Kirk DeMicco & Chris Sanders
SEQ. 75 - PROLOGUE
A cave painting of the Dreamworks logo. Push past the
moon to the sun. Bright. Beautiful. The sun DISSOLVES
Cave paintings of a family of cavemen -- we will come to
know them as The Croods.
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.
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.
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.
Because of my Dad. He was strong... and
he followed the rules.
A shadow falls across their feet and Grug ushers his
... 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
They all run back into the cave where Grug slams the rock
SLOWLY LIGHT ON CAVE PAINTINGS COMES UP AGAIN. But this
time the light casts an ominous tone.
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...
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.
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.
Raaaaar grooooOOOOoooowwwll ERF ERF
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.
You're supposed to wait for my signal
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.
We've been in that cave forever.
Three days is not forever.
It is with this family.
Eep would you come down here? You're
being so dramatic.
A LITTLE GIRL, SANDY, charges out next. Her display is
No, no, no Sandy, come back here.
Remember the signal. Good girls wait for
A CAVE WOMAN, UGGA, scrambles out next. She is mostly
focused on catching Sandy, giving only cursory effort to
As soon as I get Sandy, I'll go back in,
and you can give the signal.
No, I mean, you're already out now.
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.
Never mind, Thunk. Just, come out.
(not so fast)
Uhh, but if you don't give the signal,
how do I know you're my dad?
The signal isn't so you know it's me,
it's so you know I wasn't eaten by an
Then why is the signal an animal noise?
I mean, doesn't that just confuse things?
I don't know... I'm still waiting for the
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.
Mom, we're ready to leave.
Grug sits up and smiles.
Grug's face drops.
It's still early.
And you're still fat.
The Croods form up in a flying wedge, with Grug in the
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!
COMPRESSED TIME - The Croods RUN out of Crood canyon,
across the wide expanses of desert.
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.
We see a nest with a huge unguarded blue egg. The Croods
take shelter behind a rock. Grug PEERS over the top.
Eep's hand SHOOTS up. Thunk is less than enthusiastic.
We'll flip for it.
Grug LIFTS Gran on his hand, and FLIPS her up in the air.
Call her in the air.
Gran FACE-PLANTS, her head buried in the sand. Only her
tail is showing.
Tails. Thunk's in.
The family fades back and splits up. They get into
Ok. Thunk. Go. Come on Thunk.
Thunk BREAKS COVER. He dashes into the open, SNATCHES
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old lady down! Eep, avenge me.
Crouched in the shade of a scrubby bush, like a runner on
the blocks - she has the Liyotes in her sights. Eep
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.
A bunch of Jackrobats see Eep and swarm around her. She
loses her footing and throws the egg to Grug.
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
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.
Oh hey Dad, can we eat now?
Just wait till we get home. Eep put on
The entrance to Crood canyon appears on the horizon.
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.
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
Alright! Good one, dad!
Here you go, Thunk. Drink up.
Grug tosses the egg to Thunk, Thunk fumbles it and it
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.
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.
Two knuckle warning.
Come on Croods. Go, go, go.
SEQ. 200 - WELCOME TO CROOD CAVE
INT. CROOD CAVE - EVENING
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.
The moon is full. Bath night.
(grumbling, Gran tries to run
You too, Mom.
Run for your life.
Ugga pulls Gran back.
I don't want to lose my protective layer.
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.
See? Sandy doesn't fuss.
Ugga CLAPS her hands together and Sandy knows to let go.
She hits the floor and SCAMPERS away.
Grug enters and looks around the cave.
Is she still out there?
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.
Please come back tomorrow.
ON GRUG getting his `bath.'
How can she not like the cave? It's so
It is a little, dark, Grug.
It's not that dark.
Grug is finished with his bath.
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.
Come on, I gotta close the cave...
ON GRUG exiting the cave... Grug sees that Eep is at the
Eep continues to climb.
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.
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.
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.
That was too close!
I was watching. I was fine.
What were you doing up there, Eep?
I don't know.
What were you looking for?
Well then why did you go up there?
I don't know.
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.
What's the point of all this?
Hmmm? What was that?
(a little louder)
I mean, why are we here? What are we
doing this for?
No one said survival was fun.
Nothing is fun.
Hmm? Would you come down here. Eep?
No answer. Grug CLIMBS up. Ugga PULLS Grug back down.
Grug climbs back up.
I just don't see why she needs her own
ledge. That's all. That's what this is
She's working through some things and
needs her own space.
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
See? She's listening.
If she wants to survive, she has to
follow our rules.
How about a story? Eep loves those.
That's a good idea ... How about a story,
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
Ok. Can I borrow that? Thank you. Eep!
Your old favorite?
