“The Croods: A New Age” was directed by Joel Crawford in his directorial debut and is a sequel to the 2013 original film. The film was written by Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders who wrote and directed the first film. Nicholas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and all the original voice cast all return and are join by the new cast, Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann and Kelly Marie Tran. Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Clois Leachman also return. The film was delayed then cancelled but revived and amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the film was released in November 2020.

After the events of the first film, Guy (Reynolds), Eep (Stone) and her family are still looking for a place to live. Grug (Cage) fears that Eep will eventually leave with Guy and start a life of their own. Now he starts becoming overprotective and overbearing to the point of pushing them away. While they search for a new home, they stumble across a wall and then caught by a net trap. A new family emerges in this new basin of land that is colorful, vibrant and full of food and water. The Bettermans, Phil (Dinklage), his wife, Dawn (Mann) and their daughter, Hope (Tran) welcome the Croods to their home but are both families are shocked when the Bettermans recognize Guy as an old friend. Guy’s family was killed during the earthquake and was suppose to find the Bettermans but they too were forced to move on after another natural disaster. As Grug gets to know Phil, Eep and Hope bond, Dawn and Ugga (Keener) begin sharing stories of their land. Grug uncovers a mysterious secret to Phil’s land that may threaten both families. With time running out, Phil & Grug must put aside their differences and prepare to face an common enemy that looks to destroy the land in the form of a massive monkey army.

This film followed the same formula as the first with being both entertaining and family driven. However, it does follow the same cliches of a typical family animated movie that centers on 2 rival families. The voice cast and visuals are pretty good. The storyline is predictable but entertaining. My biggest issue is the constant relevance to modern jokes and society. “Ice Age” fell into that same trap in their later sequels, “The Croods” did it as well. It does have its heartwarming moments but those are warranted.

Overall, this was pretty entertaining film with a great voice cast and visuals but didn’t have that same merit as the first film. These 2 films, in my opinion, are underrated when it comes the DreamWork Animation studios. It may be as entertaining or fun as “Shrek”, “How To Train Your Dragon” or “Kung Fu Panda”, but it does have ita fans and entertaining values that make it funto watch with the family.