The Croods 2 is an upcoming sequel to The Croods. It is set to be released on December 23, 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 initial announcement contained only one detail about the film: the Croods will "face their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family".
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.
- Nicolas Cage as Grugg
- Emma Stone as Eep
- Ryan Reynolds as Guy
- Clark Duke as Thunk
- Catherine Keener as Ugga
- Cloris Leachman as Gran
- Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman
- Leslie Mann as Hope Betterman
- Kelly Marie Tran as Dawn Betterman
On April 17, 2013, DreamWorks Animation had started developing a sequel to the film, with Sanders and DeMicco returning to direct it. According to DeMicco, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, stating, “The cool thing about doing a sequel with a family is it doesn’t have to be just about the leads. There are other stories to be told, such as the story of the mother, Ugga (Catherine Keener). The next one will have a lot to do with motherhood. If this film was the last chapter of the caveman, the second will be the first chapter of society.”
On September 13, 2013, it had been confirmed that Cage, Stone, and Reynolds would reprise their roles in the sequel. On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017. On September 21, 2014, the film's release date was delayed to December 22, 2017.
On 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, while Dennings would voice her daughter, Dawn. It was also confirmed that Keener and Duke would also reprise their roles. On August 9, 2016, nearing NBCUniversal/Comcast's impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed the film from its planned December 22, 2017 release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures in December 2018. On August 23, 2016, it was announced that The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania co-writers Kevin and Dan Hageman will 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. Following this, DeMicco, the co-director of the first film, left the sequel to work on Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation.
On September 19, 2017, DreamWorks and Universal announced that the sequel was back in production with a release date scheduled for September 18, 2020. It was also confirmed that the original actors would reprise their roles. On October 18, 2017, it was announced that Joel Crawford will direct the film with Mark Swift serving as producer.
On October 5, 2018, it was announced that Peter Dinklage had joined the cast to voice Phil Betterman. On April 12, 2019, the film's release date was delayed to December 23, 2020. On October 29, 2019, DreamWorks announced that Kelly Marie Tran had replaced Dennings as Dawn while Mann was still confirmed to be part of the cast.
- The Croods will be the sixth DreamWorks Animation film to become a franchise, after Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls.
- `This also marks DreamWorks Animation's third trilogy to have each installment distributed by a different studio over the years. (Fox distributed the first movie in 2013)
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.
- ↑ https://popculturetimes.com/2020/04/02/the-croods-2-air-date-cast-plot-trailer-and-what-are-the-exciting-fan-theories/
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dreamworks Confirms ‘The Croods’ Sequel Is Back On, And Announces ‘Spooky Jack’, Cartoon Brew, September 19, 2017
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Peter Dinklage Joins Voice Cast Of 'The Croods 2', Deadline, October 5, 2018