My daughter and I recently had the chance to watch The Croods, a fun 3D movie that follows the adventures of the world's first modern family. We were both instantly captivated by the world of the Croods that featured the juxtaposition of the old way of thinking from Grug (Nicolas Cage) and the new Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and Eep (Emma Stone).
Through this beautifully animated film filled with fantastic creatures and animals the audience is able to see the path that takes the Croods to a future that they never imagined was possible. Through this we are also able to see the many layers (and complexity) of a family - Ugga (Catherine Keener); Thunk (Clark Duke) and Gran (Cloris Leachman) - as they have been living under the safety, rules and control of Grug. Through this we learn more about his philosophes: "fear is good, change is bad" that conflicts with character of his adventurous and rebellious teenager, Eep and her strong curiosity that eventually leads her to meeting Guy, a character that offers a vision for the future through his unique way of thinking and innovative inventions.
While watching the movie I was also struck by the unique animation and subtle 3D effects that tied in the dynamics of a world that is changing and in a constant state of motion. The movie was also incredibly sweet and funny - making it an ideal mix of visual splendor and interesting characters that made the film both refreshing and heartwarming.
During a press junket for the film, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone chatted about these fun roles where Ryan noted, "They show you what the movie is and they show you their storyboards and the world. And the story really evolves, unlike live-action movies. Or sometimes like live-action movies." Emma spoke of how she related to her character, and added: " I wasn't that rebellious, but I definitely wanted to forge my own path and do something different. Neither of my parents are actors or performers of any kind."
They also spoke of the process where Ryan and Emma noted that they filmed together during one day and how the process takes place over several years where they may be working on other projects in the interium. Emma noted, "You just go into the studio, go in for a couple of hours every couple months. You get in there, and you realize the directors and the animators have been working tireless, literally with the joke we made, 12 hours a day every single day for years on making this all make sense." She added, "So, just talking to Chris [Sanders] and Kirk [DeMicco], right when you're back in the room, they had known, at least for me what I had done last, what Nick had done, what Ryan had done. And they were able to get you right back into that head space"
An instant classic, The Croods is the perfect fim for the entire family that will have you laughing, crying and relating to The Croods family as they discover the many challenges of family and the ever-changing world around them.
Check out a clip of the film:
The Croods will be released on March 22, 2013 by 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.
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