KUSA - Colorado native Chris Sanders says he had to travel the world to catch up with actor Nicolas Cage for his voicework in 'The Croods,' a family film that continues to be a big movie draw for filmgoers week after week.
Cage plays the protective caveman father Grug in the Dreamworks film. "(Cage) is constantly working and usually on location," according to Sanders. "The first recording session was in Bath, England, in Peter Gabriel's recording studio - and then from there, we went to New Orleans, the Bahamas, New York, Las Vegas, [and] Los Angeles. I think that was it. There was a chance that he was going to be in Alaska at one point. We were kind of hoping for that."
Cage told 9NEWS he thinks the film works because it has heart, and because it centers on material that a lot of fathers and daughters can relate to. "Grug is totally an over-protective father who needs to learn to let go a little bit," Cage explained. "Because his daughter, Emma Stone -- Eep is the character -- wants to explore. Maybe meet a boy. Maybe go climb a mountain. And I just want to stay in a cave. So it's funny, but at the same time there are some emotional moments too which I love."
Cage is also proud of the fact that the movie doesn't talk down to children. "It doesn't condescend. There's humor in it for adults and there's humor in it for children," he said. "The way the children respond to the movie is interesting. Because when Douglas the Dino falls off the cliff, all the adults are cracking up. The kids are really scared. But then conversely when the dog comes back and he's still alive they're just so happy. So they're in it for the ride."
'The Croods' is rated PG-13.
'The Croods' official movie site
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