The Croods is such a wonderful film. Animated films rarely disappoint. Out of all the animated Hollywood offerings in the past decade, only 3 might actually be bad films. I’m probably over-estimating that number. The point is that The Croods is as enjoyable as they come.
The Croods is about one of the first families on earth. If everything in this film is to be believed, the pre-historic times look way more fun than the current time. There are animals that probably never existed and the vivid colors in the jungle that make remind of you Avatar (2009). The animation is fantastic, which is backed by superlative imagination. Not just in terms of visuals but also in terms of making it funny and relatable to kids of today’s generation.
One of the film’s funniest jokes is the invention of photographs (among other awesome things). The family portrait at the end made the audience in my theater applaud out of sheer reflex of unbelievability. The belt in the film (which is some weird animal) is hilarious.
While the film is full of adventure, laughs and general fun, it also has heart. Through most of the film, the father goes by the motto: fear is good, change is bad. Yes, evolution is inevitable and what a delightful way to introduce that concept to the kids. The father-daughter relationship manages to touch you on occasion.
This year has a brilliant slate of films. After The Croods we have Epic, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, Planes, Turbo and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them turn out to be some of the best films of the year and The Croods is just the tip of the iceberg. I hope this has helped break the ice in making you want to watch the film and seek out some fun.