Friday, February 22, 2013

Jim Hill Loves The Croods -- AGAIN!

This is Jim Hill's SECOND positive review of The Croods. His first was back in October, when he called it  "completely charming" and "a skillful mix of comedy and adventure which has plenty of heart." In today's combination review/back-story/Berlinale Film Festival wrap-up, Hill goes even further with his fervor. Reprinted below are a few choice quotes.

You'd think -- given the sophisticated sorts of folks who annually attend the Berlin Film Festival -- that this wouldn't be the sort of crowd which would enthusiastically embrace something as crass-sounding as The Croods. But that's actually what happened last Friday night at the world premiere of this DreamWorks Animation production. As the credits began to roll for this out-of-competition screening, an audience of 2000 got to its feet and began to applaud wildly for this silly, sweet yet surprisingly sophisticated animated feature.

And...

What makes a lot of the prehistoric animals that appear in The Croods so much fun is that they've been filtered through Chris Sanders' unique design sensibility. Anyone who remembers Disney's Lilo & Stitch, Toothless from DWA's March 2010 release, How to Train Your Dragon or who frequents Sanders' own website will know exactly what I'm talking about.

Hill also shares some new quotes from the directors. Here's Chris Sanders discussing The Croods' lack of a traditional villain:

This movie really doesn't have a villain. The thing that keeps pushing our set of characters forward, that constantly challenges them is change. The very ground that they're standing on -- thanks to the continental split -- is constantly changing due to earthquakes and all of these great chasms opening up. So the only way that this family of cavemen can hope to survive amid this upheaval is by embracing change.

And here's Kirk De Micco talking about the The Croods' emotional arc, and the way they structured the film to make this arc all the more powerful:

We deliberately loaded the first two acts of The Croods with fun comic sequences because we wanted the audience to laugh and slowly fall in love with our cavemen characters. Just so -- when we get to [SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!] in Act 3 -- the stakes are suddenly so high that the audience then can't help but get caught up in the emotion of the moment.

To read Hill's full review, click here. Warning: Thar be spoilers!

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