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DreamWorks' The Croods - Theatrical Poster
SEQ. 75 - PROLOGUE
                        
                        FADE IN:
                        
         A cave painting of the DreamWorks logo. Push past the
         moon to the sun. Bright. Beautiful. The sun DISSOLVES
                        TO:


         Cave paintings of a family of cavemen -- we will come to
         know them as The Croods.
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          With every sun comes a new day. A new
          beginning. A hope that things will be
          better today than they were yesterday.
                        
         The Croods scurry out of their cave like mice looking for
         food. Scared. Fast.
                        
         The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. They
         escape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          But not for me. My name's Eep. This, is
          my family, the Croods. If you weren't
          clued in already by the animal skins and
          sloping foreheads - we're cavemen. Most
          days we spend in our cave, in the dark.
          Night after night, day after day. Yep.
          Home sweet home. When we did go out, we
          struggled to find food in a harsh and
          hostile world. And I struggled to
          survive my family.
                        
         The Croods are chased by beasts across the desert. They
         escape from creatures up trees. They hide behind rocks.
                         EEP (V.O.)
          We were the last ones around. There used
          to be neighbors. The Gorts, smashed by a
          mammoth. The Horks, swallowed by a sand
          snake. The Erfs, mosquito bite. Throgs,
          common cold. And, the Croods. That's
          us. The Croods made it...
                        
         Grug protects his family from a GIANT BEAR OWL.
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          Because of my Dad. He was strong... and
          he followed the rules.
                        
         A shadow falls across their feet and Grug ushers his
         family home.
         2.
                        
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          ... the ones painted on the cave walls.
          Anything new is bad, curiosity is bad,
          going out at night is bad. Basically,
          anything fun is bad. Welcome to my
          world.
                        
         They all run back into the cave where Grug slams the rock
         door closed.
                        
         SLOWLY LIGHT ON CAVE PAINTINGS COMES UP AGAIN. But this
         time the light casts an ominous tone.
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          But this is a story about how all that
          changed in an instant.
                        
         RAPID SHOTS OF THE GREAT SPLIT CUTTING THROUGH THE LAND.
         HEADED TOWARDS CROOD VALLEY.
                        
         SHOTS OF CATACLYSM. CUT FASTER AND FASTER UNTIL...
                        
                         EEP (V.O.)
          Because what we didn't know, was that our
          world was about to come to an end. And
          there were no rules on our cave walls to
          prepare us for that.
                        
         CAVEMAN HANDS PRESS against the rock wall. They PUSH. A
         BLINDING LIGHT FLOODS the screen.
                        
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         SEQ. 100 - MEET THE CROODS
         A HUGE CAVEMAN, GRUG, RUSHES forward, screaming,
         growling, and throwing handfuls of dirt in a THREAT
         DISPLAY. He BLINKS in the bright morning light. He
         LIFTS and HURLS a large boulder.
                        
                         GRUG
          Raaaaar grooooOOOOoooowwwll ERF ERF
          Glaaaaaabbbbllllllllthhhh!
                        
         As suddenly as he began, Grug stops. Panting, he waits
         for the echoes of his outburst to fade.
                        
         Grug TURNS to the cave entrance, he prepares to BELLOW a
         signal, but before any sound escapes his lips--
                        
         A CAVE GIRL, EEP, bursts from the cave.
         3.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          You're supposed to wait for my signal
          Eep. Eep?
                        
         Eep scares a pack of nearby Liyotes away. They pounce on
         Grug briefly before scampering off. Eep spreads out on
         an overhanging rock. She BASKS IN THE SUN.
                        
                         EEP
          We've been in that cave forever.
                        
                         GRUG
          Three days is not forever.
                        
                         EEP
          It is with this family.
                        
                         GRUG
          Eep would you come down here? You're
          being so dramatic.
                        
         A LITTLE GIRL, SANDY, charges out next. Her display is
         more terrier-like.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          No, no, no Sandy, come back here.
          Remember the signal. Good girls wait for
          the signal.
                        
         A CAVE WOMAN, UGGA, scrambles out next. She is mostly
         focused on catching Sandy, giving only cursory effort to
         her display.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Ugga.
                         UGGA
          As soon as I get Sandy, I'll go back in,
          and you can give the signal.
                        
                         GRUG
          No, I mean, you're already out now.
                        
          THUNK (O.S.)
          I am waiting for the signal, dad.
                        
         We HEAR the voice of Grug's nine-year-old son from inside
         the cave. THUNK is eager to please his dad and emulates
         his every move.
                        
                         GRUG
          Never mind, Thunk. Just, come out.
         4.
                        
                        
                         THUNK
          (not so fast)
          Uhh, but if you don't give the signal,
          how do I know you're my dad?
                        
                         GRUG
          The signal isn't so you know it's me,
          it's so you know I wasn't eaten by an
          animal.
                        
         Beat.
                        
                         THUNK
          Then why is the signal an animal noise?
          I mean, doesn't that just confuse things?
                        
         Grug sighs.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          I don't know... I'm still waiting for the
          signal.
                        
                         GRUG
          Sigh. Hoo hooooo! Hoo hooooo!
                        
         Thunk comes out growling, and barrels into Grug. Thunk
         picks up a boulder and throws it. It ricochets off the
         cliff wall and careens into Grug. Grug gets plowed over
         by the boulder.
                        
                         UGGA
          Mom, we're ready to leave.
                         (BEAT)
          Mom!
                        
         Grug sits up and smiles.
                         GRAN
          Still alive!
                        
         Grug's face drops.
                        
                         GRUG
          It's still early.
                        
                         GRAN
          And you're still fat.
                        
                         GRUG
          Breakfast formation!
                        
         The Croods form up in a flying wedge, with Grug in the
         lead.
         5.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          I want to see some real caveman action
          out there. We do this fast. We do this
          loud, we do this as a family and never
          not be afraid. Go!
                        
                         THUNK
          YAY, BREAKFAST!!!!
                        
         COMPRESSED TIME - The Croods RUN out of Crood canyon,
         across the wide expanses of desert.
                        
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         SEQ. 150 - SMASH & GRAB
                        
                        
         EXT. MOUTH OF CROOD CANYON - MORNING
                        
         Grug and the Croods come to a stop at the HUNTING
         GROUNDS. They are spent from a fifteen-mile run.
                        
                         THUNK
                         (HUFFING)
          Yeah... breakfast...
                        
         We see a nest with a huge unguarded blue egg. The Croods
         take shelter behind a rock. Grug PEERS over the top.
                        
                         GRUG
          Who's up?
                        
         Eep's hand SHOOTS up. Thunk is less than enthusiastic.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          We'll flip for it.
                        
         Grug LIFTS Gran on his hand, and FLIPS her up in the air.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Call her in the air.
                        
                         EEP
          Heads.
                        
         Gran FACE-PLANTS, her head buried in the sand. Only her
         tail is showing.
                        
                         GRUG
          Tails. Thunk's in.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Positions.
         6.
                        
                        
         The family fades back and splits up. They get into
         fighting/running position.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Ok. Thunk. Go. Come on Thunk.
                        
         Thunk BREAKS COVER. He dashes into the open, SNATCHES
         the egg.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hah! Way to go. Take it to the cave!
                        
         Thunk PASSES Grug and makes a bee-line for Crood Canyon.
                        
         A Gerf bird smashes Thunk and steals the egg back.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Oooh!
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Release the baby.
                        
         Eep and Sandy MOVE IN on the bird. Sandy NIPS at its
         heels while UGGA CLIMBS up onto its head. She PULLS the
         egg from its beak.
                        
         Down range, TRIP GERBILS SURFACE. They STRETCH their
         shared tail across the Ramu's path like an arresting
         cable on a carrier.
                        
         Ugga RISES to THROW the egg to Grug - the gerbils WRAP
         their tail around the Ramu like a bola. The Ramu GOES
         DOWN hard. Ugga and the egg ROLL forward. The Trip
         Gerbils SNATCH up the egg and make off with it.
                        
                         UGGA
          Get um Mom! Do it for the Croods!
                        
         Gran's cane HOOKS the gerbils in the middle of their tail
         and WHIPS them up and over her shoulder.
                        
                        ON GRAN
                        
         DRIBBLING the egg down-range with her cane like a hockey
         player. LIYOTES POP UP from behind hoodoos. They SWARM
         in behind her.
                        
         The Liyotes TRIP Gran. They steal the egg, and HIT THE
         GAS. They are INCREDIBLY FAST.
                        
                         GRAN
          Old lady down! Eep, avenge me.
         7.
                        
                        
                        ON EEP
                        
         Crouched in the shade of a scrubby bush, like a runner on
         the blocks - she has the Liyotes in her sights. Eep
         LAUNCHES.
                        
         Eep runs after the Liyote with the egg, cutting him off
         in his tracks he slams into a cactus launching the egg
         into the air. Eep leaps into the air taking back the egg.
                        
                         EEP
          Thanks!
                        
         A bunch of Jackrobats see Eep and swarm around her. She
         loses her footing and throws the egg to Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          Eep!
                        
                         EEP
          Heads Up!
                        
         Grug catches the egg and runs by the entrance of a small
         cave. Thunk following close behind accidentally trips
         over the tail of a sleeping Bear Owl knocking Grug to the
         ground and fumbling the egg once again.
                        
         Thunk catches the egg just as the Girelephant bears down
         on him from behind and lifts him onto one of its tusks.
         The family members meet up as they begin their long run
         back to the cave.
                        
         An entire swarm of animals chase the Croods as they head
         back to their cave.
                        
         The Bear Owl is awakened and goes after everyone on the
         chase.
                        
         Grug protecting his family from the BearOwl tosses each
         family member onto the Girelephant's back.
                        
         Grug dodges the BearOwl's attack and uses him as a
         launching pad to get himself safely on the Girelephant.
                        
         Thunk is happy to see Dad is safe.
                        
                         THUNK
          Oh hey Dad, can we eat now?
                        
                         GRUG
          Just wait till we get home. Eep put on
          the brakes.
                        
         The entrance to Crood canyon appears on the horizon.
         8.
                        
                        
         Eep hangs off the edge of one of its tusks as Grug takes
         over the other. Together they dig their heels into the
         ground, slowing down the Girelephant.
                        
         The Bearowl continues the chase. The Croods maneuver the
         Girelephant to fend off the Bearowl.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Eep!
                        
         The Girelephant moving way too fast readies for the
         crash. The Girelephant crashes into the entrance of the
         canyon, sending the Croods flying in. They all tumble.
         Grug makes an extraordinary football catch. He holds
         tight to the meal as he slams into a rock. Grug holds up
         the egg.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Who's hungry?
                        
                         THUNK
          Alright! Good one, dad!
                        
                         GRUG
          Here you go, Thunk. Drink up.
                        
         Grug tosses the egg to Thunk, Thunk fumbles it and it
         cracks open.
                        
                         THUNK
          Sorry, dad.
                        
                         UGGA
          Looks like fast food tonight!
                        
         The family passes the leaky egg around quickly, each
         Crood gets a taste. Thunk is the last Crood to get a
         mouthful, he hands it over to Grug-- the egg is empty.
                        
                         GRUG
          That's alright. I ate last week.
                        
         A SHADOW TOUCHES Grug's feet. He looks up - the sun is
         setting behind the canyon wall. He HOLDS UP his hand to
         gauge how much daylight is left.
                        
                         GRAN
          Two knuckle warning.
                        
                         UGGA
          Come on Croods. Go, go, go.
                        
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         9.
                        
                        
         SEQ. 200 - WELCOME TO CROOD CAVE
                        
         INT. CROOD CAVE - EVENING
                        
                         GRUG
          Come on, come on. Darkness brings death!
          We know this.
                        
         The Croods RUN INSIDE THE CAVE. Ugga picks up a heavy
         stick off the floor.
                        
                         UGGA
          The moon is full. Bath night.
          (grumbling, Gran tries to run
                         AWAY)
          You too, Mom.
                        
                         GRAN
          Run for your life.
                        
         Ugga pulls Gran back.
                        
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          I don't want to lose my protective layer.
                        
                         UGGA
          Mom, you've got ants.
          (hanging Sandy up)
                        
         Whack! Like she's cleaning a rug, Ugga SMACKS Sandy hard
         with the stick. Dust and bugs fly off of her.
                        
                         UGGA (CONT'D)
          See? Sandy doesn't fuss.
                        
         Ugga CLAPS her hands together and Sandy knows to let go.
         She hits the floor and SCAMPERS away.
                        
