A story of a family of neanderthal cave men who are forced to move out of their cave and into the open by an ever changing earth, The Croods has all the right ingredients for a good animaiton film in ample doses- generation gap, the ide aof taking risks and daring to explore the unknown, and the concept of sticking on for the family- yet while it provides for a decently engaging watch, one ends up wishing the film would try to be more original.
Crug is the patriarch of a cave family whose daughter Eep is the constant teeange rebel wanting to break free of her fathers rules. The family is forced to move out of their cave due to an earthwuake triggered by the earth chaning shape, and guided by Guy, a stranger who has made fire his freind, they embark on the journey to the new land, or "Tomorrow" as they put it in a brilliantly worded set piece. infused liberally with cheap laughter and some breathtaking set pieces, The Croods distinctly lacks a strong story idea that can wow you.
The movie starts brilliantly. establishing the environment and the quirky characters with ease. some crazily fun scenes, especially the ones involving hunting of food each time, make for side splitting fun. The lead characters of Crug voiced by Nocholas Cage and Eep by Emma Stone have the meatiest part and make the most of it with their zeal. Side charactes of Crug's ma in law and his deranged wild toddler add spice to the proceedings.
Alas, much of this promise never takes off the ground, for the story chooses to remain simple, leaving the majestic grandstanding for the visuals. And stunning visuals there are aplenty here. From the surreal multi colored new world, to the star lit night sky, the visuals transport you almost to an animated Avtar again. Sadly none of the imagination and ingenuity shown with the settings and visuals is seen in the story telling.
The Croods sorely misses the wow factor a usual Pixar film has. What it does make up for it with is some stellar scenes and a good dose of clean simple family fun. Watch this with the kids especially, they are bound to fall in love with the movie.