The Croods (franchise)

The Croods is a media franchise made by DreamWorks Animation. The franchise began with the 2013 film The Croods, and has since grown to include a sequel, The Croods: A New Age; two television series, Dawn of the Croods and The Croods: Family Tree; and two video games.

The Croods
The Croods logo.svg
Created by
OwnerDreamWorks Animation
(Universal Pictures)
Years2013-present
Films and television
Film(s)
Animated series
Games
Video game(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)

The franchise involves a family of cavepeople, the titular Croods, as they traverse the prehistoric Pliocene era of Earth history known as "The Croodaceous", a prehistoric period which contains prehistoric creatures after they encounter the genius Guy while trekking through the dangerous but exotic land in search of a new home.

Feature filmsEdit

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Story by Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
The Croods March 22, 2013 Chris Sanders & Kirk DeMicco John Cleese, Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders Kristine Belson and Jane Hartwell
The Croods: A New Age November 25, 2020 Joel Crawford Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan Mark Swift

The Croods (2013)Edit

The Croods is a 2013 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox, set in a fictional prehistoric Pliocene era known as "The Croodaceous" (a prehistoric period which contains fictional prehistoric creatures) when a caveman's position as a "Leader of the Hunt" is threatened by the arrival of a prehistoric genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions as they trek through a dangerous but exotic land in search of a new home.[1] The film was originally announced in May 2005, under the working title Crood Awakening,[2] originally a stop motion film being made by Aardman Animations.[3]

Chris Sanders took over development of the film in March 2007;[4] however, development of How to Train Your Dragon postponing its original schedule for a year to a then planned March 2012.[5] The film's final title, The Croods, was revealed in May 2009, along with new co-director, Kirk DeMicco.[6][7] The film features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, and Randy Thom.

The Croods: A New Age (2020)Edit

The Croods: A New Age is a 2020 American sequel to the 2013 film The Croods, again produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, following the Croods after leaving their cave in the first film as they encounter their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family called the Bettermans.[8]

The film was scheduled for a September 2020 release, but the release date was moved to November 25, 2020.[9] Along with the returning cast of the first film, the film features the voices of Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran, Tran replacing Kat Dennings.[10]

Television seriesEdit

Series Seasons Episodes First released Last released Showrunner(s) Network(s)
Dawn of the Croods 4 52 December 24, 2015 July 7, 2017 Brendan Hay Netflix
The Croods: Family Tree 3 19 September 23, 2021 Airing Mark Banker and Todd Grimes Hulu/Peacock

Dawn of the Croods (2015–2017)Edit

A 2D-animated web television series prequel to the film, titled Dawn of the Croods, aired on Netflix between December 24, 2015[11] and July 7, 2017. A total of 88[12] episodes each consisting of 2 11-minute segments were released. The cast featured new voice actors for the characters of Grug (Dan Milano), Ugga (Cree Summer), Eep (Stephanie Lemelin), Thunk (A.J. Locascio), Sandy (Grey Griffin), Gran (Laraine Newman), and Guy (Dee Bradley Baker).[13] The first three episodes were animated in Toon Boom Harmony by Vancouver's Bardel Entertainment.[14][15] DreamWorks soon found that Harmony was not the best fit for animating scenes that contained multiple characters at once.[15] The rest of the episodes were traditionally hand-drawn by South Korean studios: EMation, NE4U, and Dong Woo Animation.[15] On July 9, 2017, executive producer Hay confirmed that the then recently-released fourth season of Dawn of the Croods had been its last.[16]

The Croods: Family Tree (2021–present)Edit

On August 31, DreamWorks announced a CGI animated series titled The Croods: Family Tree, based on The Croods: A New Age and will be streaming September 23rd on Hulu and Peacock.[17][18][19] Tran reprises her role as Dawn, while A.J. Locascio reprises his role as Thunk from Dawn of the Croods. The new voice cast features, Amy Landecker as Ugga, Kiff VandenHeuvel as Grug, Ally Dixon as Eep, Artemis Pebdani as Gran, Darin Brooks as Guy, Matthew Waterson as Phil, and Amy Rosoff as Hope.[20] Mark Banker (from Go, Dog, Go!) and Todd Grimes (from The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants) serve as executive producers and showrunners for the series.[21][22]