                         GRAN
                         (UPSET)
          Aaaaaaaaaah.
                        
         Grug enters and looks around the cave.
                        
                         GRUG
          Is she still out there?
                        
                         UGGA
          You know she hates the cave, Grug.
                        
         ON EEP clinging to the side of the sheer rock face above
         Crood cave. She RAISES HER HAND to `catch' a few more
         moments of sun.
         10.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Please come back tomorrow.
                        
         ON GRUG getting his `bath.'
                        
                         GRUG
          How can she not like the cave? It's so
          cozy.
                        
                         UGGA
          It is a little, dark, Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          It's not that dark.
                        
         Grug is finished with his bath.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
                         (LOSING PATIENCE)
          Eep! Eep?
                        
         Eep begins to climb down the wall outside when she hears
         a sound in the distance. Curious, she begins to climb
         even higher. Grug leaves the cave, searching for her.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Come on, I gotta close the cave...
                        
         ON GRUG exiting the cave... Grug sees that Eep is at the
         very top.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Eep!
                        
         Eep continues to climb.
                         EEP
          Okay, okay!
                        
                         GRUG
          Come on.
                        
         Behind Grug, the Bear Owl appears up the canyon. It
         SPOTS Grug and the open cave and RACES to attack. Grug
         sees the BearOwl in full attack mode.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          EEP! COME DOWN!!
                        
         Grug throws a rock which momentarily stuns the creature,
         allowing Eep to JUMP DOWN and DART into the cave. Grug
         barely gets the cave closed in time.
         11.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
                         SIGH 
                        
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         SEQ. 210 - BEDTIME STORY
                        
         The Bear Owl PUSHES his paw through the narrow opening,
         and FEELS around for the Croods. The Croods are like
         mice in this world.
                        
                         GRUG
          That was too close!
                        
                         EEP
          I was watching. I was fine.
                        
                         GRUG
          What were you doing up there, Eep?
                        
                         EEP
          I don't know.
                        
                         GRUG
          What were you looking for?
                        
                         EEP
          Nothing.
                        
                         GRUG
          Well then why did you go up there?
                        
                         EEP
                         (ANNOYED)
          I don't know.
                         GRUG
          Why don't you know? Stop looking for
          things. Fear keeps us alive Eep. Never
          not be afraid.
                        
         Eep climbs up on a ledge and curls up in the corner where
         a tiny spot of light seeps in.
                        
                         EEP
                         (TO HERSELF)
          What's the point of all this?
                        
                         GRUG
          Hmmm? What was that?
         12.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          (a little louder)
          I mean, why are we here? What are we
          doing this for?
                        
                         CROODS
                         GROAN 
                        
                         GRUG
          No one said survival was fun.
                        
                         EEP
          Nothing is fun.
                        
                         GRUG
          Hmm? Would you come down here. Eep?
                        
         No answer. Grug CLIMBS up. Ugga PULLS Grug back down.
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug. Off.
                        
                         GRUG
          Yes.
                        
         Grug climbs back up.
                        
                         UGGA
          Off!
                        
                         GRUG
          I just don't see why she needs her own
          ledge. That's all. That's what this is
          about.
                        
                         UGGA
          She's working through some things and
          needs her own space.
                        
                         GRUG
          What things? How long is this going to
          take? Really? I mean she already
          doesn't listen to me.
                        
         A pebble hits Grug in the head. It came from Eep's
         ledge.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hey!
                        
                         UGGA
          See? She's listening.
         13.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          If she wants to survive, she has to
          follow our rules.
                        
                         UGGA
          How about a story? Eep loves those.
                        
         Grug brightens.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (BRIGHTENING)
          That's a good idea ... How about a story,
          huh?
                        
                         THUNK
          Oh yeah, tell us a story.
                        
         The Croods minus Eep gather in a semi-circle on the
         ground. Grug retrieves Sandy and her Krispy Bear from
         the bone-crib.
                        
                         GRUG
          Ok. Can I borrow that? Thank you. Eep!
          Your old favorite?
                        
                         EEP
          I haven't played with that thing in
          years.
                        
                         GRUG
          Tonight we'll hear the story of Krispy
          Bear.
                        
         Grug sits and waits a beat for Eep to join, but she stays
         put.
         As Grug talks, he gestures at a rough sketch on the wall
         of the cave.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          A long time ago, this little bear was
          alive. She was alive because she
          listened to her father and lived her life
          in routine and darkness and terror. So
          she was happy. But Krispy had one,
          terrible problem. She was filled with...
          curiosity.
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug!
                        
         Ugga covers Sandy's ears.
         14.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Yes. And one day, while she was in a
          tree, the curious little bear wanted to
          climb to the top.
                        
                         THUNK
          Wha?
                        
                         GRUG
          And no sooner than she climbed to the
          top, she saw something new and died.
                        
         Grug SWATS the painting.
                        
                         THUNK
          Just like that?
                        
                         GRUG
          Yes! Her last moments of terror still
          frozen on her face.
                        
         Grug holds out Krispy Bear. The family is terrified.
                        
                         GRAN
          Oh, same ending as everyday.
                        
                         THUNK
                         (FREAKED OUT)
          I get it, dad. I get it. I will never
          do anything new or different.
                        
                         GRUG
          Good man, Thunk.
                        
         Pan across the walls to reveal they are covered with
         stories all seemingly with the same ending.
                         UGGA
          Alright, everyone sharpen your teeth and
          let's pile up.
                        
         All their worst fears confirmed, the Croods snuggle into
         one big heap, warm and comfy. Grug casts a glance to
         Eep's ledge. She doesn't budge.
                        
          FADE TO BLACK:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 500 - FOLLOW THE LIGHT
         15.
                        
                        
         INT. CROOD CAVE - NIGHT
                        
         The Croods sleep peacefully in their pile. Except Eep,
         who tosses restlessly on her LEDGE. Outside, we hear the
         ROARS and HOWLS of prehistoric creatures fighting.
                        
         But then, SILENCE.
                        
         And then cutting through the primordial night is a
         MUSICAL SOUND. Unsettling. Unearthly. Eep creeps
         around her sleeping family and cautiously approaches the
         "door" to peer outside, when suddenly--
                        
         WHOOSH! A bright light blazes through the gaps around
         the boulder door, bathing Eep in an OTHER-WORLDLY GLOW.
         She chases the flash of light around the cave trying to
         catch it in her hands.
                        
         Eep presses her face against the cold boulder, trying to
         get a look at what is outside, but she can't get more
         than a blurred glimpse of the canyon beyond - and the
         disappearing light.
                        
         Desperate to see more, Eep braces her back against the
         cave and PUSHES the plug rock with her legs. Slowly, she
         shifts the rock, careful not to wake her father. It takes
         all of her strength, but she manages to move it just
         enough for her to BARELY SQUEEZE out.
                        
         EXT. CROOD CANYON - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Eep stands outside at night for the first time ever. Her
         heart races. The hot night wind blows against her face
         and through her hair. The forbidden sensation is
         exhilarating.
         The canyon beyond is quickly swallowing the light - it
         will be gone in another few seconds. With one of her
         hands pressed tightly to the cave `door', she steels
         herself.
                        
         Eep LETS GO and DASHES after the light, SCRAMBLING
         through the SANDSTONE NARROWS, bounding from side to
         side. As she disappears into the darkness of the canyon,
         we...
                        
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         EXT. CANYON
                        
         The light ahead is growing brighter. Eep is closing on
         it. In her excitement, she missteps and SNAPS a stick
         underfoot.
         16.
                        
                        
         It was barely audible. Eep instinctively FREEZES.
                        
         A huge SHADOW of a TUSKED CREATURE is cast on the wall
         above her. Eep throws a rock at the shadow.
                        
         She POWERS STRAIGHT UP the stone wall with unexpected
         speed.
                        
         The Creature RUNS. Eep tops the wall and...
                        
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         SEQ. 550 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
                        
                        
         EXT. ROCK ARCH - NIGHT
                        
         Eep steps into a small clearing. Stuck in the ground, is
         a TORCH. As far as Eep knows, this is the thing she was
         following. Eep crouches down and cautiously approaches.
                        
         REVERSE ANGLE - Eep can feel the heat from the fire on
         the palms of her hands and her face. TENSE. EXCITING.
                        
         But camouflaged against the rock wall behind her,
         something MOVES. A WARTHOG CREATURE stands upright and
         creeps up behind her.
                        
         Eep reaches out to TOUCH the flame. The torch blows away
         from her. The wind has changed direction. The breeze at
         her back, Eep smells the Creature behind her. On her
         face, awe turns to determination as she wheels and grabs
         the creature. She THROWS and FLIPS it over her shoulder.
         It hits the torch, knocking it to the ground. Eep jumps
         back, GRABBING a good-sized rock - she's poised to bash
         the Creature's brains in.
                        
                         CREATURE
          Nuh! Nuh!
                        
         The Creature defensively raises its arms, hands in front
         of its face.
                        
                         GUY
          No!
                        
         Hands? Eep GASPS, shocked to see HUMAN HANDS attached to
         this monstrosity.
                        
         The Creature slowly puts his hands to the sides of his
         grotesque head, and RAISES its mask. It's a boy... he's
         BEAUTIFUL! This is GUY.
         17.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Augh!
                        
         Eep LEAPS BACK a few paces, DROPPING the rock on Guy's
         foot.
                        
                         GUY
          AAAAAAAUGHHHHHHHH!
                        
                         EEP
          Shhh!
                        
         Eep moves swiftly to silence him. She POUNCES on him and
         TWISTS his head sideways. Guy is SUFFOCATING. He feels
         around for a stick and BASHES Eep in the side of the
         head.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Ow!
                        
                         GUY
                         (GASPING)
          Air.
                        
                         EEP
          ...You talk.
                        
                         GUY
          I'm a person, like you.
                        
         Eep TOSSES the boulder aside and LIFTS Guy with one hand.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Sort of... like you.
                        
         Eep OPENS Guy's mouth and pokes around inside. She
         SNIFFS at him. Turns him upside-down.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Okay, could you not, hee hee hee, that
          tickles. Hey!
                        
         Eep looks closely at BELT, a sloth wrapped around Guy's
         waist. Belt's eyes OPEN.
                        
                         EEP
          Augh!
                        
         Eep DROPS Guy on his head.
                        
                         GUY
          OW! Wow. --
                        
         Eep jams her foot over Guy's mouth.
         18.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Quiet! I'm not supposed to be out here.
                        
         Guy BITES her foot.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          OW!
                        
         She KICKS Guy in the stomach. He ROLLS sideways. Guy is
         getting the worst of this encounter. Eep kicks Guy off-
         frame. We HEAR the fight continuing.
                        
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         INT. CROOD CAVE
                        
         Grug is awakened by wind coming from the cave opening.
         He pushes the "sleep pile" off of him. Checks Eep's
         ledge... but she is gone.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (TO UGGA)
          Eep's gone.
                        
                         UGGA
          What? Grug!
                        
                         GRUG
          Stay in the cave!
                        
         Grug stands outside the entrance to the cave. Peering
         into utter darkness. He steels himself... and then
         releases his hand from the "door."
                        
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         SEQ. 560 - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS (PART II)
                        
                        
         EXT. ROCK ARCH
                        
         Guy is still on his knees.
                        
                         GUY
          (in pain, defeated)
          Wow. You're really strong.
                        
         The flame DWINDLES. Guy MOVES toward it. Eep BLOCKS
         him.
                        
                         EEP
          No! It's mine. No, no. I caught it!
         19.
                        
                        
         No way Guy is getting past her.
                        
                         GUY
          It's dying. I can fix it!
                        
         Eep doesn't want to.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Please. I hate the dark.
                        
         Eep sees a kindred spirit. She gets out of his way. Guy
         PICKS UP the torch and BLOWS. Eep scoots closer to Guy,
         staying in the circle of light around him. As Guy brings
         the fire back to life, the relief on his face is familiar
         to Eep. This boy seems to have power over light itself.
         Eep is smitten.
                        
                         EEP
          It does what you tell it?
                        
                         GUY
          Well, yeah, sort of.
                        
                         EEP
          The sun?
                        
                         GUY
          No, no. Fire.
                        
                         EEP
          (to the flame)
          Hi, fire.
                        
                         GUY
                         (LAUGHING)
          It's not alive.
                         EEP
          But you said it was dying.
                        
                         GUY
          Uh sorry,--
                        
                         EEP
          It comes from where you come from?
                        