I haven't played with that thing in
Tonight we'll hear the story of Krispy
Grug sits and waits a beat for Eep to join, but she stays
As Grug talks, he gestures at a rough sketch on the wall
of the cave.
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...
Ugga covers Sandy's ears.
Yes. And one day, while she was in a
tree, the curious little bear wanted to
climb to the top.
And no sooner than she climbed to the
top, she saw something new and died.
Grug SWATS the painting.
Just like that?
Yes! Her last moments of terror still
frozen on her face.
Grug holds out Krispy Bear. The family is terrified.
Oh, same ending as everyday.
I get it, dad. I get it. I will never
do anything new or different.
Good man, Thunk.
Pan across the walls to reveal they are covered with
stories all seemingly with the same ending.
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
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
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
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
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,
The light ahead is growing brighter. Eep is closing on
it. In her excitement, she missteps and SNAPS a stick
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
The Creature RUNS. Eep tops the wall and...
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.
The Creature defensively raises its arms, hands in front
of its face.
Hands? Eep GASPS, shocked to see HUMAN HANDS attached to
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.
Eep LEAPS BACK a few paces, DROPPING the rock on Guy's
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
I'm a person, like you.
Eep TOSSES the boulder aside and LIFTS Guy with one hand.
Sort of... like you.
Eep OPENS Guy's mouth and pokes around inside. She
SNIFFS at him. Turns him upside-down.
Okay, could you not, hee hee hee, that
Eep looks closely at BELT, a sloth wrapped around Guy's
waist. Belt's eyes OPEN.
Eep DROPS Guy on his head.
OW! Wow. --
Eep jams her foot over Guy's mouth.
Quiet! I'm not supposed to be out here.
Guy BITES her foot.
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.
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.
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."
SEQ. 560 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (PART II)
EXT. ROCK ARCH
Guy is still on his knees.
(in pain, defeated)
Wow. You're really strong.
The flame DWINDLES. Guy MOVES toward it. Eep BLOCKS
No! It's mine. No, no. I caught it!
No way Guy is getting past her.
It's dying. I can fix it!
Eep doesn't want to.
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.
It does what you tell it?
Well, yeah, sort of.
No, no. Fire.
(to the flame)
It's not alive.
But you said it was dying.
It comes from where you come from?
No. I make it.
Eep BALLS her fist, GRABBING Guy tightly by the hair.
Make some for me.
Ow. Okay, it doesn't come out of me.
Make. MAKE! MAKE IT!
Eep SQUEEZES Guy like a tube of toothpaste.
You do this a lot.
Something CRACKS. Eep DROPS Guy - he's broken.
Are you dead? Can I have your fire if
Belt RUBS two flat rocks together and places them on
Guy's chest like defibrillator paddles. Guy BOLTS
Hey, those are cold!
You think? Listening shells, activate.
Belt AND Guy use shells to LISTEN to the ground.
I concur. Tiger girl, we need to leave
He tries to pull her by the arm. She stays put like an
I don't even know you.
Ow. I'm Guy.
And this is Belt. Cook,
conversationalist, navigator, also keeps
my pants up.
What are "pants up?"
Who are you?
(cutting her off)
Let me clarify, Eep. The world is
I'm calling it...
Da da daaaaa.
How do you know?
Guy and Belt both do gestures to accompany the Da da
daaaa. It seems very important to them.
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.
We've got to get to high ground. I know a
mountain, that way--
He points into the distance.
It's our only chance.
(extending his hand)
Come with me.
Guy and Belt reach out their hands to Eep.
Guy hands the shell to Eep. And Eep is mesmerized. Guy
pulls his hog-mask back down.
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.
Thank you. Hello? Hey!
Eep BUMPS directly into Grug.
Are you hurt? What took you?
Nothing. I left on my own.
You... youuuuuuu... ww-what!?
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.
You never let me talk.
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.
Things are tense between the two. At the KEYHOLE, they
are met by the rest of the Croods.
Grug! What happened!?
You know what, I am so mad right now,
that I can't talk to her.
You'll never believe it. I found
The Croods all SNATCH up stones. They form a defensive
New's a big problem!
Eep is trapped in the middle of the defensive formation.
She SQUEEZES out.
Eep. Stay inside the family kill circle.
It wasn't bad.
New is always bad.
No. He was nice.
What!? Excuse me? He?
Oh. Well, I thought he was a warthog,
but then he turned into a boy.
Strange. Usually it's the reverse.
Grug RAISES an eyebrow.
Eep's got a boy hog! Eep's got a boy
Eep ELBOWS Thunk in the back of his head.
There was a boy. Watch, okay. I'm gonna
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
Eep is incredulous. The dust clears - the panting Croods
are satisfied the object is gone.
