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The Croods

The Croods

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Arts Council
Smithgall Arts Center Lawn

Tickets: $7 Adults/$5 Children/Seniors
Snacks available for purchase; art activities prior to movie

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After much consideration, The Arts Council, Inc. and Main Street Gainesville have decided to cancel the screening of THE CROODS, this Thursday, July 25, 2013 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Daily rain showers have saturated our lawn making a relaxing evening on it impossible. We will reschedule this event for a later date.

Join us for a night of family fun as The Arts Council presents Dreamworks Animation's "The Croods," on a 35 foot inflatable screen on the beautiful Smithgall Arts Center Lawn. Gates open at 7:30 PM for pre-movie family activities on the lawn. Feel free to bring along picnics, beverages of choice, blankets and lawn chairs. Food and soft drinks will be available on-site for purchase. Art activities will be offered before the film.


The Croods is an animated comedy adventure that follows the world's first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures—and their outlook is changed forever.

Directors: Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders
Featuring the voices of: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman

Run Time: 91 minutes



DreamWorks’ latest animated film, The Croods, combines prehistoric adventure and quirky humor in a creation reminiscent of the Ice Age series. The movie features a family of cave people who, after being warned of an imminent apocalypse, are forced to venture outside the walls of their cave in search of safety. However, the Croods instead find themselves both fearful and mystified by the wonders of their archaic world after dark. Several stars voice the film’s characters, including Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Nicholas Cage. Cage takes on the role of the classic overprotecting father Grug and Stone plays his headstrong daughter Eep, who physically resembles Stone with her untamed red hair and freckles. Other members of the Crood family include a clumsy younger brother, a vicious mother-in-law, and a literal “wild child” baby sister. While Grug wants nothing more than to keep his family safe within the confines of the cave, Eep desires freedom desperately. When she meets Guy (Reynolds), a tall, dark and handsome nomad, she’s fascinated by his ability to produce something called fire that she can compare only to the warmth of the sun. Guy explains to Eep that he is seeking refuge in faraway lands from the approaching end of the world. Fascinated by his sophistication and no doubt his good looks, Eep persuades her family to join Guy in his journey despite Grug’s protests. The scenery makes for one of the film’s most intriguing aspects, making room for primeval man devouring plant-life and exotic, prehistoric beasts. Guy leads the Croods through miles of unchartered territory, including sandy deserts left over from evaporated oceans and vast tropical forests. The family’s voyage is a scenic one. The writing is swift, witty. Yet directors, Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders never overstate their jokes. The story unfolds in a nearly wink-free realm. OK, there is a running gag about mothers-in-law. The routine is familiar up to a point. When it tips over, what a pleasure. Eap's narration bookends the action. But this hero's journey doesn't belong to one character. This is the saga of advancing as humans. When the ground shakes and the lava flows in new fissures and canyons, curiosity and problem solving trump fear; heart matters more than brawn. And even art and play have their role in survival. From the comical drone of family bickering, audiences understand the filmmakers’ message: Embrace the new. As such, The Croods explores an age-old subject — a story of family and moving on — but with its original setting, the film provides a few unexpected twists and turns. The Croods is both heartwarming and hilarious, an animated comedy for kids, parents and everyone in between.


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