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Join The Croods directors Chris Sanders & Kirk De Micco for a live Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 4pm PST! Tweet in your questions with #CroodsChat for a chance to win prizes. http://twitter.com/DWAnimation

Join The Croods directors Chris Sanders & Kirk De Micco for a live Twitter Q&A on Wednesday 4pm PST! Tweet in your questions with #CroodsChat for a chance to win prizes. http://twitter.com/DWAnimation

Croods Fun Fact: Belt was voiced by co-director Chris Sanders!

Croods Fun Fact: Belt was voiced by co-director Chris Sanders!

The truth is out! Co-directors Chris and Kirk come clean about the making of The Croods

Today’s blog from Chris Sanders goes to show that sometimes, when you want to get a point across, five hands are better than four: http://bit.ly/XZDkv6

In today’s blog from Chris Sanders, check out excerpts from the original hunting sequence in which Eep, Thunk, and Grug all wind up on the tusks of a speeding mammoth: http://bit.ly/WZmEaB

In today’s blog from Chris Sanders, check out excerpts from the original hunting sequence in which Eep, Thunk, and Grug all wind up on the tusks of a speeding mammoth: http://bit.ly/WZmEaB

Rather than a deleted scene, today’s storyboard blog post from The Croods co-director Chris Sanders offers a peek at the first version of a cute bit between Eep and Guy that’s actually in the final film: http://bit.ly/XFIUV6

Rather than a deleted scene, today’s storyboard blog post from The Croods co-director Chris Sanders offers a peek at the first version of a cute bit between Eep and Guy that’s actually in the final film: http://bit.ly/XFIUV6

More “lost boards” from The Croods! In this installment, find out what Crood cavegirl Eep considers a fun date. http://bit.ly/XkGMBZ

More “lost boards” from The Croods! In this installment, find out what Crood cavegirl Eep considers a fun date. http://bit.ly/XkGMBZ

Do you have a hankering to be a storyboard artist, or are you maybe just curious about the tricks of the trade? Today’s blog entry from The Croods co-director Chris Sanders uncovers more of the “lost boards” and includes a couple of tips on making your panels clear and legible. Take a look!
Do you have a hankering to be a storyboard artist, or are you maybe just curious about the tricks of the trade? Today’s blog entry from The Croods co-director Chris Sanders uncovers more of the “lost boards” and includes a couple of tips on making your panels clear and legible. Take a look!

An update from Chris Sanders, co-director of The Croods:

The Lost Boards, Part 3

The Croods are a caveman family, possibly the last caveman family on a crumbling continent.  They are what you’d expect, not the brightest bunch, with beginners’ minds.  They only emerge from their cave every three or four days or so, and only in the daylight.  By sundown they are back inside their sealed cave.  The Croods cave is the only thing that stands between themselves and the super predators that rule the desert night.  If their cave is their main survival strategy, the second is their pack behavior.  They Croods are an extremely cohesive group, never being out of sight of one another.  Ever.  In a world with no hospitals or telephones, staying together is critical.  The father, Grug, takes his role seriously, constantly checking up on everyone and herding them here and there.

Our film kicks off when the Croods lose their cave.  Without the cave they will have only a few hours of daylight before they will have to face the night for the first time.

Read more on Chris’ blog here

An update from Chris Sanders, co-director of The Croods: 
Crood Odds and Ends
I promise I’ll post finished drawings again after I get back to Los Angeles.  For now I’ll continue to dig around in my drawing box.  The first drawing is the start of some marketing ideas I was drawing up featuring Sandy and the big Macawnivore.  We have a collection of animals in the Croods that are combination-creatures.  In this case it’s a Macaw and a Saber-Toothed Tiger.  We moved the teeth around so they face forward like tusks, and borrowed the parrot colors for his fur.  He’s the only animal I designed – most credit for our wonderful creatures goes to Shane Prigmore, Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, and Shannon Tindle.  Takao would go the extra step and would model our characters, practically overnight.  When he presented them he would typically reveal that he’d thrown in some rigging so that the creatures could do some rudimentary things like smile or move their legs.
I wish we could release our characters like we saw them on his computer screen.  Before they were covered with fur they looked like collectible vinyl toys.
See more on Chris’ blog: http://bit.ly/W7MlFl

An update from Chris Sanders, co-director of The Croods: 

Crood Odds and Ends

I promise I’ll post finished drawings again after I get back to Los Angeles.  For now I’ll continue to dig around in my drawing box.  The first drawing is the start of some marketing ideas I was drawing up featuring Sandy and the big Macawnivore.  We have a collection of animals in the Croods that are combination-creatures.  In this case it’s a Macaw and a Saber-Toothed Tiger.  We moved the teeth around so they face forward like tusks, and borrowed the parrot colors for his fur.  He’s the only animal I designed – most credit for our wonderful creatures goes to Shane Prigmore, Carter Goodrich, Takao Noguchi, and Shannon Tindle.  Takao would go the extra step and would model our characters, practically overnight.  When he presented them he would typically reveal that he’d thrown in some rigging so that the creatures could do some rudimentary things like smile or move their legs.

I wish we could release our characters like we saw them on his computer screen.  Before they were covered with fur they looked like collectible vinyl toys.

See more on Chris’ blog: http://bit.ly/W7MlFl