What is wrong with you?
It was dangerous.
It was beautiful. You want to see
She pelts Thunk with a rock.
Owww! My sniffer!
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!
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.
He said this would happen.
Then BOOM! The ground starts to SHAKE!
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.
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
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.
Is everyone okay?
Yes. Grug, the cave, it's gone.
Grug looks back to Crood cave. It is gone.
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.
You really need to see this...
The dumbfounded Croods stare in awe at the beautiful
The Croods look out at the new world.
We should go there!
No. No one is going anywhere.
Grug pulls Eep back from the precipice.
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.
Just go! Go! Go!
The Croods run towards the precipice with the Bear Owl
They reach the edge. The Bear Owl dives.
The Croods LEAP. They hang for a moment and begin
tumbling down a steep jungle hill.
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:
One, two, three, four, five --
BEAT. Grug smiles.
Gran lands in a heap behind him.
(winces in pain)
Oh... Where are we?
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.
The Croods SIT UP. They are disoriented.
Sniff sniff sniff
Sandy? What is it?
Sandy LUNGES at something almost disappearing into a
Grug BARELY catches Sandy by her leg. Grug PULLS her back
like a dog on a leash.
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.
We can't be out in the open like this.
We need a cave. Now step where I step.
They start moving.
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.
Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay.
The Croods cautiously move in fits and stops through the
middle of this thick, pre-historic rainforest.
So Dad, just to be clear, are we looking
for the exact same cave?
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.
Eep and Grug LOOK UP.
WE PULL BACK TO REVEAL THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY PUNCH
I'll take care of this.
Grug launches into his Threat Display -
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! -
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
Gran joins in and punches Grug in the nose.
Hah, I'm loving this.
Grug, when you're done, we should get
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.
That's right! You can't get past this!
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! -
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!
CAVE! GO! GO!
The Croods jump off the bird leg in hopes of getting to
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!
Hey look! This cave has a tongue.
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.
Okay, that's one, two, three, four,
And seven... if we're counting Chunky the
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.
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
Moments later, they fly back into the air - the whale is
SKELETONIZED. It CRUMPLES to the ground.
The Croods form their defensive circle, brandishing
Eep spies a SKULL lying in the sand. She SPRINTS for it.
Eep breaks a horn from the skull and BLOWS on it loud and
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.
Grug pushes Eep aside and shows Guy his threat display.
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
Guy stands in front of Eep defensively.
Cavemen! Stand back! They're
practically animals. See their bony,
The huge primitive teeth?
The excessive body hair? Oh, that one's
got a tail...
Guy PULLS his knife.
Close your eyes. I'm going to have to
take their lives.
(slapping the knife away)
No. It won't help.
They're my family.
Eep nods toward Thunk.
Ah, the sun is in his hands!
The Croods keep circling.
No. No. It's "fire."
Where did it come from?
He made it.
Grug grabs him and squeezes him tight.
Make some for me!
It doesn't come out of him.
Make. Make it.
POP! Guy's ribs are cracked for the second time.
You know, you're a lot like your
Guy falls in a heap.
Great, now he's broken.
Oh, it's a baby sun.
Grug turns to see Ugga, Thunk, Gran and Sandy are now
sitting very close around the fire, transfixed.
Whoa! Stay back. We don't know what it
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:
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
(looks at the fire)
Isn't this fun, Eep?
Grug looks around to see that Eep is kneeling beside Guy.
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.
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.)
Sandy! No! Fire is not a play thing!
Aww, what a cute little guy.
Hey, stay back.
The Croods snatch at the embers as they dance in the air
No, no, no, wait!
One of the embers has caught onto Thunk's tunic.
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.
Ow! You're not my friend. Stop, stop
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.
(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.
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.
EEP AND GUY.
So, your Dad, he's trying to kill me.
Yeah. But I won't let him.
Eep and Guy witness the FIERY MAYHEM:
Hold on son, come back!
SERIES OF SHOTS:
GRUG is chasing THUNK in circles, throwing rocks at his
I don't like you anymore!
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.
Gran, who is still trying to put out her stick, is
batting it into every tree and bush she can hit.
Get out! Out!
Ugga carries a REDWOOD above her head and then tosses
it onto the small fire.
Eat up, babies!
WHOOSH! Ugga ignites a massive bonfire.
The Croods appear like a bunch of violent, lunatic
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.
POOF! The fire on her cane has finally gone out.
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,
ON EEP AND GUY
They're not so scary once you get to know
Eep and Guy are HIT by the speeding corn.
Who are you people?
Oh, I'm sorry. We're the Croooooods!
And you are?
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.
Wow! Looks like magic. And smells like
Popcorn kernels RAIN DOWN upon the Croods. They are
Don't eat it, it's new.
