Trivia / The Croods

  • All-Star Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: DreamWorks attempted to make The Croods into their next big breadwinner, but with the prequel TV series going nowhere and the sequel being cancelled, it didn't work out.
  • 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.
  • Stillborn Franchise: It got one movie and a tie-in prequel cartoon, but DreamWorks has aborted plans for a sequel, killing any future the series has as a franchise.
  • 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.
  • 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 cancelled it.
      • 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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