I almost didn’t go see The Croods. When I was just seeing the stand-ups and posters in the theaters, it didn’t appeal to me. Cavemen really do little for me – how many jokes can you make about them, anyway? Early clips and trailers did little to disuade me from that notion. What actually got me interested was seeing that Chris Sanders was behind it. Lilo and Stitch and How to Train your Dragon are big hits around here, and enjoyable for all ages, so I took the two oldest kids to check it out. Everybody loved it. Sure, it had some old jokes, but old jokes are still funny if well executed. There’s more heart here than you realize – it kind of sneaks up on you in classic Chris Sanders fashion.
If you’re looking for a good family movie to see while you’re waiting for Despicable Me 2 or Monsters University, this is it. Bring a few tissues, and prepare to ooh and aah at the visuals.