At first, the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods looks like it’s traversing very similar territory to last summer’s Pixar Animation film Brave. We see a free-spirited teenage girl with wild red hair (this time named Eep, voiced by Emma Stone) yearning to break free from the controlling yoke of a well-meaning parent (this time her father Grug, voiced by Nicolas Cage). Yes, this is a family of cavepeople, as opposed to Scottish royalty, but The Croods even features a very Brave-like scene of the young heroine scaling an impossible cliff face to take in the world’s natural beauty.
But then things take a dramatic turn, and the movie transforms from a stark father-daughter tale into a grand family adventure of survival and exploration…into a world that looks a great deal like Avatar. Which is to say, it looks gorgeous. Check it out yourself:
The Croods hits theaters March 22, 2013.