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THE CROODS has a new trailer!

Hey folks, Harry here...  When I saw the standee for this the other day, I wasn't sure I liked the character designs...   That first trailer set up the family better...  giving us a real solid Pre-Adventure look at the family of Cavemen...   with a tease of what the actual film is.   Here, they tell us the story from the teenage-adult daughter in this clan who is ready to explore the outside world.   Well, she's an awesome character I think. And that greater adventure looks like it's going to get pretty imaginative and fantastic.   It's an adventure tale that I think is going to be something special   Here's the new trailer:


I love these kinds of things.   My favorite animated Caveman series from classic times were the Max Fleischer Stone Age cartoons...   Here's a Playlist of them:


They're just so much fun.  The Fleischer's really pioneered all that FLINTSTONES stuff, though what I really like about THE CROODS is that they seem to be really naive and frightened characters...  not having even the capacity for fire.   Yet having family dynamics.   I'm curious to see how this goes.


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  • Dec. 7, 2012, 2:59 a.m. CST

    who wrote the effing Jack Reacher review?

    by Anthony Torchia

    and first!

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Now, why kind of half-baked site publishes reviews without attribution?

    by Anthony Torchia

    Or are you completely baked? Is that the explanation? Seriously, I will no longer recommend this site to anyone ... anyone I like anyway. Nordling, good luck finding better digs, this place once was cool, now it's stone cold dead.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:03 a.m. CST

    Skippy - Harry already said who wrote it - pay attention

    by AntonStark

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Ghost Rider and Green Lantern together

    by AntonStark

    I wonder if there will be any Iguanas like in Ghost Rider and Batman.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    What's Eating ?

    by alex

    "who wrote the effing Jack Reacher review?" LIKE DAAAAAAA

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Attribution aside, the Reacher review is shite

    by Anthony Torchia

    badly written, lacking is judgment, worthy of nothing but ridicule I invite my fellow long suffering talkbackers to keep mentioning this piece of excrement in all the talkbacks until the review is removed or at least claimed.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Boy I sure do give a shit about the Jack Reacher review

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    What is the point of bringing up this thing in every talkback?

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:09 a.m. CST

    antonstark, where? The name Harry appears nowhere on it

    by Anthony Torchia

    seriously, where?

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    why bring it up everywhere? First, because it's fun

    by Anthony Torchia

    second, even by AICN standards, it's crap third, because reviews without attribution are a joke by any standard fourth, because it's fun

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Fifth, because you have nothing better to say, Skippy

    by Talkbacker with no name


  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I’ve seen THE CROODS for about a month now.

    by loafroaster

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    It looks like Deamworks is changing their strategy...

    by WeylandYutani

    For years their animation department has used a model where quantity often usurped quality. But with films like How to Tain Your Dragon and possibly the Croods, it looks like they have doubled their efforts in regards to the quality of animation. Or, perhaps the artists and software engineers have gotten better at rendering things like skin and subsurface scattering light effects. Whatever the reason, it looks like Dreamworks is putting out a more refined and more competitive product that has a more PIXAR-like quality.

  • Another month, another CGI cartoon film. I'll stick to watching the B.C. Christmas special on YouTube. Pretend like ticket sales to this piece of shit will have nothing to do with a collective pixel-drunk amnesia among so-called movie fans... and the death of the American Cartoon.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 4:08 a.m. CST

    AICN Meme created: I've seen ... for about a month now

    by mutombo

    and here we go

  • But I swear to Christ when that piece of shit CGI POPEYE comes out I hope you jerk off over the standee, and pre-order the fuckin toys in triplicate, because the more you wipe your Kool-Aid mustache off with the PIXAR Digital Hankee (soon to be starring in his own series of musical direct-to-DVD movies starring Wayne Brady!), the more the truth is going to sink in. That YOU are holding the fucking nails that are slamming tight the coffin lid on what used to be American animation.

  • this is gonna roll for a while me thinks...:/

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Who wrote that damned Jack Reacher review?

    by TheMachinist

    That aside, the character models piss me off something awful.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by TheMachinist


  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    high school football games these days..

