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                           THE CROODS
                         
                         
                         
                           Written by
                         
                 Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
                         
                         
                         
                         

                                                       12.12.2012


                         
                         
          SEQ. 75 - PROLOGUE
                         
                         FADE IN:
                         
          A cave painting of the Dreamworks logo. Push past the
          moon to the sun. Bright. Beautiful. The sun DISSOLVES
                         TO:

                         
          Cave paintings of a family of cavemen -- we will come to
          know them as The Croods.
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           With every sun comes a new day. A new
           beginning. A hope that things will be
           better today than they were yesterday.
                         
          The Croods scurry out of their cave like mice looking for
          food. Scared. Fast.
                         
          The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. They
          escape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           But not for me. My name's Eep. This, is
           my family, the Croods. If you weren't
           clued in already by the animal skins and
           sloping foreheads - we're cavemen. Most
           days we spend in our cave, in the dark.
           Night after night, day after day. Yep.
           Home sweet home. When we did go out, we
           struggled to find food in a harsh and
           hostile world. And I struggled to
           survive my family.
                         
          The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. They
          escape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.

                          EEP (V.O.)
           We were the last ones around. There used
           to be neighbors. The Gorts, smashed by a
           mammoth. The Horks, swallowed by a sand
           snake. The Erfs, mosquito bite. Throgs,
           common cold. And, the Croods. That's
           us. The Croods made it...
                         
          Grug protects his family from a GIANT BEAR OWL.
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           Because of my Dad. He was strong... and
           he followed the rules.
                         
          A shadow falls across their feet and Grug ushers his
          family home.

          2.
                         
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           ... the ones painted on the cave walls.
           Anything new is bad, curiosity is bad,
           going out at night is bad. Basically,
           anything fun is bad. Welcome to my
           world.
                         
          They all run back into the cave where Grug slams the rock
          door closed.
                         
          SLOWLY LIGHT ON CAVE PAINTINGS COMES UP AGAIN. But this
          time the light casts an ominous tone.
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           But this is a story about how all that
           changed in an instant.
                         
          RAPID SHOTS OF THE GREAT SPLIT CUTTING THROUGH THE LAND.
          HEADED TOWARDS CROOD VALLEY.
                         
          SHOTS OF CATACLYSM. CUT FASTER AND FASTER UNTIL...
                         
                          EEP (V.O.)
           Because what we didn't know, was that our
           world was about to come to an end. And
           there were no rules on our cave walls to
           prepare us for that.
                         
          CAVEMAN HANDS PRESS against the rock wall. They PUSH. A
          BLINDING LIGHT FLOODS the screen.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 100 - MEET THE CROODS
          A HUGE CAVEMAN, GRUG, RUSHES forward, screaming,
          growling, and throwing handfuls of dirt in a THREAT
          DISPLAY. He BLINKS in the bright morning light. He
          LIFTS and HURLS a large boulder.
                         
                          GRUG
           Raaaaar grooooOOOOoooowwwll ERF ERF
           Glaaaaaabbbbllllllllthhhh!
                         
          As suddenly as he began, Grug stops. Panting, he waits
          for the echoes of his outburst to fade.
                         
          Grug TURNS to the cave entrance, he prepares to BELLOW a
          signal, but before any sound escapes his lips--
                         
          A CAVE GIRL, EEP, bursts from the cave.
          3.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           You're supposed to wait for my signal
           Eep. Eep?
                         
          Eep scares a pack of nearby Liyotes away. They pounce on
          Grug briefly before scampering off. Eep spreads out on
          an overhanging rock. She BASKS IN THE SUN.
                         
                          EEP
           We've been in that cave forever.
                         
                          GRUG
           Three days is not forever.
                         
                          EEP
           It is with this family.
                         
                          GRUG
           Eep would you come down here? You're
           being so dramatic.
                         
          A LITTLE GIRL, SANDY, charges out next. Her display is
          more terrier-like.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           No, no, no Sandy, come back here.
           Remember the signal. Good girls wait for
           the signal.
                         
          A CAVE WOMAN, UGGA, scrambles out next. She is mostly
          focused on catching Sandy, giving only cursory effort to
          her display.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Ugga.
                          UGGA
           As soon as I get Sandy, I'll go back in,
           and you can give the signal.
                         
                          GRUG
           No, I mean, you're already out now.
                         
           THUNK (O.S.)
           I am waiting for the signal, dad.
                         
          We HEAR the voice of Grug's nine-year-old son from inside
          the cave. THUNK is eager to please his dad and emulates
          his every move.
                         
                          GRUG
           Never mind, Thunk. Just, come out.
          4.
                         
                         
                          THUNK
           (not so fast)
           Uhh, but if you don't give the signal,
           how do I know you're my dad?
                         
                          GRUG
           The signal isn't so you know it's me,
           it's so you know I wasn't eaten by an
           animal.
                         
          Beat.
                         
                          THUNK
           Then why is the signal an animal noise?
           I mean, doesn't that just confuse things?
                         
          Grug sighs.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           I don't know... I'm still waiting for the
           signal.
                         
                          GRUG
           Sigh. Hoo hooooo! Hoo hooooo!
                         
          Thunk comes out growling, and barrels into Grug. Thunk
          picks up a boulder and throws it. It ricochets off the
          cliff wall and careens into Grug. Grug gets plowed over
          by the boulder.
                         
                          UGGA
           Mom, we're ready to leave.
                          (BEAT)
           Mom!
                         
          Grug sits up and smiles.
                          GRAN
           Still alive!
                         
          Grug's face drops.
                         
                          GRUG
           It's still early.
                         
                          GRAN
           And you're still fat.
                         
                          GRUG
           Breakfast formation!
                         
          The Croods form up in a flying wedge, with Grug in the
          lead.
          5.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           I want to see some real caveman action
           out there. We do this fast. We do this
           loud, we do this as a family and never
           not be afraid. Go!
                         
                          THUNK
           YAY, BREAKFAST!!!!
                         
          COMPRESSED TIME - The Croods RUN out of Crood canyon,
          across the wide expanses of desert.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 150 - SMASH & GRAB
                         
                         
          EXT. MOUTH OF CROOD CANYON - MORNING
                         
          Grug and the Croods come to a stop at the HUNTING
          GROUNDS. They are spent from a fifteen-mile run.
                         
                          THUNK
                          (HUFFING)
           Yeah... breakfast...
                         
          We see a nest with a huge unguarded blue egg. The Croods
          take shelter behind a rock. Grug PEERS over the top.
                         
                          GRUG
           Who's up?
                         
          Eep's hand SHOOTS up. Thunk is less than enthusiastic.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           We'll flip for it.
                         
          Grug LIFTS Gran on his hand, and FLIPS her up in the air.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Call her in the air.
                         
                          EEP
           Heads.
                         
          Gran FACE-PLANTS, her head buried in the sand. Only her
          tail is showing.
                         
                          GRUG
           Tails. Thunk's in.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Positions.
          6.
                         
                         
          The family fades back and splits up. They get into
          fighting/running position.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Ok. Thunk. Go. Come on Thunk.
                         
          Thunk BREAKS COVER. He dashes into the open, SNATCHES
          the egg.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hah! Way to go. Take it to the cave!
                         
          Thunk PASSES Grug and makes a bee-line for Crood Canyon.
                         
          A Gerf bird smashes Thunk and steals the egg back.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Oooh!
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Release the baby.
                         
          Eep and Sandy MOVE IN on the bird. Sandy NIPS at its
          heels while UGGA CLIMBS up onto its head. She PULLS the
          egg from its beak.
                         
          Down range, TRIP GERBILS SURFACE. They STRETCH their
          shared tail across the Ramu's path like an arresting
          cable on a carrier.
                         
          Ugga RISES to THROW the egg to Grug - the gerbils WRAP
          their tail around the Ramu like a bola. The Ramu GOES
          DOWN hard. Ugga and the egg ROLL forward. The Trip
          Gerbils SNATCH up the egg and make off with it.
                         
                          UGGA
           Get um Mom! Do it for the Croods!
                         
          Gran's cane HOOKS the gerbils in the middle of their tail
          and WHIPS them up and over her shoulder.
                         
                         ON GRAN
                         
          DRIBBLING the egg down-range with her cane like a hockey
          player. LIYOTES POP UP from behind hoodoos. They SWARM
          in behind her.
                         
          The Liyotes TRIP Gran. They steal the egg, and HIT THE
          GAS. They are INCREDIBLY FAST.
                         
                          GRAN
           Old lady down! Eep, avenge me.
          7.
                         
                         
                         ON EEP
                         
          Crouched in the shade of a scrubby bush, like a runner on
          the blocks - she has the Liyotes in her sights. Eep
          LAUNCHES.
                         
          Eep runs after the Liyote with the egg, cutting him off
          in his tracks he slams into a cactus launching the egg
          into the air. Eep leaps into the air taking back the egg.
                         
                          EEP
           Thanks!
                         
          A bunch of Jackrobats see Eep and swarm around her. She
          loses her footing and throws the egg to Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           Eep!
                         
                          EEP
           Heads Up!
                         
          Grug catches the egg and runs by the entrance of a small
          cave. Thunk following close behind accidentally trips
          over the tail of a sleeping Bear Owl knocking Grug to the
          ground and fumbling the egg once again.
                         
          Thunk catches the egg just as the Girelephant bears down
          on him from behind and lifts him onto one of its tusks.
          The family members meet up as they begin their long run
          back to the cave.
                         
          An entire swarm of animals chase the Croods as they head
          back to their cave.
                         
          The Bear Owl is awakened and goes after everyone on the
          chase.
                         
          Grug protecting his family from the BearOwl tosses each
          family member onto the Girelephant's back.
                         
          Grug dodges the BearOwl's attack and uses him as a
          launching pad to get himself safely on the Girelephant.
                         
          Thunk is happy to see Dad is safe.
                         
                          THUNK
           Oh hey Dad, can we eat now?
                         
                          GRUG
           Just wait till we get home. Eep put on
           the brakes.
                         
          The entrance to Crood canyon appears on the horizon.
          8.
                         
                         
          Eep hangs off the edge of one of its tusks as Grug takes
          over the other. Together they dig their heels into the
          ground, slowing down the Girelephant.
                         
          The Bearowl continues the chase. The Croods maneuver the
          Girelephant to fend off the Bearowl.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Eep!
                         
          The Girelephant moving way too fast readies for the
          crash. The Girelephant crashes into the entrance of the
          canyon, sending the Croods flying in. They all tumble.
          Grug makes an extraordinary football catch. He holds
          tight to the meal as he slams into a rock. Grug holds up
          the egg.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Who's hungry?
                         
                          THUNK
           Alright! Good one, dad!
                         
                          GRUG
           Here you go, Thunk. Drink up.
                         
          Grug tosses the egg to Thunk, Thunk fumbles it and it
          cracks open.
                         
                          THUNK
           Sorry, dad.
                         
                          UGGA
           Looks like fast food tonight!
                         
          The family passes the leaky egg around quickly, each
          Crood gets a taste. Thunk is the last Crood to get a
          mouthful, he hands it over to Grug-- the egg is empty.
                         
                          GRUG
           That's alright. I ate last week.
                         
          A SHADOW TOUCHES Grug's feet. He looks up - the sun is
          setting behind the canyon wall. He HOLDS UP his hand to
          gauge how much daylight is left.
                         
                          GRAN
           Two knuckle warning.
                         
                          UGGA
           Come on Croods. Go, go, go.
                         
                          CUT TO:
          9.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 200 - WELCOME TO CROOD CAVE
                         
          INT. CROOD CAVE - EVENING
                         
                          GRUG
           Come on, come on. Darkness brings death!
           We know this.
                         
          The Croods RUN INSIDE THE CAVE. Ugga picks up a heavy
          stick off the floor.
                         
                          UGGA
           The moon is full. Bath night.
           (grumbling, Gran tries to run
                          AWAY)
           You too, Mom.
                         
                          GRAN
           Run for your life.
                         
          Ugga pulls Gran back.
                         
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           I don't want to lose my protective layer.
                         
                          UGGA
           Mom, you've got ants.
           (hanging Sandy up)
                         
          Whack! Like she's cleaning a rug, Ugga SMACKS Sandy hard
          with the stick. Dust and bugs fly off of her.
                         
                          UGGA (CONT'D)
           See? Sandy doesn't fuss.
                         
          Ugga CLAPS her hands together and Sandy knows to let go.
          She hits the floor and SCAMPERS away.
                         
                          GRAN
                          (UPSET)
           Aaaaaaaaaah.
                         
          Grug enters and looks around the cave.
                         
                          GRUG
           Is she still out there?
                         
                          UGGA
           You know she hates the cave, Grug.
                         
          ON EEP clinging to the side of the sheer rock face above
          Crood cave. She RAISES HER HAND to `catch' a few more
          moments of sun.
          10.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Please come back tomorrow.
                         
          ON GRUG getting his `bath.'
                         
                          GRUG
           How can she not like the cave? It's so
           cozy.
                         
                          UGGA
           It is a little, dark, Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           It's not that dark.
                         
          Grug is finished with his bath.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
                          (LOSING PATIENCE)
           Eep! Eep?
                         
          Eep begins to climb down the wall outside when she hears
          a sound in the distance. Curious, she begins to climb
          even higher. Grug leaves the cave, searching for her.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Come on, I gotta close the cave...
                         
          ON GRUG exiting the cave... Grug sees that Eep is at the
          very top.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Eep!
                         
          Eep continues to climb.
                          EEP
           Okay, okay!
                         
                          GRUG
           Come on.
                         
          Behind Grug, the Bear Owl appears up the canyon. It
          SPOTS Grug and the open cave and RACES to attack. Grug
          sees the BearOwl in full attack mode.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           EEP! COME DOWN!!
                         
          Grug throws a rock which momentarily stuns the creature,
          allowing Eep to JUMP DOWN and DART into the cave. Grug
          barely gets the cave closed in time.
          11.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
                          SIGH 
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 210 - BEDTIME STORY
                         
          The Bear Owl PUSHES his paw through the narrow opening,
          and FEELS around for the Croods. The Croods are like
          mice in this world.
                         
                          GRUG
           That was too close!
                         
                          EEP
           I was watching. I was fine.
                         
                          GRUG
           What were you doing up there, Eep?
                         
                          EEP
           I don't know.
                         
                          GRUG
           What were you looking for?
                         
                          EEP
           Nothing.
                         
