Trivia / The Croods

  • All-Star Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: It's a film by DreamWorks Animation, what did you expect?
  • Channel Hop: This was DWA's first film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox.
  • Development Hell: After Aardman and DreamWorks parted ways, the story was kicked around DWA for a number of years and seemingly went nowhere until Chris Sanders came on board, but only agreed to helm it after directing How to Train Your Dragon.
    • Similarly, the sequel went through a Troubled Production before being briefly canned for almost a year. When Universal revived the project, its release date was delayed, yet again, to September 2020.
  • Stillborn Franchise: DreamWorks had high hopes that this film would be their next Madagascar, with a number of sequels and spinoffs, after having a slight financial lag in the early 2010s, but the tie-in prequel cartoon didn't get the response they wanted and plans for a sequel proper were canceled, at least for a while.
  • Throw It In: Chunky's colorful pelt started out as a joke in the art department. Artist Leighton Hickman was bored with the drab colors being used for the creatures appearing in the desert scenes, and painted the saber-tooth tiger character in bright "parrot" colors. The filmmakers liked the look for Chunky so much that they kept it for the film.
  • Un-Cancelled: The sequel's production was canceled in 2016, but was later revived in 2017.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Was originally going to be the fourth collaboration between Aardman Animations and DreamWorks, with John Cleese writing the screenplay (he gets a story credit in the final film) about the discovery of fire. However, Aardman cut ties towards the end of Flushed Away's production after getting fed up with DreamWorks' Executive Meddling. They've since taken a second crack at a caveman movie with Early Man.
    • A sequel was planned, but amid multiple release date pushbacks and an apparent Troubled Production, DWA and Universal canceled it... until 2017.
      • According to this interview with Dawn of the Croods executive producer Brendan Hay, the sequel would have focused more on Ugga.
      • This article says that the sequel would have been "the first chapter of society," as the first movie was basically "the last chapter of the caveman."
  • The Wiki Rule: The Croods Wiki.

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