SEQ. 1425 - THE GOAL IS SET
The Croods burst out of a mountain of popcorn.
ON THE BASE OF THE POPCORN PILE
Come on, keep eating.
Guy BURROWS out the side of the popcorn pile like a
prisoner escaping Alcatraz.
gasping for air
(checks to see if he's been
Hey, where's Guy?
Guy RUNS for the mountain. Eep POUNCES on Guy like a
The mountain? High ground? End of the
That already happened. It destroyed our
Noooo. That was just the beginning of the
end. The end of the end is still coming.
(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.
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
We need his fire, dummy!
WHOOSH! Grug grabs Guy and throws him in a log.
Fine. You're staying with us till we
find a cave.
Grug hoists Guy in the log onto his shoulder.
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.
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.
Umm... I've got an idea. Let's go to
ON THE TALL MOUNTAIN way in the distance.
It's too far.
Dad really has his heart set on a cave.
Uh, there, are, caves on that mountain.
Have you been there?
It's a mountain. Mountains are safe.
Mountains have caves. And water. And
Mom? Did you hear that? I can get my
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
Da da daaaaa.
Sandy tries to attack Belt.
Ugh. That thing is weird.
Belt antagonizes Sandy by sticking his tongue out at her.
Sandy goes at Belt again.
No no, it's okay Sandy. That's just a
Grug takes a step back. Turns.
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.
I don't know Grug. We've never really
walked that far.
I don't think my feet can do that.
I'll never live long enough to get there.
Let's do it.
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.
Aaaaaaaaugh. Get her off. Get off.
If you're not ready to challenge her,
then don't look her in the eye.
We follow Sandy as she moves past 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.
No more touching. No more touching.
Isn't this fun? We're taking our first
Thunk accidentally bumps into Eep.
Stop shoving, or I will pull out your
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.
The Croods are traveling across the dry land. The camera
has pulled out from the family as they travel. Family
Dad, I gotta go!
Come on, you can hold it.
I don't think so.
I gotta go really bad.
Thunk starts to HOP WITH HIS KNEES GLUED TO EACH OTHER.
Go behind one of those lumpy things and
make it fast.
Ow! Something bit me!
I don't blame it.
Maybe we should have stopped for water.
A Liyote turns to watch the Croods as they travel.
Dad, can I take a turn carrying him?
How about now?
(even louder) NOW?!?!
I can do this all day long. No, no, no,
and still no.
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
I'm not dying on an empty stomach.
Grug, we're all pretty tired.
I'm pretty dizzy, so I'm just going to
lay down for a minute.
We'll eat when we get there.
It's taking too long! I'm grabbing a
Gran jumps up and tries to grab Belt. Belt pulls a bone
knife and defends himself.
No. No. No. Don't do that. He will cut
you. That's not food, he's a pet. My
What's a pet?
An animal that you don't eat.
We call those children.
No man should have a pet. It's weird,
and wrong. It's--
(spies giant bird)
No, no please!
Not that. That.
SEQ. 1075 - FOOD FIXES EVERYTHING
A WHOOPING sound comes from the grasses ahead. A giant
TURKEY FISH raises its toothy head.
Food fixes everything.
Grug grabs Thunk.
Alright, show me your hunting face.
Eep shows her hunting face.
Not you! You're still grounded!
Come on, Thunk.
My feet hurt.
Leaning against a rock next to Gran, Sandy, Eep and Ugga.
Guy notices Eep is agitated. She STARES in the direction
the men went.
You look tense.
I'm not tense.
Angry girl wants to be doing what they're
Ow! I wasn't ready!
Thunk CRASHES THROUGH the bushes, PURSUED by the Turkey
Fish. Grug is being DRUG behind.
Hang on Thunk, I'm coming!
Why are you doing this?
What are they doing?
Get it off! You stay away from me.
No seriously, what are they doing?
The Turkeyfish squashes Grug into the ground. Then
continues chasing Thunk.
(to Turkey Fish)
You've got a ton of eggs. Just make
Thunk FLIES INTO FRAME and SPLATS against the rock. The
Turkey Fish climbs to the top of a nearby rock and dives
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.
There! Who's hungry for scorpion?
The Croods PULL at the legs. They TWIST and SNAP OFF
like lobster legs.
What happened to the egg and the bird?
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
Not enough. Not enough. I need more. I
Gran looks hungrily at Guy.
Oh, look at that. She's not gonna eat me
You're too skinny. If she was gonna eat
anyone it would be--
Owww! She's locked her jaw!
Sandy gets up from the table.
Someone get a stick! Get her off!
Guy looks on, horrified.
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.
Hold her still. Use a rock. Ugga would
you just hit her legs.