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Hang with me here for a sec.. Back in ancient times when I was in high school, there were cheerleaders and the 'drill team'. ALL were hotties. The just were. There was no shortage of them, and they wore relatively skimpy outfits, lots of legs, pretty faces, lots of dancing and leaping about, cavorting enticingly. It was not sexual per se, but it was not *entirely* wholesome either, as you were sitting there watching a football game, you were constantly distracted by the pretty dancing girls. It was a golden time apparently. Because now, fast forward, I had not been to a high schoo football game in probably 30 years. WTF? Now, apparently EVERY girl in school gets to be a cheerleader or a drill team girl. Hottie or not. UGH. SOME GIRLS SHOULD JUST NOT BE DRESSED IN SKIMPY SPANDEX OUTFITS. Just sayin'. It's not attractive. There is no benefit to anyone in forcing this new-age political-correctness CRAP down peoples' throats, and forcing us to sit through watching some 250 pound chick huff and puff her way through a football game. People, it's ok to have some ideals, it's ok to think one type of body is attractive and another one is not. IT'S OK. It doesn't mean you're a bad person. SO why do I mention this? Because the only thing I could think while looking at the trailers for this Croods movie is that the main character is FUGLY. No reason for it either, except that it looks on the surface to just be another attempt by 'hollywood' to shove some kind of 'different body image' down our throats, to help indoctrinate and brainwash children, so they don't grow up with these old-fashioned ideals of physical beauty. Bleh. Now surely I am just over reacting and indulging in frustrated hyperbole. Maybe this thing will turn out to be another surprisingly delightful hit, like HTTYD. All I am really saying is that the main character is needlessly unattractive, and am wondering what possible reason they had for that decision? Yuck.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    Funny, I got that information about a day ago. On my Facebook page. Literally every other news outlet that's interested in it has said something.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    It actually looks pretty funny

    by terry1978

    When the mother in law punched Nic Cage's character after the monkeys, I lost it.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Glad they're not just "white folk"

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    looks like Dreamworks was wise enough to give these characters the genetic material in their looks to make them appear as the seeds to all future races. Minus, y'know, White Folk voices.

  • I remember my dad decorating his apartment after me and my mom left. It was a sad time in our lives. But he got through it by watching all of the holiday favorites including some underground classics that none of you have probably seen. Anyways, I had to kill Beaks for making a mistake. And now it's time to correct that mistake. With a replacement article.

  • Caveman is a colloquialism for Neanderthals and (occasionally) Cro-Magnon humans, both of whom were early EUROPEAN human groups. Not sure why the pale skin, straight hair, and green eyes isn't the biggest giveaway of how absolutely Caucasian these cavemen are...but at the very least it's "geographically" accurate if not scientifically accurate.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to hear Fox News and Fundamentalist Christians on THIS.

    by impossibledreamers

    After all, it shows an Earth older than 6,000 years and characters who act somewhat ape-like. You know Huckabee or Hannity will dedicate time to this. Tools. The movie doesn't even look that good.

  • I'm done here.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Sixth, nameless talkbacker ...

    by Anthony Torchia

    Over the years, I have had more intelligent things to say on this site than you have thoughts in your pointy head I have defended these people repeatedly because, honestly, everyone is entitled to an opinion Reviews without attribution, badly written fawning reviews at that, are a violation of everything that a review site supposedly represents Your turn, Brainiac :-)

  • This is Dreamworks sweating bullets over their new animation strategy. Releasing three potential flops a year could give Katzenberg many a sleepless night. This animation thing's not so surefire now, huh?

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Name five great films that concern cavemen.

    by Smerdyakov

    I'll give you "Quest for Fire".

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Turns out they're survivors of an atomic war.

    by Smerdyakov

    Which is why they're hideously mutated and look like they're made of plastic.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    re: "Name five great films that concern cavemen."

    by buggerbugger

    Trick question: cavemen were never concerned about films, great or otherwise. They had other, more pressing, concerns, like preventing dinosaurs eating the baby Jesus.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    big-daddy-nero. Seriously?

    by brattyben

    That has to be one of the most misogynistic statements I have read in a long time. First, women weren't put on this earth for your entertainment, and can be any damn size they want and do anything that they feel like. So if a larger girl wants to go out and be a cheerleader, what the hell does it matter to you? Your statement is extremely selfish, and reeks of the self entitlement I see running rampant with younger people these days. Let people be, and let them be who they want to be.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    re: "Name five great films that concern cavemen."

    by Ben George

    Here's a stab. 1. Caveman (With Ringo Starr) 2. Encino Man 3. One Million Years B.C. 4. Clan of the Cave Bear 5. Man From Earth

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I love Emma Stone...

    by FarSky

    ...and LILO & STITCH and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Ryan Reynolds and Cloris Leachman are cool. And yet this still looks like an utter piece of shit. Pass.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    To all of you that are bashing this movie...

    by fatdaddybaker

    ...why? Yes, I used to love the hand drawn cartoon movies (Iron Giant being my fav), but I happen to love the CGI movies too, so long as they're well done. This one looks like it has real potential. I plan on taking my kids to see it, and I'm SURE they're gonna love it. I might, I might not, but watching my kids' jaws drop in awe of the cavemen is worth the price of my admission regardless.

