Universal Pictures has released the first trailer of animated comedy “The Croods: A New Age” (watch above). Earlier, the studio shifted the release date forward by a month, from Dec. 23 to Nov. 25 — the start of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The trailer begins Eep, reintroducing the prehistoric Croods family as they search for the “perfect place to call home.” They soon discover an idyllic paradise that meets all their needs, except there’s one problem: A family called the Bettermans already lives there.
The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.
The Croods need a new place to live in. 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 treehouse, 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 reach a breaking point.
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.
The Croods 2: A New Age features the voice talent of 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 (Hot Tub Time Machine) 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 film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).
The original “Croods,” centered on a prehistoric family, was a solid performer that grossed $587 million worldwide in 2013. The voice cast includes Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds. They’re joined in the second installment by Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.
“A New Age” is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including “Trolls” and the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift.
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