The Croods in 3D | Movie review

The Croods 3D 2013 animated film large movie poster

Malaysian release date: 21st March 2013 (sneak preview 15th – 17th) 
Classification: P13 
Genre: Animation, adventure, comedy, family 
Running Time: 98 mins 
Director: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders 
Writers: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders (screenplay) 
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone

Synopsis: “The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever” (20th Century Fox Malaysia).

Verdict: Although the target audience of The Croods is obviously children, I find it better than any of the animated films released last year (I almost face-palmed myself to death when Brave won Best Animated Feature in the Oscars). Yes, it’s not very original and it’s quite a generic cartoon with cute creatures, family humour, emotional climax, etc. but its liveliness, active slapstick, creative art designs, and not-too-over-the-top modernisation of the pre-historic scenario, make it very watchable even for adults. Well, at least it doesn’t attempt to fool anyone with only stunning visuals. The plot is decently planned to have a good balance of moral values for both parents and children but they come in a package with bad influences as well. This is definitely Nicolas Cage’s best involvement since Kick-Ass (2010).

Second opinion: “I liked it; the visuals are good; very colourful; love the designs of the cute creatures; I even cried a bit at one scene” (Iris Loong).

To watch in 3D? I doubt it’d make that much of a difference but for a kid, maybe it would.

Rating: 3.5 / 5


This film reminds me of… Flintstones, Gogs!, Toy Story, Land Before Time, Studio Ghibli’s animations and Noah’s Ark.

The Croods vs Flintstones vs Gogs! vs Toy Story vs Land Before Time vs Studio Ghibli vs Noah's Ark


Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Malaysia for the press screening.

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