                         GUY
          No. I make it.
                        
         Eep BALLS her fist, GRABBING Guy tightly by the hair.
                        
                         EEP
          Make some for me.
         20.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          Ow. Okay, it doesn't come out of me.
                        
                         EEP
          Make. MAKE! MAKE IT!
                        
         Eep SQUEEZES Guy like a tube of toothpaste.
                        
                         GUY
          You do this a lot.
                        
         Something CRACKS. Eep DROPS Guy - he's broken.
                        
                         EEP
          Are you dead? Can I have your fire if
          you're dead?
                        
         Belt RUBS two flat rocks together and places them on
         Guy's chest like defibrillator paddles. Guy BOLTS
         upright.
                        
                         GUY
          Hey, those are cold!
                        
                         BELT
          Squirf!
                        
                         GUY
          You think? Listening shells, activate.
                        
         Belt AND Guy use shells to LISTEN to the ground.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          I concur. Tiger girl, we need to leave
          immediately.
         He tries to pull her by the arm. She stays put like an
         anchor.
                        
                         EEP
          I don't even know you.
                        
                         GUY
          (pained, rushed)
          Ow. I'm Guy.
                        
                         EEP
          Guy?
                        
                         GUY
          And this is Belt. Cook,
          conversationalist, navigator, also keeps
          my pants up.
         21.
                        
                        
                         BELT
          Hhiiyaa! Yaaa!
                        
                         EEP
          What are "pants up?"
                        
                         GUY
          Who are you?
                        
                         EEP
          Eep.
                        
                         GUY
          (cutting her off)
          Let me clarify, Eep. The world is
          ending.
                        
                         EEP
          What?
                        
                         GUY
          I'm calling it...
                         (VERY DRAMATIC)
          The... End.
                        
                         BELT
          Da da daaaaa.
                        
                         EEP
          How do you know?
                        
         Guy and Belt both do gestures to accompany the Da da
         daaaa. It seems very important to them.
                        
                         GUY
          I've seen it. It's coming this way.
          First, the Earth is going to shake. Then
          it breaks open. Everything falls in.
          Fire. Lava. I don't mean to sound too
          dramatic, but Aaaaaaaugh. Believe me,
          everything we're standing on, all this
          right here, will be gone.
                        
         Again with the gestures. It's a little weird to Eep.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          We've got to get to high ground. I know a
          mountain, that way--
                        
         He points into the distance.
         22.
                        
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          It's our only chance.
          (extending his hand)
          Come with me.
                        
         Guy and Belt reach out their hands to Eep.
                        
                         EEP
          I can't.
                        
         Guy hands the shell to Eep. And Eep is mesmerized. Guy
         pulls his hog-mask back down.
                        
                         GUY
          Okay. Here. If you survive, call me.
                        
         Eep test-blows the shell. It makes a sound, she giggles.
         When she looks up to thank Guy, he is GONE.
                        
                         EEP
          Thank you. Hello? Hey!
                        
         Eep BUMPS directly into Grug.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Dad!
                        
                         GRUG
          Are you hurt? What took you?
                        
                         EEP
          Nothing. I left on my own.
                        
                         GRUG
          You... youuuuuuu... ww-what!?
                         EEP
          Dad, let me explain...
                        
         A low GROWL interrupts them.
                        
         ON THE BEAR OWL Sniffing around. It passes over a log.
                        
         CRANE DOWN to reveal Grug hanging under the log by one
         hand, Eep dangling in the other.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
                         (WHISPERED)
          You never let me talk.
                        
                         GRUG
          You're grounded.
                        
                         CUT TO:
         23.
                        
                        
         SEQ. 610 - EARTHQUAKE
                        
                        
         EXT. CANYON - OUTSIDE THE KEYHOLE - MORNING
                        
         Grug and Eep move up the canyon. Eep furiously kicks a
         rock, it nearly hits Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          Hey!
                        
         Things are tense between the two. At the KEYHOLE, they
         are met by the rest of the Croods.
                        
                         UGGA
          Eep!
                        
                         EEP
          Mom!
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug! What happened!?
                        
                         GRUG
          You know what, I am so mad right now,
          that I can't talk to her.
                        
                         UGGA
          Eep?
                        
                         EEP
          You'll never believe it. I found
          something new.
                        
                         CROODS
          New?!!!!
         The Croods all SNATCH up stones. They form a defensive
         circle.
                        
                         GRUG
          New's a big problem!
                        
         Eep is trapped in the middle of the defensive formation.
         She SQUEEZES out.
                        
                         EEP
          Wait. Wait!
                        
                         UGGA
          Eep. Stay inside the family kill circle.
                        
                         EEP
          It wasn't bad.
         24.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          New is always bad.
                        
                         EEP
          No. He was nice.
                        
                         GRUG
          What!? Excuse me? He?
                        
                         EEP
          Oh. Well, I thought he was a warthog,
          but then he turned into a boy.
                        
                         GRAN
          Strange. Usually it's the reverse.
                        
         Grug RAISES an eyebrow.
                        
                         THUNK
          Eep's got a boy hog! Eep's got a boy
          hog!
                        
         Eep ELBOWS Thunk in the back of his head.
                        
                         EEP
          There was a boy. Watch, okay. I'm gonna
          call him.
                        
         Eep pulls out the SHELL. She BLOWS into the shell - the
         sound ALARMS the Croods.
                        
         They SMACK the shell from Eep's hand and SMASH it with
         their rocks.
                        
         Eep is incredulous. The dust clears - the panting Croods
         are satisfied the object is gone.
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          What is wrong with you?
                        
                         GRUG
          It was dangerous.
                        
                         EEP
                         (VERY ANGRY)
          It was beautiful. You want to see
          dangerous? Here.
                        
         She pelts Thunk with a rock.
                        
                         THUNK
          Owww! My sniffer!
         25.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay Eep, that's it. We're going back to
          the cave and you're going to stay in
          there until you're older than... her!
                        
                         EEP
          What!? You can't keep me inside forever!
                        
         Eep throws a tantrum of epic proportion. She SLAMS a
         rock on the ground. It SHATTERS to dust.
                        
         CREAK! A strange GROAN is heard from under the ground.
         Then a small amount of sand falls from up above. A crack
         starts to splinter under their feet.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          He said this would happen.
                        
         Then BOOM! The ground starts to SHAKE!
                        
                         GRUG
          Get to the cave! GO!
                        
         The Croods RACE through the CANYON NARROWS, fighting
         their way through falling boulders and shifting ground,
         heading towards the safety of their cave.
                        
         The Croods see the cave entrance. The canyon walls above
         their home start to crack. Grug sees that the falling
         rock will crush the cave.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Look out! Stop!
                        
         Grug leaps and tackles his family, protecting them from
         the mass of rocks crashing down.
         The top of the canyon collapses and the Crood's cave is
         destroyed. Everything is engulfed by dust. The earth
         settles.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
         SEQ. 710 - CROSSING OVER
                        
         The dust clears a bit - the Croods are in a tight ball,
         covered by Grug. Grug stands, all Croods were sheltered
         and safe under his mighty arms.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Is everyone okay?
                        
                         UGGA
          Yes. Grug, the cave, it's gone.
         26.
                        
                        
         Grug looks back to Crood cave. It is gone.
                        
                         GRUG
          No.
                        
         Grug searches the rubble for any sign that the cave might
         still be there. He finds one handprint, split in two.
                        
         He carefully fits them back together. Emotional, he
         lowers his head.
                        
         As Eep steps forward, a shaft of light filtering through
         the dusty veil from the wreckage crosses her face--
                        
         As the dust descends, Eep sees A NEW WORLD beyond.
                        
                         EEP
          You really need to see this...
                        
         The dumbfounded Croods stare in awe at the beautiful
         world.
                        
         The Croods look out at the new world.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          We should go there!
                        
                         GRUG
          No. No one is going anywhere.
                        
         Grug pulls Eep back from the precipice.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          What else did that boy say?
                        
         WHOOSH! Suddenly, bursting from the New World is a giant
         flying creature - a TURTLE DOVE.
                        
         The Croods reel back as it sails overhead. They turn to
         watch the Turtle Dove as it flies away.
                        
         They hear a familiar menacing growl. It's the BEAR OWL!
                        
         It roars and charges toward the Croods.
                        
         Grug instinctively GRABS a giant boulder and rolls it in
         front of his family.
                        
         The Bear Owl runs and swats the massive boulder away like
         a ball of yarn.
                        
         But the Croods are not behind it. They are running
         towards the New World.
         27.
                        
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug?
                        
                         GRUG
          Just go! Go! Go!
                        
         The Croods run towards the precipice with the Bear Owl
         closing in.
                        
         They reach the edge. The Bear Owl dives.
                        
         The Croods LEAP. They hang for a moment and begin
         tumbling down a steep jungle hill.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 776 - NEW WORLD
                        
         EXT. NEW WORLD. DAY
                        
         The Croods tumble through a twisty mess of giant roots
         and strange plants and land in a heap. They all lie on
         their backs, disoriented, but momentarily calm.
                        
         Grug sits up first. He turns to the high, high, cliff
         above them -- to the top, where they have lived all their
         lives up to this moment. A few loose pebbles continue to
         tumble down. There is no sign of the BEAR OWL.
                        
         The others stand up, and they take in this new place.
                        
         Grug takes a deep breath and then quickly counts:
                        
                         GRUG
          One, two, three, four, five --
         BEAT. Grug smiles.
                        
         Gran lands in a heap behind him.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
                         (DEFEATED)
          Six.
                        
                         GRAN
          (winces in pain)
          Oh... Where are we?
                        
                         GRUG
          I don't know, I'm not sure. Down. In a
          lower place. One thing's for sure, we
          can't go back the way we came.
         28.
                        
                        
         The Croods SIT UP. They are disoriented.
                        
                        ON SANDY
                        
                         SANDY
          Sniff sniff sniff 
          Grrrrrrrrrrr..... 
                        
                         UGGA
          (hushed, urgent)
          Sandy? What is it?
                        
         Sandy LUNGES at something almost disappearing into a
         bush.
                        
         Grug BARELY catches Sandy by her leg. Grug PULLS her back
         like a dog on a leash.
                        
                         GRUG
          No, no! Come back, Sandy!
                        
         Sandy has a MOUSEPHANT in her mouth. Grug knocks it from
         Sandy's mouth. A gaggle of mousephants run out from the
         bush and scurry away.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
                         (TENSE WHISPER)
          We can't be out in the open like this.
          We need a cave. Now step where I step.
                        
         They start moving.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
                         (WHISPERS)
          Okay. Stay quiet. Hopefully nothing big
          knows we're here yet.
         PULL BACK - a huge colorful predator, THE MACAWNIVORE
         senses something. He SITS UP and STALKS OFF.
                        
         ON THE CROODS moving fitfully through the strange forest.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay. Wait. Okay.
                        
         The Croods cautiously move in fits and stops through the
         middle of this thick, pre-historic rainforest.
                        
                         THUNK
                         (RAMBLING)
          So Dad, just to be clear, are we looking
          for the exact same cave?
                         (MORE)
         29.
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          If it was me, I'm just throwing this out
          there, if it was me choosing the cave, I
          would go with a smaller cave.
                        
         As they trek, strange creatures (BEAR PEARS, PUNCH
         MONKEYS) watch these foreigners.
                        
         In the front of the line, Grug is freaked out. But in
         the back Eep is taking in the wonders. They pass through
         a curtain of hefty hanging pears. After they pass the
         "pears" all turn to watch the Croods.
                        
         A leaf FLUTTERS down.
                        
                         GRUG
          Wait.
                        
         Eep and Grug LOOK UP.
                        
         WE PULL BACK TO REVEAL THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY PUNCH
         MONKEYS.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad?
                        
                         GRUG
          I'll take care of this.
                        
         Grug launches into his Threat Display -
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          WWAAAAaaarrgghhaarrraaaarrgghhh!!
                        
         He flails his arms around and jumps about in front of the
         nearest Punch Monkey. No reaction from the Punch Monkey.
         Grug stops, confused... The Punch Monkey now breaks into a
         BROAD GRIN... Then hauls off and - THUD - Punches Grug in
         the face! Grug reels back, surprised - turns... Right into
         another Punch Monkey. It winds up and - THUD! - it hits
         Grug - Grug reels back - into another Monkey - THUD! -
                        
                         THUNK
          Alright dad, go get `em! Oh, oh, now you
          got em-- Now they're really hitting you.
          Dad I got it, just stop running into
          their fists.
                        
