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The Croods: A New Age kicks off an evolutionary family feud in first trailer for prehistoric sequel

By Josh Weiss
The Croods A New Age

Roll back the rock to the dawn of time and watch the first trailer for DreamWorks Animation's The Croods: A New Age.

Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Kat Dennings (Thor), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), and Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) join the already stacked voice cast of returning actors: Emma Stone ("Eep Crood"), Nicolas Cage ("Grug Crood"), Ryan Reynolds ("Guy"), Catherine Kenner ("Ugga Crood"), Cloris Leachman ("Gran"), and Clark Duke ("Thunk Crood").

Tran is playing Dawn, a member of the Betterman clan (get it? "Better Man"?), who is sheltered by her parents (Dinklage and Mann). Dawn gets a chance to break out of her protective shell when she meets Eep, but it looks like their rebellious exploits end up putting everyone in danger. The new friends may end up grounded for life (or whatever the ancient equivalent of grounding was) when the dust finally settles.

Watch the first trailer below:

As you can see, the Bettermans are a little further along on the evolutionary scale, thus causing some family friction with the Paleolithic Croods. In addition, the Bettermans' ability to achieve primitive mechanical advancement gives the filmmakers an excuse to make some witty Flinstones-esque jokes about our reliance on technology in the modern era.

DreamWorks Animation vet Joel Crawford (Trolls, Kung Fu Panda 3) directed the project, which marks his feature-length debut. Kevin and Dan Hageman (scribes of the big screen adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) wrote the screenplay along with Paul Fisher and Bob Logan (writers of The Lego Ninjago Movie). Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted) serves as producer.

Check out the poster (a clear nod to the "March of Progress" illustration of an ape evolving into a man) below

The Croods A New Age poster

The first Croods (co-directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders) was released in 2013 and made almost $600 million at the global box office. The Croods: A New Age heads out of the cave and into theaters Wednesday, Nov. 25.

(DreamWorks and SYFY WIRE are both owned by NBC Universal)