Monday, September 24, 2012

Chris Sanders Shares A New Croods Sketch...

...that he drew for a dinner invitation...

...based on an unused storyboard idea.


Around here, this sort of thing regularly passes as news!

For the full story, click here.


  1. A quintessential Chris Sanders drawing to be sure.

    FYI, the first trailer for the movie comes out in October.

  2. Here is further proof about the trailer:

  3. Bob, my boy, YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN. (Keep an eye out for the upcoming blog post with your name in the title. You're web-famous!)

  4. That post epitomizes one of the best qualities of the Sanders approach. He's not describing the caveman menu in terms of it being a cute visual or a funny gag, but in terms of what it would have said about the cave dwellers and the tragic desperation of their subsistence-level existence. Sanders and Deblois approach their work as storytellers, not just as artists: the focus is on how each idea serves the story and whether or not it evokes our empathy as viewers. What I enjoy most about these sketches is looking for insights into a storyteller's mind at work.

    1. Where I was satisfied with a half-assed joke, Richard went and made a damned good point...AS USUAL.

      For those of you tuning in late (or who simply haven't clicked over to Sanders' site for the aforementioned "full story"), here's an excerpt of the text that Sanders' wrote to accompany the sketch:

      "Earlier in the making of this movie we did have a caveman menu. I was quite fond of it, and it made several appearances in my storyboards before ultimately being dropped for good. My caveman menu varied in its appearance, but it was always huge. In its simplest form it was a series of things painted on an outdoor rock wall. The cavemen would gather around it to choose what they would try and hunt for dinner. In it’s final form it was two huge slabs of rock, angled against each other like an open menu. It dwarfed the people that used it. There were only two things pictured, one per page. On the first, a bird, on the other, an egg. Presumably the bird was the same one that had laid the egg. The point being that there were few options in the Croods’ world, all of them being pretty simple. The more subtle message was that the Croods didn’t have a strong hold on life – if that bird ever disappeared the Croods wouldn’t be far behind.

      This drawing would represent a slightly different take on the Crood world. A slightly more comfortable version."

      Thanks for writing that, Richard. I knew when I posted this that I wasn't doing Sanders' commentary nearly enough justice. Now, thanks entirely to you, I feel I have. ;)