The Croods: A New Age starring Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds

The Croods: A New Age is an animation/comedy/adventure film.  The director of the film is Joel Crawford. Crawford has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise.


The movie is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).


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
Cloris Leachman as Gran
Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman
Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman
Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.
Kailey Crawford as Sandy Crood
Chris Sanders as Belt
James Ryan as Sash
Melissa Disney as Guy’s Mom
Joel Crawford as Guy’s Dad
Januel Mercado as Shaman Monkey
Ryan Naylor as Creepo Monkey
Artemis Pebdani as Additional voices


When their cave is destroyed, The Croods search for a new place to live. When they find their new location, another family already lives there. A New Age Trailer introduces a new family the Bettermans.  When The Bettermans take in The Croods, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the two families.  The cavemen family meet a more modern family.  The Bettermans have an elaborate treehouse, amazing inventions, and irrigated acres of fresh produce.

Director Joel Crawford discusses The Croods: A New Age

At its heart, this movie is about friendship. These two very different families learn that their future is brightest together

Nicholas Cage discusses The Croods: A New Age

The Croods family is hilarious and adventuresome both on- and off-screen.  I adore this movie, and I promise you will have fun. I can tell you working with Joel and Mark and the entire production team on this sequel was in the spirit of the movie itself—high energy, a little slapstick, totally inventive and free…with a ton of heart.

Emma Stone discusses her character Eep

I have such a strength crush on her ability to pick stuff up and throw it across the room, plus how she moves at a high speed.  I love that whatever Eep wants to do physically she has the strength to do it.

Ryan Reynolds discusses his character Guy

I love playing around with this character, and I love how open to it Joel was. I really think all films are kind of a ‘waxing-and-waning’ process of creating, discarding and creating again. The script, the production and the editing are all varying degrees of writing, and it’s the thing I love most about my job.

Animation is just inherently different than live action.  It’s a process of whittling and listening to the film as you go. Allowing time to discover new threads and character beats is probably the single best part about working in the genre.

Release Date

The movie will be available on November 25.

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