                          GRUG
           Well then why did you go up there?
                         
                          EEP
                          (ANNOYED)
           I don't know.
                          GRUG
           Why don't you know? Stop looking for
           things. Fear keeps us alive Eep. Never
           not be afraid.
                         
          Eep climbs up on a ledge and curls up in the corner where
          a tiny spot of light seeps in.
                         
                          EEP
                          (TO HERSELF)
           What's the point of all this?
                         
                          GRUG
           Hmmm? What was that?
          12.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           (a little louder)
           I mean, why are we here? What are we
           doing this for?
                         
                          CROODS
                          GROAN 
                         
                          GRUG
           No one said survival was fun.
                         
                          EEP
           Nothing is fun.
                         
                          GRUG
           Hmm? Would you come down here. Eep?
                         
          No answer. Grug CLIMBS up. Ugga PULLS Grug back down.
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug. Off.
                         
                          GRUG
           Yes.
                         
          Grug climbs back up.
                         
                          UGGA
           Off!
                         
                          GRUG
           I just don't see why she needs her own
           ledge. That's all. That's what this is
           about.
                         
                          UGGA
           She's working through some things and
           needs her own space.
                         
                          GRUG
           What things? How long is this going to
           take? Really? I mean she already
           doesn't listen to me.
                         
          A pebble hits Grug in the head. It came from Eep's
          ledge.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hey!
                         
                          UGGA
           See? She's listening.
          13.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           If she wants to survive, she has to
           follow our rules.
                         
                          UGGA
           How about a story? Eep loves those.
                         
          Grug brightens.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (BRIGHTENING)
           That's a good idea ... How about a story,
           huh?
                         
                          THUNK
           Oh yeah, tell us a story.
                         
          The Croods minus Eep gather in a semi-circle on the
          ground. Grug retrieves Sandy and her Krispy Bear from
          the bone-crib.
                         
                          GRUG
           Ok. Can I borrow that? Thank you. Eep!
           Your old favorite?
                         
                          EEP
           I haven't played with that thing in
           years.
                         
                          GRUG
           Tonight we'll hear the story of Krispy
           Bear.
                         
          Grug sits and waits a beat for Eep to join, but she stays
          put.
          As Grug talks, he gestures at a rough sketch on the wall
          of the cave.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           A long time ago, this little bear was
           alive. She was alive because she
           listened to her father and lived her life
           in routine and darkness and terror. So
           she was happy. But Krispy had one,
           terrible problem. She was filled with...
           curiosity.
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug!
                         
          Ugga covers Sandy's ears.
          14.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Yes. And one day, while she was in a
           tree, the curious little bear wanted to
           climb to the top.
                         
                          THUNK
           Wha?
                         
                          GRUG
           And no sooner than she climbed to the
           top, she saw something new and died.
                         
          Grug SWATS the painting.
                         
                          THUNK
           Just like that?
                         
                          GRUG
           Yes! Her last moments of terror still
           frozen on her face.
                         
          Grug holds out Krispy Bear. The family is terrified.
                         
                          GRAN
           Oh, same ending as everyday.
                         
                          THUNK
                          (FREAKED OUT)
           I get it, dad. I get it. I will never
           do anything new or different.
                         
                          GRUG
           Good man, Thunk.
                         
          Pan across the walls to reveal they are covered with
          stories all seemingly with the same ending.
                          UGGA
           Alright, everyone sharpen your teeth and
           let's pile up.
                         
          All their worst fears confirmed, the Croods snuggle into
          one big heap, warm and comfy. Grug casts a glance to
          Eep's ledge. She doesn't budge.
                         
           FADE TO BLACK:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 500 - FOLLOW THE LIGHT
          15.
                         
                         
          INT. CROOD CAVE - NIGHT
                         
          The Croods sleep peacefully in their pile. Except Eep,
          who tosses restlessly on her LEDGE. Outside, we hear the
          ROARS and HOWLS of prehistoric creatures fighting.
                         
          But then, SILENCE.
                         
          And then cutting through the primordial night is a
          MUSICAL SOUND. Unsettling. Unearthly. Eep creeps
          around her sleeping family and cautiously approaches the
          "door" to peer outside, when suddenly--
                         
          WHOOSH! A bright light blazes through the gaps around
          the boulder door, bathing Eep in an OTHER-WORLDLY GLOW.
          She chases the flash of light around the cave trying to
          catch it in her hands.
                         
          Eep presses her face against the cold boulder, trying to
          get a look at what is outside, but she can't get more
          than a blurred glimpse of the canyon beyond - and the
          disappearing light.
                         
          Desperate to see more, Eep braces her back against the
          cave and PUSHES the plug rock with her legs. Slowly, she
          shifts the rock, careful not to wake her father. It takes
          all of her strength, but she manages to move it just
          enough for her to BARELY SQUEEZE out.
                         
          EXT. CROOD CANYON - CONTINUOUS
                         
          Eep stands outside at night for the first time ever. Her
          heart races. The hot night wind blows against her face
          and through her hair. The forbidden sensation is
          exhilarating.
          The canyon beyond is quickly swallowing the light - it
          will be gone in another few seconds. With one of her
          hands pressed tightly to the cave `door', she steels
          herself.
                         
          Eep LETS GO and DASHES after the light, SCRAMBLING
          through the SANDSTONE NARROWS, bounding from side to
          side. As she disappears into the darkness of the canyon,
          we...
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. CANYON
                         
          The light ahead is growing brighter. Eep is closing on
          it. In her excitement, she missteps and SNAPS a stick
          underfoot.
          16.
                         
                         
          It was barely audible. Eep instinctively FREEZES.
                         
          A huge SHADOW of a TUSKED CREATURE is cast on the wall
          above her. Eep throws a rock at the shadow.
                         
          She POWERS STRAIGHT UP the stone wall with unexpected
          speed.
                         
          The Creature RUNS. Eep tops the wall and...
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 550 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
                         
                         
          EXT. ROCK ARCH - NIGHT
                         
          Eep steps into a small clearing. Stuck in the ground, is
          a TORCH. As far as Eep knows, this is the thing she was
          following. Eep crouches down and cautiously approaches.
                         
          REVERSE ANGLE - Eep can feel the heat from the fire on
          the palms of her hands and her face. TENSE. EXCITING.
                         
          But camouflaged against the rock wall behind her,
          something MOVES. A WARTHOG CREATURE stands upright and
          creeps up behind her.
                         
          Eep reaches out to TOUCH the flame. The torch blows away
          from her. The wind has changed direction. The breeze at
          her back, Eep smells the Creature behind her. On her
          face, awe turns to determination as she wheels and grabs
          the creature. She THROWS and FLIPS it over her shoulder.
          It hits the torch, knocking it to the ground. Eep jumps
          back, GRABBING a good-sized rock - she's poised to bash
          the Creature's brains in.
                         
                          CREATURE
           Nuh! Nuh!
                         
          The Creature defensively raises its arms, hands in front
          of its face.
                         
                          GUY
           No!
                         
          Hands? Eep GASPS, shocked to see HUMAN HANDS attached to
          this monstrosity.
                         
          The Creature slowly puts his hands to the sides of his
          grotesque head, and RAISES its mask. It's a boy... he's
          BEAUTIFUL! This is GUY.
          17.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Augh!
                         
          Eep LEAPS BACK a few paces, DROPPING the rock on Guy's
          foot.
                         
                          GUY
           AAAAAAAUGHHHHHHHH!
                         
                          EEP
           Shhh!
                         
          Eep moves swiftly to silence him. She POUNCES on him and
          TWISTS his head sideways. Guy is SUFFOCATING. He feels
          around for a stick and BASHES Eep in the side of the
          head.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Ow!
                         
                          GUY
                          (GASPING)
           Air.
                         
                          EEP
           ...You talk.
                         
                          GUY
           I'm a person, like you.
                         
          Eep TOSSES the boulder aside and LIFTS Guy with one hand.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Sort of... like you.
                         
          Eep OPENS Guy's mouth and pokes around inside. She
          SNIFFS at him. Turns him upside-down.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Okay, could you not, hee hee hee, that
           tickles. Hey!
                         
          Eep looks closely at BELT, a sloth wrapped around Guy's
          waist. Belt's eyes OPEN.
                         
                          EEP
           Augh!
                         
          Eep DROPS Guy on his head.
                         
                          GUY
           OW! Wow. --
                         
          Eep jams her foot over Guy's mouth.
          18.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Quiet! I'm not supposed to be out here.
                         
          Guy BITES her foot.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           OW!
                         
          She KICKS Guy in the stomach. He ROLLS sideways. Guy is
          getting the worst of this encounter. Eep kicks Guy off-
          frame. We HEAR the fight continuing.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          INT. CROOD CAVE
                         
          Grug is awakened by wind coming from the cave opening.
          He pushes the "sleep pile" off of him. Checks Eep's
          ledge... but she is gone.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (TO UGGA)
           Eep's gone.
                         
                          UGGA
           What? Grug!
                         
                          GRUG
           Stay in the cave!
                         
          Grug stands outside the entrance to the cave. Peering
          into utter darkness. He steels himself... and then
          releases his hand from the "door."
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 560 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (PART II)
                         
                         
          EXT. ROCK ARCH
                         
          Guy is still on his knees.
                         
                          GUY
           (in pain, defeated)
           Wow. You're really strong.
                         
          The flame DWINDLES. Guy MOVES toward it. Eep BLOCKS
          him.
                         
                          EEP
           No! It's mine. No, no. I caught it!
          19.
                         
                         
          No way Guy is getting past her.
                         
                          GUY
           It's dying. I can fix it!
                         
          Eep doesn't want to.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Please. I hate the dark.
                         
          Eep sees a kindred spirit. She gets out of his way. Guy
          PICKS UP the torch and BLOWS. Eep scoots closer to Guy,
          staying in the circle of light around him. As Guy brings
          the fire back to life, the relief on his face is familiar
          to Eep. This boy seems to have power over light itself.
          Eep is smitten.
                         
                          EEP
           It does what you tell it?
                         
                          GUY
           Well, yeah, sort of.
                         
                          EEP
           The sun?
                         
                          GUY
           No, no. Fire.
                         
                          EEP
           (to the flame)
           Hi, fire.
                         
                          GUY
                          (LAUGHING)
           It's not alive.
                          EEP
           But you said it was dying.
                         
                          GUY
           Uh sorry,--
                         
                          EEP
           It comes from where you come from?
                         
                          GUY
           No. I make it.
                         
          Eep BALLS her fist, GRABBING Guy tightly by the hair.
                         
                          EEP
           Make some for me.
          20.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           Ow. Okay, it doesn't come out of me.
                         
                          EEP
           Make. MAKE! MAKE IT!
                         
          Eep SQUEEZES Guy like a tube of toothpaste.
                         
                          GUY
           You do this a lot.
                         
          Something CRACKS. Eep DROPS Guy - he's broken.
                         
                          EEP
           Are you dead? Can I have your fire if
           you're dead?
                         
          Belt RUBS two flat rocks together and places them on
          Guy's chest like defibrillator paddles. Guy BOLTS
          upright.
                         
                          GUY
           Hey, those are cold!
                         
                          BELT
           Squirf!
                         
                          GUY
           You think? Listening shells, activate.
                         
          Belt AND Guy use shells to LISTEN to the ground.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           I concur. Tiger girl, we need to leave
           immediately.
          He tries to pull her by the arm. She stays put like an
          anchor.
                         
                          EEP
           I don't even know you.
                         
                          GUY
           (pained, rushed)
           Ow. I'm Guy.
                         
                          EEP
           Guy?
                         
                          GUY
           And this is Belt. Cook,
           conversationalist, navigator, also keeps
           my pants up.
          21.
                         
                         
                          BELT
           Hhiiyaa! Yaaa!
                         
                          EEP
           What are "pants up?"
                         
                          GUY
           Who are you?
                         
                          EEP
           Eep.
                         
                          GUY
           (cutting her off)
           Let me clarify, Eep. The world is
           ending.
                         
                          EEP
           What?
                         
                          GUY
           I'm calling it...
                          (VERY DRAMATIC)
           The... End.
                         
                          BELT
           Da da daaaaa.
                         
                          EEP
           How do you know?
                         
          Guy and Belt both do gestures to accompany the Da da
          daaaa. It seems very important to them.
                         
                          GUY
           I've seen it. It's coming this way.
           First, the Earth is going to shake. Then
           it breaks open. Everything falls in.
           Fire. Lava. I don't mean to sound too
           dramatic, but Aaaaaaaugh. Believe me,
           everything we're standing on, all this
           right here, will be gone.
                         
          Again with the gestures. It's a little weird to Eep.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           We've got to get to high ground. I know a
           mountain, that way--
                         
          He points into the distance.
          22.
                         
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           It's our only chance.
           (extending his hand)
           Come with me.
                         
          Guy and Belt reach out their hands to Eep.
                         
                          EEP
           I can't.
                         
          Guy hands the shell to Eep. And Eep is mesmerized. Guy
          pulls his hog-mask back down.
                         
                          GUY
           Okay. Here. If you survive, call me.
                         
          Eep test-blows the shell. It makes a sound, she giggles.
          When she looks up to thank Guy, he is GONE.
                         
                          EEP
           Thank you. Hello? Hey!
                         
          Eep BUMPS directly into Grug.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Dad!
                         
                          GRUG
           Are you hurt? What took you?
                         
                          EEP
           Nothing. I left on my own.
                         
                          GRUG
           You... youuuuuuu... ww-what!?
                          EEP
           Dad, let me explain...
                         
          A low GROWL interrupts them.
                         
          ON THE BEAR OWL Sniffing around. It passes over a log.
                         
          CRANE DOWN to reveal Grug hanging under the log by one
          hand, Eep dangling in the other.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
                          (WHISPERED)
           You never let me talk.
                         
                          GRUG
           You're grounded.
                         
                          CUT TO:
          23.
                         
                         
          SEQ. 610 - EARTHQUAKE
                         
                         
          EXT. CANYON - OUTSIDE THE KEYHOLE - MORNING
                         
          Grug and Eep move up the canyon. Eep furiously kicks a
          rock, it nearly hits Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           Hey!
                         
          Things are tense between the two. At the KEYHOLE, they
          are met by the rest of the Croods.
                         
                          UGGA
           Eep!
                         
                          EEP
           Mom!
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug! What happened!?
                         
                          GRUG
           You know what, I am so mad right now,
           that I can't talk to her.
                         
