My multimillion dollar arch-nemesis, Entertainment Weekly, has released even MORE exclusive info about The Croods. Less than a day after dropping a close-up photo of the Crood clan, EW is back with a looong article detailing the film's plot, providing character profiles, and offering two head-to-toe shots of Ryan Reynolds' character, Guy.
Hoping to keep you coming back to this site (instead
of abandoning us forever in favor of Time Warner's puppet periodical),
I've cut and pasted some choice quotes from directors Chris Sanders and
Kirk DeMicco below.
After continental drift smashes open their cave and leaves them
wandering over landscapes such as the floor of a now-empty ocean, the
Crood family encounters every protective parent’s worst nightmare — a
guy (named Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who wins their daughter’s heart
by showing her how to start fires.
“This is the world’s first family road trip,” says Kirk DeMicco.
“Our cavemen are very gifted,” Sanders adds. “They can run 40 miles
an hour, can throw a rock many many miles. Physically they’re very
capable, but mentally we have a lot of beginner minds.”
“They’re not dumb, but they’re like kids,” DeMicco adds. “They have
literal minds that have blindspots. When they see fire for first time,
they think it’s alive.”
Crave more character info? I call 'em talking points, some say they're spoilers:
Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage): The filmmakers call him
the animated caveman version of well-meaning but hopelessly outdated
cinematic dads such as Steve Martin in Father of the Bride or Spencer Tracy in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
“Everyone deals with change in their family, and who deals with change
more than a father with kids growing up?” says DeMicco.
Eep (voiced by Emma Stone): “Of all The Croods, she was
the one who liked the cave they lived in the least,” Sanders says. “The
Croods spent much of their time in the dark, and that was Grug’s way of
keeping his family safe. When their cave falls down and they’re forced
to go on this journey, everyone is a little freaked out — but not Eep.”
She’s eager to do some traveling.
Ugga (voiced by Catherine Keener): “She’s probably more
open-minded than Grug when it comes to change, but she’s very much his
partner in this thing,” Sanders says. “For a mom, she has the world’s
hardest job. Keeping this family alive is not easy. Just getting lunch
is a life and death situation.
Sandy the baby: Sanders calls her “half Tasmanian devil
and half child.” She doesn’t speak; growling is more her thing and
Oscar-winning sound designer Randy Thom is building her voice from
compiled creature noises. “She’s still ferocious, still bites, and it’s
kind of the way that Grug wants his kids to be.”
Gran (voiced by Cloris Leachman): “She’s like this
ferocious, almost crocodile-type woman,” DeMicco said. “We always say:
‘She’s older than dirt — some say she’s 45. She has lived a very long
life in a short amount of time.” She is the main antagonist for Grug.
Guy (voiced by Ryan Reynolds): “Guy is human being 2.0; he’s
not as a strong as the Croods but he’s more about using his brain,”
Sanders says. “When they discover he can make fire, they kidnap him,
stick him in a hollow log, and keep him.” [...] Of course, Eep eventually falls for him, and vice versa.“This is
really Grug’s nightmare,” Sanders says. “Guy is full of ideas. Croods
don’t really have ideas.” He introduces the Croods to shoes, for
example, and suggests that life doesn’t have to be lived in a dark cave.
Such ideas make Eep swoon even more.
To read the whole EW piece, click here.
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