The Croods 2 is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. A sequel to the 2013 film The Croods, the film will be directed by Joel Crawford (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Dan and Kevin Hageman, and will star the returning voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman, with new cast members including Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran.

It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 25, 2020.

Premise

After leaving their cave in the first film, The Croods encounter their biggest threat since leaving the cave: another family called The Bettermans.

The Croods 2 Cast

  • Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood
  • Emma Stone as Eep Crood
  • Ryan Reynolds as Guy
  • Peter Dinklage as Phil Betterman
  • Leslie Mann as Hope Betterman
  • Kelly Marie Tran as Dawn Betterman
  • Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood
  • Clark Duke as Thunk Crood
  • Randy Thom as Sandy Crood
  • Cloris Leachman and Artemis Pebdani as Gran
  • Chris Sanders as Belt
  • TBA as Sash

The Croods 2 Production

Development

In April 2013, DreamWorks Animation announced a sequel to the film The Croods, with Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco set to return as directors. According to DeMicco, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, making it “the first chapter of society,” expanding on the first film, which he said is about “the last chapter of the caveman.”

On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017. On August 21, 2014, the film was pushed back to December 22, 2017. On August 9, 2016, nearing Comcast’s impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed the film from the release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures sometime in 2018. On August 23, 2016, it was reported that Kevin and Dan Hageman were hired to rewrite the script.

On November 11, 2016, DreamWorks announced that production for the sequel “The Croods 2” was cancelled. According to reports, there had been doubts about proceeding with the project before Universal’s acquisition of DreamWorks, and it was DreamWorks’ decision to cancel the film “The Croods 2”. However, in September 2017, DreamWorks and Universal revealed that the film was back in production with a release date scheduled for September 18, 2020. However, both DeMicco and Sanders, the directors of the first film, wouldn’t be returning. In October 2017, it was reported that Joel Crawford would replace both DeMicco and Sanders as director and Mark Swift would produce the film.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, production of the film shifted to people working at home.

Music

In September 2020, it was announced that composer Mark Mothersbaugh would compose music for the sequel, replacing Alan Silvestri who did the original.

The Croods 2 Release

The Croods 2 is set to be theatrically released in the United States on November 25, 2020, by Universal Pictures. It was previously scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017, December 22, 2017, September 18, 2020, and December 23, 2020.

Plot

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans. The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder.

When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family. Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

Pre-Production

In September 2013, it had been confirmed that Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds would reprise their roles in the sequel as Grug, Eep, and Guy from the first film. In February 2014, DeMicco stated, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, making it “the first chapter of society,” expanding on the first film, which he said is about “the last chapter of the caveman.” On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017.

In August 21, 2014, the film was pushed back to December 22, 2017. In May 21, 2015, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings had joined the voice cast. Mann would lend her voice to an upscale mother of a rival family named Hope Betterman, while Dennings was set to voice her daughter, Dawn, are also reported that Catherine Keener and Clark Duke are reprising their roles as Ugga and Thunk. On August 9, 2016, nearing NBCUniversal/Comcast’s impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed The Croods 2 from the release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures December of 2018. In August 23, 2016, are reported that The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania co-writers Kevin and Dan Hageman had been hired to rewrite the script.

Cancellation

On November 11, 2016, DreamWorks announced that production for The Croods 2 was cancelled. According to reports, there had been doubts about proceeding with the project before Universal’s acquisition of DreamWorks, and it was DreamWorks’ decision to cancel the film.

Soundtrack

Trivia

  • The The Croods will be the sixth DreamWorks Animation film to become a franchise, after Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Trolls.
    • `This also marks DreamWorks Animation’s third trilogy to have each installment distributed by a different studio over the years. (Fox distributed the first movie in 2013)
  • This is the third DreamWorks Animation sequel not to have its music score composed by the same composer as its predecessor after Penguins of Madagascar (which had its music score composed by Lorne Balfe) and Trolls World Tour (which had its music score composed by Theodore Shapiro); Alan Silvestri composed the music score for the first film while Mark Mothersbaugh takes over for this film (making it the first time the latter has ever composed a music score for a DreamWorks Animation film).
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