         Gran joins in and punches Grug in the nose.
                        
                         GRAN
          Hah, I'm loving this.
         30.
                        
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug, when you're done, we should get
          going.
                        
         Wide shot: Grug is being bounced back and forth like a
         pinball from one punch Monkey to the next. The Punch
         Monkeys are whooping and hollering - this is great fun!
         The Punch Monkeys let go of Grug and begin running away
         for no apparent reason.
                        
         Grug staggers backwards into the family.
                        
                         GRUG
          That's right! You can't get past this!
                        
                         CHUNKY
          ROOOAR!
                        
                        
         A colorful 'bush' rears up - it's not a bush, it's a
         MACAWNIVORE! The Croods react, terrified
                        
         Grug throws a rock at it. The Macawnivore catches the
         rock and SPRINGS! -
                        
                         CROODS
                         GASPS 
                        
                         GRUG
          Climb! Climb! Climb!
                        
         Grug pushes and forces the Croods up a huge tree then as
         it steps away-- it is actually a giant animal.
                        
         GRUG'S POV: A cave!
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          CAVE! GO! GO!
                        
         The Croods jump off the bird leg in hopes of getting to
         the cave.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Come on! Hurry up, let's go! Come on!
                        
         The Croods all RUN LIKE CRAZY in the direction Grug
         pointed. They step inside the "cave." SLAM! The front
         of the cave comes down. The Croods have jumped inside
         the MOUTH of a LAND WHALE!
         31.
                        
                        
                         THUNK
          Hey look! This cave has a tongue.
          Awesome!
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1250 - GUY TO THE RESCUE
                        
         The Land Whale stands up and then SPITS the Croods out
         through its blow hole. The Croods land in a heap.
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay, that's one, two, three, four,
          five... six...
                        
                         GRAN
          And seven... if we're counting Chunky the
          Death Cat.
                        
                         CHUNKY
          Grrrrrrrrr.
                        
         The Macawnivore appears from behind some nearby grass.
         It looks at the Croods with delight. Suddenly, the
         shadow of the setting sky passes over the Macawnivore.
         It freaks out and retreats into the forest.
                        
                         THUNK
          Hah! It's scared of the dark... wait...
          we're scared of the dark.
                        
         And for good reason, because as the SHADOW from the
         setting sun falls across the Croods.
                        
         Suddenly, thousands of PIRANHA OWLS BURST from the
         grasses around the Croods and form a huge undulating
         cloud above them. It's a beautiful sight.
                        
         The cloud of Piranha Owls then SETTLE on a massive LAND
         WHALE.
                        
         Moments later, they fly back into the air - the whale is
         SKELETONIZED. It CRUMPLES to the ground.
                        
                         GRUG
          Kill circle!
                        
         The Croods form their defensive circle, brandishing
         rocks.
                        
         Eep spies a SKULL lying in the sand. She SPRINTS for it.
         32.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Eep! Eeeep!
                        
         Eep breaks a horn from the skull and BLOWS on it loud and
         long.
                        
         ON GUY hearing the horn. He is happy to hear the sound,
         knowing it's Eep calling him.
                        
         Then as Guy begins walking towards the sound, Guy notices
         the circling birds in the sky. Alarmed, he DASHES off.
                        
         Guy appears at the treeline. He spots Eep standing alone
         in the clearing. He sees the birds heading towards her.
         He runs and leaps off a ROCK OUTCROPPING jumping right
         over the CROODS who are huddled near the ROCK.
                        
         Guy lands and in one fluid motion knocking the horn out
         of Eep's hand to stop the noise then STRIKES a spark with
         two STONES. The birds close in, blotting out the
         remaining light. All goes BLACK.
                        
         Then, a tiny leaf of flame FLUTTERS to life before Guy.
         He THROWS two more handfuls of grass on it, and it FLARES
         UP! The light SPLITS the onrushing red tide of birds
         like a knife. For a few moments the Croods are inside a
         TORNADO of the tiny monsters. The mass PASSES.
                        
         Grug SLAPS at one last smoldering bird FLUTTERING past.
                        
         Grug TURNS to see Guy, HOLDING his daughter. Grug's
         expression DARKENS. He SNARLS.
                        
                         GUY
          Ta-da.
                         EEP
          (Sigh.)
                        
         Grug pushes Eep aside and shows Guy his threat display.
                        
                         GRUG
          Auughhauhhhgggh!
                        
          SMASH CUT TO:
                        
         SEQ. 1275 - FIRE GOOD, FIRE BAD
                        
         Suddenly, Guy and Eep are circled by the Croods. They
         are in defensive ape-like positions. Each doing their
         threat display.
         33.
                        
                        
                         CROODS
          Raaarr,
          grOooOOOOowwllll,
                         ERF ERF
          GLaaabbbllllellelller!
                        
         Guy stands in front of Eep defensively.
                        
                         GUY
          Cavies!
                        
                         EEP
          Cavies?
                        
                         GUY
          Cavemen! Stand back! They're
          practically animals. See their bony,
          sloping foreheads?
                        
                         EEP
          Oh... yeah!
                        
                         GUY
          The huge primitive teeth?
                        
                         EEP
          Er... yeah...
                        
                         GUY
          The excessive body hair? Oh, that one's
          got a tail...
                        
                         EEP
          Uhhh... yeah...
                        
         Guy PULLS his knife.
                         GUY
          Close your eyes. I'm going to have to
          take their lives.
                        
                         EEP
          (slapping the knife away)
          No. It won't help.
                         (EMBARRASSED)
          They're my family.
                        
                         GUY
          What?
                        
         Eep nods toward Thunk.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ah, the sun is in his hands!
         34.
                        
                        
         The Croods keep circling.
                        
                         EEP
          No. No. It's "fire."
                        
                         UGGA
          Where did it come from?
                        
                         EEP
                         (PROUDLY)
          He made it.
                        
         Grug grabs him and squeezes him tight.
                        
                         GRUG
          Make some for me!
                        
                         EEP
          It doesn't come out of him.
                        
                         GRUG
          Make. Make it.
                        
         POP! Guy's ribs are cracked for the second time.
                        
                         GUY
          You know, you're a lot like your
          daughter.
                        
         Guy falls in a heap.
                        
                         EEP
          Great, now he's broken.
                        
          UGGA (O.S.)
          Oh, it's a baby sun.
         Grug turns to see Ugga, Thunk, Gran and Sandy are now
         sitting very close around the fire, transfixed.
                        
                         GRUG
          Whoa! Stay back. We don't know what it
          wants.
                        
         As Grug moves around the circle, picking up sitting
         Croods and placing them a safe distance from the fire, he
         talks to them like a kindergarten teacher:
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Now we'll all sit here, and wait for the
          sun to come back. And tomorrow we'll
          find a new cave, and pretend today never
          happened.
                         (MORE)
         35.
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          (looks at the fire)
          Isn't this fun, Eep?
                        
         Grug looks around to see that Eep is kneeling beside Guy.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Eep, don't touch him. Goodness knows
          where he's been.
                        
         Suddenly, behind Grug, Sandy ATTACKS the torch. She
         shakes it with her teeth, EMBERS FLY EVERYWHERE.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad, Sandy's hurting fire.
                        
         Grug reaches down and scoops up Sandy. (NOTE: From this
         point, Grug will hold onto Sandy, no matter how much she
         struggles, kicks and bites.)
                        
                         GRUG
          Sandy! No! Fire is not a play thing!
                        
                         UGGA
          Aww, what a cute little guy.
                        
                         GRUG
          Hey, stay back.
                        
         The Croods snatch at the embers as they dance in the air
         around them.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          No, no, no, wait!
                        
         One of the embers has caught onto Thunk's tunic.
                         THUNK
          It likes me!
          (after a beat)
          Hey! IT'S BITING ME!!
                        
         Thunk takes off running like a maniac.
                        
         The flame explodes into embers, which starts more fires
         in the grass around him. Grug looks at the growing fires
         with utter confusion.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
                         (SCREAMING)
          Ow! You're not my friend. Stop, stop
          touching me!
         36.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Thunk! Uh, try hiding from it in the
          tall dry grass!
                        
         Thunk sprints through the grass, arms flailing, as a ring
         of fire blazes up.
                        
                         THUNK
          (pleading with fire)
          Stop please, please. I'm only nine.
                        
         Gran cackles at her grandson's misfortune, but then she
         realizes her WALKING STICK IS ON FIRE.
                        
         Angrily, Gran starts to slam the burning end of the stick
         on the ground, trying to put it out.
                        
         But she only ends up making more small fires.
                        
                         UGGA
          Ooh, more fire babies.
                        
         While Gran tries desperately to save her cane, Ugga
         starts throwing sticks on the small fires, which begin to
         grow in size.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         EEP AND GUY.
                        
                         EEP
          Hi.
                        
                         GUY
          So, your Dad, he's trying to kill me.
                         EEP
          Yeah. But I won't let him.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Eep and Guy witness the FIERY MAYHEM:
                        
          GRUG (O.S.)
          Hold on son, come back!
                        
         SERIES OF SHOTS:
                        
          GRUG is chasing THUNK in circles, throwing rocks at his
         flaming butt.
                        
                         THUNK
          I don't like you anymore!
         37.
                        
                        
          Sandy, who is still in Grug's arms, but facing
         backwards, is now holding onto a burning stick and
         lighting everything she passes on fire.
                        
                         SANDY
          Weeeee!!!!
                        
          Gran, who is still trying to put out her stick, is
         batting it into every tree and bush she can hit.
                        
                         GRAN
          Get out! Out!
                        
          Ugga carries a REDWOOD above her head and then tosses
         it onto the small fire.
                        
                         UGGA
          Eat up, babies!
                        
         WHOOSH! Ugga ignites a massive bonfire.
                        
         The Croods appear like a bunch of violent, lunatic
         pyromaniacs.
                        
         CLOSE ON GRAN
                        
         Gran is pounding her walking stick on the ground.
                        
         PULL BACK TO REVEAL - she is standing on the edge of a
         giant corn field that is slowly catching on fire.
                        
                         GRAN
          Die! Die!
                        
         POOF! The fire on her cane has finally gone out.
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          I win!
                        
         She smiles. And then WA-POP!
                        
         The giant ear of corn explodes blasting Gran off frame
         who slams into Thunk. The speeding ear picks up Ugga,
         Grug.
                        
         ON EEP AND GUY
                        
                         EEP
          They're not so scary once you get to know
          them.
                        
         Eep and Guy are HIT by the speeding corn.
         38.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          Who are you people?
                        
                         UGGA
          Oh, I'm sorry. We're the Croooooods!
          And you are?
                        
                         GUY
          Uh, Guy.
                        
                         CROODS
                         (WAVING)
          Hi, Guy.
                        
         The speeding ear CRASHES into a lone tree, sending Guy
         and the Croods sprawling across the tundra. The flying
         ears ROCKET SKYWARD and BURST like colorful fireworks.
                        
                         THUNK
          Wow! Looks like magic. And smells like
          food.
                        
         Popcorn kernels RAIN DOWN upon the Croods. They are
         BURIED.
                        
                         GRUG
          Don't eat it, it's new.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1425 - THE GOAL IS SET
                        
         The Croods burst out of a mountain of popcorn.
                        
                         CROODS
          Still alive!
                        
         ON THE BASE OF THE POPCORN PILE
                        
          GUY (0.S.)
          Come on, keep eating.
                        
                         BELT
          Squirf!
                        
                        
         Guy BURROWS out the side of the popcorn pile like a
         prisoner escaping Alcatraz.
                        
                         GUY
          gasping for air 
          (checks to see if he's been
                         SPOTTED)
         39.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Hey, where's Guy?
                        
         Guy RUNS for the mountain. Eep POUNCES on Guy like a
         tiger.
                        
                         GUY
          No!
                        
                         EEP
          Going somewhere?
                        
                         GUY
          The mountain? High ground? End of the
          world, remember?
                        
                         EEP
          That already happened. It destroyed our
          cave.
                        
                         GUY
                         (STRUGGLING)
          Noooo. That was just the beginning of the
          end. The end of the end is still coming.
                        
                         GRUG
          (as if to a dog)
          Eep. Drop it.
                        
         Eep SETS him down. Guy BOLTS but discovers Eep hasn't
         let go of his hand. Guy is YANKED backwards like he's
         been tied to a piling.
                        
                         EEP
          We can't let him go! What if we don't
          find a cave before sunset? What if it
          takes a few days? What if the birds come
          back?
                        
