The first trailer has arrived for long-awaited sequel The Croods 2: A New Age, heading to screens around seven years after the release of the first film.
We reunite with the first prehistoric family as they embark on a search for a new home. It looks like their hunt may be over when they discover an enclosed paradise, only to learn that it belongs to another family: the Bettermans, who appear to be much more “modern.” Their differences are clear, but they’re all going to have to put them to the side if they’re to survive new threats.
Original voice cast members Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman return, with newcomers including Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage, and Kelly Marie Tran.
The 2013 first film – directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) – was a charming, lively family adventure with nice animation and a lot of heart. It also had a fantastic score by Alan Silvestri – one this writer still has on the playlist.
Fingers firmly crossed for the sequel, which comes with a different creative team; the feature directorial debut for Joel Crawford (a story artist whose credits include Kung Fu Panda movies and The LEGO Movie 2), with a script by Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia scribes Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and The Lego Ninjago Movie scribes Paul Fisher & Bob Logan.
The Croods 2: A New Age will be hitting US cinemas on November 25th. No Australian release date has yet been announced.
Official synopsis for The Croods 2: A New Age:
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.
The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.
The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions reach a breaking point.
Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.
The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.
The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).