is amusing watching the naïve Croods barely managing to stay alive.

As well as having great chemistry, the film also looks extremely lush. The setting of an alternative Age means that colours and creations explode onto the screen. The makers have created many made up animals for the film that look brilliant in BluRay and are different from the norm – almost Suessian. Voice acting wise the cast do well, even Nicholas Cage seems to fit as the father. He is able to bring a bit of depth to the character which makes the finale far more powerful than it deserves to be.
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