Thursday, September 6, 2012

THE CROODS (Images + Character Profiles)


Featuring the vocal talents of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Catherine Keener and more, The Croods, is a film that follows an introverted prehistoric family, who find themselves guided out of their cave into this dynamic world by a resourceful newcomer (Reynolds) who may bring more stress than relief to the patriarch (Cage) of the family.

Here's a new look at the whole family in DreamWorks Animation's The Croods (via EW):
Thunk, Gran, Sandy the baby, Ugga, Eep and Grug

And here's some details on each character in the photo, moving from Right to Left, from the directors:

Grug (voiced by Nicolas Cage): The filmmakers call him the animated caveman version of well-meaning but hopelessly outdated cinematic dads such as Steve Martin in Father of the Bride or Spencer Tracy in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. “Everyone deals with change in their family, and who deals with change more than a father with kids growing up?” says DeMicco. “Nic Cage has done a great job of making him likeable, while at the same time overprotective, which is not an easy thing to do.”

Eep (voiced by Emma Stone): “Of all The Croods, she was the one who liked the cave they lived in the least,” Sanders says. “The Croods spent much of their time in the dark, and that was Grug’s way of keeping his family safe. When their cave falls down and they’re forced to go on this journey, everyone is a little freaked out — but not Eep.” She’s eager to do some traveling. “For The Croods, anything new is super scary. New is bad. On this journey, every single thing they come across is going to be new. For Grug, it’s a nightmare. For Eep, it’s the greatest thing that ever happened to her.”

Ugga (voiced by Catherine Keener): “She’s probably more open-minded than Grug when it comes to change, but she’s very much his partner in this thing,” Sanders says. “For a mom, she has the world’s hardest job. Keeping this family alive is not easy. Just getting lunch is a life and death situation. This is the universal thing — dads, moms all want to keep their family safe. ‘How much freedom do I let them have? … I wish I could keep them in sight all the time, because then everything will be okay.”

Sandy the baby: Sanders calls her “half Tasmanian devil and half child.”  She doesn’t speak; growling is more her thing and Oscar-winning sound designer Randy Thom (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant and more) is building her voice from compiled creature noises. “She’s still ferocious, still bites, and it’s kind of the way that Grug wants his kids to be. She’s a survivor. She might be the one to make it better than any of them.”

Gran (voiced by Cloris Leachman): “She’s like this ferocious, almost crocodile-type woman,” DeMicco said. “We always say: ‘She’s older than dirt — some say she’s 45. She has lived a very long life in a short amount of time.” She is the main antagonist for Grug, Nicolas Cage’s pater familias.

Thunk (voiced by Clark Duke, Hot Tub Time Machine): This middle-sibling is described by DeMicco as “6-foot-9, 320 pounds, and 9 years old. He’s so big and so wants to be like his sister and his dad. He has the best heart and the worst coordination.” Though everyone in the family is evolving, Thunk may already be at the zenith of his intellect. (Think of him as the caveman Fredo.) “I don’t think Thunk will ever catch up,” Sanders says. “We love him.”

And finally, there's Guy, voiced by Ryan Reynolds.

Co-director Chris Sanders says, "Guy is human being 2.0; he’s not as a strong as the Croods but he’s more about using his brain. When they discover he can make fire, they kidnap him, stick him in a hollow log, and keep him." But the plan turns out to stir some trouble for the family's leader. Sanders says, "This is really Grug’s nightmare. Guy is full of ideas. Croods don’t really have ideas.” This makes Emma Stone's character fall for him pretty hard. After all, introducing people to the concept of shoes would be a pretty smooth move to get all the cave ladies.

How To Train Your Dragon collaborators Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco are co-directing this prehistoric animated feature film, which was also developed with the help of Monty Python troupe member John Cleese

Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman also voice characters in the DreamWorks Animation film slated to theaters in 3D on March 1st, 2013.

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