Guy LEAVES. Eep chases him and pins him down.
Why are you rolling away?
Owww! I just want something to eat.
You have bug for dinner. Plenty of bug!
Please... I'll let you help me hunt.
Ahhh! They're all over me... Tell my
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
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 carefully SETS the trigger.
What do you call this?
What does it do?
Guy makes sound effects to get his point across as he
describes the trap.
(explains with sounds)
soft whistle Raargh, Thump thump thump,
thubububububub soft whistle poom!
How long have you been alone?
Belt opens his arms wide showing Guy has been alone a
long, long time.
... So what do we do?
Guy pulls out a weird miniature TURKEY FISH PUPPET.
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.
Oh, you're good at this.
They are so into what they are doing, they accidentally
get TANGLED UP.
Oh, sorry, I...
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.
Uh... It didn't step in your trap-y,
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
Eep is in full parkour as she runs from the Turkeyfish.
Grug STEPS FORWARD. He's going to SPRING the trap.
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.
SEQ. 900 - BBQ/CAPTIVATING CAPTIVE
ON THE TURKEY ROASTING over an open fire. It looks golden
and juicy. Grug is agitated. The Croods are devouring
the Turkey Fish.
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.
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.
Looks like we won't be having any
What are "left-overs?"
You know, when you have so much food to
eat you have some, left over.
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.
Grug, how about a story?
That's a good idea. How about a story
Yeah a story, tell us a story!
Croods gather around 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.
So easy to remember!
I know! But, while everyone was asleep,
she went out anyway.
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.
Whoa! I did not see that coming. Twist
ending. My stories never end like that.
Yes! Two stories in one night!
The Croods LEAVE Grug and GATHER around Guy. Guy is
A BEAT -
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."
And die. Good story.
Thinking the story is over, the Croods begin to get up.
As Guy begins talking again they settle back down.
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.
And she fell.
And she flew.
Where did she fly?
A place with more suns in the sky than
you can count.
It would be so bright.
A place not like today, or yesterday, a
place where things are better.
Tomorrow isn't a place, you can't see it!
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.
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
Grug stuffs Guy neatly back inside the log. Grug CURLS
UP by the fire with the LOG TUCKED UNDER HIS ARM far away
ON GRUG'S FACE.
snoring, tossing and turning
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.
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.
Eep walks alongside Guy, who is still being carried by
Grug in the log.
That was too close. It almost caught us.
I was watching. We were fine.
We've got to move faster. Do you people
have any other speed aside from "wander?"
I'll take a shamble at this point.
Hey, do you have a minute? How did the
I only share when I'm outside the log.
I'm funny that way.
Leave this to me.
Eep FALLS BACK behind Thunk, getting him between she and
Hey Thunk, you have a spider on your
Eep SMASHES Thunk in the face, KNOCKING him into Grug,
sending Guy and the log FLYING. Grug shoots Eep an
Grug sees Guy has ROLLED away.
Grug goes to retrieve Guy, and STEPS on something sharp.
Aaaaahhhhhh! Do not step on those weird,
You mean these rocks? Ahh owww! Do not
step on these rocks!
Thunk steps on the coral - it CRUNCHES under his feet.
Step aside, girls!
Gran steps out, and then SCREAMS.
Hello? Nobody's listening! No one is
listening. You cannot walk on those!
Guy stands on the coral without flinching.
Arraughrragh come back here now.
Well, there goes our chance for survival.
And our log!
Grug must make the choice to go after Guy.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Now, kick it away.
Grug BARELY NUDGES it.
Grug KICKS it a quarter-mile.
Okay, smart, Guy... now what?
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.
Ahhhh! Good fish.
Eep is covering her eyes.
Okay. Now you can look.
Eep peers down at her new boots.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! I love
them! Where are my feet!?
They're still there!
Eep slips, and falls into Guy's arms.
Whoa. You're really
Really? Thank you!
Grug walks over as the two fall to the ground.
Hey, wait. Whoa. Whoa. WHOA!!
Okay! She's up. I'm good. We're
These shoes are great! Where do you get
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
I'm calling it, a brain. I'm pretty sure
it's where ideas come from.
Dad. I don't have a brain.
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
Grug punches at the air in front of Guy making him wince.
Now, let's get to that mountain.
Ugga and Eep notice each other's shoes.
Oh wow. I love those!
Good fish. Don't eat my feet.
SEQ. 1710 - GOING GUY'S WAY
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.
So... How'd the tiger fly?
He jumped on the sun and rode it to
Grug doesn't like seeing his daughter so close to Guy.
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.
The Croods stand at the top of a cliff.
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.
Hi dad! Bye dad!
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
You've seen rain before... right?
