It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman. Cage gave a humorous and emotionally driven performance as Grug Crood, a caveman who is the well-meaning, overprotective but old-fashioned patriarch of the Croods family. Stone gave a witty and empathetic performance as Eep Crood, a cavegirl who is Grug and Ugga's eldest daughter and is filled with curiosity and a desire for adventure. She and Reynolds had a great and quirky chemistry as he played Guy, a nomadic caveboy who is not as strong as the Croods, but prefers using his brain and comes up with various ideas and inventions. His performance was also witty and empathetic. Keener gave an emotional performance as Ugga Crood, Grug's wife and the more open-minded mother than Grug. Duke gave a comical performance as Thunk Crood, the dim-witted, uncoordinated but sweet caveboy who is Grug and Ugga's son. Finally, Leachman also gave a humorous performance as Gran, a very old and ferocious cavewoman who is the mother-in-law of Grug and the mother of Ugga.
The Croods is one of the most charming feature-length cartoons of recent years -- funny, sassy, startling and original. A refreshingly high-tech cartoon. A raucous comedy/adventure and easily one of the strangest products to ever emerge from the DreamWorks Animation pipeline. It's not in the same league with the likes of Kung Fu Panda or How to Train Your Dragon, but it's much better than, say, 2010’s Shrek Forever After.
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