It's been a year of ups and downs for DreamWorks Animation. This summer saw the release of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, which received a warm reception from critics and took in an impressive $724 million worldwide. Then with the cold weather came Rise of the Guardians, which despite charming critics received the cold shoulder from audiences. With a production budget of $145 million dollars, it's worldwide box office of $191 million means DreamWorks is expected to take a loss of upwards of $50 million, accounting for print and advertising costs as well.

Still, there's plenty for DreamWorks and its admirers to look forward to in 2013. Next year will bring three new animated features from the studio, including Turbo, a tale of a snail with a need for speed, and a movie version of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. But first, audiences will get to see the quirky caveman comedy The Croods, about a family of road trip set in a time before time began! Get a glimpse of this prehistoric family in action with the motion poster below:

The film's first trailer introduced Emma Stone's Eep, a teen Neanderthal who craves to see the world that lies beyond the walls of her parents' cave. Her father Grug (Nicolas Cage) is loving, but deeply fearful of anything new and so uses scare tactics to keep his kids in the cave and safe. But when their world literally crumbles around them, the Crood family must set out to parts unknown to forge a new life.

The second trailer introduced something beyond the wooly and wild beasts of this untamed prehistoric world, revealing Guy (Ryan Reynolds) a cute savage with a primate hanger-on named Belt, and a certainty the world as they know it is coming to an end. Together they set off on a cross-country journey sure to be full of laughs and spectacle.

The Croods will come to theaters in 3D and IMAX formats on March 22, 2013. For more on the movie, check out our Blend Film Database.

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