We're not quite talkin' about an evolution here but the Croods sequel has laughs and eye-popping animation

The "world's first family" return for another prehistoric animated adventure which sees the motley tribe face their most dangerous adversary yet - a settled clan of homo sapiens.

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Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and, in one of her final roles, Cloris Leachman are back to kick some Jurassic and they’re joined by new voice talent in the shape of GoT star Peter Dinklage, Leslie Mann, and Kelly Marie Tran as a rival, neighbouring clan called the Bettermans (geddit?), who have a full complement of Flintstones-like modern conveniences in their forest paradise.

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The stage is set for a clash of competing cultures that is heavy on the slapstick and visual gags but also with a decent amount of jokes for grown-ups better versed in the joys of house envy and rivalry with the neighbours.

Making her animated feature debut, Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran as Dawn Betterman has fun befriending Emma Stone’s Eep in a nice storyline reminiscent of Wolfwalkers and Clark Duke is good value as congenitally silly ten-year-old caveboy Thunk.

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However, the old rule of never working with children or animals is also true in prehistoric times. The beasties on display here - from land sharks, to punch monkeys to wolf monkey hybrids, and a colony of scary clappy monkeys who might put you in mind of Toy Story and the still terrifying winged monkeys in Wizard of Oz - really steal the show.

The animation is eye-popping and in places verges on the psychedelic and while we’re not talking about an evolution here, it doesn’t take a better man or woman to chime with the movie’s central message that we are stronger together.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2