         BEAT.
                        
                         GRAN
          We need his fire, dummy!
                        
         WHOOSH! Grug grabs Guy and throws him in a log.
                        
                         GRUG
          Fine. You're staying with us till we
          find a cave.
                        
         Grug hoists Guy in the log onto his shoulder.
         40.
                        
                        
         Grug moves out, AWAY from the mountain. The family falls
         in behind Grug. Thunk is carrying a huge piece of
         popcorn that he's snacking on.
                        
                         GUY
          What? No I'm not. Don't make me part of
          this. Stay here if you want, but let me
          go. I've got a dream, a mission, a
          reason to live.
                        
                         EEP
                         (BRIGHTLY)
          Not anymore.
                        
                         GUY
                         (THINKING FAST)
          Umm... I've got an idea. Let's go to
          that mountain.
                        
         ON THE TALL MOUNTAIN way in the distance.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (BARELY LOOKS)
          It's too far.
                        
                         EEP
          Dad really has his heart set on a cave.
                        
                         GUY
          Uh, there, are, caves on that mountain.
                        
                         EEP
          Have you been there?
                        
                         GUY
          It's a mountain. Mountains are safe.
          Mountains have caves. And water. And
          sticks.
                        
                         THUNK
          Mom? Did you hear that? I can get my
          own stick!
                        
                         GUY
          Yes. Sticks. Caves and sticks. Crazy
          sticks. Let's go.
                        
         On cue, a RUMBLE. This gets Grug's attention. Grug
         STOPS. The Croods wait to see what's going to happen
         next. A Mammoth FALLS out of sight, SWALLOWED by the
         ground.
                        
                         BELT
          Da da daaaaa.
         41.
                        
                        
         Sandy tries to attack Belt.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ugh. That thing is weird.
                        
         Belt antagonizes Sandy by sticking his tongue out at her.
         Sandy goes at Belt again.
                        
                         EEP
          No no, it's okay Sandy. That's just a
          belt.
                        
          Grug takes a step back. Turns.
                        
                         GRUG
          I've made a decision. We're going to,
          that mountain! Don't ask me why. It's
          just a hunch. It just feels right.
                        
                         UGGA
          I don't know Grug. We've never really
          walked that far.
                        
                         THUNK
          I don't think my feet can do that.
                        
                         GRAN
          I'll never live long enough to get there.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (LIGHTING UP)
          Let's do it.
                         (PAUSE)
          Oh come on, just think. Our whole
          family, packed together on a long, slow
          trip across country? Days and nights
          with just each other. We'll tell
          stories. We'll laugh.
          (glancing at Eep)
          We'll become closer as a family.
                        
         Eep RAISES one eyebrow.
                        
          SMASH CUT TO:
                        
         SEQ. 1460 - FAMILY ROAD TRIP
                        
         EXT. BURNT OUT SHRUBS
                        
         The Croods have not traveled far. The camera starts
         tight in on Thunk and Sandy. Sandy is harassing Thunk.
                        
                         THUNK
          Aaaaaaaaugh. Get her off. Get off.
         42.
                        
                        
                         UGGA
          If you're not ready to challenge her,
          then don't look her in the eye.
                        
         We follow Sandy as she moves past Gran.
                        
                         GRAN
          Could you keep your big giant arms on
          your side of the trail!
                        
         Sandy moves past Ugga, Eep and Guy who is still stuck in
         the log and being carried by Grug.
                        
                         UGGA
          No more touching. No more touching.
                        
                         EEP
          Isn't this fun? We're taking our first
          trip together.
                        
         Thunk accidentally bumps into Eep.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Stop shoving, or I will pull out your
          tongue!
                        
                         GRUG
          Do you want me to turn this family
          around? Do you?! Because I will turn
          this family around so fast!
                        
         The camera slowly pulls out from the family in chaos as
         they walk across the burned out landscape.
                        
                        X-DISS TO:
         The Croods are traveling across the dry land. The camera
         has pulled out from the family as they travel. Family
         chaos continues.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad, I gotta go!
                        
                         GRUG
          Come on, you can hold it.
                        
                         THUNK
          I don't think so.
                        
                        THUNK MOANS
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
                         (NEAR TEARS)
          I gotta go really bad.
         43.
                        
                        
         Thunk starts to HOP WITH HIS KNEES GLUED TO EACH OTHER.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (RELINQUISHING)
          Go behind one of those lumpy things and
          make it fast.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ow! Something bit me!
                        
                         GRAN
                         (LOUD)
          I don't blame it.
                        
                         UGGA
          Maybe we should have stopped for water.
                        
                        X-DISS TO:
                        
         A Liyote turns to watch the Croods as they travel.
                        
                         EEP
          Dad, can I take a turn carrying him?
                        
                         GRUG
          No.
                        
                         EEP
          How about now?
                        
                         GRUG
          No.
                        
                         EEP
          Now?
                         GRUG
          No.
                        
                         EEP
          NOW?!?!
                        
                         GRUG
          NO!
                        
                         EEP
          (even louder) NOW?!?!
                        
                         GRUG
          I can do this all day long. No, no, no,
          and still no.
                        
                        X-DISS TO:
         44.
                        
                        
         Oh yeah, more traveling. Now we are in the Turkeyfish
         hunting grounds. The camera is so far away the Croods
         are only a speck in the frame.
                        
         SMASH CUT TO:
                        
         Grug, exhausted, in the foreground with family chaos over
         his shoulder.
                        
                         GRAN
          I'm not dying on an empty stomach.
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug, we're all pretty tired.
                        
                         THUNK
          I'm pretty dizzy, so I'm just going to
          lay down for a minute.
                        
                         GRUG
          We'll eat when we get there.
                        
                         GRAN
          It's taking too long! I'm grabbing a
          snack.
                        
         Gran jumps up and tries to grab Belt. Belt pulls a bone
         knife and defends himself.
                        
                         GUY
          No. No. No. Don't do that. He will cut
          you. That's not food, he's a pet. My
          pet.
                        
                         GRAN
          What's a pet?
                         GUY
          An animal that you don't eat.
                        
                         GRAN
          We call those children.
                        
                         GRUG
          No man should have a pet. It's weird,
          and wrong. It's--
          (spies giant bird)
          ...It's food!
                        
                         GUY
          No, no please!
         45.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Not that. That.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1075 - FOOD FIXES EVERYTHING
                        
         A WHOOPING sound comes from the grasses ahead. A giant
         TURKEY FISH raises its toothy head.
                        
                         GRUG
          Food fixes everything.
                        
         Grug grabs Thunk.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Alright, show me your hunting face.
                        
                         THUNK
          Arrgh.
                        
         Eep shows her hunting face.
                        
                         GRUG
          Not you! You're still grounded!
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Come on, Thunk.
                        
                         THUNK
          My feet hurt.
                        
                        ON GUY
                        
         Leaning against a rock next to Gran, Sandy, Eep and Ugga.
         Guy notices Eep is agitated. She STARES in the direction
         the men went.
                        
                         GUY
          You look tense.
                        
                         EEP
          I'm not tense.
                        
                         GRAN
          Angry girl wants to be doing what they're
          doing.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ow! I wasn't ready!
         46.
                        
                        
         Thunk CRASHES THROUGH the bushes, PURSUED by the Turkey
         Fish. Grug is being DRUG behind.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hang on Thunk, I'm coming!
                        
                         THUNK
          Why are you doing this?
                        
                         GUY
          What are they doing?
                        
                         UGGA
          Hunting.
                        
                         THUNK
          Get it off! You stay away from me.
                        
                         GUY
          No seriously, what are they doing?
                        
         The Turkeyfish squashes Grug into the ground. Then
         continues chasing Thunk.
                        
                         THUNK
          (to Turkey Fish)
          You've got a ton of eggs. Just make
          another egg!
                        
         Thunk FLIES INTO FRAME and SPLATS against the rock. The
         Turkey Fish climbs to the top of a nearby rock and dives
         off.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          Now you're just rubbing it in.
         ON A GIANT BRONTO SCORPION
                        
         SLAPPED on a rock in front of the Croods.
                        
         The Bronto Scorpion suddenly STRUGGLES.
                        
                         GRUG
          There! Who's hungry for scorpion?
                        
         The Croods PULL at the legs. They TWIST and SNAP OFF
         like lobster legs.
                        
                         GUY
          What happened to the egg and the bird?
         47.
                        
                        
                         THUNK
                         (STILL PUNCHY)
          You know, we lost him. But when the bird
          stepped on me and pushed me into the
          ground, the scorpion grabbed a hold of me
          and one thing led to another and here we
          are eating him. Win win.
                        
         The dismembered legs continue to STRUGGLE. Guy looks
         ill.
                        
                         GRAN
          Not enough. Not enough. I need more. I
          need more!
                        
         Gran looks hungrily at Guy.
                        
                         GUY
                         (CONCERNED)
          Oh, look at that. She's not gonna eat me
          right?
                        
                         UGGA
          You're too skinny. If she was gonna eat
          anyone it would be--
                        
                         THUNK
          AAAAAAAAAUUGHHHHHHHH!
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          Owww! She's locked her jaw!
                        
                         UGGA
          Mom!
                        
         Sandy gets up from the table.
                         THUNK
          Someone get a stick! Get her off!
                        
         Guy looks on, horrified.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          Oh you sick old monster! Hurry! Put the
          stick in her mouth!
                        
         Belt gives Guy a "let's get out of here" look. Belt rolls
         Guy away from the family.
                        
                         GRUG
          Hold her still. Use a rock. Ugga would
          you just hit her legs.
                        
         Guy LEAVES. Eep chases him and pins him down.
         48.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Why are you rolling away?
                        
                         GUY
          Owww! I just want something to eat.
                        
                         EEP
          You have bug for dinner. Plenty of bug!
                        
                         GUY
          Please... I'll let you help me hunt.
                        
                         EEP
          Really?
                        
                         THUNK
          Ahhh! They're all over me... Tell my
          story...
                        
                        
         EXT. GRASSLANDS - AFTERNOON
                        
         Guy lays a snare in the low grass. He WALKS to the base
         of a rotund, spikey tree, unwinding more rope as he goes.
         He TIES the rope around the base of the tree. Then he
         hands the loose end to Eep. Belt stretches his arms
         WIDE. Guy STOPS jumping and points up to the top of the
         tree.
                        
         Eep takes the cue. She LEAPS up and grabs the leaning
         top of the tree. Her weight gently BENDS the tree top
         down to the ground.
                        
                         GUY
          Okay.
         Guy carefully SETS the trigger.
                        
                         EEP
          What do you call this?
                        
                         GUY
          A trap.
                        
                         EEP
          What does it do?
                        
         Guy makes sound effects to get his point across as he
         describes the trap.
         49.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          (explains with sounds)
          soft whistle Raargh, Thump thump thump,
          thubububububub soft whistle poom!
          Tadaaaaaa!
                        
                         EEP
          How long have you been alone?
                        
         Belt opens his arms wide showing Guy has been alone a
         long, long time.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          ... So what do we do?
                        
         Guy pulls out a weird miniature TURKEY FISH PUPPET.
                        
                         GUY
          How's your acting?
                        
         ON THE TURKEY FISH getting ready to eat the TRIP-GERBILS.
         The Turkey LIFTS the creature to his mouth to DEVOUR it,
         but he's INTERRUPTED by a WHISTLING sound. He TURNS to
         see the silly little puppet dancing about. The Turkey
         Fish DROPS his meal and cautiously APPROACHES the puppet.
                        
         ON GUY AND EEP working the puppet. Eep is having the
         time of her life.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Oh, you're good at this.
                        
         They are so into what they are doing, they accidentally
         get TANGLED UP.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Oh, sorry, I...
                        
                         EEP
          Just move your arm... no, your other arm.
          Oh, that one's mine.
                        
         In their struggle to UNTANGLE themselves, Eep and Guy
         inadvertently insult the Turkey Fish. It CHARGES. Eep
         and Guy don't notice.
                        
         The Turkey Fish MISSES the snare, LEAPS the rock and
         SNATCHES the fake bird off of Guy's head, THRASHING it.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Uh... It didn't step in your trap-y,
          thing.
         50.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          Yeah, I noticed.
                        
         Eep BOLDLY STANDS in front of the bird. The Turkey Fish
         grabs Guy and tosses him high across the open field. He
         goes flying through the air, screaming.
                        
         ON GRUG - hearing the commotion. Guy lands back in the
         log.
                        
