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: You can read more about the specifics of The Croods
in my review; what occurred to me after I watched it was that it might well be my favorite DreamWorks cartoon so far, especially if you treat the DW-distributed Aardman productions separately. At first, this didn't seem right—even for someone like me (or, I assume, you) who vastly prefers most Pixar movies to almost all DreamWorks movies, there were probably at least a handful of movies that could beat this enjoyable, somewhat slight, beautifully animated caveman picture. Then I looked at their filmography, and here's what I came up with: How to Train Your Dragon
, from Croods
codirector Chris Sanders, might be better, but if it is, it's mostly because of the animation on the central dragon, and frankly, the supporting characters in that one have a bit of that chattering-yammering thing that too many DreamWorks movies go to for dialogue, and as fine as the movie is I've always been a bit puzzled by its almost-as-good-as-Pixar rep. And Kung Fu Panda
is a lot less stupid than it sounds. That's two, because even my bizarre affection for Bee Movie
can't really make a serious case for it being great or even near-great. So yeah, animation aficionados: The Croods
is easily one of the best DreamWorks cartoons ever, and could make a run for the top spot. The lesson here is that Disney's loss was DreamWorks' gain; they ought to keep Chris Sanders on the payroll for as long as possible, because he's probably doing more to boost the studio's output than their ongoing consultations with Roger Deakins and Guillermo del Toro.