- “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
The Croods: A New Age (also known as The Croods 2) is a sequel to The Croods (2013) that is DreamWorks Animation's 39th feature film. It was released on November 25, 2020. The movie had originally been cancelled after the purchase of DreamWorks by Universal Pictures on November 11, 2016, but was announced as being back in production on September 19, 2017.
The film received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success, grossing $166 million worldwide on a $65 million budget.
The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world 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. The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family. Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
As of June 2018, only the following actors have been announced. On October 5, 2018, Peter Dinklage has joined the cast. On May 21, 2015, Leslie Mann has joined the cast. On October 29, 2019, Kelly Marie Tran has join the cast and has replaced Kat Dennings.
- Emma Stone as Eep Crood
- Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood
- Ryan Reynolds as Guy
- Clark Duke as Thunk Crood
- Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood
- Cloris Leachman as Gran
- Chris Sanders as Belt
- Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman
- Leslie Mann as Hope Betterman
- Kelly Marie Tran as Dawn Betterman
- James Ryan as Sash
- TBA as Spiny Mandrilla
In April 2013, DreamWorks Animation announced a sequel to the film The Croods, with Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco set to return as directors.
In September 2013, it had been confirmed that Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds would reprise their roles in the sequel as Grug, Eep, and Guy from the first film. In February 2014, DeMicco stated, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, making it "the first chapter of society," expanding on the first film, which he said is about "the last chapter of the caveman." On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017. In August 21, 2014, the film was pushed back to December 22, 2017. In May 21, 2015, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings had joined the voice cast. Mann would lend her voice to an upscale mother of a rival family named Hope Betterman, while Dennings was set to voice her daughter, Dawn, are also reported that Catherine Keener and Clark Duke are reprising their roles as Ugga and Thunk. On August 9, 2016, nearing NBCUniversal/Comcast's impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed the film from the release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures December of 2018. In August 23, 2016, are reported that The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania co-writers Kevin and Dan Hageman had been hired to rewrite the script.
On November 11, 2016, DreamWorks announced that production for the sequel was cancelled. According to reports, there had been doubts about proceeding with the project before Universal's acquisition of DreamWorks, and it was DreamWorks' decision to cancel the film.
In September 2017, DreamWorks and Universal revealed that the movie was back in production with a release date scheduled for September 18, 2020. However, DeMicco, the co-director of the first film, won't be returning as he is directing the film Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation. And it was confirmed that the original actors would reprise their roles. In October 2017, it was reported that Joel Crawford would replace Sanders as director and Mark Swift set to produce. In October 2018, Peter Dinklage was cast in the film to voice the character Phil Betterman. In April 2019, The Croods 2 was delayed and to be released in the United States on December 23, 2020 by Universal Pictures. In October 2019, DreamWorks revealed that Kelly Marie Tran had replaced Dennings as Dawn. In May 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, production of the film shifted to people working at home. In June 2020, “The Croods: A New Age” was trademarked at the USPTO with an additional logo, despite Dreamworks not confirming anything yet.
Main article: The Croods: A New Age/Trivia
Here's some concept artworks from Croods 2 by character designers Joe Pitt and Rune Brandt Bernicke and visual development artists Arthur Fong, Lisa Pisanu, Iuri Lioi, Priscilla Wong, Jayee Borcar, Rachel Tiep-Daniels and Floriane Marchix and Art Director Paul Duncan and production designer Nate Wragg and models by CG Charater Designer Leo Sanchez Barbosa. Here is the animation test by supervising animator Jamaal Bradley and the storynoards by storyboard artist and character designer Rune Brandt Bernicke.
- Peter Dinklage Joins Voice Cast Of 'The Croods 2', Deadline, October 5, 2018
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