The Croods script
The Croods (2013)
Synopsis: Prehistoric family the Croods live in a particularly dangerous moment in time. Patriarch Grug (Nicolas Cage), his mate, Ugga (Catherine Keener), teenage daughter Eep (Emma Stone), son Thunk (Clark Duke) and feisty Gran (Cloris Leachman) gather food by day and huddle together in a cave at night. When a more evolved caveman named Guy (Ryan Reynolds) arrives on the scene, Grug is distrustful, but it soon becomes apparent that Guy is correct about the impending destruction of their world.

The Croods 12.12.2012 1.

SEQ. 75 - PROLOGUE

FADE IN:

A cave painting of the Dreamworks logo. Push past the

moon to the sun. Bright. Beautiful. The sun DISSOLVES

TO:

Cave paintings of a family of cavemen -- we will come to

know them as The Croods.

EEP (V.O.)

With every sun comes a new day. A new

beginning. A hope that things will be

better today than they were yesterday.

The Croods scurry out of their cave like mice looking forfood. Scared. Fast.

The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. Theyescape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.

EEP (V.O.)

But not for me. My name’s Eep. This, is

my family, the Croods. If you weren’t

clued in already by the animal skins and

sloping foreheads - we’re cavemen. Most

days we spend in our cave, in the dark.

Night after night, day after day. Yep.

Home sweet home. When we did go out, westruggled to find food in a harsh and

hostile world. And I struggled to

survive my family.

The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. Theyescape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.

EEP (V.O.)

We were the last ones around. There used

to be neighbors. The Gorts, smashed by a

mammoth. The Horks, swallowed by a sand

snake. The Erfs, mosquito bite. Throgs,

common cold. And, the Croods. That’s

us. The Croods made it...

Grug protects his family from a GIANT BEAR OWL.

EEP (V.O.)

Because of my Dad. He was strong... and

he followed the rules.

A shadow falls across their feet and Grug ushers his

family home.

The Croods 12.12.2012 2.

EEP (V.O.)

... the ones painted on the cave walls.

Anything new is bad, curiosity is bad,

going out at night is bad. Basically,

anything fun is bad. Welcome to my

world.

They all run back into the cave where Grug slams the rock

door closed.

SLOWLY LIGHT ON CAVE PAINTINGS COMES UP AGAIN. But this

time the light casts an ominous tone.

EEP (V.O.)

But this is a story about how all that

changed in an instant.

RAPID SHOTS OF THE GREAT SPLIT CUTTING THROUGH THE LAND.

HEADED TOWARDS CROOD VALLEY.

SHOTS OF CATACLYSM. CUT FASTER AND FASTER UNTIL...

EEP (V.O.)

Because what we didn’t know, was that our

world was about to come to an end. And

there were no rules on our cave walls to

prepare us for that.

CAVEMAN HANDS PRESS against the rock wall. They PUSH. A

BLINDING LIGHT FLOODS the screen.

CUT TO:

SEQ. 100 - MEET THE CROODS

A HUGE CAVEMAN, GRUG, RUSHES forward, screaming,

growling, and throwing handfuls of dirt in a THREAT

DISPLAY. He BLINKS in the bright morning light. He

LIFTS and HURLS a large boulder.

GRUG:

Raaaaar grooooOOOOoooowwwll ERF ERF

Glaaaaaabbbbllllllllthhhh!

As suddenly as he began, Grug stops. Panting, he waits

for the echoes of his outburst to fade.

Grug TURNS to the cave entrance, he prepares to BELLOW a

signal, but before any sound escapes his lips-

A CAVE GIRL, EEP, bursts from the cave.

The Croods 12.12.2012 3.

GRUG (CONT’D)

You’re supposed to wait for my signal

Eep. Eep?

Eep scares a pack of nearby Liyotes away. They pounce on

Grug briefly before scampering off. Eep spreads out on

an overhanging rock. She BASKS IN THE SUN.

EEP:

We’ve been in that cave forever.

GRUG:

Three days is not forever.

EEP:

It is with this family.

GRUG:

Eep would you come down here? You’re

being so dramatic.

A LITTLE GIRL, SANDY, charges out next. Her display is

more terrier-like.

GRUG (CONT’D)

No, no, no Sandy, come back here.

Remember the signal. Good girls wait for

the signal.

A CAVE WOMAN, UGGA, scrambles out next. She is mostlyfocused on catching Sandy, giving only cursory effort to

her display.

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Chris Sanders

Christopher Michael "Chris" Sanders (born March 9, 1962) is an American animation director and illustrator best known for co-writing and directing the Disney animated feature Lilo & Stitch (2002) and DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon (2010), and providing the voice of one of the title characters from the former. After leaving Walt Disney Animation Studios, Sanders went on to work for DreamWorks Animation, co-writing and directing the critically acclaimed animated feature film How to Train Your Dragon. His recent work is serving as director and co-writer on The Croods, along with Kirk DeMicco. Now, Sanders and DeMicco are both working on The Croods 2, a sequel to the film. more…

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