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Nicolas Cage Goes Full Caveman In The Trailer For THE CROODS!!

The Kidd here...

There is plenty of beauty to behold in the new trailer for the latest film from DreamWorks Animation, THE CROODS. However, I've got to say that the second I heard Nicolas Cage's voice here, I mentally checked out a bit. There's just something about Cage that doesn't scream overprotective caveman father to me, and, when it comes to animation, if the voice work is distracting me with whose recognizable voice is filling the role, it's tough for me to recover. That's always been my beef with DreamWorks Animation... they tend to go for the bigger star than the right voice.

We'll see if that winds up being the case with THE CROODS come this March.


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Isn't it a little convenient she also has red hair?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I dunno, I've respected Dreamworks a lot more lately, so we'll see how this turns out.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST


    by Jack Black

    is this the DreamWorks from the mirror image?

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

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  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    nic cage's voice

    by Richard

    Really,that pulls you out of the movie? How about the cavemen watching fireworks?

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    wow....that's a bad voice/fit for a caveman.

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    just doesn't work. "She listened to her FAWther..."

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Should have gone live action.

    by Smerdyakov

    Cage is almost a like a caveman now.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    It almost looks like they were living in a cave on Pandora

    by lv_426

    I agree that the Nic Cage voice is a bit jarring, but only because it is so distinctive. Otherwise this could be a fun animated flick. I like the concept anyways. I say the best movie about the origins and early era of mankind is still Quest For Fire.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:41 p.m. CST

    why does every animated movie look like shit

    by Stephen

    am I too old? I must be. I love animation, but i hate sentimental bullshit.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Paul

    That bugged me also

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    You never go Full Caveman!

    by Secretagentnumber6

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    A hot Neanderthal chick is like a hot Down Syndrome chick...

    by ScriptCunt

    It fills me with conflicting feelings...

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Sounds too articulate for a caveman.

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    Should be more like: Gromnak need food! Gromnak smash small animal with stone!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    For a minute I thought Cage was doing a Captain Caveman movie.

    by kindofabigdeal

    You know he would.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    This looks really bad. What happened to Dreamworks?


    Not to mention Nick Cage.

  • I'm so tired of animation studios going for big names instead of really excellent voice acting. Sometimes it works, as in when PIXAR uses guys like Ed Asner and women like Ellen DeGeneres, but I miss the days when guys like Mel Blanc were the norm.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Ever hear the story of Caveman Elk??

    by Ali Kerim Bey

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Cabin in the Croods

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    So, it's Tangled meets Brave with a dash of Up?

    by Lou Stools

    Actually, Cage's voice makes it unintentionally hilarious! Like most of his roles. Also, I'd take Dreamworks over Pixar any day. Pixar is going too Disney-schmaltzy!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    It's too bad this didn't stay in Aardman's control.

    by Royston Lodge

    I coulda enjoyed it as claymation.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by christpunchers2007

    Cage's voice is too distinct to fit into that caveman.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • ...And if this started as Aardman this could be good

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    This move sucks!

    by jp

    I have seen it.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    Looks awful and tiresome. Gee, kids, be sure to pursue adventure because your parents are well-meaning but just plain wrong. Especially if you are a spunky red-headed girl named Eve(nudge-nudge, wink-wink)! Tangled, Brave, Up, same fucking story time after time. YAWN. And on what planet did primitive man interact with an environment remotely like that? Happy to admit my ignorance but I don't recollect the fossil record showing much of an idyll. More like, try not to get eaten today so you can make wufta fufta tonight and whelp out a bunch of offspring before something kills you. Stupid, stupid, stupid. Unless, of course, they show Jesus on a dinosaur. Then I'm fucking all in.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    it's their brave..blah blah blah

    by nephilim138

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Makes me continue to long for a solid cave man movie...

    by BeanGrud

    Cavemen, dinosaurs, sabertooths, mammoths - that's great source material. I wish hollywood would pull their heads from their butts and do it right.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    strangely that looks pretty good

    by D o o d

    I'll spend my dollar since Pixar isn't giving us anything!