                          UGGA
           Eep?
                         
                          EEP
           You'll never believe it. I found
           something new.
                         
                          CROODS
           New?!!!!
          The Croods all SNATCH up stones. They form a defensive
          circle.
                         
                          GRUG
           New's a big problem!
                         
          Eep is trapped in the middle of the defensive formation.
          She SQUEEZES out.
                         
                          EEP
           Wait. Wait!
                         
                          UGGA
           Eep. Stay inside the family kill circle.
                         
                          EEP
           It wasn't bad.
          24.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           New is always bad.
                         
                          EEP
           No. He was nice.
                         
                          GRUG
           What!? Excuse me? He?
                         
                          EEP
           Oh. Well, I thought he was a warthog,
           but then he turned into a boy.
                         
                          GRAN
           Strange. Usually it's the reverse.
                         
          Grug RAISES an eyebrow.
                         
                          THUNK
           Eep's got a boy hog! Eep's got a boy
           hog!
                         
          Eep ELBOWS Thunk in the back of his head.
                         
                          EEP
           There was a boy. Watch, okay. I'm gonna
           call him.
                         
          Eep pulls out the SHELL. She BLOWS into the shell - the
          sound ALARMS the Croods.
                         
          They SMACK the shell from Eep's hand and SMASH it with
          their rocks.
                         
          Eep is incredulous. The dust clears - the panting Croods
          are satisfied the object is gone.
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           What is wrong with you?
                         
                          GRUG
           It was dangerous.
                         
                          EEP
                          (VERY ANGRY)
           It was beautiful. You want to see
           dangerous? Here.
                         
          She pelts Thunk with a rock.
                         
                          THUNK
           Owww! My sniffer!
          25.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay Eep, that's it. We're going back to
           the cave and you're going to stay in
           there until you're older than... her!
                         
                          EEP
           What!? You can't keep me inside forever!
                         
          Eep throws a tantrum of epic proportion. She SLAMS a
          rock on the ground. It SHATTERS to dust.
                         
          CREAK! A strange GROAN is heard from under the ground.
          Then a small amount of sand falls from up above. A crack
          starts to splinter under their feet.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           He said this would happen.
                         
          Then BOOM! The ground starts to SHAKE!
                         
                          GRUG
           Get to the cave! GO!
                         
          The Croods RACE through the CANYON NARROWS, fighting
          their way through falling boulders and shifting ground,
          heading towards the safety of their cave.
                         
          The Croods see the cave entrance. The canyon walls above
          their home start to crack. Grug sees that the falling
          rock will crush the cave.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Look out! Stop!
                         
          Grug leaps and tackles his family, protecting them from
          the mass of rocks crashing down.
          The top of the canyon collapses and the Crood's cave is
          destroyed. Everything is engulfed by dust. The earth
          settles.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
          SEQ. 710 - CROSSING OVER
                         
          The dust clears a bit - the Croods are in a tight ball,
          covered by Grug. Grug stands, all Croods were sheltered
          and safe under his mighty arms.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Is everyone okay?
                         
                          UGGA
           Yes. Grug, the cave, it's gone.
          26.
                         
                         
          Grug looks back to Crood cave. It is gone.
                         
                          GRUG
           No.
                         
          Grug searches the rubble for any sign that the cave might
          still be there. He finds one handprint, split in two.
                         
          He carefully fits them back together. Emotional, he
          lowers his head.
                         
          As Eep steps forward, a shaft of light filtering through
          the dusty veil from the wreckage crosses her face--
                         
          As the dust descends, Eep sees A NEW WORLD beyond.
                         
                          EEP
           You really need to see this...
                         
          The dumbfounded Croods stare in awe at the beautiful
          world.
                         
          The Croods look out at the new world.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           We should go there!
                         
                          GRUG
           No. No one is going anywhere.
                         
          Grug pulls Eep back from the precipice.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           What else did that boy say?
                         
          WHOOSH! Suddenly, bursting from the New World is a giant
          flying creature - a TURTLE DOVE.
                         
          The Croods reel back as it sails overhead. They turn to
          watch the Turtle Dove as it flies away.
                         
          They hear a familiar menacing growl. It's the BEAR OWL!
                         
          It roars and charges toward the Croods.
                         
          Grug instinctively GRABS a giant boulder and rolls it in
          front of his family.
                         
          The Bear Owl runs and swats the massive boulder away like
          a ball of yarn.
                         
          But the Croods are not behind it. They are running
          towards the New World.
          27.
                         
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug?
                         
                          GRUG
           Just go! Go! Go!
                         
          The Croods run towards the precipice with the Bear Owl
          closing in.
                         
          They reach the edge. The Bear Owl dives.
                         
          The Croods LEAP. They hang for a moment and begin
          tumbling down a steep jungle hill.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 776 - NEW WORLD
                         
          EXT. NEW WORLD. DAY
                         
          The Croods tumble through a twisty mess of giant roots
          and strange plants and land in a heap. They all lie on
          their backs, disoriented, but momentarily calm.
                         
          Grug sits up first. He turns to the high, high, cliff
          above them -- to the top, where they have lived all their
          lives up to this moment. A few loose pebbles continue to
          tumble down. There is no sign of the BEAR OWL.
                         
          The others stand up, and they take in this new place.
                         
          Grug takes a deep breath and then quickly counts:
                         
                          GRUG
           One, two, three, four, five --
          BEAT. Grug smiles.
                         
          Gran lands in a heap behind him.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
                          (DEFEATED)
           Six.
                         
                          GRAN
           (winces in pain)
           Oh... Where are we?
                         
                          GRUG
           I don't know, I'm not sure. Down. In a
           lower place. One thing's for sure, we
           can't go back the way we came.
          28.
                         
                         
          The Croods SIT UP. They are disoriented.
                         
                         ON SANDY
                         
                          SANDY
           Sniff sniff sniff 
           Grrrrrrrrrrr..... 
                         
                          UGGA
           (hushed, urgent)
           Sandy? What is it?
                         
          Sandy LUNGES at something almost disappearing into a
          bush.
                         
          Grug BARELY catches Sandy by her leg. Grug PULLS her back
          like a dog on a leash.
                         
                          GRUG
           No, no! Come back, Sandy!
                         
          Sandy has a MOUSEPHANT in her mouth. Grug knocks it from
          Sandy's mouth. A gaggle of mousephants run out from the
          bush and scurry away.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
                          (TENSE WHISPER)
           We can't be out in the open like this.
           We need a cave. Now step where I step.
                         
          They start moving.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
                          (WHISPERS)
           Okay. Stay quiet. Hopefully nothing big
           knows we're here yet.
          PULL BACK - a huge colorful predator, THE MACAWNIVORE
          senses something. He SITS UP and STALKS OFF.
                         
          ON THE CROODS moving fitfully through the strange forest.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay.
                         
          The Croods cautiously move in fits and stops through the
          middle of this thick, pre-historic rainforest.
                         
                          THUNK
                          (RAMBLING)
           So Dad, just to be clear, are we looking
           for the exact same cave?
                          (MORE)
          29.
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           If it was me, I'm just throwing this out
           there, if it was me choosing the cave, I
           would go with a smaller cave.
                         
          As they trek, strange creatures (BEAR PEARS, PUNCH
          MONKEYS) watch these foreigners.
                         
          In the front of the line, Grug is freaked out. But in
          the back Eep is taking in the wonders. They pass through
          a curtain of hefty hanging pears. After they pass the
          "pears" all turn to watch the Croods.
                         
          A leaf FLUTTERS down.
                         
                          GRUG
           Wait.
                         
          Eep and Grug LOOK UP.
                         
          WE PULL BACK TO REVEAL THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY PUNCH
          MONKEYS.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad?
                         
                          GRUG
           I'll take care of this.
                         
          Grug launches into his Threat Display -
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           WWAAAAaaarrgghhaarrraaaarrgghhh!!
                         
          He flails his arms around and jumps about in front of the
          nearest Punch Monkey. No reaction from the Punch Monkey.
          Grug stops, confused... The Punch Monkey now breaks into a
          BROAD GRIN... Then hauls off and - THUD - Punches Grug in
          the face! Grug reels back, surprised - turns... Right into
          another Punch Monkey. It winds up and - THUD! - it hits
          Grug - Grug reels back - into another Monkey - THUD! -
                         
                          THUNK
           Alright dad, go get `em! Oh, oh, now you
           got em-- Now they're really hitting you.
           Dad I got it, just stop running into
           their fists.
                         
          Gran joins in and punches Grug in the nose.
                         
                          GRAN
           Hah, I'm loving this.
          30.
                         
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug, when you're done, we should get
           going.
                         
          Wide shot: Grug is being bounced back and forth like a
          pinball from one punch Monkey to the next. The Punch
          Monkeys are whooping and hollering - this is great fun!
          The Punch Monkeys let go of Grug and begin running away
          for no apparent reason.
                         
          Grug staggers backwards into the family.
                         
                          GRUG
           That's right! You can't get past this!
                         
                          CHUNKY
           ROOOAR!
                         
                         
          A colorful 'bush' rears up - it's not a bush, it's a
          MACAWNIVORE! The Croods react, terrified
                         
          Grug throws a rock at it. The Macawnivore catches the
          rock and SPRINGS! -
                         
                          CROODS
                          GASPS 
                         
                          GRUG
           Climb! Climb! Climb!
                         
          Grug pushes and forces the Croods up a huge tree then as
          it steps away-- it is actually a giant animal.
                         
          GRUG'S POV: A cave!
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           CAVE! GO! GO!
                         
          The Croods jump off the bird leg in hopes of getting to
          the cave.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Come on! Hurry up, let's go! Come on!
                         
          The Croods all RUN LIKE CRAZY in the direction Grug
          pointed. They step inside the "cave." SLAM! The front
          of the cave comes down. The Croods have jumped inside
          the MOUTH of a LAND WHALE!
          31.
                         
                         
                          THUNK
           Hey look! This cave has a tongue.
           Awesome!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1250 - GUY TO THE RESCUE
                         
          The Land Whale stands up and then SPITS the Croods out
          through its blow hole. The Croods land in a heap.
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay, that's one, two, three, four,
           five... six...
                         
                          GRAN
           And seven... if we're counting Chunky the
           Death Cat.
                         
                          CHUNKY
           Grrrrrrrrr.
                         
          The Macawnivore appears from behind some nearby grass.
          It looks at the Croods with delight. Suddenly, the
          shadow of the setting sky passes over the Macawnivore.
          It freaks out and retreats into the forest.
                         
                          THUNK
           Hah! It's scared of the dark... wait...
           we're scared of the dark.
                         
          And for good reason, because as the SHADOW from the
          setting sun falls across the Croods.
                         
          Suddenly, thousands of PIRANHA OWLS BURST from the
          grasses around the Croods and form a huge undulating
          cloud above them. It's a beautiful sight.
                         
          The cloud of Piranha Owls then SETTLE on a massive LAND
          WHALE.
                         
          Moments later, they fly back into the air - the whale is
          SKELETONIZED. It CRUMPLES to the ground.
                         
                          GRUG
           Kill circle!
                         
          The Croods form their defensive circle, brandishing
          rocks.
                         
          Eep spies a SKULL lying in the sand. She SPRINTS for it.
          32.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Eep! Eeeep!
                         
          Eep breaks a horn from the skull and BLOWS on it loud and
          long.
                         
          ON GUY hearing the horn. He is happy to hear the sound,
          knowing it's Eep calling him.
                         
          Then as Guy begins walking towards the sound, Guy notices
          the circling birds in the sky. Alarmed, he DASHES off.
                         
          Guy appears at the treeline. He spots Eep standing alone
          in the clearing. He sees the birds heading towards her.
          He runs and leaps off a ROCK OUTCROPPING jumping right
          over the CROODS who are huddled near the ROCK.
                         
          Guy lands and in one fluid motion knocking the horn out
          of Eep's hand to stop the noise then STRIKES a spark with
          two STONES. The birds close in, blotting out the
          remaining light. All goes BLACK.
                         
          Then, a tiny leaf of flame FLUTTERS to life before Guy.
          He THROWS two more handfuls of grass on it, and it FLARES
          UP! The light SPLITS the onrushing red tide of birds
          like a knife. For a few moments the Croods are inside a
          TORNADO of the tiny monsters. The mass PASSES.
                         
          Grug SLAPS at one last smoldering bird FLUTTERING past.
                         
          Grug TURNS to see Guy, HOLDING his daughter. Grug's
          expression DARKENS. He SNARLS.
                         
                          GUY
           Ta-da.
                          EEP
           (Sigh.)
                         
          Grug pushes Eep aside and shows Guy his threat display.
                         
                          GRUG
           Auughhauhhhgggh!
                         
           SMASH CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 1275 - FIRE GOOD, FIRE BAD
                         
          Suddenly, Guy and Eep are circled by the Croods. They
          are in defensive ape-like positions. Each doing their
          threat display.
          33.
                         
                         
                          CROODS
           Raaarr,
           grOooOOOOowwllll,
                          ERF ERF
           GLaaabbbllllellelller!
                         
          Guy stands in front of Eep defensively.
                         
                          GUY
           Cavies!
                         
                          EEP
           Cavies?
                         
                          GUY
           Cavemen! Stand back! They're
           practically animals. See their bony,
           sloping foreheads?
                         
                          EEP
           Oh... yeah!
                         
                          GUY
           The huge primitive teeth?
                         
                          EEP
           Er... yeah...
                         
                          GUY
           The excessive body hair? Oh, that one's
           got a tail...
                         
                          EEP
           Uhhh... yeah...
                         
          Guy PULLS his knife.
                          GUY
           Close your eyes. I'm going to have to
           take their lives.
                         
                          EEP
           (slapping the knife away)
           No. It won't help.
                          (EMBARRASSED)
           They're my family.
                         
                          GUY
           What?
                         
          Eep nods toward Thunk.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ah, the sun is in his hands!
          34.
                         
                         
          The Croods keep circling.
                         
                          EEP
           No. No. It's "fire."
                         
                          UGGA
           Where did it come from?
                         
                          EEP
                          (PROUDLY)
           He made it.
                         
          Grug grabs him and squeezes him tight.
                         
                          GRUG
           Make some for me!
                         
                          EEP
           It doesn't come out of him.
                         
                          GRUG
           Make. Make it.
                         
          POP! Guy's ribs are cracked for the second time.
                         
