I’ve said it before; animated features are just getting better and better. While this year has been a little slower than some years previous, it has still given us Rise of the Guardians, Despicable Me 2, Turbo, Monsters University, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the phenomenal Epic. The latest entry is The Croods, and it easily keeps up with the competition.
The Croods are one of the last surviving families in the harsh prehistoric world. Father Grug (Nicolas Cage) keeps his family in a constant state of fear so they will never venture too far from their cave and risk encountering the many dangers of the world. But adventurous daughter Eep (Emma Stone) has an unwavering desire to see what the world has to offer. When a stranger, Guy (Ryan Reynolds) warns The Croods of impending doom and their cave is destroyed, they set off to a faraway mountain to find safety and rediscover themselves and their world during the journey.
The Croods is everything you want from an animated feature. Spectacular animation, great humor (for kids and adults), memorable characters and a solid story that contains valuable lessons for the kids. Cage is excellent as Grug and I couldn’t help but wonder why it took this long to cast him in an animated film, his voice perfectly suits it. The rest of the cast including Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman are all excellent as well and create unique and varied characters that I am sure we have not seen the last of.
The Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox is a real stunner. Pretty much perfection across the board, colors are bold and saturated, detail is amazing, and the sharpness is unbelievable. The Croods is first rate animation at its best and will definitely be a show stopper in your home theatre.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.