The Croods may be about a family discovering new worlds in their stone-age setting — places in which whales walk on land and tigers are rainbow-colored — but the voice of head caveman Grug, Nicolas Cage, is ready to move his family on to the final frontier: Space. When he sat down with Hollywood.com (video below), Cage told us all about how the cro-magnon crew could boldly go where no caveman has gone before.
“I want to see the Croods in space so that way we have all the Jetsons and the Flintstones all rolled into one,” he says. But it’s not just about circumstance, The Croods employs a wild sense of imagination, taking us and the caveman clan (comprised of characters voiced by Emma Stone, Cloris Leachman, Catherine Keener, and Clark Duke) into spectacular landscapes full of exotic vegetation and even more exotic animals, something that could be even more fantastical in space. “You could take it to the next level in terms of landscapes. You could Star Trek it, there could be an entire planet that is purple,” says Cage.
But Cage’s character Grug might not actually be up for that kind of adventure. His mode of operation is hiding from anything new or unknown, something his daughter Eep (Stone) rebels against rather vehemently when she meets a new friend, Guy (Ryan Reynolds). Cage says Grug’s anti-exploration position couldn’t be further from his style.
“I don’t relate to Grug, I really dont… I’d even cringe when I had lines like ‘New is bad’ and ‘Never not be a afraid,'” he says. “I want to face the unknown, I want to go on road trips and go to wild places and explore,” adds Cage with the caveat that as a father himself, he does understand the want to protect one’s children.
And even with all of Grug’s safety at all costs rhetoric, the film still makes sure to give even the youngest children the benefit of the doubt. “[The movie] doesn’t talk down to kids, it knows how intelligent they are,” says Cage.
The intelligent, creative, visually-stunning film and Cage’s vocal stylings will hit movie screens March 22.
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