Conclusion: An uneven mix of slapstick, action, and family drama, The Croods never comes together as it intends to. It looks sharp and remains harmless, but fails to make a strong, meaningful impression.
Excerpt: The Croods inhabit a world of wacky evolution, where birds are covered in turtles shells and land whales munch on ferns, background events which weigh on this primitive family as progress washes over them.
Conclusion: I was not expecting to be wowed by The Croods , but I did want to see it and I am happy that I did. While not a great animated feature, it is fun for what it is and made better by its solid animation work and moments of cleverness.
Excerpt: The Croods opens with a visual reminder that spiffy digital animation actually belongs to an ancient line of storytelling methods that can be traced back to cave-wall paintings. These doodles helped pass narratives down from one generation to the next.
Excerpt: In the animated adventure-comedy The Croods , the eponymous family of Neanderthals is forced to leave the relative safety of their cave, where they’ve successfully dodged the adapt-or-die proposition that has wiped off their equally less evolved neighbors.