Parents' Guide to

Dawn of the Croods

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Prequel 'toon warms the heart but can't match movie's mojo.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Small Dose Of Diversity, Kinda A Dumb Show

Dawn of the Croods is an interesting show. It stems from Crood's movie. There are some funny moments about this family, and overall they stick up for one another. Sometimes very large rocks fall on them. Sometimes they are running from animals trying to eat them. There is no real educational value to this show. In the end, there is a celebration of sorts that they have survived. Two men kiss in the background, in a show of LBGTQ representation.
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age 10+

Great story. Disappointing delivery

Language is a bit harsh for 6 and it's subtle.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Though nowhere near as engrossing or as visually captivating as the popular movie, this animated series has its moments of levity and emotion, much in the same way the film did. Parents will relate to Ugga and Grug's child-rearing struggles, from managing their wild youngest offspring to learning to accept Eep's newfound maturity. Most viewers will also be able to see things from central character Eep's point of view, embracing new possibilities as she grows up and changes. For all the coarseness of the time, there's quite a lot of gentleness and human insight that makes this more than just another comedy.

As a prequel, Dawn of the Croods sets up the characters we see in the movie, laying the groundwork for the mutual animosity between Grug and Gran, Grug's unrelenting struggle to keep his family safe, and Eep's desperate need for adventure beyond their cave. With its strong family sentiments and Flintstones-esque caveman humor, it's a win-win for viewers regardless of whether they know ahead of time how the characters' fortunes play out in The Croods.

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