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Dreamworks wants to be Pixar SOOOOO badly.

    by vanchimera

    Cant' do it, guys, this doesn't look like something I'd ever watch. Shame, because there needs to be other games in town.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    That's an extremely unfair comment. I'm no huge fan of most of Dreamworks films but they did manage to pull it off with Shrek (first one ONLY), Kung Fu Panda (first one ONLY), How to Train Your Dragon. I love Pixar, but Cars and then Cars 2, really?

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:01 p.m. CST


    by pr0g2west

    Who cares if Nick Cages doesn't fit your idea of what a caveman should sound like? Maybe he isn't the stereotypical "overprotective caveman father" in this film...have you seen it? Also i'm guessing that this film is aimed towards children, and most children don't know who Nick Cage is. Stop thinking about yourself and attaching negativity to something that you have no idea what it is yet.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Name That Rune.

    by Snookeroo

    What a bunch of characters.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Looks solid

    by craig

    This is one of the best trailers I've seen for an animated movie in awhile.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:17 p.m. CST

    dreamworks animated movies also go to the nope file for me

    by Prooth

    They always look really poorly done and the stories and characters have the nuance of bad tv shows on ABC and CBS.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    I've seen a rough version of the final movie...spoilers

    by Redhead_Redemption

    The film starts out OK, but once they find the "magic land" (as it's called by the croods) the film becomes pretty weak and the fish out of water plot becomes tired after about 15 minutes. The real kicker for me that ruins the movie is when the family ends up going forward in time and we see them at the bronx zoo getting into all kinds of mischief before the film basically ends with New York adopting the family as the newest zoo exhibit Unless they fix the third act, dreamworks has a dud on their hands..but who knows how box office will turn out

  • Why do they keep doing this? 'Bolt' - ending is happy Mom & daughter and dog & cat and the EVIL HUSBAND was kicked out of the house. 'Monsters Vs Aliens', groom is cowardly weakling and heroine kicks him out so she can be with her 'monster' (a thin metaphor, for sure) friends. 'Brave' - boys and clumsy and stupid and useless and the princess has zero need of them. 'I will compete for my own hand!'. Jesus Titty-fucking Christ. Do we not have enough arrogant, narcissistic women in the world? Do we have to train the next generation up to hate men and believe in the 'women are nothing but wonderful' bullshit? Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer once said, 'if it had been up to women to invent civilization we would still be living in mud huts'. I guess she just grew up before hollywood began its PC indoctrination. Men are stupid, evil, useless. Girls are brave and strong and smart. Got it. OK? I FUCKING GOT IT?

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Wow Redhead, that's a pretty depressing ending.

    by Smerdyakov

    Kind of like Slaughterhouse 5

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    This movie is

    by Brank Hud

    one part Plato's Allegory of the cave, one part Genesis, one part New Age horseshit. And it all takes place on Pandora.

  • Seriously, I mean, what the fuck was up with the that Cars bullshit. Owen Wilson? Get the fuck out of here. And a sequel? Are they fucking insane? Now Pixar...those guys can do a sequel. Kung Fu Panda 2 was pitch perfect. I can't believe Dreamworks was stupid enough to try to sell their shitty car sequel in the same weekend as that. ... No, wait...

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Christopher Walken should have played that caveman.

    by CodeName

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by superman76

    It's nice to see someone else with the brains to see that the pendulum has swung WAY too far and that almost invariably it seems that men in commercials, TV shows, and movies are portrayed as bumbling idiots (unless they're minority men of course) that strong, independent women have to put up with. Indoctrination at its most pernicious. By the way, I have a couple Camille Paglia books and she is a force of nature, man. Tells it like it is.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Chris Sanders is directing. Trailers are irrelevant.

    by glenn_the_frog

    Lilo and Stitch. How to Train Your Dragon. Both were fantastic, as was everything else on his resume that Sanders worked on as a story man, but not director, such as Mulan where he did the screenplay. (He also had a story credit in Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King, but he's a little further down the food chain on those, so its hard to tell how much came from him.) Doesn't matter what commercials the movie throws out, I'm still seeing it opening weekend. And it looks super colorful and full of energy, even if the base plot is super generic princess wants a life of freedom and something more away from her hometown.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I bet there is a sequence where they ride dinosaurs..