                          GUY
           You know, you're a lot like your
           daughter.
                         
          Guy falls in a heap.
                         
                          EEP
           Great, now he's broken.
                         
           UGGA (O.S.)
           Oh, it's a baby sun.
          Grug turns to see Ugga, Thunk, Gran and Sandy are now
          sitting very close around the fire, transfixed.
                         
                          GRUG
           Whoa! Stay back. We don't know what it
           wants.
                         
          As Grug moves around the circle, picking up sitting
          Croods and placing them a safe distance from the fire, he
          talks to them like a kindergarten teacher:
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Now we'll all sit here, and wait for the
           sun to come back. And tomorrow we'll
           find a new cave, and pretend today never
           happened.
                          (MORE)
          35.
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           (looks at the fire)
           Isn't this fun, Eep?
                         
          Grug looks around to see that Eep is kneeling beside Guy.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Eep, don't touch him. Goodness knows
           where he's been.
                         
          Suddenly, behind Grug, Sandy ATTACKS the torch. She
          shakes it with her teeth, EMBERS FLY EVERYWHERE.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad, Sandy's hurting fire.
                         
          Grug reaches down and scoops up Sandy. (NOTE: From this
          point, Grug will hold onto Sandy, no matter how much she
          struggles, kicks and bites.)
                         
                          GRUG
           Sandy! No! Fire is not a play thing!
                         
                          UGGA
           Aww, what a cute little guy.
                         
                          GRUG
           Hey, stay back.
                         
          The Croods snatch at the embers as they dance in the air
          around them.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           No, no, no, wait!
                         
          One of the embers has caught onto Thunk's tunic.
                          THUNK
           It likes me!
           (after a beat)
           Hey! IT'S BITING ME!!
                         
          Thunk takes off running like a maniac.
                         
          The flame explodes into embers, which starts more fires
          in the grass around him. Grug looks at the growing fires
          with utter confusion.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
                          (SCREAMING)
           Ow! You're not my friend. Stop, stop
           touching me!
          36.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Thunk! Uh, try hiding from it in the
           tall dry grass!
                         
          Thunk sprints through the grass, arms flailing, as a ring
          of fire blazes up.
                         
                          THUNK
           (pleading with fire)
           Stop please, please. I'm only nine.
                         
          Gran cackles at her grandson's misfortune, but then she
          realizes her WALKING STICK IS ON FIRE.
                         
          Angrily, Gran starts to slam the burning end of the stick
          on the ground, trying to put it out.
                         
          But she only ends up making more small fires.
                         
                          UGGA
           Ooh, more fire babies.
                         
          While Gran tries desperately to save her cane, Ugga
          starts throwing sticks on the small fires, which begin to
          grow in size.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          EEP AND GUY.
                         
                          EEP
           Hi.
                         
                          GUY
           So, your Dad, he's trying to kill me.
                          EEP
           Yeah. But I won't let him.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          Eep and Guy witness the FIERY MAYHEM:
                         
           GRUG (O.S.)
           Hold on son, come back!
                         
          SERIES OF SHOTS:
                         
           GRUG is chasing THUNK in circles, throwing rocks at his
          flaming butt.
                         
                          THUNK
           I don't like you anymore!
          37.
                         
                         
           Sandy, who is still in Grug's arms, but facing
          backwards, is now holding onto a burning stick and
          lighting everything she passes on fire.
                         
                          SANDY
           Weeeee!!!!
                         
           Gran, who is still trying to put out her stick, is
          batting it into every tree and bush she can hit.
                         
                          GRAN
           Get out! Out!
                         
           Ugga carries a REDWOOD above her head and then tosses
          it onto the small fire.
                         
                          UGGA
           Eat up, babies!
                         
          WHOOSH! Ugga ignites a massive bonfire.
                         
          The Croods appear like a bunch of violent, lunatic
          pyromaniacs.
                         
          CLOSE ON GRAN
                         
          Gran is pounding her walking stick on the ground.
                         
          PULL BACK TO REVEAL - she is standing on the edge of a
          giant corn field that is slowly catching on fire.
                         
                          GRAN
           Die! Die!
                         
          POOF! The fire on her cane has finally gone out.
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           I win!
                         
          She smiles. And then WA-POP!
                         
          The giant ear of corn explodes blasting Gran off frame
          who slams into Thunk. The speeding ear picks up Ugga,
          Grug.
                         
          ON EEP AND GUY
                         
                          EEP
           They're not so scary once you get to know
           them.
                         
          Eep and Guy are HIT by the speeding corn.
          38.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           Who are you people?
                         
                          UGGA
           Oh, I'm sorry. We're the Croooooods!
           And you are?
                         
                          GUY
           Uh, Guy.
                         
                          CROODS
                          (WAVING)
           Hi, Guy.
                         
          The speeding ear CRASHES into a lone tree, sending Guy
          and the Croods sprawling across the tundra. The flying
          ears ROCKET SKYWARD and BURST like colorful fireworks.
                         
                          THUNK
           Wow! Looks like magic. And smells like
           food.
                         
          Popcorn kernels RAIN DOWN upon the Croods. They are
          BURIED.
                         
                          GRUG
           Don't eat it, it's new.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1425 - THE GOAL IS SET
                         
          The Croods burst out of a mountain of popcorn.
                         
                          CROODS
           Still alive!
                         
          ON THE BASE OF THE POPCORN PILE
                         
           GUY (0.S.)
           Come on, keep eating.
                         
                          BELT
           Squirf!
                         
                         
          Guy BURROWS out the side of the popcorn pile like a
          prisoner escaping Alcatraz.
                         
                          GUY
           gasping for air 
           (checks to see if he's been
                          SPOTTED)
          39.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Hey, where's Guy?
                         
          Guy RUNS for the mountain. Eep POUNCES on Guy like a
          tiger.
                         
                          GUY
           No!
                         
                          EEP
           Going somewhere?
                         
                          GUY
           The mountain? High ground? End of the
           world, remember?
                         
                          EEP
           That already happened. It destroyed our
           cave.
                         
                          GUY
                          (STRUGGLING)
           Noooo. That was just the beginning of the
           end. The end of the end is still coming.
                         
                          GRUG
           (as if to a dog)
           Eep. Drop it.
                         
          Eep SETS him down. Guy BOLTS but discovers Eep hasn't
          let go of his hand. Guy is YANKED backwards like he's
          been tied to a piling.
                         
                          EEP
           We can't let him go! What if we don't
           find a cave before sunset? What if it
           takes a few days? What if the birds come
           back?
                         
          BEAT.
                         
                          GRAN
           We need his fire, dummy!
                         
          WHOOSH! Grug grabs Guy and throws him in a log.
                         
                          GRUG
           Fine. You're staying with us till we
           find a cave.
                         
          Grug hoists Guy in the log onto his shoulder.
          40.
                         
                         
          Grug moves out, AWAY from the mountain. The family falls
          in behind Grug. Thunk is carrying a huge piece of
          popcorn that he's snacking on.
                         
                          GUY
           What? No I'm not. Don't make me part of
           this. Stay here if you want, but let me
           go. I've got a dream, a mission, a
           reason to live.
                         
                          EEP
                          (BRIGHTLY)
           Not anymore.
                         
                          GUY
                          (THINKING FAST)
           Umm... I've got an idea. Let's go to
           that mountain.
                         
          ON THE TALL MOUNTAIN way in the distance.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (BARELY LOOKS)
           It's too far.
                         
                          EEP
           Dad really has his heart set on a cave.
                         
                          GUY
           Uh, there, are, caves on that mountain.
                         
                          EEP
           Have you been there?
                         
                          GUY
           It's a mountain. Mountains are safe.
           Mountains have caves. And water. And
           sticks.
                         
                          THUNK
           Mom? Did you hear that? I can get my
           own stick!
                         
                          GUY
           Yes. Sticks. Caves and sticks. Crazy
           sticks. Let's go.
                         
          On cue, a RUMBLE. This gets Grug's attention. Grug
          STOPS. The Croods wait to see what's going to happen
          next. A Mammoth FALLS out of sight, SWALLOWED by the
          ground.
                         
                          BELT
           Da da daaaaa.
          41.
                         
                         
          Sandy tries to attack Belt.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ugh. That thing is weird.
                         
          Belt antagonizes Sandy by sticking his tongue out at her.
          Sandy goes at Belt again.
                         
                          EEP
           No no, it's okay Sandy. That's just a
           belt.
                         
           Grug takes a step back. Turns.
                         
                          GRUG
           I've made a decision. We're going to,
           that mountain! Don't ask me why. It's
           just a hunch. It just feels right.
                         
                          UGGA
           I don't know Grug. We've never really
           walked that far.
                         
                          THUNK
           I don't think my feet can do that.
                         
                          GRAN
           I'll never live long enough to get there.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (LIGHTING UP)
           Let's do it.
                          (PAUSE)
           Oh come on, just think. Our whole
           family, packed together on a long, slow
           trip across country? Days and nights
           with just each other. We'll tell
           stories. We'll laugh.
           (glancing at Eep)
           We'll become closer as a family.
                         
          Eep RAISES one eyebrow.
                         
           SMASH CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 1460 - FAMILY ROAD TRIP
                         
          EXT. BURNT OUT SHRUBS
                         
          The Croods have not traveled far. The camera starts
          tight in on Thunk and Sandy. Sandy is harassing Thunk.
                         
                          THUNK
           Aaaaaaaaugh. Get her off. Get off.
          42.
                         
                         
                          UGGA
           If you're not ready to challenge her,
           then don't look her in the eye.
                         
          We follow Sandy as she moves past Gran.
                         
                          GRAN
           Could you keep your big giant arms on
           your side of the trail!
                         
          Sandy moves past Ugga, Eep and Guy who is still stuck in
          the log and being carried by Grug.
                         
                          UGGA
           No more touching. No more touching.
                         
                          EEP
           Isn't this fun? We're taking our first
           trip together.
                         
          Thunk accidentally bumps into Eep.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Stop shoving, or I will pull out your
           tongue!
                         
                          GRUG
           Do you want me to turn this family
           around? Do you?! Because I will turn
           this family around so fast!
                         
          The camera slowly pulls out from the family in chaos as
          they walk across the burned out landscape.
                         
                         X-DISS TO:
          The Croods are traveling across the dry land. The camera
          has pulled out from the family as they travel. Family
          chaos continues.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad, I gotta go!
                         
                          GRUG
           Come on, you can hold it.
                         
                          THUNK
           I don't think so.
                         
                         THUNK MOANS
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
                          (NEAR TEARS)
           I gotta go really bad.
          43.
                         
                         
          Thunk starts to HOP WITH HIS KNEES GLUED TO EACH OTHER.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (RELINQUISHING)
           Go behind one of those lumpy things and
           make it fast.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ow! Something bit me!
                         
                          GRAN
                          (LOUD)
           I don't blame it.
                         
                          UGGA
           Maybe we should have stopped for water.
                         
                         X-DISS TO:
                         
          A Liyote turns to watch the Croods as they travel.
                         
                          EEP
           Dad, can I take a turn carrying him?
                         
                          GRUG
           No.
                         
                          EEP
           How about now?
                         
                          GRUG
           No.
                         
                          EEP
           Now?
                          GRUG
           No.
                         
                          EEP
           NOW?!?!
                         
                          GRUG
           NO!
                         
                          EEP
           (even louder) NOW?!?!
                         
                          GRUG
           I can do this all day long. No, no, no,
           and still no.
                         
                         X-DISS TO:
          44.
                         
                         
          Oh yeah, more traveling. Now we are in the Turkeyfish
          hunting grounds. The camera is so far away the Croods
          are only a speck in the frame.
                         
          SMASH CUT TO:
                         
          Grug, exhausted, in the foreground with family chaos over
          his shoulder.
                         
                          GRAN
           I'm not dying on an empty stomach.
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug, we're all pretty tired.
                         
                          THUNK
           I'm pretty dizzy, so I'm just going to
           lay down for a minute.
                         
                          GRUG
           We'll eat when we get there.
                         
                          GRAN
           It's taking too long! I'm grabbing a
           snack.
                         
          Gran jumps up and tries to grab Belt. Belt pulls a bone
          knife and defends himself.
                         
                          GUY
           No. No. No. Don't do that. He will cut
           you. That's not food, he's a pet. My
           pet.
                         
                          GRAN
           What's a pet?
                          GUY
           An animal that you don't eat.
                         
                          GRAN
           We call those children.
                         
                          GRUG
           No man should have a pet. It's weird,
           and wrong. It's--
           (spies giant bird)
           ...It's food!
                         
                          GUY
           No, no please!
          45.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Not that. That.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1075 - FOOD FIXES EVERYTHING
                         
          A WHOOPING sound comes from the grasses ahead. A giant
          TURKEY FISH raises its toothy head.
                         
                          GRUG
           Food fixes everything.
                         
          Grug grabs Thunk.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Alright, show me your hunting face.
                         
                          THUNK
           Arrgh.
                         
          Eep shows her hunting face.
                         
                          GRUG
           Not you! You're still grounded!
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Come on, Thunk.
                         
                          THUNK
           My feet hurt.
                         
                         ON GUY
                         
          Leaning against a rock next to Gran, Sandy, Eep and Ugga.
          Guy notices Eep is agitated. She STARES in the direction
          the men went.
                         
                          GUY
           You look tense.
                         
                          EEP
           I'm not tense.
                         
                          GRAN
           Angry girl wants to be doing what they're
           doing.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ow! I wasn't ready!
          46.
                         
                         
          Thunk CRASHES THROUGH the bushes, PURSUED by the Turkey
          Fish. Grug is being DRUG behind.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hang on Thunk, I'm coming!
                         
                          THUNK
           Why are you doing this?
                         
                          GUY
           What are they doing?
                         
                          UGGA
           Hunting.
                         
                          THUNK
           Get it off! You stay away from me.
                         
                          GUY
           No seriously, what are they doing?
                         
          The Turkeyfish squashes Grug into the ground. Then
          continues chasing Thunk.
                         
                          THUNK
           (to Turkey Fish)
           You've got a ton of eggs. Just make
           another egg!
                         
          Thunk FLIES INTO FRAME and SPLATS against the rock. The
          Turkey Fish climbs to the top of a nearby rock and dives
          off.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           Now you're just rubbing it in.
          ON A GIANT BRONTO SCORPION
                         
          SLAPPED on a rock in front of the Croods.
                         
          The Bronto Scorpion suddenly STRUGGLES.
                         