Cast and charactersEdit

Characters Feature films Video game Short films Television series
The Croods The Croods:
A New Age
The Croods:
Prehistoric Party!
Belt's Cave Journal Dear Diary: World's First Pranks Family Movie Night: Little Red Bronana Bread Dawn of the Croods The Croods:
Family Tree
Grug Crood Nicolas Cage Chris Parson Nicolas Cage Dan Milano Kiff VandenHeuvel
Eep Crood Emma Stone Stephanie Lemelin Emma Stone Stephanie Lemelin Ally Dixon
Guy Ryan Reynolds Ryan Reynolds Dominic Catrambone Ryan Reynolds Dominic Catrambone Darin Brooks
Gabriel Jack
(young)
Ugga Crood Catherine Keener Elizabeth Keener Catherine Keener Cree Summer Amy Landecker
Thunk Crood Clark Duke A.J. Locascio Clark Duke A.J. Locascio
Gran Cloris Leachman Jodi Carlisle Cloris Leachman Silent role Laraine Newman Artemis Pebdani
Sandy Crood Randy Thom Kailey Crawford Jessica DiCicco Grey Griffin Dee Bradley Baker
Belt Chris Sanders Silent cameo Chris Sanders
Phil Betterman Peter Dinklage Peter Dinklage Matthew Waterson
Hope Betterman Leslie Mann Leslie Mann Amy Rosoff
Dawn Betterman Kelly Marie Tran Kelly Marie Tran Kelly Marie Tran
Sash James Ryan Silent cameo Dee Bradley Baker
Shaman Monkey Januel Mercado
Bud Dan Milano
Womp
Pat Cree Summer
Clip
Pup Howler
Baitsy A.J. Locascio
Steve
Lerk Grey Griffin
One-Eyed Amber Laraine Newman
Mosh
Pram
Bulk Dee Bradley Baker
Squawk
Bearowl
Moler Bear
Tyrannaconda
Mow
Earl
Old Man Root
Yelp
Sulk Dominic Catrambone
Kevin
Fan
Night Mare
Ow the Dentist
Bag
Little Mantrap Jim Cummings
Meep Boor Ana Gasteyer
Crud Thomas Lennon
Munk
Snoot Boor Chris Parnell
Gurg Christian Slater

CrewEdit

Role The Croods The Croods: A New Age
2013 2020
Director(s) Chris Sanders
Kirk DeMicco
Joel Crawford
Producer(s) Kristine Belson
Jane Hartwell
Mark Swift
Writer(s) Screenplay:
Kirk DeMicco
Chris Sanders
Story:
John Cleese
Kirk DeMicco
Chris Sanders
Screenplay:
Dan Hageman
Kevin Hageman
Paul Fisher
Bob Logan
Story:
Kirk DeMicco
Chris Sanders
Composer(s) Alan Silvestri Mark Mothersbaugh
Editor(s) Eric Dapkewicz
Darren T. Holmes
James Ryan
Studio(s) DreamWorks Animation
Distributor(s) 20th Century Fox Universal Pictures
Running time 1hr 39mins 1hr 35mins

Additional CrewEdit

TV series Detail
Composer Production
companies
Distributor Network Running time
Dawn of the Croods Gabriel Mann, Rebecca Kneubuhl DreamWorks Animation Television NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Netflix Netflix 22 minutes per episode
The Croods: Family Tree Hannah Parrott NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Hulu/Peacock

ReceptionEdit

Box office performanceEdit

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other
territories
Worldwide
The Croods March 22, 2013 $187,168,425 $400,036,894 $587,205,319 $135 million [23]
The Croods: A New Age November 25, 2020 $58,568,815 $157,337,000 $215,905,815 $65 million
Total $245,737,240 $557,373,894 $803,111,134 $200 million

Critical and public responseEdit

Critical and public response of The Croods films
Film Critical Public
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore PostTrak
The Croods 72% (144 reviews)[24] 55 (30 reviews)[25] A[26]
The Croods: A New Age 77% (151 reviews)[27] 56 (30 reviews)[28] A[26] 83%[26]

Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the series, titled The Croods: Prehistoric Party!, was released on March 19, 2013. Developed by Torus Games, Bandai Namco, and published by D3 Publisher, it was adapted for Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo DS. The game enables players to take the members of the Croods family on an adventure through 30 party style mini games.[29] It received mainly negative reviews.[30][31][32][33]

A mobile game, titled The Croods, which is a village-building game, was developed and published by Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds. It was released on March 14, 2013 to the iOS and Android platforms.[34] It received negative reviews from critics, with Metacritic giving it a 40 out of 100.[35]

ChronologyEdit

Chronological order of The Croods' franchise history:

  1. Dawn of the Croods (2015–2017)
  2. The Croods (2013)
  3. Dawn of the Croods series finale (2017)
  4. The Croods: A New Age (2020)
  5. The Croods: Family Tree (2021)

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