A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some positive themes around family togetherness and self-reliance; on the negative side, characters often try to solve problems with aggression and arguing.
Positive Role Models
The Croods are generally well-intentioned, but they try to solve every problem with physical aggression instead of conversation.
Some physically and mentally strong female characters (though they fall into some stereotypes sometimes).
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Violence & Scariness
Slapstick fantasy violence throughout, including some that is intended to be humorous. Mean behavior and passive-aggressive language throughout. Some scary wild animals and high-intensity action (though characters don't seem like they're in peril).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance between teenagers Eep and Guy is major plot point. There's no actual physical affection, but only because they keep getting thwarted by family members.
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Lots of expression of negative feelings between characters, including passive-aggressive comments directed between the rival families.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Croods: Family Tree is a TV spin-off of the Croods movie franchise; it's fairly similar to the movies, but without the excellent writing and humor that made the first movie shine. The series' storyline picks up where The Croods: A New Age left off: The Croods now live in a much less scary world, but they can't shed their tendency to solve every problem with physical aggression. Expect slapstick fantasy violence throughout, much of which is intended to be funny, as well as some scary wild animals and high intensity action. The punch-monkey characters, who communicate by hitting each other, are also back. While there's no iffy language, there's mean behavior and passive-aggressive exchanges throughout. Eep and Guy's teenage romance continues to blossom and is a major plot point, but their attempts at physical affection are thwarted by family members.
Is It Any Good?
In the attempt to wring yet another spin-off out of the Croods franchise (following two movies and a prequel cartoon), it seems that there may be no more compelling stories left to tell. Kids who like the prehistoric world of the Croods will enjoy the fantastical animals and vibrantly colorful world in Family Tree. Otherwise, the storylines rely a lot on extended adventure scenes and there's not a ton of character development. Grown-ups wary of rude behavior and casual slapstick violence may have been willing to look the other way with the redeeming qualities of the fun original The Croods movie, but the subpar plots of Family Tree may not make the tradeoff worth it.
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