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It’s official – The Croods 2 has been cancelled. And while this news saddens me quite a bit, in the end, I’m choosing not to be angry.

For one thing, WE STILL HAVE THE ORIGINAL CROODS! It’s a great movie about family and love and the stupid emotions that occasionally threaten both. It’s funny and heartwarming and – if you’re not dead inside – makes you tear up every time you watch it! That in itself is amazing, and I am grateful to Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and everyone else at DreamWorks who made the film.

For another thing, CHRIS SANDERS IS NOW FREE TO CREATE A NEW CAST OF QUIRKY AND LOVABLE CARTOON CHARACTERS! This is the guy who co-wrote and directed Lilo & Stitch (2002), How To Train Your Dragon (2010) and The Croods (2012). I am ready for another one of his hilarious and heartbreaking odes to the fragility of family!

Share with me a movie that you have seen only once and you are actually surprised by that fact.

For me it´s “The Croods” and “How To Train Your Dragon II”. :o

DreamWorks Shelves ‘Croods 2’

Variety reported that DreamWorks and its parent company Universal have officially shelved the Croods sequel. It was previously scheduled for a 2018 release.

According to both DreamWorks and Universal, the film had already been experiencing setbacks (including a release date shift from 2017 to 2018) and DreamWorks Animation was considering dropping the film even before NBCUniversal’s purchase of the studio.

The project isn’t necessarily never coming back, but it won’t be seen for awhile if it does make a return. A Universal representative told Variety: “‘The Croods’ is still very much in the DreamWorks catalog. It’s not unheard of that it might be something someone takes a look at in the future.”

Dawn of the Croods, a DreamWorks TV series, currently airs on Netflix and began its second season run on August 26.

‘Croods’ Director Teaming with Lin-Manuel Miranda for Animated Musical

Variety reports that Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) has set up another animated project, Vivo, with Sony Animation. Miranda will write several songs for the film while his “Hamilton” screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes will pen the script.

Originally set up at DreamWorks Animation, the film follows a monkey who loves music and adventure, leading him to make a dangerous journey from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny. Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps, The Croods) will direct. The movie is scheduled for a Dec. 18, 2020 release date.

I just thought of something really interesting about The Croods. The majority of the movie is shown with the camera facing south, with the imagined camera in the north - the Croods are following the Sun, which, presuming that this AU!Earth follows the same orientation as ours does, means that they’re heading west. The west, from the viewer’s perspective, is almost always portrayed on the right side of the screen. This is almost always true, especially during the climax with the mountain and the chasm of pyroclastic material. If I recall it correctly, we never see the scene without the Sun in the right side of the screen during the climax. 

This, upon simple observation, is nothing more interesting that paying attention to detail, but there’s actually a very strong temporal reason for this based on the fact that this is a Western film. The perception of time in Western audiences is largely seen in a left-to-right manner; think of number lines, where the numbers progress from smaller numbers on the left to larger numbers on the right. The reason this is the case is because the predominant language in Western/American culture is English, which progresses in a left-to-right manner. Thus, since we read in a left-to-right direction, our perception of time is imagined in much the same way: moving forward in time textually is literally from the left to the right. From the perspective of a (Western) viewer of the film, the Croods are travelling forward in time not just because they literally are in the progression of the film, but because of the conception that time is left-to-right based on the ingrained nature of English in this culture.

This isn’t necessarily true for every movie you watch - I can think of numerous counterexamples both animated and otherwise, where the orientation of the camera changes without regard to the direction of the Sun. For The Croods, however, the portrayed left-to-right movement of the characters is actually very relevant to the story and thematic material. What is it that they’re trying to find? I’ll remind you of this quote by Guy: “Don’t hide. Live. Follow the sun. You’ll make it to Tomorrow.” The whole point of this movie is about trying to move forward. To go on. To live another day. And throughout most of the movie, this theme is reinforced by the fact that the characters are moving in a left-to-right direction, emulating the temporal effect ingrained in the heads of Western viewers because the dominant language of the American West is English.

Extreme kudos to whoever came up with this motif. It’s brilliant.