The Croods
DreamWorks Animation's latest adventure centers on a prehistoric family who must set out on the world's first family road trip once the separation of Pangaea destroys the cave that has so-long protected them from the curious but dangerous creatures that inhabit their world. Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke lend their voices. Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders co-direct.

You can learn more about The Croods with this short behind-the-scenes featurette. But if you're looking for animated delights where heroes set out into a brave new world full of colorful characters, treacherous situations, and loads of adventure, be sure to check out these charming cartoons.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) Milo Thatch is a bookworm who deeply believes that the sunken city of Atlantis exists. And with a mythic guide book, a quirky team, and a massive submersible he aims to prove it! Note: this one's rated PG. With implied death and subtitles, this movie may not be suitable for some kids. Michael J. Fox, Corey Burton, Cree Summer, and James Garner lend their voices. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise co-direct.

The Rescuers (1977) The mice who make up the Rescue Aid Society dedicate themselves to protect and serve! So when it's discovered a little girl may have been kidnapped by the maniacal Madame Medusa, Bernard and Miss Bianca embark on a quest to rescue her from the deadly Devil's Bayou. Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor star; John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman, and Art Stevens direct.

The Secret of Kells (2009) This Oscar-nominated film is equal parts breathtakingly gorgeous and thought provoking. Inspired by the Book of Kells, its story centers on Brendon, a young boy who taps into his creativity while helping a charismatic monk craft the illuminated manuscript. This quest sends Brendon into the nearby woods, where he meets a shape-shifting sprite and must confront one of the darkest monsters that lurks within us all. Whether you have kids or not, you'll swoon over this exhilerating animated effort that brilliantly blends hand drawn and computer animation. Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, and Mick Lally co-star; Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey co-direct.

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