The Croods (2013) and their colorful journey through evolution
The Croods is a 2013 3D animation about a family of cavemen – the Croods – who are forced to abandon the comfort and safety of their cave after their world starts to collapse.
The animation is voiced by some of Hollywood’s hottest stars; Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds, and gives Barney Rubble a run for his money.
It is directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders and produced by DreamWorks Animation.
Emma Stone plays the curious teenager, Eep, who feels like she is missing out on something. Her constant attraction to things unknown (to her and her family) is constantly irking her over protective father.
Her father Grug (voiced by Cage) is constantly afraid that something bad may happen if he is not around. He is constantly reminding the family that fear is good and that staying hidden in their cave is good. However, his authority comes into question when Eep meets Guy.
Guy, animated by Ryan Reynolds, has characteristics opposite to Grug which seems to attract Eep like a moth to flame. Instead of relying on his strength, he uses his brain and constantly comes up with new ideas to improve life. This amuses Eep even more, much to the anguish of Grug.
The star of the film is Eep and she gets to narrate the story to the audience. This puts into perspective the use of colors in the film.
The Croods starts off with a bland lifeless back setting, which reflects the outlook Eep has on life in her cave. However, when they are forced out of the security of their cave, they are greeted by a new vibrantly colorful world.
The most obvious color used was red which indicated pain and danger. This is represented in the flesh eating birds, pointy sharp coral that stops Grug in his tracks and the large flesh eating plants.
Their world also contains creatures that are curious and confusing like the walking whales, flying piranha birds, flying turtle birds…well, let’s just say evolution is at its infancy.
Unlike the Flintstones’ world which contained dinosaurs, this one contains animals that are still in the process of evolving. It points to an alternative theory of evolution.
For example, Guy isn’t what you would call a caveman. Instead he resembles the modern man. His counterparts, all except for Eep, have strong caveman features. This would represent a coexistence between the species.
Toward the end of the film, we witness a complete evolution (maybe not) of Grug who instead of relying on strength starts to use his brain as well.
If you intend for a deeper analysis of the film then fine. However, The Croods is a colorful, funny and touching tale of family ties (and over protective fathers) and should not be taken too seriously.
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