A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate, but there are strong messages about family, communication, and accepting change.
For better or worse, the Croods are a family, and they'd do anything for each other. Lots of positive messages about being yourself, making good choices, and self-expression. Eep traverses the intricacies of being a teen, facing social pressures to follow the crowd. Some body humor, including farting and references to the family's "wiping leaf." Grug and his mother-in-law irritate each other, but their banter is more playful than hurtful. Characters' misfortunes are played for laughs.
Positive Role Models
Grug is often misguided in his actions, but he's always motivated by love and a desire to protect his family. He and his mother-in-law have a mutual animosity that's played for laughs. Eep is capable, adventurous, and spirited, eager to learn new things and not be held back by others' expectations. Ugga's nurturing side belies her strength, which rivals Grug's when her family is threatened in any way.
Violence & Scariness
Characters are in constant danger from oversize predators, and some are said to have been eaten. Others die by eating poisonous plants or from similar maladies. Long falls and other impacts have less effect, though.
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"Butt," plus name-calling such as "stupid" and "big, dumb idiot."
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This story precedes that of the feature-length film The Croods.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dawn of the Croods is an animated series that takes place before the events of the popular film The Croods. Set in prehistoric times, the show often features intimidating, oversize predators that try to catch and eat the Croods and their neighbors. This can be scary for youngsters who watch, but it packs less of a punch than similar content in the full-length movie because of this show's less sophisticated animation. Even so, there are some implied deaths, crashes, painful bumps and falls, and a constant sense of peril. At the same time, there are strong sentiments about family affection with an "all for one and one for all" cohesion that helps the Croods resolve their spats. Expect to see some mild rebellion from Eep, who's testing boundaries as she gets older, and some general mayhem (chasing, biting, growling) from the wild tot, Sandy. You'll also hear a fair amount of name-calling such as "idiot" and "stupid."
Is It Any Good?
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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