                          GRUG
           There! Who's hungry for scorpion?
                         
          The Croods PULL at the legs. They TWIST and SNAP OFF
          like lobster legs.
                         
                          GUY
           What happened to the egg and the bird?
          47.
                         
                         
                          THUNK
                          (STILL PUNCHY)
           You know, we lost him. But when the bird
           stepped on me and pushed me into the
           ground, the scorpion grabbed a hold of me
           and one thing led to another and here we
           are eating him. Win win.
                         
          The dismembered legs continue to STRUGGLE. Guy looks
          ill.
                         
                          GRAN
           Not enough. Not enough. I need more. I
           need more!
                         
          Gran looks hungrily at Guy.
                         
                          GUY
                          (CONCERNED)
           Oh, look at that. She's not gonna eat me
           right?
                         
                          UGGA
           You're too skinny. If she was gonna eat
           anyone it would be--
                         
                          THUNK
           AAAAAAAAAUUGHHHHHHHH!
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           Owww! She's locked her jaw!
                         
                          UGGA
           Mom!
                         
          Sandy gets up from the table.
                          THUNK
           Someone get a stick! Get her off!
                         
          Guy looks on, horrified.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           Oh you sick old monster! Hurry! Put the
           stick in her mouth!
                         
          Belt gives Guy a "let's get out of here" look. Belt rolls
          Guy away from the family.
                         
                          GRUG
           Hold her still. Use a rock. Ugga would
           you just hit her legs.
                         
          Guy LEAVES. Eep chases him and pins him down.
          48.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Why are you rolling away?
                         
                          GUY
           Owww! I just want something to eat.
                         
                          EEP
           You have bug for dinner. Plenty of bug!
                         
                          GUY
           Please... I'll let you help me hunt.
                         
                          EEP
           Really?
                         
                          THUNK
           Ahhh! They're all over me... Tell my
           story...
                         
                         
          EXT. GRASSLANDS - AFTERNOON
                         
          Guy lays a snare in the low grass. He WALKS to the base
          of a rotund, spikey tree, unwinding more rope as he goes.
          He TIES the rope around the base of the tree. Then he
          hands the loose end to Eep. Belt stretches his arms
          WIDE. Guy STOPS jumping and points up to the top of the
          tree.
                         
          Eep takes the cue. She LEAPS up and grabs the leaning
          top of the tree. Her weight gently BENDS the tree top
          down to the ground.
                         
                          GUY
           Okay.
          Guy carefully SETS the trigger.
                         
                          EEP
           What do you call this?
                         
                          GUY
           A trap.
                         
                          EEP
           What does it do?
                         
          Guy makes sound effects to get his point across as he
          describes the trap.
          49.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           (explains with sounds)
           soft whistle Raargh, Thump thump thump,
           thubububububub soft whistle poom!
           Tadaaaaaa!
                         
                          EEP
           How long have you been alone?
                         
          Belt opens his arms wide showing Guy has been alone a
          long, long time.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           ... So what do we do?
                         
          Guy pulls out a weird miniature TURKEY FISH PUPPET.
                         
                          GUY
           How's your acting?
                         
          ON THE TURKEY FISH getting ready to eat the TRIP-GERBILS.
          The Turkey LIFTS the creature to his mouth to DEVOUR it,
          but he's INTERRUPTED by a WHISTLING sound. He TURNS to
          see the silly little puppet dancing about. The Turkey
          Fish DROPS his meal and cautiously APPROACHES the puppet.
                         
          ON GUY AND EEP working the puppet. Eep is having the
          time of her life.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Oh, you're good at this.
                         
          They are so into what they are doing, they accidentally
          get TANGLED UP.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Oh, sorry, I...
                         
                          EEP
           Just move your arm... no, your other arm.
           Oh, that one's mine.
                         
          In their struggle to UNTANGLE themselves, Eep and Guy
          inadvertently insult the Turkey Fish. It CHARGES. Eep
          and Guy don't notice.
                         
          The Turkey Fish MISSES the snare, LEAPS the rock and
          SNATCHES the fake bird off of Guy's head, THRASHING it.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Uh... It didn't step in your trap-y,
           thing.
          50.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           Yeah, I noticed.
                         
          Eep BOLDLY STANDS in front of the bird. The Turkey Fish
          grabs Guy and tosses him high across the open field. He
          goes flying through the air, screaming.
                         
          ON GRUG - hearing the commotion. Guy lands back in the
          log.
                         
                          GRUG
           Where's Eep?
                         
          Eep is in full parkour as she runs from the Turkeyfish.
                         
                          GUY
           She's awesome.
                         
          Grug STEPS FORWARD. He's going to SPRING the trap.
                         
                          GRUG
           Eep!
                         
                          EEP
           Dad, no!
                         
          She LEAPS the snare, PUSHING Grug DOWN.
                         
          The Turkey Fish HITS the trigger. The snare TRIPS. The
          bird BITES at the cavemen, but comes up short. The
          Turkey Fish WHOOSHES BACKWARDS into the air. He FLIES a
          couple hundred feet up...
                         
          ... and CRASHES down in a cloud of feathers.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
          SEQ. 900 - BBQ/CAPTIVATING CAPTIVE
                         
                         
          EXT. BARBECUE
                         
          ON THE TURKEY ROASTING over an open fire. It looks golden
          and juicy. Grug is agitated. The Croods are devouring
          the Turkey Fish.
                         
                          THUNK
           It's an avalanche of flavor.
                         
          THE CROODS are eating like wild animals. They
          practically MAUL each other for scraps. HOWLS and
          SNARLING fill the night air. Guy is amazed and shocked
          at how the Croods are wolfing it down.
          51.
                         
                         
          Guy sits to the side, his ankle roped to a heavy rock.
          Guy and Belt share a concerned LOOK as they politely eat
          their meal. Eep comes over and sits next to Guy.
                         
                          GUY
                          (TO BELT)
           Looks like we won't be having any
           leftovers.
                         
                          EEP
           What are "left-overs?"
                         
                          GUY
                          (CONFUSED)
           You know, when you have so much food to
           eat you have some, left over.
                         
                          EEP
           We never have that much food.
                         
          Grug is struck by Eep's words. Ugga sees Grug is hurt.
          Guy and Belt are struck by this as well.
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug, how about a story?
                         
                          GRUG
           That's a good idea. How about a story
           huh?
                         
                          THUNK
           Yeah a story, tell us a story!
                         
          Croods gather around Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           Once upon a time there was a little tiger
           who lived in a cave with her family.
           There were a lot of rules, but the big,
           simple one was to never leave the cave at
           night. And the door was so heavy, you'd
           think it would be easy to remember.
                         
                          THUNK
           So easy to remember!
                         
                          GRUG
           I know! But, while everyone was asleep,
           she went out anyway.
                         
                          CROODS
           No!
          52.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Yes! And no sooner than she did, her
           cave was destroyed and everyone had to go
           on this long, sucky walk, with some
           weirdo they met, and died! The end.
                         
                          GUY
           Whoa! I did not see that coming. Twist
           ending. My stories never end like that.
                         
                          THUNK
           Yes! Two stories in one night!
                         
          The Croods LEAVE Grug and GATHER around Guy. Guy is
          uncharacteristically dumbstruck.
                         
          A BEAT -
                         
                          GUY
           Okay. But it won't be as good as Grug's.
           Um, once upon a time, there was a
           beautiful tiger. She lived in a cave
           with the rest of her family. Her father
           and mother told her, "You may go anywhere
           you want but never go near the cliff, for
           you could fall."
                         
                          GRUG
           And die. Good story.
                         
          Thinking the story is over, the Croods begin to get up.
          As Guy begins talking again they settle back down.
                         
                          GUY
           But when no one was looking, she would go
           near the cliff, for the closer she came
           to the edge, the more she could hear, the
           more she could see, the more she could
           feel. Finally, she stood at the very
           edge, and she saw a light. She leaned
           out to touch it, and slipped.
                         
                          GRUG
           And she fell.
                         
                          GUY
           And she flew.
                         
                          CROODS
                          GASP 
                         
                          THUNK
           Where did she fly?
          53.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           Tomorrow.
                         
                          EEP
           Tomorrow?
                         
                          GUY
           A place with more suns in the sky than
           you can count.
                         
                          THUNK
           It would be so bright.
                         
                          GUY
           A place not like today, or yesterday, a
           place where things are better.
                         
                          GRUG
           Tomorrow isn't a place, you can't see it!
                         
                          GUY
           Oh yes, yes it is. I've seen it. That's
           where I'm going.
                         
          Grug studies Guy. Is he crazy? Eep though is entranced.
          Eep and Guy lock eyes. There is something growing between
          them. Grug and Belt see it too. Grug is not thrilled.
                         
                          GRUG
           Well, WE are going to shut our eyes and
           sleep. And when we wake up we're going
           to find the place that has everything we
           want.
                         
                          EEP
           Tomorrow?!
                          GRUG
           A cave.
                         
          Grug stuffs Guy neatly back inside the log. Grug CURLS
          UP by the fire with the LOG TUCKED UNDER HIS ARM far away
          from Eep.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          ON GRUG'S FACE.
                         
                          GRUG
           snoring, tossing and turning 
          54.
                         
                         
          Morning light kisses Grug's cheeks. He's sound asleep.
          PULL OUT to reveal that Guy's log is now teetering over a
          cliff edge - there was another subduction during the
          night, and half of the Croods' sleeping platform has sunk
          two hundred feet. Grug is still grasping Guy's log,
          which now hangs over the fresh abyss, and the still-
          asleep Guy is now SLIPPING out of one end. In the nick
          of time, Grug SHIFTS position, inadvertently TURNS the
          log, and Guy starts slipping out the OTHER end. Guy
          WAKES UP, looking down.
                         
                          GUY
           AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGHHHHH.
                         
           SMASH CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1600 - CROODS GET SHOES
                         
                         
          EXT. CORAL FIELDS - MORNING
                         
          The Croods trudge behind Grug as he cautiously makes his
          way to the mountain. Grug SNIFFS, and TESTS the ground -
          he moves like a man in a mine field. Meaning SLOWLY.
                         
                         
                         THE LOG
                         
          Eep walks alongside Guy, who is still being carried by
          Grug in the log.
                         
                          GUY
           That was too close. It almost caught us.
                         
                          GRUG
           I was watching. We were fine.
                         
                          GUY
           We've got to move faster. Do you people
           have any other speed aside from "wander?"
           I'll take a shamble at this point.
                         
                          EEP
           Hey, do you have a minute? How did the
           tiger fly?
                         
                          GUY
           I only share when I'm outside the log.
           I'm funny that way.
                         
                          EEP
                          (WINKING)
           Leave this to me.
          55.
                         
                         
          Eep FALLS BACK behind Thunk, getting him between she and
          her dad.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Hey Thunk, you have a spider on your
           face.
                         
          Eep SMASHES Thunk in the face, KNOCKING him into Grug,
          sending Guy and the log FLYING. Grug shoots Eep an
          annoyed look.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
                          (SHRUGGING)
           Oops.
                         
          Grug sees Guy has ROLLED away.
                         
                          GRUG
           He's loose!
                         
          Grug goes to retrieve Guy, and STEPS on something sharp.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Aaaaahhhhhh! Do not step on those weird,
           pointy rocks!
                         
                          THUNK
           You mean these rocks? Ahh owww! Do not
           step on these rocks!
                         
          Thunk steps on the coral - it CRUNCHES under his feet.
                         
                          GRAN
           Step aside, girls!
                         
          Gran steps out, and then SCREAMS.
                          GRUG
           Hello? Nobody's listening! No one is
           listening. You cannot walk on those!
                         
          Guy stands on the coral without flinching.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Arraughrragh come back here now.
                         
                          GRAN
           Well, there goes our chance for survival.
                         
                          THUNK
           And our log!
                         
          Grug must make the choice to go after Guy.
          56.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay. Arraugh!
                         
          Grug cringes and bellows with every step. Guy still
          locked inside the log, hops away as fast as he can. Grug
          leaps out and grabs the log only to loosen it as Guy
          jumps to a coral patch below.
                         
                          GUY
           Ow, ow, ow.
                         
          Guy now free runs and hides behind a giant shell. He
          looks back at the Croods as they try in vain to cross the
          field and feels pity for Eep.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ow! Jumping doesn't help, I mean, just
           briefly, but it doesn't get better! Ow!
           Do not walk on your hands, the hands do
           not help at all.
                         
          Guy looks back at the stranded Croods. Then he looks
          again to the tall mountain. Belt sees that Guy is having
          a hard time leaving the Croods. He needs to make a
          choice. Belt makes it for him.
                         
                          BELT
           Eeccoomme on!
                         
          Belt walks Guy back to the Croods
                         
           HARD CUT TO:
                         
                         
          GUY STANDS AT THE EDGE OF THE CORAL, ONLY A FEW FEET FROM
          GRUG AND THE CROODS. GUY'S ARMS ARE FILLED WITH
          SUPPLIES.
                         
                          GUY
           I can help you, but we're going to have
           to make a few changes around here. The
           log ride is over. Drop the log.
                         
          Grug grudgingly DROPS the log.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Now, kick it away.
                         
          Grug BARELY NUDGES it.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Farther.
                         
          Grug KICKS it a quarter-mile.
          57.
                         
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Really?!
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay, smart, Guy... now what?
                         
          Guy SMILES.
                         
           HARD CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. CORAL FIELDS - LATER
                         
          Everyone is now wearing "shoes" -- some made of leaves,
          sponges and some are actually fish!
                         
          Ugga and Gran wobble on their new shoes.
                         
          Thunk is covering his eyes, too afraid to look down.
          Thunk looks down at his horrifying fish shoes. They
          blink at him.
                         
                          THUNK
           Ahhhh! Good fish.
                         
          Eep is covering her eyes.
                         
                          GUY
           Okay. Now you can look.
                         
          Eep peers down at her new boots.
                         
                          EEP
           Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! I love
           them! Where are my feet!?
                          GUY
           They're still there!
                         
                          EEP
           Oh, okay.
                         
          Eep slips, and falls into Guy's arms.
                         
                          GUY
           Whoa. You're really
                          (GETTING CRUSHED)
           ... heavy.
                         
                          EEP
           Really? Thank you!
                         
          Grug walks over as the two fall to the ground.
          58.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Hey, wait. Whoa. Whoa. WHOA!!
                         
