Now with an intro from the directors!
My scattered, sleep-deprived thoughts:
I am so, so thrilled by this trailer! It's captivating. It's beautiful. And how cool is it that DreamWorks chose a tone of wonder and adventure instead of aiming for an imagined lowest common denominator and/or piling on the 'tude?
The scale of everything is awesome. The first time that parrot/turtle mash-up flies overhead...whoa. And when the trailer quickly cuts through the various environments that the Croods will encounter, my eyeballs went into sugar shock. Seeing this on the big screen will surely be something special.
Family. The fact that the WHOLE TRAILER was centered on the family only heightened my hopes that this will be yet another Chris Sanders (and Kirk De Micco!) masterpiece. Sanders' thematic specialty thus far has been the exploration of fractured families. His silly and sensitive insights into the endless struggles of keeping a family together are what made me first fall in love with his work. The Croods looks to continue this exploration.
The Croods themselves look great. In Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, McCloud says something to the effect of, 'The more cartoony the character, the more it allows the reader (or viewer) to personally identify with them.' Thankfully, Sanders and De Micco have chosen an unabashedly animated approach to their leads' looks. No photo-realistic faces is good faces, I always say. (Well, I will from now on, anyway.)
Did I mention BEAUTIFUL?
Commenter Bob summed this all up perfectly, saying, "The trailer was everything I thought it was going to be and maybe even more."
What do y'all think?