Nicolas Cage & Ryan Reynolds Are CG Cavemen, The Croods
by Ethan Anderton
February 25, 2010
From the GEICO cavemen commercials to the failed ABC show and more recently Harold Ramis' lackluster comedy Year One, I've had enough cavemen in my pop culture. But of course since they haven't invaded the computer animated world yet, why not toss more cavemen into the mix? Whether we like it or not, Variety reports Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds will provide their voices for DreamWorks Animation's The Croods, a comedy that pits a prehistoric patriarch (Cage) against a forward-thinking outsider (Reynolds). And, oh joy, Kirk DeMicco who brought us the animated masterpiece Space Chimps is in the director's chair.
Cage will voice the role of Crug, as takes on the uneasy task of taking lead of his family after an earthquake destroys their home. While venturing away from the demolished home, Crug meets Reynolds' vagabonding nomad whose "modern" minded ways are a hit with Crug's clan, especially his eldest daughter. Fortunately, DeMicco isn't directing this all by himself as Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch) is writing and co-directing fresh off another directing collaboration for DreamWorks - How to Train Your Dragon. Even better news is that John Cleese helped develop The Croods with DeMicco, so maybe we should disregard Space Chimps and give him a second chance. We'll have to wait awhile though since it won't be out until 2012, in 3D of course.
Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
Not enough info, but could be fun. I actually like Cage when he's good. As always, trailer will decide for me.
Nada Nuff on Feb 25, 2010
Even Cage's voice overs are lame....proving his inability to act.
Clover on Feb 25, 2010
Nicolas Cage will finally get to wear a wig that'll fit the film, gasp!
Eric on Feb 25, 2010
I still like Cage always will and Reyonlds is a great actor so I'm in.
Xerxex on Feb 25, 2010
I liked this idea better when it was Crood Awakening, made by Aardman with John Cleese as the aplha male of the village, and Eric Idle as the nerdy caveman that suddenly becomes popular when he invents fire. Going from that to Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds is like a bad joke. But then Aardman had to give all their upcoming movie concepts to DreamWorks in order to break away from them two films early. Good thing too; Dreamworks was killing their films (poor Flushed Away never had a chance, strangled before it was even born).
Mark on Feb 25, 2010
Mark Reynolds is on fire right now, so having him in this is a good idea.
Xerxex on Feb 25, 2010
"Reynolds is on fire right now" ... That's how a bad executive casts a movie. They walk into a room and throw names around without thinking about the actual character and what works. Not saying either actor is wrong for the part, because I haven't read the script, but the casting alone doesn't get me excited for the film, whereas the old casting did. It's just DreamWorks casting how they always cast... for names before roles. John Cleese and Eric Idle made sense (especially partnered with stop motion animation). You could see the movie happening just out of that idea coupled with that cast. The best anyone can feel about this current casting is ambivalent... and hope that the trailer will get them a little more excited.
Mark on Feb 26, 2010
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