                          GUY
                          (SWEATING)
           Okay! She's up. I'm good. We're
           good...
                         
                          GRAN
           These shoes are great! Where do you get
           these ideas?
                         
                          GUY
           Ah ha.
                         
          On cue, Belt produces a piece of chalk.
                         
          Guy stands Thunk against a wall. Guy stands next to him.
          Belt OUTLINES them. Guy excitedly gestures to the
          silhouettes.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           I'm calling it, a brain. I'm pretty sure
           it's where ideas come from.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad. I don't have a brain.
                         
                          GRUG
           We've gotten along just fine without
           brains till now. Cavemen don't need
           brains. We have these. Heeya! Haha!
           (balls his mighty fists)
           That's what I'm talking about! Ideas are
           for weaklings.
          Grug punches at the air in front of Guy making him wince.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Now, let's get to that mountain.
                         
          Ugga and Eep notice each other's shoes.
                         
                          UGGA/EEP
           Oh wow. I love those!
                         
                          THUNK
           Good fish. Don't eat my feet.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 1710 - GOING GUY'S WAY
          59.
                         
                         
          The Croods run, slowly at first, then faster. And
          faster. The shoes make the difference.
                         
          ON THE CROODS
                         
          Grug encounters a bunch of Punch Monkeys again. He
          readies himself for a fight.
                         
          Guy hands out bananas.
                         
          Grug throws his banana to the ground only to slip on it.
                         
          ON THE CROODS
                         
          Grug sees the Macawnivore down below in the crevasse
          waiting for his Croods dinner.
                         
          Grug sees Guy making something out of sticks.
                         
          Traveling by stilts over a crevasse.
                         
          The family hobbles across a canyon on their stilts. Guy
          helps Eep from falling.
                         
                          EEP
           So... How'd the tiger fly?
                         
                          GUY
           He jumped on the sun and rode it to
           tomorrow.
                         
           Grug doesn't like seeing his daughter so close to Guy.
                         
                          GRUG
           No, no, no!
          The family moves across, Grug is the last to follow.
                         
          Grug spies Chunky the Death Cat below him. Grug WHACKS
          Chunky in the face with a stilt.
                         
          Chunky ponders the strange sticks Grug is perched on,
          then WHACKS a chunk out of them. Grug DROPS down by a
          yard or so. Panicking, Grug RACES across the chasm,
          losing stilt height with every SWIPE of Chunky's paw.
          Grug doesn't make it across - SNARLING and BITING sounds
          emanate from the canyon.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Ooowwwww!
                         
          The Croods stand at the top of a cliff.
          60.
                         
                         
          Grug tries to maneuver his way down the cliff by clinging
          to the side.
                         
          Guy and the other Croods sit on a giant leaves, sledding
          down the side of the canyon past Grug.
                         
          They pass Grug up as he continues to make his way down by
          tiptoeing. Grug stumbles and falls down the slope.
                         
                          THUNK
           Hi dad! Bye dad!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          BOOM! A FLASH POPS against the Croods. SWING THE CAMERA
          AROUND to reveal A HUGE STORM hanging like a purple
          curtain before them. The Croods stop dead.
                         
          The rain line BEARS DOWN on them.
                         
          Grug tries to PUNCH the drops.
                         
          ON EEP AND GUY
                         
                          GUY
           You've seen rain before... right?
                         
                          EEP
           We don't get out much.
                         
          Guy opens an Umbrella to cover himself from the rain.
          Belt pulls Eep under the umbrella to be close to Guy.
                         
                          BELT
           Hmmmmm.
          Belt makes an Origami boat. He and Sandy sail across the
          rain puddles.
                         
          Grug seeing Guy and Eep snuggling under the umbrella,
          grabs the umbrella away from Guy. Grug gets hit by
          lightning.
                         
          The rest of the Croods open their umbrellas to take cover
          as they enjoy the RAIN.
                         
          ON THE CROODS UNDULATING REFLECTION
                         
          The Croods stand on a tiny island in a shallow ocean -
          Eep is pointing at her own reflection.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (FRUSTRATED)
           Eep, looks dangerous.
          61.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Oh dad, you say that about everything.
                         
          Eep goes to jump in the water. Guy STOPS her.
                         
                          GUY
           Careful.
                         
                          EEP
           Oh really? Okay.
                         
          Guy CANNONBALLS. Then SURFACES.
                         
          Eep tentatively HOPS in. Guy STEADIES her. Then shows
          her how to move her arms in a swimming motion.
                         
          Guy SUPPORTS Eep by holding one hand under her tummy.
          She begins to SWIM.
                         
          Gran and Ugga SMILE mischievously - a positive vibe is
          building.
                         
          The Croods ALL JUMP at once.
                         
          Grug is left alone. Belt uses Grug's arm as a diving
          platform. Gran, Sandy and Belt are doing synchronized
          swimming. Then Grug sees Eep and Guy SURFACE - Eep is on
          Guy's shoulders! This is too much for Grug!
                         
                          GRUG
           Augh! No no no! Not cool. Not cool.
           Not cool.
                         
          Grug DIVES IN to put a stop to any potential shenanigans.
                         
          Grug's huge tidal wave SWAMPS Guy and Eep. Grug SINKS to
          the bottom.
                         
          ON GRUG laying on the bottom. His family SWIMS above him
          on the tails of Fishcats, confident and free and buoyant.
                         
          A lone bubble escapes Grug's nose, like oil oozing from a
          sunken wreck. He's feeling mighty extraneous.
                         
          Grug sees the Macawnivore swimming towards him. Grug
          swims for his life. Ends in a big splash.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
          SEQ. 1725 - MAZE
                         
          PAN UP TO THE ENTRANCES TO THE MAZE
          62.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           So the bear says, "Your cave?" I've been
           dumping my bones here since last week.
                         
                          GRAN
           Last week, haha. That's a funny story!
                         
                          GUY
           It's not a story! It's a joke.
                         
                          GRAN
           What's a joke?
                         
                          GUY
           You know, just making something up... to
           make you laugh.
                         
                          GRAN
           Hah, I don't get it.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          EXT. TUFA MAZE - AFTERNOON
                         
          The Croods stand motionless before an open plain, deeply
          sculpted with meandering grooves which form a massive
          MAZE.
                         
          Guy is handing out SHELLS to the Croods.
                         
                          GUY
           Here you go, one for you, and this ones
           for you.
                         
                          THUNK
           Thanks.
                         
          Grug is annoyed by everyone blowing their shells.
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay. Okay. That's enough. I don't see
           why the kids need their own shells.
                         
                          GUY
           So if anyone gets in trouble, we can call
           the others.
                         
                          GRUG
           Wait-- you're saying we should split up?
                         
                          GUY
           We can try more paths at once. It's the
           fastest way through.
          63.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Croods stick together.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Your way isn't safe.
                         
                          GUY
           They can handle it.
                         
                          EEP
           We can do it, dad.
                         
                          GRUG
           No no no no no. It's my job to keep you
           safe. I'm still in charge and we are not
           splitting up.
           (seeing Eep and Guy together)
           Except for you two. And that's final.
                         
          Grug SITS down like a silverback gorilla.
                         
          Just then, A HUGE RUMBLE. The EARTH STARTS TO SHAKE
          VIOLENTLY. The Croods and Guy are KNOCKED DOWN into the
          Maze each `falling' into a separate entrance.
                         
          They disappear into the rift like a penny dropped down a
          drain.
                         
          As Grug and Guy slide passed each other. Frustrated Grug,
          tries to punch Guy.
                         
                          GUY
           Oh, hello.
                         
                         
          INSIDE THE MAZE
          The SHAKING COMES TO A STOP. Everyone (now separated)
          gathers themselves.
                         
          ON GRUG-- finding himself alone.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (VERY FRIGHTENED)
           Hello? Is everyone alright?
                         
                          UGGA
           (trying to calm him)
           We're okay, Grug.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad? I'm freaking out a little bit.
           Just tell me what to do. Just what do I
           do right now?
          64.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Stay where you are. I'll find you.
                         
                          GUY
           No. Too slow. Everybody, keep moving
           forward and we'll get out.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad?
                         
                          GRUG
                          (ALMOST HYPERVENTILATING)
           Yeah. Okay.
                         
                         ON THUNK
                         
          Looking very frightened.
                         
           GRUG (O.S.) (CONT'D)
           Remember never not be afraid.
                         
           GUY (O.S.)
           You can do this.
                         
                          THUNK
           It's gonna be okay. I'm gonna pass out.
                         
          Thunk PICKS UP his shell, and tentatively makes his way,
          alone, into his branch of the maze.
                         
          ON EEP (OR GUY?)-- in another part of the maze. She puts
          her hand on the giant wall to her LEFT.
                         
          PULL BACK and see that they are actually in parallel
          `channels' but with the huge wall between them.
          ON Gran and Ugga - encountering carnivorous flowers.
                         
          ON Thunk - encountering a croco-pup.
                         
          ON Eep - finding a flower dropped on her path.
                         
          ON Grug - reaching a fork.
                         
          Ugga and Gran don flowery camouflage.
                         
          Thunk THROWS his shell at the Crocopup, MISSES. To his
          surprise the Crocopup returns the shell.
                         
          Thunk plays fetch with this portly beast, which shows him
          the way through the maze.
          65.
                         
                         
          Eep PICKS UP the flower, puts it in her hair, then finds
          a more flowers dropped on her path. She playfully begins
          hunting for Guy.
                         
          Guy and Belt are secretly and playfully tossing flowers
          in Eep's path.
                         
          Grug POPS out of a passageway - he's back where he began.
          He chooses another tunnel.
                         
          Ugga and Gran pass unharmed through the flower grove -
          the colors and smells are overpoweringly vibrant.
                         
          Eep surprises Guy and Belt in their hideaway as the two
          of them continue to throw flowers over the edge and onto
          Eep's path.
                         
                          EEP
           You dropped these.
                         
          Guy slips and falls onto a huge lilypad. He smiles up at
          Eep.
                         
          They share a moment before Eep shyly vanishes again.
                         
          Grug finds himself back at the entrance of the maze. He
          grumbles and enters a different tunnel.
                         
          ON THE MAZE EXIT -
                         
          Guy appears at the exit and puts his hand up to the
          setting sun that kisses the top of the mountain. Guy is
          amazed that he and Eep are both doing the same thing. He
          is smitten. Guy goes over to Eep.
                         
          Guy takes her hand.
                          GUY
           Come with me.
                         
          Eep and Guy turn to each other, just as Thunk emerges and
          tosses a rock for the Croco-Pup to fetch.
                         
                          THUNK
           Here boy, catch!
                         
          A shell note signals Ugga, Gran and Sandy's arrival.
          There is an obvious change in the ladies.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           Gran?
                         
          Ugga removes her hat to reveal her new look.
          66.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           Mom?
                         
                          BELT
                          (APPROVING)
           Raaah raaah.
                         
          A loud shell blast interrupts. It is followed by two
          others.
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug?
                         
          Grug lets out another blow on his horn.
                         
                          UGGA (CONT'D)
           I'll go get him.
                         
          ON GRUG still stuck in the maze. He holds his head in
          defeat, and TOSSES the shell down.
                         
          TRUCK-IN on Grug.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1175 - UNDER THE STARS
                         
          PAN UP a giant redwood tree. The Croods are gathered in
          a cozy crook of the tree.
                         
          Belt mixes drinks while Gran relaxes in a hammock. Thunk
          is playing with his new pet.
                         
                          THUNK
           Good boy. Whose my good boy? You need a
           name, you want a name? I'm going to call
           you - Douglas. Look at him. Can you do
           tricks? Roll over. Come on Douglas,
           roll over.
                         
          Douglas ROLLS OVER, right OFF the tree.
                         
                          THUNK (CONT'D)
           Good boy Douglas!
                         
          Belt POURS a drink for Gran. Sandy takes Gran her drink
          as she spins over to her on her starfish shoes.
                         
                          GRAN
           I was in love once. He was a hunter, I
           was a gatherer. It was quite a scandal.
           We fed each other berries. We danced.
                          (MORE)
          67.
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           Then my father smashed him with a rock
           and traded me to your Grandfather.
                         
           SANDY/THUNK/EEP
           Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
                         
                          BELT
           Ha ha ha ha.
                         
          PAN DOWN TO TREE BASE
                         
          Ugga and Grug approach. They hear the LAUGHING coming
          from high above. Grug peers up and sees the SWINGING
          HAMMOCKS, torch lights.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (PANIC)
           Croods! Come get down here!
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug, they're okay. Guy's with them.
                         
                          GRUG
           Oh, oh, `Guy'. `Guy' is with them. Well
           thank you for bringing me that
           interesting Guy update!
                         
          A BEAT - Ugga regards her husband
                         
                          UGGA
           Oh, okay. I'm gonna go up and why don't
           you join us when you stop being a big
           drag!
                         
          Ugga climbs up the tree to be with the rest of the
          family.
          Grug isn't thrilled with Ugga's shot at him. He picks up
          two rocks and tries to make fire.
                         
                          GRUG
           Sleep pile? How about a story, huh?
           Anyone?
                         
          Grug listens intently. All he hears is laughter.
                         
                         TREE TOP
                         
          Thunk, Sandy Belt and Gran are sitting around a torch,
          listening to one of Gran's stories.
                         
                          GRAN
           And then Torg said "Know it? I drew it!"
          68.
                         
                         
           THUNK GRAN SANDY BELT
           Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
                         
                          THUNK
           That makes no sense.
                         
          Ugga arrives and sits next to Guy. She takes in the
          scene.
                         
                          UGGA
                          (TO GUY)
           I know it was hard for you to bring us
           along, but they had the best day of their
           lives... Thank you for that.
                         
          A RUMBLE distracts Guy. He looks to the horizon. FIRES
          and SMOKE on the horizon mark the leading edge of the
          collapse. Eep comes to his side.
                         
                          GUY
           I want to show you something.
                         
          Guy LIGHTS A TORCH and leads the Croods up, up, to the
          forest canopy.
                         
          Guy BLOWS OUT his torch. The night sky is revealed in
          all its glory. The Croods are amazed.
                         
          Music POUNDS as the spectacle SWEEPS around the Croods.
          Perched on the canopy of the forest the Croods seem to
          sit at the very brink of the universe.
                         
                          THUNK
           More suns in the sky than you can count.
                         
                          GUY
           Every sun that crosses our sky, comes to
           rest up there.
                         
                          EEP
           Tomorrow.
                         
