The Croods – A Must See, More Than Expected, Boulder Blasting Hit
Sometimes you head into a movie thinking that you know what to expect: a few jokes, some kid appropriate humor, a little heartwarming moment or two, and a happy ending. When I visited DreamWorks for a screening of The Croods, I thought I knew what to expect – and I was wrong. Instead of a cute little kids’ movie, The Croods proved itself to be a movie for everyone filled with stunning animation, pulse raising suspense, true laugh out loud moments, and heart touching scenes making tissues a requirement. Beyond all of that was something even more unexpected. Within The Croods, are unexpected, but comfortable layers of rich story bringing up the themes of family, fear, and searching for the meaning of life. Who knew you could squeeze all of that into one little movie?
The Croods is the newest film from DreamWorks scheduled to hit theaters on March 22. It’s a film that follows this first family through a hilarious and outrageous adventure through the harsh “Croodaceous” time period.
All of the layers of story and themes under the surface of The Croods are really what make it special to me. While at the parent blogger summit earlier this month, I had the chance to hear two producers (Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell) and two directors (Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco) of the film share some behind the scenes info on all things Croods. These deep themes were one of the original roots of the entire project, so it’s no wonder it’s so effective. When asked “why cavemen?” Kirk DeMicco had this to say.
“The metaphor and the theme of change is such a relevant thing that everybody goes through…The cavemen were a perfect metaphor…All they’ve got really to talk about is just life and what it means because they don’t have jobs, they don’t have all the other pressures…That’s what really came through. What’s the biggest change that anyone should fear?”
Now I don’t want to get you thinking The Croods is all deep message and serious undertones. It’s not. There are plenty of hysterical moments that carry the meaning of the movie too. Can you imagine the fear of technology… when you’re a caveman? What in the world do you do when you see fire? Here’s what The Croods do.
The dynamics of family are also a huge part of this movie, and one of the biggest dynamics is that between Eep and her father Grug. As a former teenage girl (not that I always want to admit it!), I remember the days of absolutely hating my dad… and loving him more than anything at the same time. Kirk DeMicco (director) even added, “Here at DreamWorks, there’s been lots of families of friends, that’s the way it is. But, actually, a true father-daughter story was pretty unique, and everyone was really engaged by that.”
Whether it’s to laugh at the changes technology brings to this first family ever, or just to do a little thinking about life and how you always need to reach for the light, you need to check out The Croods from DreamWorks. The Croods hits theaters March 22.
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Disclosure – A big thank you to 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation for inviting us to The Croods Parent Blogger Summit.
About Ashley – Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at Momicles and follow her@Momicles2010.