Family adventure film. Animation style! By family adventure I mean a feud a la Hatfields and McCoys. Despite the conflict the second Croods film is just as chock full of fun as the first. One of those animated films that the entire family can sit down in front of and enjoy.
The Croods and the Bettermans don’t get along. The Bettermans have built a wall around their land. To keep people like the Croods out. They believe themselves to be, just as their names say, better than most. Especially the Croods. Let the butting of heads begin!
Message here is to work together or risk going extinct…..suiting for what we are going through of late, no? You know all these animated films, for better or worse, have a message they try to get across. So it is best if what they are preaching is relatable.
DreamWorks Animation has made some great animated films being the studio behind Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Shrek. Seems like The Croods are trying to join that group. This is the second The Croods film. An animated series about an extended Stone Age family.
While the story is fairly predictable here there is still plenty to draw you in. First there are the voice actors. Well known Hollywood stars like Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, and Cloris Leachman do a great job inhabiting their characters and conveying the story.
What it does best is the animation. The film looks great! Animation is really amazing nowadays as to what they can do. Some things look so realistic. Facial expressions, shadowing and use of colour are all superior.
-Digital copy of The Croods: A New Age (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
-Dear Diary: World’s First Pranks
-Family Movie Night: Little Red Bronana Bread
-The Croods’ Family Album
-The Evolution of…How to Draw: Caveman Style
-Stone Age Snack Attack
-Feature Commentary with Director Joel Crawford, Producer Mark Swift, Head of Story Januel Mercado and Editor Jim Ryan