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 makes an Origami boat. He and Sandy sail across the
Grug seeing Guy and Eep snuggling under the umbrella,
grabs the umbrella away from Guy. Grug gets hit by
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.
Eep, looks dangerous.
Oh dad, you say that about everything.
Eep goes to jump in the water. Guy STOPS her.
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
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!
Augh! No no no! 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
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.
SEQ. 1725 - MAZE
PAN UP TO THE ENTRANCES TO THE MAZE
So the bear says, "Your cave?" I've been
dumping my bones here since last week.
Last week, haha. That's a funny story!
It's not a story! It's a joke.
What's a joke?
You know, just making something up... to
make you laugh.
Hah, I don't get it.
EXT. TUFA MAZE - AFTERNOON
The Croods stand motionless before an open plain, deeply
sculpted with meandering grooves which form a massive
Guy is handing out SHELLS to the Croods.
Here you go, one for you, and this ones
Grug is annoyed by everyone blowing their shells.
Okay. Okay. That's enough. I don't see
why the kids need their own shells.
So if anyone gets in trouble, we can call
Wait-- you're saying we should split up?
We can try more paths at once. It's the
fastest way through.
Croods stick together.
Your way isn't safe.
They can handle it.
We can do it, dad.
No no no no no. It's my job to keep you
safe. I'm still in charge and we are not
(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
As Grug and Guy slide passed each other. Frustrated Grug,
tries to punch Guy.
INSIDE THE MAZE
The SHAKING COMES TO A STOP. Everyone (now separated)
ON GRUG-- finding himself alone.
Hello? Is everyone alright?
(trying to calm him)
We're okay, Grug.
Dad? I'm freaking out a little bit.
Just tell me what to do. Just what do I
do right now?
Stay where you are. I'll find you.
No. Too slow. Everybody, keep moving
forward and we'll get out.
Looking very frightened.
GRUG (O.S.) (CONT'D)
Remember never not be afraid.
You can do this.
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.
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
You dropped these.
Guy slips and falls onto a huge lilypad. He smiles up at
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.
Come with me.
Eep and Guy turn to each other, just as Thunk emerges and
tosses a rock for the Croco-Pup to fetch.
Here boy, catch!
A shell note signals Ugga, Gran and Sandy's arrival.
There is an obvious change in the ladies.
Ugga removes her hat to reveal her new look.
A loud shell blast interrupts. It is followed by two
Grug lets out another blow on his horn.
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.
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.
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,
Douglas ROLLS OVER, right OFF the tree.
Good boy Douglas!
Belt POURS a drink for Gran. Sandy takes Gran her drink
as she spins over to her on her starfish shoes.
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.
Then my father smashed him with a rock
and traded me to your Grandfather.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
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.
Croods! Come get down here!
Grug, they're okay. Guy's with them.
Oh, oh, `Guy'. `Guy' is with them. Well
thank you for bringing me that
interesting Guy update!
A BEAT - Ugga regards her husband
Oh, okay. I'm gonna go up and why don't
you join us when you stop being a big
Ugga climbs up the tree to be with the rest of the
Grug isn't thrilled with Ugga's shot at him. He picks up
two rocks and tries to make fire.
Sleep pile? How about a story, huh?
Grug listens intently. All he hears is laughter.
Thunk, Sandy Belt and Gran are sitting around a torch,
listening to one of Gran's stories.
And then Torg said "Know it? I drew it!"
THUNK GRAN SANDY BELT
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
That makes no sense.
Ugga arrives and sits next to Guy. She takes in the
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.
I want to show you something.
Guy LIGHTS A TORCH and leads the Croods up, up, to the
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.
More suns in the sky than you can count.
Every sun that crosses our sky, comes to
rest up there.
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.
I'm going with Guy.
Grug is beside himself with panic, sick at the thought of
No. Not my little girl.
Come with us.
I can't go without Grug.
Well, that makes one of us. Count me in!
Really Mom? Now?
Grug continues to listen in.
Grug has no idea how to protect us. In
fact, he has no ideas at all.
No, that's not true. What about that one
time when he a...
Face it! If he actually had an idea of
his own I'd, I'd have a heart attack and
Grug smiles to himself.
SEQ. 1550 - GRUG TRIES TO CHANGE
EXT. TREE - SUNRISE
The whole family is searching for Grug. He has
He's a big guy. How can he just disappear
Hey wait. Let's ask that ugly lady if
she's seen dad.
Grug SPINS AROUND. He's wearing a rasta-style wig made
from knotted grass. The sight SHOCKS Ugga.
Haven't seen him.
ON GRUG with the family standing around him.
What are you doing?
