The "world's first family" is back for another adventure in Croods: A New Age and returning star Emma Stone says the movie’s message is even stronger in these pandemic times.
Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment, the Oscar-winning actress, who is back as prehistoric teen Eep, said, "It is about sticking together and accepting each other’s differences and that is helpful in this time beyond the pandemic. It’s definitely a poignant message right now."
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In the sequel to the 2013 animated hit, La La Land star Stone is joined by regulars Ryan Reynolds and Nicholas Cage as they set out on a search for the perfect place in call home in the shape of the mythical Tomorrow.
During their quest, they meet the Bettermans, a family of settled humans who have progressed a few rungs further up the evolutionary scale. It leads to a clash of civilisations but also a new friendship between Eep and Dawn Betterman, who is played by Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran.
The pair really earn their scars and stripes in the movie and asked if they had similar childhood friends, Emma said, "Oh definitely but our adventures were a little different. They were a bit more performance based as you can imagine. I became an actor so it was putting on plays and choreographing little dances so it wasn’t quite the little adventures Eep and Damn go on. I’m not as scarred up as they are!"
Kelly Marie added, "I was the same. I used to sing during lunch as a third grader. We would just pretend we were in musicals and just sing. It was so annoying, I’m sure. Hahahaha. I don’t have any scars from when I was a kid interestingly."
The new Croods is quite a sensory overload and the animals, from land sharks, to punch monkeys to wolf monkey hybrids, really steal the show.
"I had no idea who psychedelic it was going to be. It really made me laugh and the colours was so much fun," Stone said.
"It had this Partridge Family seventies feel and then all of this psychedelic imagery. I thought it was super fun but yes, it is really is a spectacle to watch."
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"Also, it was taken aback by how much I was laughing," said Kelly Marie, who made her animated debut on the movie. "It was so funny. Every second of it.
"The environments are so creative, and everything is no nice to look at, the world it creates is so inventive and all the animals are pretty specific. It’s pretty cool.
"It was just really fun. I just soaked up the whole experience. I didn’t know that actors who do voices for animated movies don’t really meet. That’s something I learnt!"
The Croods: A New Age is in cinemas on Friday, July 16