Malaysian release date: 21st March 2013 (sneak preview 15th – 17th)
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
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This film reminds me of… Flintstones, Gogs!, Toy Story, Land Before Time, Studio Ghibli’s animations and Noah’s Ark.
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Special thanks to 20th Century Fox Malaysia for the press screening.