(Playing to Eep)
Yeah, Wow. Like, I was up all night cuz
like all these, ideas just kept coming to
Grug LIFTS his tunic, a Boa Constrictor is wrapped around
Is that a snake?
Belt! New and improved! It's even self-
The constrictor SQUEEZES Grug till he turns blue. Grug
SMACKS it and it relaxes a little.
What is that on your head?
It's called desperation.
Grug strokes his weird, fake rasta-hair.
(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.
It's gonna get us places faster than
Grug climbs on top of the rock, facing the wrong way.
Yeah. Try to keep up.
He LEANS FORWARD. The "car" ROLLS downhill and SMASHES
through a redwood, TOPPLING it.
I wish I had a ride.
His face SLATHERED with reddish mud.
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.
Let's do it again. I think I blinked.
Thunk PASSES OUT.
ON THE CROODS
Wearing wooden sunglasses. They are effectively wearing
I call them "shades."
The sun doesn't hurt my eyes anymore!
Where do you get these great ideas?
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.
Grug. We have to keep moving.
See, I got ideas, I got thoughts.
ON Grug lifting a huge flat rock over his head.
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.
Standing on one side of a primitive Teeter-Totter.
And I'm calling this one a "lifterator."
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.
I almost feel sorry for him.
Grug falls back down onto the teeter totter dislodging
the boulder from the other side. The boulder rolls back
down onto Grug.
Hah, no I don't.
SEQ. 1950 - TRUTH REVEALED
Guy is rowing a SHELL BOAT with everyone inside.
What are you trying to do Grug?
Burned and battered, laying in the bottom of a turtle
Ugga is attending to his injuries.
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.
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.
And I also thought it would kill your
mother. So you know? Win win.
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
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.
Cave! Everyone inside. Come on! Hurry
up, let's go. Go, go.
The Croods don't want to move.
No more caves, Grug.
We're gonna jump on the sun and ride it
to Tomorrow with Guy.
Wait, so you're all going to do this?
Silence from the Croods answers his question.
Thunk joins the others. It's the last straw.
You have to stop worrying for all of us.
It's my job to worry. It's my job to
follow the rules.
The rules don't work out here.
They kept us alive.
That wasn't living, that was just, not
dying. There's a difference.
Ugga, everyone, you have to listen to me.
Ugga doesn't move.
We would be dead if we listened you.
Grug is STUNNED.
We have to follow Guy now.
Grug slowly turns around to face Guy. He is smoldering.
Grug lunges toward Guy, SCREAMING.
Grug ATTACKS Guy - they fall down an embankment.
SEQ. 2100 - TAR PIT
Grug CHASES Guy across a TREMBLING landscape.
This is pointless. We're running out of
time. Everything is collapsing. You're
being irrational and counterproductive.
Big words anger me. Keep talking.
Belt THROWS fruit at Grug. The fruit HITS Grug square in
the face. He's blinded. He doesn't stop.
Remember how you were this morning? You
changed, remember? Idea man? Modern
Guy comes to a sudden stop - he's stepped in a small
puddle of TAR.
Grug wipes his eyes clean of fruit.
I... am... a... CAVEMAN.
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.
Hnnnnnngh! No. What is this stuff that
saves you from my punches?
The tone of Guy's voice SINKS IN. Grug CEASES his
Please Grug. You have to stop struggling.
No. I have to get back to them.
Grug looks to Guy.
No one gets out of this. Believe me. I
Grug gets it.
Grug looks at Guy again - he needs more than that. Guy
takes a deep breath - this is going to be hard.
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.
You followed the light. My daughter is a
lot like you.
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.
I guess I was just busy keeping them all
Guy considers Grug.
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.
That's right... but we can't do that from
here. We need one of your ideas.
The music TURNS.
Come on. You can do it.
Buoyed by Grug's encouragement, Guy swings into action
Belt! Emergency Idea Generator,
Belt hits Guy in the head with a rock.
I've got it!
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.
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.
There he is. Belt, I want romance, drama,
sincerity. Move me.
Belt makes music, which grabs the Macawnivore's
Okay he sees us!
Belt plays a little melodramatic tune.
Grug halfheartedly moves the bones he's holding.
That's our cue. Now work it!
The puppet starts shaking its tail.
He's not coming over. I don't think our
puppet looks scared enough.
Scared? I'll show you scared. Hand me
those acting sticks!
Grug shakes the puppet and makes a frightening sound of
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.
The puppet breaks apart, the Macawnivcore turns to Grug
and Guy. He is not pleased.
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!
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.
Grug and Guy TURN to see the rest of the Croods. Grug
waves to the family with Guy stuck to his hand.
Hey, we're okay!
The family stops to take this in.
Yeah, we're okay.
The ground shakes violently. Meteors stream across the
Grug. Your call.