  • Dec. 7, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Oh and captain_kirks_haircut...

    by fatdaddybaker

    ...Encino Man? REALLY?

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    yeah, my Dad used to take me to the theater to watch my jaw drop in awe at things, too

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    But I see a big difference between the practical-effects laden films of my childhood- Back to The Future, the Black Cauldron, etc- and they path they took me down... (someone who now makes art for a living, and took those dim camping lantern memories of Roald Dahl and Henson and used them keenly as part of their process), and these films released today that mostly work on a priniciple of Pavloian-Vegasy visuals and sitcom humor FIRST, without the narrative strength it takes to write a Little Cesar's commercial. CGI has led to a corporatization and homogenization of the animation business. I'm not blaming the artists or the ticket-buying populace. But when you, and around the planet, fleets of minivans, are going to the theater to push these films into the 500 million dollar range, you are part of the problem. Whether its unwitting or not. A kid's birthday clown is not always just a kid's birthday clown. I can look back with pride and remember the cartoonish mythologies of John Milius, Chuck Norris and Robert Zemeckis, and know that those stories were the stuff compacted in my DNA that made me become a storyteller. And all I can do is look around with abject dismay at the Chipmunks:The Squeakuel billboards that go up every couple of months or so and shudder at the great pulp we've lost. The rainbow at the end of The Little Mermaid, and the masterwork Princes Mononoke, are the last films to actually grace US motion picture screens to have human fingerprints left intact- from the studio, down through the film lab and roaring off into the eager eyes of kids. Namely, those are the last feature films to have INK AND PAINT on film cels. It makes a difference.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    If Dreamworks goes under

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    that's a point for our side. My hope is that CGI will be like bands like POISON and CINDERELLA were in the 90's... and create such a backlash among kids starved for something real, that you will see a new generation of kids start to pick up the raw materials, many of them influenced by the classic rock of people like Chuck Jones and Ralph Bakshi... 'The Hobbit' Lord of the Rings (brought to you by Rankin, Bass and WEED) is way more Led Zeppelin than the entire 300 million dollar Lord of the Rings.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Chrissake its the same ole US animation storyline!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Anyone notices that US animations uses the the same storyline for 99% of their movies? The same storyline of young girl wanting to leave the nest and explore the outside world? The same charactes where the father is dumb and always getting hit with shit? And the mom is wholly light-years ahead in advice, maturity, and knowledge given whatever time the movie usually takes place? Where the imagination? Why not explore a new venue like Paprika or Akira? Oh because the suits thinks Americans, generally kids and teens won't get it? Yet they listen to Gaga and Kesha and watches Kardashian and Housewives and those shits are worse! I dunno. It just seems like American animation haven't made a step forward in genre no matter how many like Toy Story.

  • Dec. 8, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    I love both 2D/3D animation

    by batzilla

    But the problem with 2D animation is that they skimp and it always runs at like...20 FPS or LESS and looks more like a slideshow. I know, to save money. 3D at least runs nice and smooth. They're both great. If 2D animation always ran butter smooth (say 30-60FPS) then it would be so much better to watch. Thats my only problem with 2D animation. Slideshowish sucks donkey balls IMO.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:07 a.m. CST

    I think its annoying that a Renoir stands completely still. I think its annoying

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    that Hanna Barbera only plays at the speed of children's bithday napkins held between the warm hair of John Candy's fart who the hell is Walt Disney, anyway? doesn't he run a hotel chain? what's Rankin/ Bass, isn't that a Jewish legal team on CBS with Blair Underwood and Lenny Karvitz? I liked the Hobbit better when it was a shower curtain download.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    scratchmonkey is correct ...

    by DrMorbius

    because of the way the question is phrased ... your own example negates that possibility so .. ... 2001:A Space Odyssey.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Looks worse than the live-action Flintstones

    by FeralAngel

    God DAMN but those are some ugly CG humans. 90 minutes looking at THOSE? I'd rather watch "The Polar Express" again. Gak!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by TheMachinist

    Don't you dare go all Adventure Time on us.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    fatdaddybaker - Encino Man

    by Ben George

    It came to mind... and it's a guilty pleasure. Although you have to admit the field of caveman themed movies that are really good are few and far between.