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The Croods — sweeet!

July 11, 2013
Eep Crood reaches for the light. Shoulders like a linebacker, but so cute. Click the image to enlarge it.

Eep Crood reaches for the light. Shoulders like a linebacker and so cute. Click the image to enlarge it.

I just wasn’t prepared for watching The Croods, the Dreamworks 3D animated comedy about a prehistoric family, which was released into theatres this last March, 2013. I didn’t have any tissues, or a paper bag to breathe into — nothing.

By about the 54 minute mark, when the entire clan reach what looks like an ocean, and go swimming — I was all teary-eyed, and giggling uncontrollably and just plain shocked by how emotional I was getting.

At that point I surrendered, and let the film have it’s way with me.

It was an emotional, button-pushing roller coaster. Hard to single out any single aspect for praise, which is good.

Emma Stone’s voice work on Eep was wonderful, as was Eep’s character design, and the way she was animated, but the story, the dialogue, the voice work, and animation was fabulous across-the-board — it was all of a piece — the entire movie. Even Nicholas Cage impressed! Apparently I enjoy his work as long as I don’t have to watch him doing it (he was mostly hidden in costume in Hit Girl).

But while I think The Croods is a great time, I don’t think it’s quite as good as Madagasgar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, released in 2012. Mad’ 3 astonished me with it’s wall-to-wall, end-to-end zaniness. Compared to Pixar,  I still feel Dreamworks bakes too much sugar and high fructose corn syrup into their animated confections, but they are definitely perfecting their recipe.

Merinda from BraveChantel DuBois from Madagasgar 3Eep from The Croods

Why are redheads suddenly so animated?

Why does my dark mocha look funny? Click the image to enlarge it.

My dark mocha looks funny! Click the image to enlarge it.

Red hair and freckles must test well with focus groups; how else to explain the prominent flame-haired heroines in a spate of recent animated films: Merinda in Pixar’s Brave (2012); Captain Chantel DuBois in Dreamworks Madagasgar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012), and Eep Crood in Dreamwork’s The Croods (2013). I don’t mind in the least, I think ginger makes everything better.

I pondered this while sipping a decidedly brown haired, extra hot dark mocha at the Waves coffee shop at the corner of West Broadway Avenue and Spruce Street.

Here’s a really good blog post about seeing the film, and what’s behind John Cleese’s writing credit

From → Animation, Films

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