DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures have just dropped the official trailer for their upcoming animated comedy, The Croods: A New Age, now set for a November 25 release, just in time for Thanksgiving, after last week’s announced move from its originally scheduled December 23 debut.
The sequel features 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 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 long awaited “Croods 2” sequel, as it was known for many years, continues the story of the studio’s 2013 hit, The Croods, which was written and directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders. Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, is directing; Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) joins him as producer.
Early work on the sequel was halted by then Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley in 2016 after NBCUniversal’s DreamWorks Animation purchase; earlier that year, the film’s scheduled summer 2017 release had been pushed by distributor Fox to Christmas. In October 2017, Crawford was announced as the sequel’s director and the film was back on the schedule for a 2020 release.
The film synopsis is as follows:
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to surviving the end of the world, but now they will face their biggest challenge of all: 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 escalate between the cave family and the modern family.
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.
Source: DreamWorks Animation
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.