    by Jack Black

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    I didn't realize cavemen were such avid rock climbers.

    by Joey Stars

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I liked it.

    by Chain

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Absolutely agree Cage's voice doesn't match

    by Blarg Barfington

    INSTANTLY after seeing his voice on that character, it didn't work. He's done CGI characters before to much success, The Ant Bully for example. Worked great. Here? It just doesn't work, like AT ALL. I don't know if the characters mannerisms aren't correct or what, it just doesn't work. Also...cavemen on Pandora? I don't get it. I thought for sure they were going to walk out into the modern world a la The Village. Although that would have been cliche as hell, I get the feeling it would have been more entertaining.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Nic Cage in Astroboy..

    by GuyJam

    was the worst voice acting ever.

  • Oct. 3, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Emma Stone is no great fit either....

    by kdoc13

    A lot of potential issues. The voices don't fit. Except for Ryan Reynolds, who it took a few minutes on. The obvious comparisons to "Brave." And the story line didn't really seem to be all that good. It's part Brave, part Ice Age, and part Land of the Lost. I have a lot of respect for Chris Sanders, but this one just isn't looking good so far.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    DreamWorks must be confident this won't suck

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Nic Cage's attempts to remain relevant in today's film landscape aside, March 2013 release and an issuance of a trailer in October 2012... someone at the studio must be on their knees praying this doesn't bomb them back into the Stone Age.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I miss real cartoons

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I miss real cartoons

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I miss real cartoons

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I miss real cartoons

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I miss real cartoons

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Crood Runnings

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST


    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    You can say that again! Totally agree.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    HTTYD was their high-water mark. It's all downhill.

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Relax guys, it's set in a fictitious period of history.

    by brokentusk

    I'm not saying it looks amazing, but to bash the trailer based on historical accuracy isn't exactly fair. I know another (extremely popular) cartoon series set in prehistoric times that took extreme liberties with historical accuracy.


  • Oct. 4, 2012, 6 a.m. CST

    So, is this the long-awaited sequel to AVATAR?

    by Mr. Pricklepants

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Maybe they should have got Nick Cave..

    by Righteous Brother

    instead of Nic Cage to do the voice. Geddit? Nick, Cave! CAVE!! Alright I'm outta here.

  • As long as we're doing an Airing of Grievances. If a post has an obnoxious, gimmicky, and somewhat misleading title, it's tough for me to recover and appreciate the opinion of the writer of said post. That's always been my beef with The Kidd.

  • Come on DW. How do you sleep on Perlman for this gig.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    I feel dumber for watching that trailer.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    How the fuck are you going to eat if you never leave the cave. One corner must reek from a big pile of Nic Cage piss and crap. If you want to see a real caveman movie see well Caveman starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Barbara Bach, and Shelley Long. I'm dating myself, but I saw it on the big screen. If you want drama, not comedy in a caveman movie check out Quest for Fire. You'll get your Ron Perlman fix there too. Both of these have been recently added to Netflix's instant picks.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    tboneme, good idea, but a step down for him from Quest for Fire.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Why not make the CGI caveman look like Nic Cage?

    by christpunchers2007

    It would have been way cooler if they gave the caveman Nic's face. A CGI version of the crazy guy is more awesome than this generic shit we're getting. Unless they did the animation before they casted Nic.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Croods is from the director of How To Train your Dragon

    by craig

    Chris Sanders resume suggest that this movie will be better then you think.

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by Robb

    Annnnnd Double Meh. "Never try anything new!" Wow... I'm a Republican.... Caveman! What a thinly veiled attack on Conservativism. Stupid caveman dad is stupid..... and conservative! Young, red haired daughter is brilliant and progressive! Bad stupid male! listen to your child! YAWN

  • Oct. 4, 2012, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Oh, elmoingro

    by Robb

    While I thought How to Train Your Dragon didn't suck, it wasn't brilliant. It was passable. Chris Sanders isn't Hayao Miyazaki.