                         GRUG
          Where's Eep?
                        
         Eep is in full parkour as she runs from the Turkeyfish.
                        
                         GUY
          She's awesome.
                        
         Grug STEPS FORWARD. He's going to SPRING the trap.
                        
                         GRUG
          Eep!
                        
                         EEP
          Dad, no!
                        
         She LEAPS the snare, PUSHING Grug DOWN.
                        
         The Turkey Fish HITS the trigger. The snare TRIPS. The
         bird BITES at the cavemen, but comes up short. The
         Turkey Fish WHOOSHES BACKWARDS into the air. He FLIES a
         couple hundred feet up...
                        
         ... and CRASHES down in a cloud of feathers.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
         SEQ. 900 - BBQ/CAPTIVATING CAPTIVE
                        
                        
         EXT. BARBECUE
                        
         ON THE TURKEY ROASTING over an open fire. It looks golden
         and juicy. Grug is agitated. The Croods are devouring
         the Turkey Fish.
                        
                         THUNK
          It's an avalanche of flavor.
                        
         THE CROODS are eating like wild animals. They
         practically MAUL each other for scraps. HOWLS and
         SNARLING fill the night air. Guy is amazed and shocked
         at how the Croods are wolfing it down.
         51.
                        
                        
         Guy sits to the side, his ankle roped to a heavy rock.
         Guy and Belt share a concerned LOOK as they politely eat
         their meal. Eep comes over and sits next to Guy.
                        
                         GUY
                         (TO BELT)
          Looks like we won't be having any
          leftovers.
                        
                         EEP
          What are "left-overs?"
                        
                         GUY
                         (CONFUSED)
          You know, when you have so much food to
          eat you have some, left over.
                        
                         EEP
          We never have that much food.
                        
         Grug is struck by Eep's words. Ugga sees Grug is hurt.
         Guy and Belt are struck by this as well.
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug, how about a story?
                        
                         GRUG
          That's a good idea. How about a story
          huh?
                        
                         THUNK
          Yeah a story, tell us a story!
                        
         Croods gather around Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          Once upon a time there was a little tiger
          who lived in a cave with her family.
          There were a lot of rules, but the big,
          simple one was to never leave the cave at
          night. And the door was so heavy, you'd
          think it would be easy to remember.
                        
                         THUNK
          So easy to remember!
                        
                         GRUG
          I know! But, while everyone was asleep,
          she went out anyway.
                        
                         CROODS
          No!
         52.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Yes! And no sooner than she did, her
          cave was destroyed and everyone had to go
          on this long, sucky walk, with some
          weirdo they met, and died! The end.
                        
                         GUY
          Whoa! I did not see that coming. Twist
          ending. My stories never end like that.
                        
                         THUNK
          Yes! Two stories in one night!
                        
         The Croods LEAVE Grug and GATHER around Guy. Guy is
         uncharacteristically dumbstruck.
                        
         A BEAT -
                        
                         GUY
          Okay. But it won't be as good as Grug's.
          Um, once upon a time, there was a
          beautiful tiger. She lived in a cave
          with the rest of her family. Her father
          and mother told her, "You may go anywhere
          you want but never go near the cliff, for
          you could fall."
                        
                         GRUG
          And die. Good story.
                        
         Thinking the story is over, the Croods begin to get up.
         As Guy begins talking again they settle back down.
                        
                         GUY
          But when no one was looking, she would go
          near the cliff, for the closer she came
          to the edge, the more she could hear, the
          more she could see, the more she could
          feel. Finally, she stood at the very
          edge, and she saw a light. She leaned
          out to touch it, and slipped.
                        
                         GRUG
          And she fell.
                        
                         GUY
          And she flew.
                        
                         CROODS
                         GASP 
                        
                         THUNK
          Where did she fly?
         53.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          Tomorrow.
                        
                         EEP
          Tomorrow?
                        
                         GUY
          A place with more suns in the sky than
          you can count.
                        
                         THUNK
          It would be so bright.
                        
                         GUY
          A place not like today, or yesterday, a
          place where things are better.
                        
                         GRUG
          Tomorrow isn't a place, you can't see it!
                        
                         GUY
          Oh yes, yes it is. I've seen it. That's
          where I'm going.
                        
         Grug studies Guy. Is he crazy? Eep though is entranced.
         Eep and Guy lock eyes. There is something growing between
         them. Grug and Belt see it too. Grug is not thrilled.
                        
                         GRUG
          Well, WE are going to shut our eyes and
          sleep. And when we wake up we're going
          to find the place that has everything we
          want.
                        
                         EEP
          Tomorrow?!
                         GRUG
          A cave.
                        
         Grug stuffs Guy neatly back inside the log. Grug CURLS
         UP by the fire with the LOG TUCKED UNDER HIS ARM far away
         from Eep.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
                        
         ON GRUG'S FACE.
                        
                         GRUG
          snoring, tossing and turning 
         54.
                        
                        
         Morning light kisses Grug's cheeks. He's sound asleep.
         PULL OUT to reveal that Guy's log is now teetering over a
         cliff edge - there was another subduction during the
         night, and half of the Croods' sleeping platform has sunk
         two hundred feet. Grug is still grasping Guy's log,
         which now hangs over the fresh abyss, and the still-
         asleep Guy is now SLIPPING out of one end. In the nick
         of time, Grug SHIFTS position, inadvertently TURNS the
         log, and Guy starts slipping out the OTHER end. Guy
         WAKES UP, looking down.
                        
                         GUY
          AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGHHHHH.
                        
          SMASH CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1600 - CROODS GET SHOES
                        
                        
         EXT. CORAL FIELDS - MORNING
                        
         The Croods trudge behind Grug as he cautiously makes his
         way to the mountain. Grug SNIFFS, and TESTS the ground -
         he moves like a man in a mine field. Meaning SLOWLY.
                        
                        
                        THE LOG
                        
         Eep walks alongside Guy, who is still being carried by
         Grug in the log.
                        
                         GUY
          That was too close. It almost caught us.
                        
                         GRUG
          I was watching. We were fine.
                        
                         GUY
          We've got to move faster. Do you people
          have any other speed aside from "wander?"
          I'll take a shamble at this point.
                        
                         EEP
          Hey, do you have a minute? How did the
          tiger fly?
                        
                         GUY
          I only share when I'm outside the log.
          I'm funny that way.
                        
                         EEP
                         (WINKING)
          Leave this to me.
         55.
                        
                        
         Eep FALLS BACK behind Thunk, getting him between she and
         her dad.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Hey Thunk, you have a spider on your
          face.
                        
         Eep SMASHES Thunk in the face, KNOCKING him into Grug,
         sending Guy and the log FLYING. Grug shoots Eep an
         annoyed look.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
                         (SHRUGGING)
          Oops.
                        
         Grug sees Guy has ROLLED away.
                        
                         GRUG
          He's loose!
                        
         Grug goes to retrieve Guy, and STEPS on something sharp.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Aaaaahhhhhh! Do not step on those weird,
          pointy rocks!
                        
                         THUNK
          You mean these rocks? Ahh owww! Do not
          step on these rocks!
                        
         Thunk steps on the coral - it CRUNCHES under his feet.
                        
                         GRAN
          Step aside, girls!
                        
         Gran steps out, and then SCREAMS.
                         GRUG
          Hello? Nobody's listening! No one is
          listening. You cannot walk on those!
                        
         Guy stands on the coral without flinching.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Arraughrragh come back here now.
                        
                         GRAN
          Well, there goes our chance for survival.
                        
                         THUNK
          And our log!
                        
         Grug must make the choice to go after Guy.
         56.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay. Arraugh!
                        
         Grug cringes and bellows with every step. Guy still
         locked inside the log, hops away as fast as he can. Grug
         leaps out and grabs the log only to loosen it as Guy
         jumps to a coral patch below.
                        
                         GUY
          Ow, ow, ow.
                        
         Guy now free runs and hides behind a giant shell. He
         looks back at the Croods as they try in vain to cross the
         field and feels pity for Eep.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ow! Jumping doesn't help, I mean, just
          briefly, but it doesn't get better! Ow!
          Do not walk on your hands, the hands do
          not help at all.
                        
         Guy looks back at the stranded Croods. Then he looks
         again to the tall mountain. Belt sees that Guy is having
         a hard time leaving the Croods. He needs to make a
         choice. Belt makes it for him.
                        
                         BELT
          Eeccoomme on!
                        
         Belt walks Guy back to the Croods
                        
          HARD CUT TO:
                        
                        
         GUY STANDS AT THE EDGE OF THE CORAL, ONLY A FEW FEET FROM
         GRUG AND THE CROODS. GUY'S ARMS ARE FILLED WITH
         SUPPLIES.
                        
                         GUY
          I can help you, but we're going to have
          to make a few changes around here. The
          log ride is over. Drop the log.
                        
         Grug grudgingly DROPS the log.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Now, kick it away.
                        
         Grug BARELY NUDGES it.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Farther.
                        
         Grug KICKS it a quarter-mile.
         57.
                        
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Really?!
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay, smart, Guy... now what?
                        
         Guy SMILES.
                        
          HARD CUT TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. CORAL FIELDS - LATER
                        
         Everyone is now wearing "shoes" -- some made of leaves,
         sponges and some are actually fish!
                        
         Ugga and Gran wobble on their new shoes.
                        
         Thunk is covering his eyes, too afraid to look down.
         Thunk looks down at his horrifying fish shoes. They
         blink at him.
                        
                         THUNK
          Ahhhh! Good fish.
                        
         Eep is covering her eyes.
                        
                         GUY
          Okay. Now you can look.
                        
         Eep peers down at her new boots.
                        
                         EEP
          Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! I love
          them! Where are my feet!?
                         GUY
          They're still there!
                        
                         EEP
          Oh, okay.
                        
         Eep slips, and falls into Guy's arms.
                        
                         GUY
          Whoa. You're really
                         (GETTING CRUSHED)
          ... heavy.
                        
                         EEP
          Really? Thank you!
                        
         Grug walks over as the two fall to the ground.
         58.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Hey, wait. Whoa. Whoa. WHOA!!
                        
                         GUY
                         (SWEATING)
          Okay! She's up. I'm good. We're
          good...
                        
                         GRAN
          These shoes are great! Where do you get
          these ideas?
                        
                         GUY
          Ah ha.
                        
         On cue, Belt produces a piece of chalk.
                        
         Guy stands Thunk against a wall. Guy stands next to him.
         Belt OUTLINES them. Guy excitedly gestures to the
         silhouettes.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          I'm calling it, a brain. I'm pretty sure
          it's where ideas come from.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad. I don't have a brain.
                        
                         GRUG
          We've gotten along just fine without
          brains till now. Cavemen don't need
          brains. We have these. Heeya! Haha!
          (balls his mighty fists)
          That's what I'm talking about! Ideas are
          for weaklings.
         Grug punches at the air in front of Guy making him wince.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Now, let's get to that mountain.
                        
         Ugga and Eep notice each other's shoes.
                        
                         UGGA/EEP
          Oh wow. I love those!
                        
                         THUNK
          Good fish. Don't eat my feet.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         SEQ. 1710 - GOING GUY'S WAY
         59.
                        
                        
         The Croods run, slowly at first, then faster. And
         faster. The shoes make the difference.
                        
         ON THE CROODS
                        
         Grug encounters a bunch of Punch Monkeys again. He
         readies himself for a fight.
                        
         Guy hands out bananas.
                        
         Grug throws his banana to the ground only to slip on it.
                        
         ON THE CROODS
                        
         Grug sees the Macawnivore down below in the crevasse
         waiting for his Croods dinner.
                        
         Grug sees Guy making something out of sticks.
                        
         Traveling by stilts over a crevasse.
                        
         The family hobbles across a canyon on their stilts. Guy
         helps Eep from falling.
                        
                         EEP
          So... How'd the tiger fly?
                        
                         GUY
          He jumped on the sun and rode it to
          tomorrow.
                        
          Grug doesn't like seeing his daughter so close to Guy.
                        
                         GRUG
          No, no, no!
         The family moves across, Grug is the last to follow.
                        
         Grug spies Chunky the Death Cat below him. Grug WHACKS
         Chunky in the face with a stilt.
                        
         Chunky ponders the strange sticks Grug is perched on,
         then WHACKS a chunk out of them. Grug DROPS down by a
         yard or so. Panicking, Grug RACES across the chasm,
         losing stilt height with every SWIPE of Chunky's paw.
         Grug doesn't make it across - SNARLING and BITING sounds
         emanate from the canyon.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Ooowwwww!
                        
