The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: another family.
Our thoughts on The Croods: A New Age (without spoilers)
Our family, from the comfort of our home, was able to watch a screening of The Croods: A New Age. All 6 of us adored it. The kids were rolling with laughter many times and the adults might have been, too.
The girls thought, once again that Thunk was too much with his simple mind, and the adults loved how Grug continues to grow and show his love for his family.
The interactions with The Bettermans (emphasis on the “Better”) and their attitudes is spot on. It’s also nice to see The Bettermans grow as well. The friendships that are developed are heartwarming to watch.
The Croods: A New Age also shares more backstory about Guy and his family which had me a little in my feelings.
I’m glad Dreamworks took the time to really make this story complete. To make the characters even more lovable, but also silly and funny. They each develop a little more and I’m so happy to see The Croods becoming a little more independent, but also still strongly loving their family and being there for each other.
The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.
The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family.
Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.
The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).