As a film fanatic, I’m always looking for 3 main ingredients in an animated movie:
Awesome effects, I mean if it says 3D I want to almost smell the ocean.
Characters myself and family can relate to.
Not only an entertaining story but a story with a message that will have an impact on myself and family.
I’m extremely happy to say, The Croods has it all!
I was lucky to be invited to THE CROODS PARENT BLOGGER SUMMIT at DreamWorks were I not only had a chance to attend a screening of The Croods, but I met and chat with the directors of the film Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco as well as story board artist Steve Mecleod.
I love animated movies don’t take me wrong, but sometimes we take our children to the movies because they want to see it and we sit and watch the screen knowing what’s going to happen; a few laughs and a happy ending and I have to say, I expected the same from The Croods, was I wrong! The Croods really succeeded my expectations!
The 3D animation is out of this world! Seriously I’ve never seen anything like it. The film has something for the whole family, you’ll laugh, sometimes really hard, there’s suspense and believe me, you’ll need a tissue for those moments that really touches your heart. And this is not all, the story brings up several different family themes that I was very familiar with, such as being afraid of the unknown and wanting to enjoy life!
The richness of the story is what makes The Croods so unique and maybe it has to do with the fact that the directors and story board artists spend a lot of time developing the story, 2 years actually. This is what Steve Macleod had to say when asked about how a story board artist gets inspired, “I read the script, get lost of notes from the directors, do lost of rough drawings and I get more notes. It’s a vicious cycle until everyone feels we are very close we send it to editorial who start putting a dialogue.”
Even though The Croods unfolds a few million years ago, families today go through the same problems, such as fear to change, from kids to adults no one likes to get out of our comfort zone and that’s Grug’s (Nicolas Cage) rule which drives Eep (Emma Stone) crazy, watch:
But when the directors asked themselves this question, “What’s the biggest change that anyone should fear? Said Kirk DeMicco, They came out with what it’s one of my favorite parts of the movie, “Fear of losing your daughter or the fear of watching your family grow up around you.”As the mother of 2 boys, I’m very familiar with this sentiment and I’m pretty sure my dad was as well, who just like Grug tried many times to pull of “The perfect family vacation” If there’s such a thing. Watch this trailer and you’ll know what I mean:
The Croods is like a roller coaster of emotions, one moment you’ll be reaching for a tissue and the next one you’ll be laughing louder than your children, but throughout the film you’ll see the true meaning of the movie, fear of new things. Can you imagine being afraid of fire when you’re a caveman? Look what The Croods do when they see it for the first time.
The Croods will not only make you and your family laugh, it will make you appreciate the little things in life and realized there’s no reason to fear the unknown, because there’s always better light at the end of other side of the tunnel.
The Croods from Dreamworks hits theaters March 22nd.
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Stay tuned for more all about The Croods posts and videos every week until March 22nd when The Croods will hit theaters. Learn about the characters and the animals of the “Croodaceous” time period plus behind the scenes details of the making of The Croods.
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Disclosure – Thanks to to 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation for inviting me to The Croods Parent Blogger Summit.