Grug knows his answer.
Take us to Tomorrow.
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.
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
You were right.
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.
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
From the Croods perspective, Tomorrow vanished before
A SHOCKWAVE knocks a large chunk of rock off the edge the
Croods are standing on blowing them backwards.
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.
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
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.
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.
(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.
No more dark. No more hiding. No more
What's the point of all this?
To follow the light.
A smile breaks across Eep's face - her dad has answered
I can't change. I don't have ideas. But
I have my strength. And right now that's
all you need.
No. We don't know what's over there.
Maybe nothing. It's too risky.
It's a chance.
Belt wipes a tear off his face.
I'll take that chance.
Grug LIFTS Guy above his head.
You know, I've wanted to throw you away
ever since I met you.
Heh. That's a joke, right?
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.
He made it... He made it...
Okay, Thunk. Your turn.
You're not coming, are you?
When you make it, so will I.
Grug HURLS Thunk.
Ugga KISSES Grug. She whispers in his ear.
You did good.
Grug wipes a tear from Ugga's eye. Then lifts her above
his head. He HURLS her across.
Gran is next in line.
No mush, just throw me.
Grug LIFTS her above his head.
Wait. You surprised me today. Lunkhead.
Grug SMILES and throws her next.
(landing on the other side)
Another TREMBLER. MORE cliff FALLS away. Now the
distance is even greater.
Eep is next in line.
Time to go.
No. I have too much to say to you. I
need to fix everything and I don't have
I can fix it.
Grug embraces Eep.
This works good. What do you call it?
I was thinking of calling it a Hug.
(clears his throat)
Because it rhymes with Grug. But you can
change it if you want.
No. I like a "Hug."
I love you.
Eep takes in the full effect of her dad's words.
The ground begins to shake and break apart around them.
Dad, I'm scared.
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
There. I see him!
The family waves to Grug to let him know they are okay.
SEQ. 2750 - FAMILY PORTRAIT
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
They're in trouble. Hang on! I'm
The scale of his problem sinks in.
How do I get across? Gotta think. What
would Guy do? What would Guy do?
Something occurs to Grug.
What would I do?
He absent-mindedly hands the torch to the Macawnivore.
Grug CLOSES HIS EYES, and CONCENTRATES.
The ember of a thought FLICKERS TO LIFE in Grug's brain.
I... have... an... IDEA!
SEQ. 2975 - GRUG CROSSES THE DIVIDE
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 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
As the cage flies, above the fiery landscape, Grug sees
Douglas, sitting forlornly with the shell still in his
Grug doesn't even debate it, he runs back for the little
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.
A ROAR BUILDS behind Grug - the pyroclastic flow is
Grug CATCHES UP to the lumbering blimp-cage. He PUSHES
it to go faster.
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
SQ 3000 REUNITED - 05.16.2012
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.
It's not safe here.
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
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
I never got to tell him.
Ugga appeals to Eep.
Eep, if your Dad were here, he would tell
GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
Wow, you sound just like him.
Ugga looks up. Guy LOOKS UP. Everyone looks up!
GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
He did it!
He's riding the Sun... but not very well.
Everybody out of the way!
Grug CRASHES near the family. They run to meet him.
Ahhh! Where's the danger? Who blew their
But all Grug sees is his astonished family staring back
Eep RUNS to him, HUGS him ferociously, nearly knocking
I love you too.
The rest of the Croods begin running to Grug. Grug hugs
each of them like never before.
One, two, three, four, five, six...
Grug puts his arm around Guy.
... and seven.
Belt wants to be acknowledged as well.
And a half.
All the animals join in hugging Grug.
And eight, and nine.
Douglas runs up and licks Thunk.
Douglas! Dad you saved him!
Well, a boys gotta have a pet.
Suddenly the group rises up as the Macawnivore stands
Turns out, I'm a cat person.
Grug notices a TAIL sticking out of Chunky's mouth.
Chunky SPITS OUT the TRIP-GERBILS. He GRINS sheepishly.
The TRIP-GERBILS run to Gran knocking her over in their
You really need to see this.
The whole family takes this amazing view in then looks to
Grug for his decision.
We should go there.
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.
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.
Let's do that again. I think I blinked.
BACK TO THE SHORELINE, RUSHING ever closer to the beach.
Our world is still plenty harsh and
hostile. But now we know the Croods will
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.
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.
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.
Release the baby!
Well, sort of.
Thunk breaks through the trees riding a LANDWHALE. Sandy
and Belt are riding the Crocopup. Eep and Guy are riding
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
Where we can follow the light.
FLARE TO WHITE
Belt and Sandy poke their heads up at the base of the
Da da daaaaaaaaaaa.