‘The Croods: A New Age’ Production Designer on Giving the Prehistoric Setting a Modern Twist

In the animated feature “The Croods: A New Age,” which bowed Nov.

25 in select theaters, the first prehistoric family encounters the Bettermans, a family a few steps evolved beyond the cave people.

When the Croods stumble on their lush treehouse compound, it looks like paradise to them.

It’s so appealing, in fact, that even the animators wanted to spend time vacationing in it.Production designer Nate Wragg came on early in the process, working with director Joel Crawford and the animation team to oversee the visual look and design and how the idyllic habitat came together.“It was a Willy Wonka kind of environment,” Crawford says.The Croods — again including the voices of Emma Stone as Eep, Catherine Keener and Nicolas Cage as her mom and dad, Cloris Leachman as her grandma and Ryan Reynolds as the Cro-Magnon Guy — find themselves in a totally different environment from what they were in,

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