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The Croods 2

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The Croods 2
Directed byJoel Crawford
Produced byMark Swift
Screenplay by
  • Dan Hageman
  • Kevin Hageman
Based on
Music byAlan Silvestri
Edited byJames Ryan
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 23, 2020 (2020-12-23) (US)
CountryUnited States

The Croods 2 is an upcoming American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. A sequel to 2013 film The Croods, the film is set to be directed by Joel Crawford from a screenplay by Dan and Kevin Hageman, and will star the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Mann, Kelly Marie Tran and Peter Dinklage. It is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2020.



By April 2013, DreamWorks Animation had started developing a sequel to the film, with Sanders and DeMicco returning to direct it.[1] According to DeMicco, the sequel would focus on Ugga and motherhood, making it "the first chapter of society," expanding on the first film, which is about "the last chapter of the caveman."[2]

In September 2013, it had been confirmed that Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds would reprise their roles in the sequel.[3] On June 12, 2014, it was announced that the sequel would be released on November 3, 2017.[4] Two months later, it was pushed back from its original release date of November 3, 2017 to December 22, 2017.[5] By May 21, 2015, Leslie Mann and Kat Dennings had joined the voice cast. Mann would lend her voice to an upscale mother of a rival family, while Dennings would voice her daughter, Dawn. Catherine Keener and Clark Duke would also reprise their roles.[6] On August 9, 2016, nearing NBCUniversal/Comcast's impending acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, 20th Century Fox removed the film from its planned December 22, 2017 release schedule. The film would be instead released by Universal Pictures sometime in 2018.[7] Two weeks later, it was reported that The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania co writers Kevin and Dan Hageman had been hired to rewrite the script.[8]

On November 11, 2016, DreamWorks announced that production for the sequel was cancelled.[9] According to reports, there had been doubts about proceeding with the project before Universal's acquisition of DreamWorks, and it was DreamWorks' decision to cancel the film.[9] However, in September 2017, DreamWorks and Universal revealed that the movie was back in production with a release date scheduled for September 18, 2020. It was also confirmed that the original actors would reprise their roles.[10][11] However, DeMicco, the co-director of the first film, won't be returning as he is directing Vivo for Sony Pictures Animation.[12] In October 2017, it was reported that Joel Crawford would serve as director and Mark Swift was set to produce.[13] In October 2018, Peter Dinklage was cast in the film to voice the character Phil Betterman.[14] In October 2019, DreamWorks revealed that Kelly Marie Tran had replaced Dennings as Dawn while Mann was still confirmed to be part of the cast.[15]


In April 2019, the film was moved to December 23, 2020 by Universal Pictures.[16]. It was previously scheduled to be released on September 18, 2020.[10]


  1. "The Croods 2 in the Works at DreamWorks Animation". ComingSoon.net. April 17, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  2. Giardina, Carolyn (February 24, 2014). "'The Croods': Exploring Family Dynamics -- And What's Next for the Sequel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. "Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone Confirmed for The Croods 2". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. September 9, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. "Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman". ComingSoon.net. 2014-06-12. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. "DreamWorks Animation Shifts Two Sequels Back Slightly". ComingSoon.net. August 21, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  6. Borys Kit (May 21, 2015). "Leslie Mann, Kat Dennings Joining 'Croods 2' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  7. McClintock, Pamela (August 9, 2016). "'Croods 2' Release Delayed Amid DreamWorks Animation Sale". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  8. Busch, Anita (August 23, 2016). "DreamWorks Animation's 'Croods 2' Gets Rewrite With Hageman Brothers". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rainey, James (November 11, 2016). "DreamWorks Animation and Universal Kill 'Croods 2' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kroll, Justin (September 19, 2017). "'Croods 2' Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum's 'Spooky Jack' Get Release Dates". Variety. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  11. Amidi, Amid (September 19, 2017). "Dreamworks Confirms 'The Croods' Sequel Is Back On, And Announces 'Spooky Jack'". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  12. "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils Varied Upcoming Slate" (Press release). Sony Pictures Animation. PR Newswire. January 18, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  13. Giardina, Carolyn (October 18, 2017). "'Croods 2' Finds Its Director (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  14. N'Duka, Amanda; D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 5, 2018). "Peter Dinklage Joins Voice Cast Of 'The Croods 2'". Deadline. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  15. Galuppo, Mia (October 29, 2019), Kelly Marie Tran Joins Voice Cast of 'Croods' Sequel, Hollywood Reporter
  16. D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 12, 2019). "'Sing 2' To Croon Summer 2021; 'The Croods 2' Moves To Holiday Season 2020". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 12, 2019.

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