         The Croods stand at the top of a cliff.
         60.
                        
                        
         Grug tries to maneuver his way down the cliff by clinging
         to the side.
                        
         Guy and the other Croods sit on a giant leaves, sledding
         down the side of the canyon past Grug.
                        
         They pass Grug up as he continues to make his way down by
         tiptoeing. Grug stumbles and falls down the slope.
                        
                         THUNK
          Hi dad! Bye dad!
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         BOOM! A FLASH POPS against the Croods. SWING THE CAMERA
         AROUND to reveal A HUGE STORM hanging like a purple
         curtain before them. The Croods stop dead.
                        
         The rain line BEARS DOWN on them.
                        
         Grug tries to PUNCH the drops.
                        
         ON EEP AND GUY
                        
                         GUY
          You've seen rain before... right?
                        
                         EEP
          We don't get out much.
                        
         Guy opens an Umbrella to cover himself from the rain.
         Belt pulls Eep under the umbrella to be close to Guy.
                        
                         BELT
          Hmmmmm.
         Belt makes an Origami boat. He and Sandy sail across the
         rain puddles.
                        
         Grug seeing Guy and Eep snuggling under the umbrella,
         grabs the umbrella away from Guy. Grug gets hit by
         lightning.
                        
         The rest of the Croods open their umbrellas to take cover
         as they enjoy the RAIN.
                        
         ON THE CROODS UNDULATING REFLECTION
                        
         The Croods stand on a tiny island in a shallow ocean -
         Eep is pointing at her own reflection.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (FRUSTRATED)
          Eep, looks dangerous.
         61.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Oh dad, you say that about everything.
                        
         Eep goes to jump in the water. Guy STOPS her.
                        
                         GUY
          Careful.
                        
                         EEP
          Oh really? Okay.
                        
         Guy CANNONBALLS. Then SURFACES.
                        
         Eep tentatively HOPS in. Guy STEADIES her. Then shows
         her how to move her arms in a swimming motion.
                        
         Guy SUPPORTS Eep by holding one hand under her tummy.
         She begins to SWIM.
                        
         Gran and Ugga SMILE mischievously - a positive vibe is
         building.
                        
         The Croods ALL JUMP at once.
                        
         Grug is left alone. Belt uses Grug's arm as a diving
         platform. Gran, Sandy and Belt are doing synchronized
         swimming. Then Grug sees Eep and Guy SURFACE - Eep is on
         Guy's shoulders! This is too much for Grug!
                        
                         GRUG
          Augh! No no no! Not cool. Not cool.
          Not cool.
                        
         Grug DIVES IN to put a stop to any potential shenanigans.
                        
         Grug's huge tidal wave SWAMPS Guy and Eep. Grug SINKS to
         the bottom.
                        
         ON GRUG laying on the bottom. His family SWIMS above him
         on the tails of Fishcats, confident and free and buoyant.
                        
         A lone bubble escapes Grug's nose, like oil oozing from a
         sunken wreck. He's feeling mighty extraneous.
                        
         Grug sees the Macawnivore swimming towards him. Grug
         swims for his life. Ends in a big splash.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
         SEQ. 1725 - MAZE
                        
         PAN UP TO THE ENTRANCES TO THE MAZE
         62.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          So the bear says, "Your cave?" I've been
          dumping my bones here since last week.
                        
                         GRAN
          Last week, haha. That's a funny story!
                        
                         GUY
          It's not a story! It's a joke.
                        
                         GRAN
          What's a joke?
                        
                         GUY
          You know, just making something up... to
          make you laugh.
                        
                         GRAN
          Hah, I don't get it.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. TUFA MAZE - AFTERNOON
                        
         The Croods stand motionless before an open plain, deeply
         sculpted with meandering grooves which form a massive
         MAZE.
                        
         Guy is handing out SHELLS to the Croods.
                        
                         GUY
          Here you go, one for you, and this ones
          for you.
                        
                         THUNK
          Thanks.
                        
         Grug is annoyed by everyone blowing their shells.
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay. Okay. That's enough. I don't see
          why the kids need their own shells.
                        
                         GUY
          So if anyone gets in trouble, we can call
          the others.
                        
                         GRUG
          Wait-- you're saying we should split up?
                        
                         GUY
          We can try more paths at once. It's the
          fastest way through.
         63.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Croods stick together.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Your way isn't safe.
                        
                         GUY
          They can handle it.
                        
                         EEP
          We can do it, dad.
                        
                         GRUG
          No no no no no. It's my job to keep you
          safe. I'm still in charge and we are not
          splitting up.
          (seeing Eep and Guy together)
          Except for you two. And that's final.
                        
         Grug SITS down like a silverback gorilla.
                        
         Just then, A HUGE RUMBLE. The EARTH STARTS TO SHAKE
         VIOLENTLY. The Croods and Guy are KNOCKED DOWN into the
         Maze each `falling' into a separate entrance.
                        
         They disappear into the rift like a penny dropped down a
         drain.
                        
         As Grug and Guy slide passed each other. Frustrated Grug,
         tries to punch Guy.
                        
                         GUY
          Oh, hello.
                        
                        
         INSIDE THE MAZE
         The SHAKING COMES TO A STOP. Everyone (now separated)
         gathers themselves.
                        
         ON GRUG-- finding himself alone.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (VERY FRIGHTENED)
          Hello? Is everyone alright?
                        
                         UGGA
          (trying to calm him)
          We're okay, Grug.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad? I'm freaking out a little bit.
          Just tell me what to do. Just what do I
          do right now?
         64.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Stay where you are. I'll find you.
                        
                         GUY
          No. Too slow. Everybody, keep moving
          forward and we'll get out.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad?
                        
                         GRUG
                         (ALMOST HYPERVENTILATING)
          Yeah. Okay.
                        
                        ON THUNK
                        
         Looking very frightened.
                        
          GRUG (O.S.) (CONT'D)
          Remember never not be afraid.
                        
          GUY (O.S.)
          You can do this.
                        
                         THUNK
          It's gonna be okay. I'm gonna pass out.
                        
         Thunk PICKS UP his shell, and tentatively makes his way,
         alone, into his branch of the maze.
                        
         ON EEP (OR GUY?)-- in another part of the maze. She puts
         her hand on the giant wall to her LEFT.
                        
         PULL BACK and see that they are actually in parallel
         `channels' but with the huge wall between them.
         ON Gran and Ugga - encountering carnivorous flowers.
                        
         ON Thunk - encountering a croco-pup.
                        
         ON Eep - finding a flower dropped on her path.
                        
         ON Grug - reaching a fork.
                        
         Ugga and Gran don flowery camouflage.
                        
         Thunk THROWS his shell at the Crocopup, MISSES. To his
         surprise the Crocopup returns the shell.
                        
         Thunk plays fetch with this portly beast, which shows him
         the way through the maze.
         65.
                        
                        
         Eep PICKS UP the flower, puts it in her hair, then finds
         a more flowers dropped on her path. She playfully begins
         hunting for Guy.
                        
         Guy and Belt are secretly and playfully tossing flowers
         in Eep's path.
                        
         Grug POPS out of a passageway - he's back where he began.
         He chooses another tunnel.
                        
         Ugga and Gran pass unharmed through the flower grove -
         the colors and smells are overpoweringly vibrant.
                        
         Eep surprises Guy and Belt in their hideaway as the two
         of them continue to throw flowers over the edge and onto
         Eep's path.
                        
                         EEP
          You dropped these.
                        
         Guy slips and falls onto a huge lilypad. He smiles up at
         Eep.
                        
         They share a moment before Eep shyly vanishes again.
                        
         Grug finds himself back at the entrance of the maze. He
         grumbles and enters a different tunnel.
                        
         ON THE MAZE EXIT -
                        
         Guy appears at the exit and puts his hand up to the
         setting sun that kisses the top of the mountain. Guy is
         amazed that he and Eep are both doing the same thing. He
         is smitten. Guy goes over to Eep.
                        
         Guy takes her hand.
                         GUY
          Come with me.
                        
         Eep and Guy turn to each other, just as Thunk emerges and
         tosses a rock for the Croco-Pup to fetch.
                        
                         THUNK
          Here boy, catch!
                        
         A shell note signals Ugga, Gran and Sandy's arrival.
         There is an obvious change in the ladies.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          Gran?
                        
         Ugga removes her hat to reveal her new look.
         66.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          Mom?
                        
                         BELT
                         (APPROVING)
          Raaah raaah.
                        
         A loud shell blast interrupts. It is followed by two
         others.
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug?
                        
         Grug lets out another blow on his horn.
                        
                         UGGA (CONT'D)
          I'll go get him.
                        
         ON GRUG still stuck in the maze. He holds his head in
         defeat, and TOSSES the shell down.
                        
         TRUCK-IN on Grug.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1175 - UNDER THE STARS
                        
         PAN UP a giant redwood tree. The Croods are gathered in
         a cozy crook of the tree.
                        
         Belt mixes drinks while Gran relaxes in a hammock. Thunk
         is playing with his new pet.
                        
                         THUNK
          Good boy. Whose my good boy? You need a
          name, you want a name? I'm going to call
          you - Douglas. Look at him. Can you do
          tricks? Roll over. Come on Douglas,
          roll over.
                        
         Douglas ROLLS OVER, right OFF the tree.
                        
                         THUNK (CONT'D)
          Good boy Douglas!
                        
         Belt POURS a drink for Gran. Sandy takes Gran her drink
         as she spins over to her on her starfish shoes.
                        
                         GRAN
          I was in love once. He was a hunter, I
          was a gatherer. It was quite a scandal.
          We fed each other berries. We danced.
                         (MORE)
         67.
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          Then my father smashed him with a rock
          and traded me to your Grandfather.
                        
          SANDY/THUNK/EEP
          Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
                        
                         BELT
          Ha ha ha ha.
                        
         PAN DOWN TO TREE BASE
                        
         Ugga and Grug approach. They hear the LAUGHING coming
         from high above. Grug peers up and sees the SWINGING
         HAMMOCKS, torch lights.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (PANIC)
          Croods! Come get down here!
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug, they're okay. Guy's with them.
                        
                         GRUG
          Oh, oh, `Guy'. `Guy' is with them. Well
          thank you for bringing me that
          interesting Guy update!
                        
         A BEAT - Ugga regards her husband
                        
                         UGGA
          Oh, okay. I'm gonna go up and why don't
          you join us when you stop being a big
          drag!
                        
         Ugga climbs up the tree to be with the rest of the
         family.
         Grug isn't thrilled with Ugga's shot at him. He picks up
         two rocks and tries to make fire.
                        
                         GRUG
          Sleep pile? How about a story, huh?
          Anyone?
                        
         Grug listens intently. All he hears is laughter.
                        
                        TREE TOP
                        
         Thunk, Sandy Belt and Gran are sitting around a torch,
         listening to one of Gran's stories.
                        
                         GRAN
          And then Torg said "Know it? I drew it!"
         68.
                        
                        
          THUNK GRAN SANDY BELT
          Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
                        
                         THUNK
          That makes no sense.
                        
         Ugga arrives and sits next to Guy. She takes in the
         scene.
                        
                         UGGA
                         (TO GUY)
          I know it was hard for you to bring us
          along, but they had the best day of their
          lives... Thank you for that.
                        
         A RUMBLE distracts Guy. He looks to the horizon. FIRES
         and SMOKE on the horizon mark the leading edge of the
         collapse. Eep comes to his side.
                        
                         GUY
          I want to show you something.
                        
         Guy LIGHTS A TORCH and leads the Croods up, up, to the
         forest canopy.
                        
         Guy BLOWS OUT his torch. The night sky is revealed in
         all its glory. The Croods are amazed.
                        
         Music POUNDS as the spectacle SWEEPS around the Croods.
         Perched on the canopy of the forest the Croods seem to
         sit at the very brink of the universe.
                        
                         THUNK
          More suns in the sky than you can count.
                        
                         GUY
          Every sun that crosses our sky, comes to
          rest up there.
                        
                         EEP
          Tomorrow.
                        
                         GUY
          That's where we'll be safe.
                        
         ON GRUG ARRIVING at the tree top. When he sees the stars
         he DUCKS back down, terrified.
                        
         He overhears the rest of the conversation.
                        
         Eep with tears in her eyes.
                        
                         EEP
          I'm going with Guy.
         69.
                        
