by Sheryl Wall
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The Croods is an animated movie about a prehistoric family that lives in a cave. Their father, Grug, voice by Nicholas Cage, is overprotective and never lets them wander from home. His daughter Eep, voice by Emma Stone, wants to venture out and doesn’t like being stuck in the cave all the time.
Grug tells his family that exploration and anything new is dangerous, but Eep’s adventurous spirit leads her to leave the cave one night after everyone else is asleep and she meets another person named Guy who introduces her to fire for the first time. Soon after meeting Guy, the Crood’s cave is destroyed by an Earthquake forcing the family and Guy on an adventure that changes their lives.
Guy introduces the family to a lot of new ideas like shoes and shows them many things they have never seen before, causing Grug to get jealous. As the story unfolds, we learn more about the characters and see the deep bond of family through all the struggles that they must face together.
The animation and how colors are used in the movie is incredible, it truly looks like how someone would picture paradise apart from all the dangers that creep beneath the surface. I love the creativity of all the unique animals they introduce into the story. It’s very easy to be distracted by the beauty that surrounds the story.
I enjoy how in depth the characters become and how the importance of family is portrayed throughout, along with the struggles that inevitability come with relationships.
There is also a lot of comedy thrown in there that adds to the story. One of the funniest scenes is where they are walking for a long time to their destination and they are constantly talking and arguing like you would see in many real families on a road trip. But everywhere they go you see the animals looking irritated or covering their ears from all the complaining that takes place amongst the family.
Another one of my favorite scenes is when Grug is alone in a cave and meets the big cat whom they have been fearful of only to find out he is also very scared and they end up becoming friends.
The movie if full of family struggles, friendship, humor and adventure. Grandparents, parents, and kids alike can enjoy this movie together so it makes it a perfect family night out.
The Croods is currently playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6, also in 3D. Showtimes can be found on their website. Platinum Theaters Dinuba 6 now proudly presents digital quality films in 2-D and 3-D with 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound to maximize your movie experience.