The Croods (2013)

logoDirector: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders

Writer: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders (Screenplay) Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders, John Cleese (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Chris Sanders, Randy Thom


Plot: The Croods are a prehistoric family who battle to survive everyday against creatures while at night they hide out in a cave because the creatures of the night are more terrifying. After their cave is destroyed they have to enter the unknown along with new age cave man Guy. The group enter into an adventure with new danger that will change their history forever.


Verdict: Fun Family Adventure


Story: So what hasn’t been done in the world of animation? The answer is this, yes we have had the changing of the world during caveman time from an animal perspective but not the human perspective. You add in the difficulties the leader of a family would have when a smarter young male comes along to take away his daughter and all the fun of the prehistoric period. Everything fits together very nicely to create an easy to watch family film that will be enjoyed by all. (8/10)


Characters Reviews


Grug: The leader of the family, protector if you like, he makes sure the family is always safe because to him that is his only job. Grug struggles with change after Guy comes along as well as feeling left out due to Guy’s inventions to help make things easier. Add in that Nicolas Cage is the voice you know this character will be one too remember. (8/10)


Eep: The young adult of the group who is the best hunter of the next generation, but also the most adventurous. She always wants to see more of the world and is always being held back by her father and family. (8/10)


Guy: The lone wanderer who after an encounter with Eep helps open her family’s eyes to what is going on in the world and that they should be changing to survive rather than hiding. (8/10)


Director Review: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders – Good direction to create a fun family film that everyone will enjoy. (8/10)


Adventure: The adventure side of the film shows how one family has to do everything they thought was wrong just to survive. (9/10)

Animation: Top animation throughout to create a wonderful story. (10/10)

Comedy: Good simple animated comedy throughout which never takes away from the serious side of the story. (7/10)

Family: One for the whole family here, filled with everything. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is used to create the world perfectly adding to the story as each scene unfolds. (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a great pick for all those with families; you can all sit down together and watch this film occupying nearly everyone. (Family Time)


Best Part: Belt scene stealing.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final chase.

Funniest Scene: Every scene with Belt in.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Ice Age


Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Box Office: $587,204,668

Budget: $135 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Are you better off now than you were 4 million years ago?


Overall: Great Family Film

Rating 88


  1. I really loved this film, like you say although it has been done before from the perspective of the animals, it hasn’t from a human side. I found the jokes were clever and there were quips that only the parents would catch (which is something I always loved about Toy Story).

    Great review Darren 🙂

    – Jenna

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