                          GUY
           That's where we'll be safe.
                         
          ON GRUG ARRIVING at the tree top. When he sees the stars
          he DUCKS back down, terrified.
                         
          He overhears the rest of the conversation.
                         
          Eep with tears in her eyes.
                         
                          EEP
           I'm going with Guy.
          69.
                         
                         
          Grug is beside himself with panic, sick at the thought of
          losing Eep.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (WHISPERED)
           No. Not my little girl.
                         
                          EEP
           Come with us.
                         
                          UGGA
           I can't go without Grug.
                         
                          GRAN
           Well, that makes one of us. Count me in!
                         
                          UGGA
           Really Mom? Now?
                         
          Grug continues to listen in.
                         
                          GRAN
           Grug has no idea how to protect us. In
           fact, he has no ideas at all.
                         
                          UGGA
           No, that's not true. What about that one
           time when he a...
                         
                          GRAN
           Face it! If he actually had an idea of
           his own I'd, I'd have a heart attack and
           die!
                         
                         ON GRUG
          Grug smiles to himself.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 1550 - GRUG TRIES TO CHANGE
                         
                         
          EXT. TREE - SUNRISE
                         
                         ON UGGA
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug?
                         
          The whole family is searching for Grug. He has
          disappeared.
          70.
                         
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad?
                         
                          EEP
           Dad?
                         
                          GUY
           He's a big guy. How can he just disappear
           like that?
                         
                          THUNK
           Hey wait. Let's ask that ugly lady if
           she's seen dad.
                         
                          UGA
           Yeah.
                         
          Grug SPINS AROUND. He's wearing a rasta-style wig made
          from knotted grass. The sight SHOCKS Ugga.
                         
                          GRUG
           Haven't seen him.
                         
                          UGGA
           Augh!
                         
          ON GRUG with the family standing around him.
                         
                          UGGA(CONT'D)
                          (CONCERNED)
           What are you doing?
                         
                          GRUG
           (Playing to Eep)
           Yeah, Wow. Like, I was up all night cuz
           like all these, ideas just kept coming to
           me.
                         
          Grug LIFTS his tunic, a Boa Constrictor is wrapped around
          his waist.
                         
                          GUY
           Is that a snake?
                         
                          GRUG
           Belt! New and improved! It's even self-
           tightening. Ow!
                         
          The constrictor SQUEEZES Grug till he turns blue. Grug
          SMACKS it and it relaxes a little.
                         
                          UGGA
           What is that on your head?
          71.
                         
                         
                          GRAN
           It's called desperation.
                         
          Grug strokes his weird, fake rasta-hair.
                         
                          GRUG
           (swings his long hair around)
           I call it a "rug." Rhymes with Grug.
           And this one. I call it a "ride."
           Rhymes with Grug.
                         
          Grug regards a boulder as if it's a Ferrari.
                         
                          GUY
           That, doesn't--
                         
                          GRUG
           It's gonna get us places faster than
           shoes.
                         
          Grug climbs on top of the rock, facing the wrong way.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Yeah. Try to keep up.
                         
          He LEANS FORWARD. The "car" ROLLS downhill and SMASHES
          through a redwood, TOPPLING it.
                         
                          THUNK
           I wish I had a ride.
                         
                         ON THUNK
                         
          His face SLATHERED with reddish mud.
                         
                          GRUG
           Painting is a thing of the past. I call
           this, a "snap-shot."
                         
          Grug takes a huge flat stone and SMASHES it against
          Thunk, forcibly transferring the mud image to the rock.
                         
          Grug shows the Croods.
                         
                          THUNK
           Let's do it again. I think I blinked.
                         
          Thunk PASSES OUT.
                         
          ON THE CROODS
                         
          Wearing wooden sunglasses. They are effectively wearing
          blindfolds.
          72.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           I call them "shades."
                         
                          THUNK
           The sun doesn't hurt my eyes anymore!
           Where do you get these great ideas?
                         
                          GRUG
           Since I don't have a brain, they're
           coming from my stomach. Down deep below,
           and then up again into my mind.
                         
          Thunk walks into a tree. All the other Croods RAISE their
          "shades" in time to see Grug walk over a cliff.
                         
                          GUY
           Grug. We have to keep moving.
                         
                         
                         ON GRUG
                         
                          GRUG
           See, I got ideas, I got thoughts.
                         
          ON Grug lifting a huge flat rock over his head.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Like this. I call it a "mobile home."
           Isn't that something?
                         
          A huge BEAST BUNNY JUMPS into the opening of the rock.
          Grug is smashed flat.
                         
                         ON GRUG
                         
          Standing on one side of a primitive Teeter-Totter.
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           And I'm calling this one a "lifterator."
                         
                          EEP
           Mom?
                         
                          UGGA
           I know. It's bad.
                         
          Grug tosses a massive boulder on the opposite end. Grug
          is LAUNCHED into the sky. Grug becomes a speck in the
          sky. He is HIT by LIGHTNING.
                         
                          GRAN
           I almost feel sorry for him.
          73.
                         
                         
          Grug falls back down onto the teeter totter dislodging
          the boulder from the other side. The boulder rolls back
          down onto Grug.
                         
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           Hah, no I don't.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
          SEQ. 1950 - TRUTH REVEALED
                         
          Guy is rowing a SHELL BOAT with everyone inside.
                         
                          UGGA
           What are you trying to do Grug?
                         
                         ON GRUG
                         
          Burned and battered, laying in the bottom of a turtle
          shell boat.
                         
          Ugga is attending to his injuries.
                         
                          GRUG
           I thought if I could have ideas like Guy,
           maybe Eep would listen to me. Maybe she
           wouldn't want to go with Guy.
                         
          Ugga gets a PAINED look on her face.
                         
                          UGGA
           Oh Grug, is that what this is all about?
                         
          Ugga is about to confess her thoughts of going to
          Tomorrow with Guy when Grug interrupts her.
                          GRUG
           And I also thought it would kill your
           mother. So you know? Win win.
                         
                          GUY
           We're here.
                         
          The view of the mountain is beautiful.
                         
          Thousands of birds fly overhead darkening the sky.
                         
          The shell boat hits the shore. The Croods step out onto
          land.
                         
          An explosion goes off on a nearby mountain. A PLUME of
          magma BURSTS from the water in the distance.
                         
          Grug looks around for shelter and spots a cave.
          74.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Cave! Everyone inside. Come on! Hurry
           up, let's go. Go, go.
                         
          The Croods don't want to move.
                         
                          EEP
           No.
                         
                          UGGA
                          (GENTLY)
           No more caves, Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           What?
                         
                          GRAN
           We're gonna jump on the sun and ride it
           to Tomorrow with Guy.
                         
                          GRUG
           Wait, so you're all going to do this?
                         
          Silence from the Croods answers his question.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Thunk?
                         
                          THUNK
           Sorry, dad.
                         
          Thunk joins the others. It's the last straw.
                         
                          EEP
           You have to stop worrying for all of us.
                          GRUG
           It's my job to worry. It's my job to
           follow the rules.
                         
                          EEP
           The rules don't work out here.
                         
                          GRUG
           They kept us alive.
                         
                          EEP
           That wasn't living, that was just, not
           dying. There's a difference.
                         
                          GRUG
           Ugga, everyone, you have to listen to me.
                         
          Ugga doesn't move.
          75.
                         
                         
                          EEP
           We would be dead if we listened you.
                         
          Grug is STUNNED.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           We have to follow Guy now.
                         
          Grug slowly turns around to face Guy. He is smoldering.
                         
                          GRUG
           Guy?
                         
                          UGGA
           Guy, run.
                         
          Grug lunges toward Guy, SCREAMING.
                         
                          GRUG
           AAAAAAAAAAUGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
                         
          Grug ATTACKS Guy - they fall down an embankment.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2100 - TAR PIT
                         
          Grug CHASES Guy across a TREMBLING landscape.
                         
                          GUY
           This is pointless. We're running out of
           time. Everything is collapsing. You're
           being irrational and counterproductive.
                         
                          GRUG
           Big words anger me. Keep talking.
                         
                          GUY
           Countermeasures.
                         
          Belt THROWS fruit at Grug. The fruit HITS Grug square in
          the face. He's blinded. He doesn't stop.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Remember how you were this morning? You
           changed, remember? Idea man? Modern
           man?
                         
          Guy comes to a sudden stop - he's stepped in a small
          puddle of TAR.
                         
          Grug wipes his eyes clean of fruit.
          76.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           I... am... a... CAVEMAN.
                         
                          GUY
           No, no, no wait.
                         
          Guy and Grug do a slow-motion PLUNGE over a tar-fall. As
          they descend Grug SWINGS at Guy, coating himself with
          tar. Grug's arms are held like glue. His punches stop
          well short of Guy's face. Guy and Grug arrive in a wide
          pool of tar. They SINK slowly.
                         
                          GRUG
           Hnnnnnngh! No. What is this stuff that
           saves you from my punches?
                         
                          GUY
                          (HOLLOW)
           Tar.
                         
          The tone of Guy's voice SINKS IN. Grug CEASES his
          attack.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Please Grug. You have to stop struggling.
                         
                          GRUG
           No. I have to get back to them.
                         
                          GUY
           Grug! Stop!
                         
          Grug looks to Guy.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           No one gets out of this. Believe me. I
           know.
                         
          Grug gets it.
                         
                          GRUG
           Your...?
                         
                          GUY
           Family. Yeah.
                         
                          GRUG
           Sorry.
                         
          Grug looks at Guy again - he needs more than that. Guy
          takes a deep breath - this is going to be hard.
          77.
                         
                         
                          GUY
           I was little when it happened. The last
           thing my parents told me was, "Don't
           hide. Live. Follow the Sun. You'll
           make it to Tomorrow."
                         
          This resonates with Grug.
                         
          A thread of light trickles through the storm, falling
          just near enough to Guy he can gather it in his palm.
                         
                          GRUG
           You followed the light. My daughter is a
           lot like you.
                         
                          GUY
           No. She's like you. She loves you but
           always forgets to say it. Just like you
           forget to tell her.
                         
          Grug ponders this. A CHANGE comes over Grug. He focuses
          on Guy. This hits Grug hard.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (CRUSHED)
           I guess I was just busy keeping them all
           alive.
                         
          Guy considers Grug.
                         
                          GUY
           It's okay. That's what Dads do.
                         
          Grug smiles. He regards Guy in a different light. He
          sees him not as a boy but a man. Someone good enough for
          his little girl.
                          GRUG
           That's right... but we can't do that from
           here. We need one of your ideas.
                         
          The music TURNS.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Come on. You can do it.
                         
          Buoyed by Grug's encouragement, Guy swings into action
          mode.
                         
                          GUY
           Belt! Emergency Idea Generator,
           activate!
                         
          Belt hits Guy in the head with a rock.
          78.
                         
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Ow!
                          (THEN)
           I've got it!
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 2250 - GRUG & GUY ESCAPE
                         
          We are tracking with the MACAWNIVORE. Suddenly, the big
          cat stops. His eyebrows raise.
                         
          MACAWNIVORE'S POV - a FEMALE MACAWNIVORE PUPPET.
                         
                          BELT
                          TA-DAAAAA
                         
                          GRUG
           Wow.
                         
                          GUY
           Yeah, I know. But he's doing the best
           with what he has. Let's go.
                         
          Grug and Guy are holding bones connected to the puppet.
          Belt SIGNALS to Guy.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           There he is. Belt, I want romance, drama,
           sincerity. Move me.
                         
          Belt makes music, which grabs the Macawnivore's
          attention.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Okay he sees us!
          Belt plays a little melodramatic tune.
                         
          Grug halfheartedly moves the bones he's holding.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           That's our cue. Now work it!
                         
          The puppet starts shaking its tail.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           He's not coming over. I don't think our
           puppet looks scared enough.
                         
                          GRUG
           Scared? I'll show you scared. Hand me
           those acting sticks!
          79.
                         
                         
          Grug shakes the puppet and makes a frightening sound of
          terror.
                         
          Suddenly, the Macawnivore leaps forward and jumps on the
          puppet. He grabs it and pulls it up out of the tar,
          bringing Grug and Guy along with it.
                         
          Grug and Guy hang on to the bones of the puppet frame.
                         
          The Macawnivore shakes the puppet, pulling it out of the
          tar along with Grug and Guy.
                         
                          GUY
           Hold on!
                         
          The puppet breaks apart, the Macawnivcore turns to Grug
          and Guy. He is not pleased.
                         
                          BELT
           Da da daaaaaa...
                         
          The Macawnivore dashes towards the pair. They try to run
          from him. The Macawnivore's paws slip slowly backwards
          into the nearby tar--he's stuck. The tar snaps him back
          and throws him far from Grug and Guy.
                         
          Belt blows a whistle signalling a field goal!
                         
                          GRUG
           Yes. You did it!
                         
          Grug PATS Guy on the back. Grug realizes his hand is
          stuck to Guy's back.
                         
          The Croods come running to help them.
                          UGGA
           Grug.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad!
                         
          Grug and Guy TURN to see the rest of the Croods. Grug
          waves to the family with Guy stuck to his hand.
                         
                          GUY
           Hey, we're okay!
                         
          The family stops to take this in.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Yeah, we're okay.
          80.
                         
                         
          The ground shakes violently. Meteors stream across the
          sky.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Grug. Your call.
                         
          Grug knows his answer.
                         
                          GRUG
           Take us to Tomorrow.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2925 - TO TOMORROW
                         
                         
          EXT. EDGE OF THE WORLD - EARLY EVENING.
                         
          ON THE CROODS
                         
          RUSHING up the gun-sight into the bright rays of the sun.
                         
                          GUY
           Hurry! Come on. We're gonna make it!
                         
          When the Croods rush toward "Tomorrow," it is a golden,
          ethereal image created by a perfect alignment of sun,
          clouds, and mountain. From the Croods POV it looks as if
          they can cross a solid bridge of clouds and climb onto a
          waiting sun.
                         
                          EEP
           You were right.
                         
                          GUY
           There it is. The sun. We can do it! We
           can ride it to Tomorrow.
                         
          Even Grug is taken with the sight - it's there after all.
                         
          The Croods stare at the open meadow across from them.
          Tremors violently SHAKE the ground.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           Run!
                         
          When the rift OPENS in front of them, the hot gasses and
          blasts of hot ash BURST the clouds from beneath. The
          debris shades the sun, revealing a very Earthly landscape
          beyond.
                         
