In 2013, the world was introduced to the first family of the prehistoric era, The Croods.
This Oscar-nominated comedy about a clan dealing with their changing world captivated global audiences, reminding us of the timeless importance of family – and just how little we’ve evolved.
The Croods survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to being forced to come out into the light and leave their cave forever.
But now that the pack has managed to navigate the end of the world, they will face their biggest challenge of all – another family.
In The Croods: A New Age, The Croods need a new place to live, so the family sets off in search of a safer place to call home.
When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved except for one thing – another family already lives there, the Bettermans.
Comedy legend Leslie Mann voices Hope Betterman: “She believes that she is better in every way than everyone else. She thinks that she knows best, but, she doesn’t always know best.”
Clark Duke voices the Croods’ son, Thunk: “The Croods are really rough and tough, and rough around the edges, and this new family are basically yuppies.”
When the The Bettermans invite the Croods into their home, filled with creature comforts, the culture clash is amplified as director Joel Crawford explains: “Once we’ve discovered this moment of them coming across another family, it seemed like the perfect thing to challenge every aspect of their world view.
“Especially this family that has this better life and [The Bettermans] introduce Thunk to a window, which is essentially a tablet.”
Ryan Reynolds voices Guy, who has been developing a romantic relationship with The Croods’ eldest daughter Eep, voiced by Emma Stone, and their union becomes complicated when Guy is reacquainted with the Betterman’s awkward daughter Dawn voiced by Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran.
As Emma Stone explains about her character: “She’s learning a lot about herself, about love and heartbreak and making a new friend for the first time outside of her own family.”
Eep and Dawn hit it off despite their differences, and seek out adventure beyond the village walls, much to the dismay of their respective parents.
But it turns out the Bettermans built the wall around their home for a reason, and the two families must join forces to face off against a dangerous threat before it is too late.
With different parenting styles on display in the film, it begs the question: how do you know if you are a good parent?
“I guess how our kids turn out, right?” Leslie Mann laughs.
“So if we have really weird kids we know that we were a bad parent. If we have mean kids who are abusing the animals then we’ve done a bad job.”
The Croods: A New Age is in cinemas from Boxing Day, with advance screenings on now.
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