The Croods Coming Out of Cave at Berlin Festival

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The Croods

The Croods

Dream­Works Animation’s pre­his­toric comedy-adventure movie The Croods will have its world pre­miere at the 63rd Berlin Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, it was revealed Thursday.

Directed by Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon), and with the voices of Nico­las Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, the 3D movie will be screened out of competition.

Also known as the Berli­nale, the fes­ti­val runs from Feb­ru­ary 7 to 17 next year. The Croods is sched­uled for gen­eral release March 22. Co-produced by Nick­elodeon Movies and Para­mount Pic­tures along with DWA, it will be dis­trib­uted by 20th Cen­tury Fox.

The Croods takes us back to a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered era in the his­tory of our planet known as the Crooda­ceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen crea­tures and landscapes.

An old school cave­man must lead his fam­ily across a volatile pre­his­toric land­scape in search of a new home. The out­sized flora and fauna are chal­lenge enough, but the real com­pli­ca­tion arises when the fam­ily is joined by an alarm­ingly mod­ern cave­man whose search for “tomor­row” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the tra­di­tions of yes­ter­day. The imag­i­na­tive and resource­ful new­comer helps the Croods nav­i­gate their way through the fan­tas­tic world beyond their cave.

This marks Sanders’ first work as a solo direc­tor for Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. He had amassed a list of ani­ma­tion film cred­its for rival Disney.

Dream­Works first announced the movie — then titled Crood Awak­en­ing — in 2005 with British stu­dio Aard­man Ani­ma­tions, which had a five-picture agree­ment with Dream­Works at the time. Three films were made together. Finan­cial results proved dis­ap­point­ing, so Dream­Works and Aard­man parted ways in late Jan­u­ary 2007.

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