The Croods parents guide

The Croods Parent Guide

Despite the limited thoughts the cavemen characters supposedly have, they are never short on heart.

Overall A-

The Crood family (voices of Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener) lives by one rule: Don't try anything new. But when their prehistoric world begins to crumble, the whole clan is forced out of the cave and into a strange new world.

Release date March 22, 2013

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is The Croods rated PG? The MPAA rated The Croods PG for some scary action.

Run Time: 99 minutes

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Every dad likely feels like a troglodyte in the eyes of his children at one point or another, but Grug (voice by Nicholas Cage) really is a cave man. And as the father of the sole surviving family in their community he’s determined to protect his wife (voice by Catherine Keener) and offspring, even if it means spending most of their time in a dark, cold cave.

His daughter Eep (voice by Emma Stone), however, yearns for sunshine and adventure. In the eyes of her parent, her curiosity is her biggest weakness in their hostile environment. But while Grug is prepared to protect his daughter from wild beasts and falling rocks, he hasn’t made provisions for Guy (voice by Ryan Reynolds). The handsome young Neanderthal (aptly named to represent every boy who steals a daughter’s heart from her father) shows up with a new invention called fire and a warning that the world is about to end.

True to Guy’s prediction, the family’s world, at least as they know it, ends when their cave is destroyed and they are forced to set out on a family road trip to find a new dwelling.

Like the redheaded heroine in Brave, Eep strains against parent-imposed limits and rules. But she never puts her family at risk in quite the same way. The journey to find a new way of life becomes a family adventure for the Croods with each individual growing and contributing. Even Eep’s little brother Thunk (voice by Clark Duke), her baby sister Sandy (voice by Randy Thom) and her grandmother (voice by Cloris Leachman) evolve by the end of this story.

Their adventures, replete with great humor for both children and adults, give viewers plenty to laugh about. However the youngest of audience members may be frightened by the occasional peril from lightening, flesh-eating flowers and hungry animals that these cave dwellers are exposed to. Rocks, sticks and fists also become weapons in the hands of the Croods and although most attacks are aimed at beasts, the occasional punch is thrown between family members.

The script also promotes a few ideas that parents may take exception to, such as the closer you are to the edge the more you can see, hear and feel. The truth is you’re also more likely to fall over the cliff. But although the struggle for typical teen independence fuels much of this storyline, no bridges are irreparably burned in this prehistoric tale.

Despite the limited thoughts the characters supposedly have, they are never short on heart. And while the Croods may be simple in terms of modern lifestyles, they are a pretty sophisticated group when it comes to appreciating the value of family.

Directed by Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman. Running time: 99 minutes. Theatrical release March 22, 2013. Updated

The Croods
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Croods rated PG? The Croods is rated PG by the MPAA for some scary action.

Violence: A character’s clothes start on fire. Flames sweep across the landscape burning everything. An earthquake causes rocks to fall and threaten the lives of several characters. A character pulls out a knife as protection from a threatening human. Family members tussle and argue on several occasions. Characters are chased by a wild bird after attempting to steal her egg. A character is hit by lightening twice. A character rolls off the edge of a cliff. Characters burn themselves and are cut by sharp rocks. Characters experience infrequent slapstick style violence and mild peril. One character chokes another.

Sexual Content: A female character wears a slightly scanty outfit. Dad’s underwear is exposed after an altercation with a wild animal.

Language: None noted.

Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.

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The Croods Parents' Guide

What things do the Croods do to protect themselves against animals and the elements? What measures does you family take to keep everyone safe? How does this family work together to ensure their survival?

Why is Eep more willing to listen to Guy than her father? Does a girl/woman’s allegiance always change when she falls in love? What does Guy do to strengthen the relationship between Eep and her father?

How does Grug show love to his family? Is it a parent’s role to worry about their offspring? In what other ways do fathers (and mothers) show love for their children? How can changes to environmental, physical and economic circumstances affect families?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Croods movie is October 1, 2013. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Croods

Release Date: 1 October 2013

The Croods releases to home video in the following packages:

The Croods: Blu-ray Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray/DVD/ Digital Copy) includes:

- Belt plush toy (limited time only)

- Feature film in high definition

- The Croodaceous Creatures of Croods! – Find out more about your favorite Croods creatures!

- Be An Artist! – Now you can draw Belt, Macawnivore and Mousephant

- The Croods Coloring & Storybook Builder App

- Belt’s Cave Journal – Take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat

- Belt’s Cave Journal – Take a journey with Belt and Guy as they rescue a Jackrobat

- World of DreamWorks Animation – Music videos from your favorite DreamWorks Animation feature films

The Croods Blu-ray 3D Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray 3D/ Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) offers:

- Feature film in high definition and 3D

- All the Blu-ray and DVD content listed above

The Croods DVD (single disc DVD):

- Belt plush toy (limited time only)

- Feature film in standard definition

- Belt’s Cave Journal

- Croods Cuts (Lost Scenes)

- World of DreamWorks Animation

- Previews

Related home video titles:

Other groups discover the diversity of the prehistoric world in the Ice Age Franchise, The Land Before Time franchise and the live action movie (that tries to have a more serious outlook) 10,000 BC.

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