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The Croods March 22, 2013
The Croods
Studio: Dreamworks
Rating: PG for some scary action.

Once upon a time there was Pixar.

Everything they did was fantastic and no one really challenged them. Well, Pixar is still putting out great animated films but they are no longer alone at the top.

Dreamworks continues to raise its game with its latest animated release, "The Croods".

Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman lend their voices to this prehistoric tale where a father named Grug )(Cage) shields his family from the outside world.

His lessons and stories are simple. New is always dangerous and you should never not be afraid. But when disaster strikes and the clan is forced to abandon its cave. they discover a brave new world with unknown perils.

Grug's daughter Eep (Stone) is always pushing boundaries and that gets even worse when she meets Guy (Reynolds). He's a little farther down the evolutionary line and has very different ideas about how to live his life.

I really enjoyed "The Croods" for a number of reasons. First of all, it's a sweet story. The lessons of love, family bonds and trust aren't preachy. Instead, they're told naturally without being forced on you. The voice work is great. Cage is perfect as the dad who is stranded outside of his comfort zone, Stone is the typical frustrated teen and Reynold's personality shines through his smarter than your average caveman character.

Additionally, the animation is spectacular. Some of the scenes look photo realistic. The landscapes are imaginative and resemble an alien world populated with bizarre animals which are both sweet and scary.

There are several scenes, especially as you near the climax, which put a smile on my face. And I'm betting you'll like them too.

Do yourself and your family a favor and spend some time with "The Croods."

On my rating scale, "The Croods" hits a HOME RUN.

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