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This movie is about a family adventure that gave me tears and joy.

A caveman and his family are forced to change because the earth is changing. They Croods are the last prehistoric family left to fend for themselves against the animals and elements. Everyone in the family goes by the simple rule "Fear keeps us Alive." The family hunts for food, including the super hyper 4-year-old Sandy.

Grug (Nicolas Cage) is the father and his job is to take care and protect his family. Eep (Emma Stone) is the teenage daughter who always wants to be free to roam around. One day she sneaks out at night to follow the light and meets Guy (Ryan Reynolds) who is really skinny and super smart. Guy will forever change the Croods' lives.

The plot in this movie made me laugh, think, cry and laugh again. I like the way they make Eep look like a normal healthy girl instead of a skinny "princess" like girly look. They make Guy a super skinny dude who needs belt to hold up his pants. My favorite part of the movie is when the family escape from danger - Grug always counts and makes sure everybody is safe. He likes to stop at 4 but Gran always come out alive as number 5.

The special effects in this movie are so great. You can see the landscape, rocks and larva as if they are real. The 3-D effects makes everything so close that you want to reach out your hands to touch it.

The cinematography shows how beautiful the earth is. It is filled with rocks, beautiful bright flowers, lush jungle, bright stars and the sun. There are so many different animals in this movie. All the animals are so detailed with colors, feathers, stripes and they are all so cute, even the dangerous ones.

The only part I did not like is when the creatures are trying to catch the family for food. This part with 3-D effects seems too real with all the sharp teeth and claws. I was so scared when the claws come out so sharp and so close to you.

The message in this movie is to face fear and accept changes.

My favorite character is Sandy. She is a hyper creature in this very cute baby body. She's a great hunter and so cute.

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18. Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen, age 9, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Want to do something new that won't get you killed? Well then, this hilarious movie is for you! Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco, this film has been five years in the making. This animated movie is the first animated movie about a family from Dreamworks, and they hit a home run with it. This film captures the voice over work of some of Hollywood's biggest stars. With Nicholas Cage as Grug, the father of the Crood clan; Catherine Keener as Ugga, the mother; Emma Stone as their daughter Eep; Clark Duke as their son Thunk; Sandy Thorn as the adorable yet terrifying baby Sandy; and Cloris Leachman as Gran.

This film is about a pre-historic family that may have their differences but in the end, family comes first and they work through any problems. Follow them on a comedic adventure as they venture through a world entirely new to them and see how the adventure kicks in when they meet Guy, a pre-historic genius caveboy (Ryan Reynalds.)

My favorite character is hard to choose because this is an amazing film and I love the entire Crood family because they are so relatable. They fight and make fun of each other and have fun together, but you can still see that they love each other and that reminds me of my family. No one scene stands out as my favorite, because this film is so entertaining from beginning to end. There is also a great message that this film delivers in telling you to not be afraid of change. Be fearless and go out and live life to its fullest. The animation in this film is extremely well done, from the detail in the animals fur, to the how realistic the water looks. Dreamworks Animation does a phenomenal job with this film and the 3D was outstanding. Alan Silvestri composed the original music for this film and does a great job in capturing the tone of every scene.

This film is great for the entire family, it's a family film about a family! I rate this film a 5 out of 5 stars because it was just one of the best animated movies I have ever seen. I can't wait for this film to come out on Blu-ray so I can buy it and watch it again! Remember, "ride the sun into tomorrow." Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

This animated film is incredibly funny and is a joy to watch.

Eep (Emma Stone) and her family are the classic cave people. They grunt when they get mad, they have never seen fire and they hunt with their bare hands. They are stuck in a cave by their family leader, husband and father, Grug (Nicolas Cage.) The reason Grug is having his family stay in the cave is to keep them safe and away from harm. One night Eep, the oldest daughter, lets curiosity get the best of her and finds out that the earth is starting to end and they have to find higher ground to survive. Will they accept the challenge or will they keep hiding in their cave?

I really like this film. It's very funny and keeps me laughing at the different situations and scenes. I feel a wide range of emotions as I go from hysterically laughing to a little crying. I absolutely love the 3D animation. It's vivid in colors with the scenes of the landscape, nature and animals in great depth. This is such a fantastic plot and I really like the characters. My favorite character is Eep because she is very brave, curious and just wants a real life. My favorite scene is when Eep is introducing herself and her family from her point of view. I like how she is telling the viewers how life is like for them.

"The Croods" is rated PG with Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train your Dragon) directing it. It also stars the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds (Guy), Catherine Keener (Ugga), Cloris Leachman (Gran) and Clark Duke (Thunk). This is DreamWorks first animated film about a family going trough and dealing with changes.

A big message in this film is that change is not always a bad thing. In addition, it's always good to listen to your parents because they know what's best for you.

I recommend "The Croods" for ages 6 to 15 but adults will also enjoy it too.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars. It has great detail in the animation and makes me laugh a lot.

Join the adventure and explore the outside world with "The Croods". Brianna Hope Beaton, Age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

"The Croods" tells the story of a caveman family who has survived longer than any of their neighbors because they follow the simple rules of survival. One: stay in the cave; two: stay together; and three: never not be afraid. But when the world starts to change, so does their life. The Croods now have to travel to a new land and break all the rules they once lived by with the help of a new companion, Guy (Ryan Renolds.) Will the Croods make it on their journey of a lifetime, or will their old ways hold them back?

I love this movie! It's actually a lot better than I thought it would be. I especially love the animation and 3D because there is so much attention to detail. The 3D is wonderful because it takes scenes that would otherwise be dull and adds really interesting visuals that pop. For example, there is a scene when the earth is shifting and there is quite a bit of dust, instead of it being a non-memorable shot, they add 3D dust particles everywhere that really make the imagery come to life. I also enjoyed the creativity of the animation. I was expecting the animals to be the typical prehistoric creatures you might see in a caveman film, but they are actually so cute and creative. They seemed to mix two separate species into one, like flying turtles, piranha birds, walking whales and rainbow tigers. The film is very visually entertaining.

I love all the characters in this film because they all play such an important role and they all have such unique and interesting interactions with each other. Eep (Emma Stone), is the rebellious teenager who doesn't want to listen to her father. She falls for Guy and I like her because I can completely relate to her and her relationship with her dad. Then there is Grug (Nicholas Cage) who is the protective father. He wants to follow the ways that he has always known, but gets envious that his family is following the strange instructions of Guy instead of the leader of the family. Thunk (Clark Duke) is Eep's younger brother. He always listens to his fathers rules and is very cautious and hilarious. Sandy (Randy Thom), is the crazy baby sister who is always attacking the rest of the family. She acts more like a dog then a toddler. Gran (Cloris Leachman) is the grandma of the family. She is so rambunctious and lively and Grug is always trying to find ways to finally make her die so he doesn't have to deal with his wife's mother, but Gran never passes away. Ugga is the protective yet understanding mother voiced by Catherine Keener. And last but not least is Guy (Ryan Reynolds) as the new age caveman who helps the Croods on their journey and has to put up with their strange methods of survival.

My favorite scene is when the Croods come into jungle for the first time because you get a look at all the creatively designed creatures and environment. Overall I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is funny, touching and a perfect family film. It shows a wonderful and surprisingly realistic family dynamic and it made me burst out laughing, as well as bringing me to tears. I recommend this movie for ages 6 and up, so be sure to head to your nearest theater to embark on a journey with "The Croods!" Raven Devanney, age 15, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

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The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures -- and their outlook is changed forever. Starring Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone.
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