The Croods
A New Age

USA, 2020, 95 mins
Director: Joel Crawford

What’s it about?

Last time we met Dreamworks’ Stone Age family the Croods they had left their cave and started a new life. An encounter with the Bettermans – who claim to be more evolved – sets the two families up against each other, but they soon find themselves having to work together when their daughters go missing. This hotly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s first instalment promises comedy and adventure galore.

The Croods: A New Age

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.

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).
Universal Pictures

Director: Joel Crawford
Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation
Producer: Mark Swift
Screenplay: Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan
Story: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders
Casting: Christi Soper
Editor: James Ryan
Production Designer: Nate Wragg
Art Director: Peter Zaslav
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh

Voice Cast
Nicolas Cage (Grug)
Emma Stone (Eep)
Ryan Reynolds (Guy)
Catherine Keener (Ugga)
Cloris Leachman (Gran)
Clark Duke (Thunk)
Leslie Mann (Hope Betterman)
Peter Dinklage (Phil Betterman)
Kelly Marie Tran (Dawn Betterman)

USA 2020
95 mins

Courtesy of Universal

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