          From the Croods perspective, Tomorrow vanished before
          their eyes.
          81.
                         
                         
          A SHOCKWAVE knocks a large chunk of rock off the edge the
          Croods are standing on blowing them backwards.
                         
                          GUY (CONT'D)
           I don't understand. The sun was right
           here. It was right here.
                         
          KABOOM! A gargantuan jet of ash STABS at the sky. Ugga
          PULLS the Croods away from the ledge. She herds them
          back toward the gunsight.
                         
                          UGGA
           We have to go back to the cave. Hurry,
           hurry, stay together. Let's keep moving.
           Move, move! Everybody hold my hand.
           Thunk let's go. Go! Let's stay
           together.
                         
          But Grug doesn't join them. Instead, Grug takes a step
          TOWARD the precipice, peering into the curtain of ash as
          if trying to burn a hole straight through it.
                         
                          UGGA (CONT'D)
           Grug? What's wrong with you? Grug we'll
           die if we stay here!
                         
          Grug spies a wispy shaft of light STRUGGLING through the
          ash cloud. He HOLDS UP his hand to feel it. A beam of
          light settles on his palm. Grug is ENLIGHTENED.
                         
                          UGGA (CONT'D)
           (softly to Grug)
           Grug. Listen to me. We've gotta get
           back to that cave.
                         
          Grug looks back at his family - huddled, terrified. The
          picture of what he would have wanted in the beginning.
          The sight bothers him.
                         
          Grug TURNS to face them.
                         
                          GRUG
           No more dark. No more hiding. No more
           caves.
                         
                         BEAT
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           What's the point of all this?
                         
                         BEAT
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           To follow the light.
          82.
                         
                         
          A smile breaks across Eep's face - her dad has answered
          the question.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           I can't change. I don't have ideas. But
           I have my strength. And right now that's
           all you need.
                         
                          UGGA
           No. We don't know what's over there.
           Maybe nothing. It's too risky.
                         
                          GRUG
           It's a chance.
                         
          Belt wipes a tear off his face.
                         
                          GUY
           I'll take that chance.
                         
          Grug LIFTS Guy above his head.
                         
                          GRUG
           You know, I've wanted to throw you away
           ever since I met you.
                         
                          GUY
           Heh. That's a joke, right?
                         
                          GRUG
           What's a joke?
                         
          Grug's comment freaks Guy out. ANOTHER ANGLE shows Grug
          with a twinkle in his eye.
                         
          Belt puts on his helmet for safety.
          With a titanic effort, he HURLS Guy in to the void.
                         
          The Croods wait an eternity. Then - a HORN SOUNDS.
                         
                          UGGA
           He made it... He made it...
                         
                          GRUG
           Okay, Thunk. Your turn.
                         
                          THUNK
           You're not coming, are you?
                         
                          GRUG
           When you make it, so will I.
                         
          Grug HURLS Thunk.
          83.
                         
                         
          Ugga KISSES Grug. She whispers in his ear.
                         
                          UGGA
           You did good.
                         
                          SANDY
           Daddy.
                         
          Grug wipes a tear from Ugga's eye. Then lifts her above
          his head. He HURLS her across.
                         
                          GRUG
           Gran.
                         
          Gran is next in line.
                         
                          GRAN
           No mush, just throw me.
                         
          Grug LIFTS her above his head.
                         
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           Wait. You surprised me today. Lunkhead.
                         
          Grug SMILES and throws her next.
                         
                          GRAN (CONT'D)
           (landing on the other side)
           Still alive!!!
                         
          Another TREMBLER. MORE cliff FALLS away. Now the
          distance is even greater.
                         
          Eep is next in line.
                         
                          GRUG
           Time to go.
                         
                          EEP
           No. I have too much to say to you. I
           need to fix everything and I don't have
           time.
                         
                          GRUG
           I can fix it.
                         
          Grug embraces Eep.
                         
                          EEP
           This works good. What do you call it?
                         
                          GRUG
           I was thinking of calling it a Hug.
           (clears his throat)
                          (MORE)
          84.
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Because it rhymes with Grug. But you can
           change it if you want.
                         
                          EEP
           No. I like a "Hug."
                         
          A BEAT.
                         
                          GRUG
           I love you.
                         
          Eep takes in the full effect of her dad's words.
                         
                          EEP
           I...
                         
          The ground begins to shake and break apart around them.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Dad, I'm scared.
                         
                          GRUG
           Never be afraid.
                         
          The gap grows wider. Grug lifts Eep and makes the
          greatest throw of his life.
                         
          The tumult parts briefly. Grug can see his entire family
          safe on the other side. He waves a last goodbye. To his
          surprise, a shaft of sunlight has settled on his open
          hand.
                         
                          GUY
           There. I see him!
                         
          The family waves to Grug to let him know they are okay.
                          CUT TO:
                         
          SEQ. 2750 - FAMILY PORTRAIT
                         
                         
          EXT. CLIFFSIDE
                         
          Grug is startled by another earthquake. The ground is
          ripping itself apart as meteors begin to fall around him.
          Grug dodges falling debris and lighting and manages to
          crawl into a nearby cave-- a familiar place for him.
          85.
                         
                         
          INT. CAVE
                         
          Grug grabs two pieces of flint and starts clicking them
          together, just as Guy did earlier. They ignite. Grug
          has created his very first fire.
                         
                          GRUG
                          (PLEASED)
           Hey, I did it.
                         
          Another earthquake shakes the cavern. Grug moves over to
          a wall and uses some nearby mud to paint a portrait of
          his family. He paints each member individually and then
          looks longingly at the family he will never see again.
                         
          The torch begins to go out. Grug blows on it and is
          startled by the massive Macawnivore beast, growling at
          him.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Ahhhh! Back! Stay back! Stay back!
                         
          The Macawnivore blows out the torch. Another meteor hits
          the cave with a loud boom! The Macawnivore stops growling
          and starts blowing on the torch along with Grug. It is
          just as frightened as Grug. Grug reaches out and pets
          the now gentle carnivorous beast.
                         
                         
                         
          INT. CAVE
                         
          Grug and the Macawnivore huddle together in a prehistoric
          armistice. When suddenly, Grug hears the dim tone of
          Eep's "shell signal." He rushes to the entrance to the
          cave. He surveys the raging CATACLYSM outside the cave
          as the world is being torn asunder.
                         
          He hears the SHELL ALARM blow TWO MORE TIMES. His family
          is in trouble.
                         
                          GRUG
           They're in trouble. Hang on! I'm
           coming.
                         
          The scale of his problem sinks in.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           How do I get across? Gotta think. What
           would Guy do? What would Guy do?
                         
          Something occurs to Grug.
          86.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           What would I do?
                         
          He absent-mindedly hands the torch to the Macawnivore.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hold this.
                         
          Grug CLOSES HIS EYES, and CONCENTRATES.
                         
          The ember of a thought FLICKERS TO LIFE in Grug's brain.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           I... have... an... IDEA!
                         
                          MACAWNIVORE
           Erm?
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 2975 - GRUG CROSSES THE DIVIDE
                         
                         
          EXT. FIELD
                         
          Grug uses a log to wipe tar all over a giant rib cage.
          Grug runs out of the cave and into a nearby field and
          startles a pack of nesting PIRANHA OWLS. He turns back
          to the Macawnivore.
                         
          The meat-eating birds begin to chase Grug.
                         
                          GRUG
           Run!
          Grug leaps onto the Macawnivore's back as the birds move
          in closer. The ground begins to break up violently as
          lakes empty themselves and entire forests turn sideways.
                         
          The Macawnivore rushes into a giant rib cage that Grug
          has coated with tar. The Piranha Owls hit the rib cage
          and stick to it. As they fight to free themselves, the
          rib cage lifts off the ground. Grug takes a giant tree
          branch, ignites it, and uses it as a rudder, scaring the
          Piranha Owls and prompting them to fly in one coherent
          direction.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Yes!
                         
          As the cage flies, above the fiery landscape, Grug sees
          Douglas, sitting forlornly with the shell still in his
          mouth.
          87.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Douglas?
                         
          Grug doesn't even debate it, he runs back for the little
          monstrosity.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hey, I know that guy.
                         
          Grug JUMPS out of the cage and rushes over to grab the
          gerbils. Then Grug notices a familiar Liyote hiding
          under a nearby rock. He GRABS the Liyote. Grug sees the
          TRIP-GERBILS stranded as well. Grug TWIRLS the Trip-
          Gerbils around his neck like a scarf.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Get up!
                         
          A ROAR BUILDS behind Grug - the pyroclastic flow is
          SPEEDING closer.
                         
          Grug CATCHES UP to the lumbering blimp-cage. He PUSHES
          it to go faster.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Hold on.
                         
          The pyroclastic cloud BLASTS up the narrow passage.
          Finally, with Grug's strength, the cage CLEARS the edge
          of the cliff.
                         
          The CLOUD HITS them all, SWALLOWING the Cage like a
          speck.
                         
                          CUT TO:
                         
          SQ 3000 REUNITED - 05.16.2012
                         
                         
          EXT. "TOMORROW"
                         
                         ON EEP
                         
          Standing at the edge of the cliff alone, BLOWING her
          shell horn. Behind her, Sandy HOWLS. Gran puts a
          comforting arm around her grandchildren, even she has a
          tear in her eye.
                         
          The ground begins to shake softly.
                         
                          GUY
           It's not safe here.
          88.
                         
                         
                          GRAN
           I'll tell her.
                         
          Gran walks up to Eep. Eep continues to blow her shell
          horn. Eep and Gran share a moment. Eep breaks into tears.
          Gran looks at her shell horn and BLOWS it loudly. Eep is
          happily surprised.
                         
          The whole family, even Guy, steps up next to Eep and
          begins BLOWING their shell horns.
                         
          It's clear from Eep's expression she has no intention of
          budging.
                         
                          EEP
           I never got to tell him.
                         
          Ugga appeals to Eep.
                         
                          UGGA
           Eep, if your Dad were here, he would tell
                          YOU TO--
                         
           GRUG (O.S.)
           GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
                         
                          THUNK
           Wow, you sound just like him.
                         
          Ugga looks up. Guy LOOKS UP. Everyone looks up!
                         
           GRUG (O.S.)
           GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
                         
                          SANDY
           Daddy!
                          EEP
           He did it!
                         
                          GUY
           He's riding the Sun... but not very well.
           Everybody out of the way!
                         
          Grug CRASHES near the family. They run to meet him.
                         
                          THUNK
           Dad!
                         
                          UGGA
           Grug!
          89.
                         
                         
                          GRUG
           Ahhh! Where's the danger? Who blew their
           shell?
                         
          But all Grug sees is his astonished family staring back
          at him.
                         
          Eep RUNS to him, HUGS him ferociously, nearly knocking
          him down.
                         
                          EEP
           I love you too.
                         
          The rest of the Croods begin running to Grug. Grug hugs
          each of them like never before.
                         
                          GRUG
           One, two, three, four, five, six...
                         
          Grug puts his arm around Guy.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           ... and seven.
                         
          Belt wants to be acknowledged as well.
                         
                          BELT
           Eerrghh.
                         
                          GRUG
           And a half.
                         
          All the animals join in hugging Grug.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           And eight, and nine.
          Douglas runs up and licks Thunk.
                         
                          THUNK
           Douglas! Dad you saved him!
                         
                          GRUG
           Well, a boys gotta have a pet.
                         
          Suddenly the group rises up as the Macawnivore stands
          near them.
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Turns out, I'm a cat person.
                         
          Grug notices a TAIL sticking out of Chunky's mouth.
          90.
                         
                         
                          GRUG (CONT'D)
           Uh! No.
                         
          Chunky SPITS OUT the TRIP-GERBILS. He GRINS sheepishly.
          The TRIP-GERBILS run to Gran knocking her over in their
          excitement.
                         
                          EEP
           You really need to see this.
                         
          The whole family takes this amazing view in then looks to
          Grug for his decision.
                         
                          GRUG
           We should go there.
                         
                          DISSOLVE TO:
                         
                         
          SEQ. 3500 - EPILOGUE
                         
          RUSHING TOWARD A SHORELINE covered in dense palms, gentle
          waves lapping at the sand.
                         
          On Eep, fixing her hair. We PULL OUT to see the whole
          family preparing for a family photo.
                         
           EEP (V.O.)
           This is me. My name's Eep. And this, is
           my family. The Croods. If you weren't
           clued in by the sun tans and pets, we're
           not exactly cavemen anymore.
                         
          Grug has a wonderful picture making contraption they are
          about to experience. The slab of rock smacks them all in
          the face leaving the first family photo.
                          THUNK
           Let's do that again. I think I blinked.
                         
          BACK TO THE SHORELINE, RUSHING ever closer to the beach.
                         
                          EEP
           Our world is still plenty harsh and
           hostile. But now we know the Croods will
           make it.
                         
          ON BELT riding on the back of the Crocopup, delivering a
          drink to Gran, PULL OUT to reveal she is in a sled,
          hitched to a team of Liyotes. The liyotes are tending to
          her. Gran sips her drink.
          91.
                         
                         
                          EEP(CONT'D)
           Because we changed the rules. The ones
           that kept us in the dark.
                         
          On Ugga sharpening a spear. The Macawnivore comes in to
          frame with Grug riding on top. Ugga tosses him the spear.
          Eep, flips from out of the trees. She blows her horn to
          call Guy and the BearOwl for a ride.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           And because of my dad, who taught us that
           anyone can change...
                         
          The Macawnivore LEAPS through the trees onto a broad,
          beautiful beach with Grug and Ugga atop.
                         
                          GRUG
           Release the baby!
                         
                          EEP
           Well, sort of.
                         
          Thunk breaks through the trees riding a LANDWHALE. Sandy
          and Belt are riding the Crocopup. Eep and Guy are riding
          the BearOwl.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           So from now on we'll stay out here.
                         
          The first camera picks them up as it reaches the beach.
          It FOLLOWS the Croods as they TURN and ride toward a
          sunrise.
                         
                          EEP (CONT'D)
           Where we can follow the light.
          FLARE TO WHITE
                         
                         BEAT
                         
          Belt and Sandy poke their heads up at the base of the
          screen.
                         
                          BELT/SANDY
           Da da daaaaaaaaaaa.
                          


Croods, The



Writers :   Kirk DeMicco  Chris Sanders
Genres :   Animation  Adventure  Comedy


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