The Croods – Top 10 Pre Historic Films

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The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.

To celebrate the release of The Croods in cinemas on 22nd March we are going to look at the top 10 prehistoric films to watch in your cave.


The Croods. – 2013

About to receive its theatrical release on 22nd March, The Croods family are taken on an epic journey outside of their cave, which has always protected them from the outside world, after it is destroyed. They venture into the out and discover fantastic creatures and landscapes. Their view on the world becomes changed forever. Starring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. Join them on their adventure!


The Land Before Time – 1988

The 1988 release of the animated The Land Before Time follows five orphaned dinosaurs as they travel through the ruins of their world whilst grieving for their families. It’s a tale of survival and pulling together. After its release a further five The Land Before Time films were released.


Jurassic Park – 1993

The Steven Spielberg directed Jurassic Park saw a preview tour of a theme park go horribly wrong when a power fault allows the cloned dinosaur exhibits in the park to run wild. Starring Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum the film has inspired theme park rides and a further two Jurassic Park films have followed its lead.


California Man – 1992

After discovering a frozen caveman in their back yard, two teenage outcasts decide to melt the ice releasing him into the modern world. They decide to introduce him to how life works in the 20th century. Starring Sean Astin and Brendan Fraser this comedy sees how the teenagers learn to enjoy life.


Dinosaur – 2000

2000 saw the release Disney’s Dinosaur; the story of an orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs decides to join a long trek when a meteor shower threatens to wipe out his family home. A young Hayden Panettiere and Max Casella loaned their vocal talents to the film.


One Million Years B.C – 1966

Starring Raquel Welch and John Richardson, One Million Years B.C sees Tumak, a caveman banished by his tribe. The story follows Tumak and his love interest Loana (Welch) as they embark on a quest to defeat the leader of the tribe from which he was banished. With giant dinosaurs and creepy crawlies we see the world from a caveman’s perspective.


Ice Age – 2002

This family adventure has a Hollywood cast loaning their voices to an array of prehistoric characters with Ray Romano taking the lead as Manfred the mammoth, we see Manfred and his two new friends Diego the saber tooth tiger and Sid the sloth discover a human baby and follow their journey as they try to return the child to his family. Two more Ice Age films have followed on seeing the three characters evolve even more.


10,000 BC- 2008

The Roland Emmerich directed, 10,000 BC is a prehistoric adventure following a young mammoth hunter’s journey through a rather uncertain territory after his heart’s desire; Evolet is stolen by a warlord. D’Leh, the young hunter gathers members of his tribe and leads them to the end of the world in order to save the future of his tribe.


The Clan of the Cave Bear – 1986

Released in 1986 and starring Daryl Hannah, The Clan of the Cave Bear takes a more serious look at the world from a cavepersons point of view; we follow the tale Ayla, a Cro-Magnon female who is torn apart from her family post earthquake. Adapted from a series of novels by Jean M. Auel the film takes a dramatic look back at the beginning of man.


The Journey to the Centre of the Earth – 1959

A slightly older look back at the prehistoric era comes in the form of the 1959 release of The Journey to the Centre of the Earth. An adaption of the Jules Vern classic novel and directed by Henry Levin, the story follows Professor Oliver Lindenbrook and his group of explorers as they follow an explorer’s trail down an Icelandic volcano to the Earth’s centre. Along the way they uncover a fantastical world of overgrown reptiles, like dinosaurs and underground oceans. Follow Pat Boone and James Mason as they journey on an epic adventure.

The Croods is released in cinemas on 22nd March.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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