                        
         Grug is beside himself with panic, sick at the thought of
         losing Eep.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (WHISPERED)
          No. Not my little girl.
                        
                         EEP
          Come with us.
                        
                         UGGA
          I can't go without Grug.
                        
                         GRAN
          Well, that makes one of us. Count me in!
                        
                         UGGA
          Really Mom? Now?
                        
         Grug continues to listen in.
                        
                         GRAN
          Grug has no idea how to protect us. In
          fact, he has no ideas at all.
                        
                         UGGA
          No, that's not true. What about that one
          time when he a...
                        
                         GRAN
          Face it! If he actually had an idea of
          his own I'd, I'd have a heart attack and
          die!
                        
                        ON GRUG
         Grug smiles to himself.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 1550 - GRUG TRIES TO CHANGE
                        
                        
         EXT. TREE - SUNRISE
                        
                        ON UGGA
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug?
                        
         The whole family is searching for Grug. He has
         disappeared.
         70.
                        
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad?
                        
                         EEP
          Dad?
                        
                         GUY
          He's a big guy. How can he just disappear
          like that?
                        
                         THUNK
          Hey wait. Let's ask that ugly lady if
          she's seen dad.
                        
                         UGA
          Yeah.
                        
         Grug SPINS AROUND. He's wearing a rasta-style wig made
         from knotted grass. The sight SHOCKS Ugga.
                        
                         GRUG
          Haven't seen him.
                        
                         UGGA
          Augh!
                        
         ON GRUG with the family standing around him.
                        
                         UGGA(CONT'D)
                         (CONCERNED)
          What are you doing?
                        
                         GRUG
          (Playing to Eep)
          Yeah, Wow. Like, I was up all night cuz
          like all these, ideas just kept coming to
          me.
                        
         Grug LIFTS his tunic, a Boa Constrictor is wrapped around
         his waist.
                        
                         GUY
          Is that a snake?
                        
                         GRUG
          Belt! New and improved! It's even self-
          tightening. Ow!
                        
         The constrictor SQUEEZES Grug till he turns blue. Grug
         SMACKS it and it relaxes a little.
                        
                         UGGA
          What is that on your head?
         71.
                        
                        
                         GRAN
          It's called desperation.
                        
         Grug strokes his weird, fake rasta-hair.
                        
                         GRUG
          (swings his long hair around)
          I call it a "rug." Rhymes with Grug.
          And this one. I call it a "ride."
          Rhymes with Grug.
                        
         Grug regards a boulder as if it's a Ferrari.
                        
                         GUY
          That, doesn't--
                        
                         GRUG
          It's gonna get us places faster than
          shoes.
                        
         Grug climbs on top of the rock, facing the wrong way.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Yeah. Try to keep up.
                        
         He LEANS FORWARD. The "car" ROLLS downhill and SMASHES
         through a redwood, TOPPLING it.
                        
                         THUNK
          I wish I had a ride.
                        
                        ON THUNK
                        
         His face SLATHERED with reddish mud.
                        
                         GRUG
          Painting is a thing of the past. I call
          this, a "snap-shot."
                        
         Grug takes a huge flat stone and SMASHES it against
         Thunk, forcibly transferring the mud image to the rock.
                        
         Grug shows the Croods.
                        
                         THUNK
          Let's do it again. I think I blinked.
                        
         Thunk PASSES OUT.
                        
         ON THE CROODS
                        
         Wearing wooden sunglasses. They are effectively wearing
         blindfolds.
         72.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          I call them "shades."
                        
                         THUNK
          The sun doesn't hurt my eyes anymore!
          Where do you get these great ideas?
                        
                         GRUG
          Since I don't have a brain, they're
          coming from my stomach. Down deep below,
          and then up again into my mind.
                        
         Thunk walks into a tree. All the other Croods RAISE their
         "shades" in time to see Grug walk over a cliff.
                        
                         GUY
          Grug. We have to keep moving.
                        
                        
                        ON GRUG
                        
                         GRUG
          See, I got ideas, I got thoughts.
                        
         ON Grug lifting a huge flat rock over his head.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Like this. I call it a "mobile home."
          Isn't that something?
                        
         A huge BEAST BUNNY JUMPS into the opening of the rock.
         Grug is smashed flat.
                        
                        ON GRUG
                        
         Standing on one side of a primitive Teeter-Totter.
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          And I'm calling this one a "lifterator."
                        
                         EEP
          Mom?
                        
                         UGGA
          I know. It's bad.
                        
         Grug tosses a massive boulder on the opposite end. Grug
         is LAUNCHED into the sky. Grug becomes a speck in the
         sky. He is HIT by LIGHTNING.
                        
                         GRAN
          I almost feel sorry for him.
         73.
                        
                        
         Grug falls back down onto the teeter totter dislodging
         the boulder from the other side. The boulder rolls back
         down onto Grug.
                        
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          Hah, no I don't.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
         SEQ. 1950 - TRUTH REVEALED
                        
         Guy is rowing a SHELL BOAT with everyone inside.
                        
                         UGGA
          What are you trying to do Grug?
                        
                        ON GRUG
                        
         Burned and battered, laying in the bottom of a turtle
         shell boat.
                        
         Ugga is attending to his injuries.
                        
                         GRUG
          I thought if I could have ideas like Guy,
          maybe Eep would listen to me. Maybe she
          wouldn't want to go with Guy.
                        
         Ugga gets a PAINED look on her face.
                        
                         UGGA
          Oh Grug, is that what this is all about?
                        
         Ugga is about to confess her thoughts of going to
         Tomorrow with Guy when Grug interrupts her.
                         GRUG
          And I also thought it would kill your
          mother. So you know? Win win.
                        
                         GUY
          We're here.
                        
         The view of the mountain is beautiful.
                        
         Thousands of birds fly overhead darkening the sky.
                        
         The shell boat hits the shore. The Croods step out onto
         land.
                        
         An explosion goes off on a nearby mountain. A PLUME of
         magma BURSTS from the water in the distance.
                        
         Grug looks around for shelter and spots a cave.
         74.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Cave! Everyone inside. Come on! Hurry
          up, let's go. Go, go.
                        
         The Croods don't want to move.
                        
                         EEP
          No.
                        
                         UGGA
                         (GENTLY)
          No more caves, Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          What?
                        
                         GRAN
          We're gonna jump on the sun and ride it
          to Tomorrow with Guy.
                        
                         GRUG
          Wait, so you're all going to do this?
                        
         Silence from the Croods answers his question.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Thunk?
                        
                         THUNK
          Sorry, dad.
                        
         Thunk joins the others. It's the last straw.
                        
                         EEP
          You have to stop worrying for all of us.
                         GRUG
          It's my job to worry. It's my job to
          follow the rules.
                        
                         EEP
          The rules don't work out here.
                        
                         GRUG
          They kept us alive.
                        
                         EEP
          That wasn't living, that was just, not
          dying. There's a difference.
                        
                         GRUG
          Ugga, everyone, you have to listen to me.
                        
         Ugga doesn't move.
         75.
                        
                        
                         EEP
          We would be dead if we listened you.
                        
         Grug is STUNNED.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          We have to follow Guy now.
                        
         Grug slowly turns around to face Guy. He is smoldering.
                        
                         GRUG
          Guy?
                        
                         UGGA
          Guy, run.
                        
         Grug lunges toward Guy, SCREAMING.
                        
                         GRUG
          AAAAAAAAAAUGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
                        
         Grug ATTACKS Guy - they fall down an embankment.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 2100 - TAR PIT
                        
         Grug CHASES Guy across a TREMBLING landscape.
                        
                         GUY
          This is pointless. We're running out of
          time. Everything is collapsing. You're
          being irrational and counterproductive.
                        
                         GRUG
          Big words anger me. Keep talking.
                        
                         GUY
          Countermeasures.
                        
         Belt THROWS fruit at Grug. The fruit HITS Grug square in
         the face. He's blinded. He doesn't stop.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Remember how you were this morning? You
          changed, remember? Idea man? Modern
          man?
                        
         Guy comes to a sudden stop - he's stepped in a small
         puddle of TAR.
                        
         Grug wipes his eyes clean of fruit.
         76.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          I... am... a... CAVEMAN.
                        
                         GUY
          No, no, no wait.
                        
         Guy and Grug do a slow-motion PLUNGE over a tar-fall. As
         they descend Grug SWINGS at Guy, coating himself with
         tar. Grug's arms are held like glue. His punches stop
         well short of Guy's face. Guy and Grug arrive in a wide
         pool of tar. They SINK slowly.
                        
                         GRUG
          Hnnnnnngh! No. What is this stuff that
          saves you from my punches?
                        
                         GUY
                         (HOLLOW)
          Tar.
                        
         The tone of Guy's voice SINKS IN. Grug CEASES his
         attack.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Please Grug. You have to stop struggling.
                        
                         GRUG
          No. I have to get back to them.
                        
                         GUY
          Grug! Stop!
                        
         Grug looks to Guy.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          No one gets out of this. Believe me. I
          know.
                        
         Grug gets it.
                        
                         GRUG
          Your...?
                        
                         GUY
          Family. Yeah.
                        
                         GRUG
          Sorry.
                        
         Grug looks at Guy again - he needs more than that. Guy
         takes a deep breath - this is going to be hard.
         77.
                        
                        
                         GUY
          I was little when it happened. The last
          thing my parents told me was, "Don't
          hide. Live. Follow the Sun. You'll
          make it to Tomorrow."
                        
         This resonates with Grug.
                        
         A thread of light trickles through the storm, falling
         just near enough to Guy he can gather it in his palm.
                        
                         GRUG
          You followed the light. My daughter is a
          lot like you.
                        
                         GUY
          No. She's like you. She loves you but
          always forgets to say it. Just like you
          forget to tell her.
                        
         Grug ponders this. A CHANGE comes over Grug. He focuses
         on Guy. This hits Grug hard.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (CRUSHED)
          I guess I was just busy keeping them all
          alive.
                        
         Guy considers Grug.
                        
                         GUY
          It's okay. That's what Dads do.
                        
         Grug smiles. He regards Guy in a different light. He
         sees him not as a boy but a man. Someone good enough for
         his little girl.
                         GRUG
          That's right... but we can't do that from
          here. We need one of your ideas.
                        
         The music TURNS.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Come on. You can do it.
                        
         Buoyed by Grug's encouragement, Guy swings into action
         mode.
                        
                         GUY
          Belt! Emergency Idea Generator,
          activate!
                        
         Belt hits Guy in the head with a rock.
         78.
                        
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Ow!
                         (THEN)
          I've got it!
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         SEQ. 2250 - GRUG & GUY ESCAPE
                        
         We are tracking with the MACAWNIVORE. Suddenly, the big
         cat stops. His eyebrows raise.
                        
         MACAWNIVORE'S POV - a FEMALE MACAWNIVORE PUPPET.
                        
                         BELT
                         TA-DAAAAA
                        
                         GRUG
          Wow.
                        
                         GUY
          Yeah, I know. But he's doing the best
          with what he has. Let's go.
                        
         Grug and Guy are holding bones connected to the puppet.
         Belt SIGNALS to Guy.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          There he is. Belt, I want romance, drama,
          sincerity. Move me.
                        
         Belt makes music, which grabs the Macawnivore's
         attention.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Okay he sees us!
         Belt plays a little melodramatic tune.
                        
         Grug halfheartedly moves the bones he's holding.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          That's our cue. Now work it!
                        
         The puppet starts shaking its tail.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          He's not coming over. I don't think our
          puppet looks scared enough.
                        
                         GRUG
          Scared? I'll show you scared. Hand me
          those acting sticks!
         79.
                        
                        
         Grug shakes the puppet and makes a frightening sound of
         terror.
                        
         Suddenly, the Macawnivore leaps forward and jumps on the
         puppet. He grabs it and pulls it up out of the tar,
         bringing Grug and Guy along with it.
                        
         Grug and Guy hang on to the bones of the puppet frame.
                        
         The Macawnivore shakes the puppet, pulling it out of the
         tar along with Grug and Guy.
                        
                         GUY
          Hold on!
                        
         The puppet breaks apart, the Macawnivcore turns to Grug
         and Guy. He is not pleased.
                        
                         BELT
          Da da daaaaaa...
                        
         The Macawnivore dashes towards the pair. They try to run
         from him. The Macawnivore's paws slip slowly backwards
         into the nearby tar--he's stuck. The tar snaps him back
         and throws him far from Grug and Guy.
                        
         Belt blows a whistle signalling a field goal!
                        
                         GRUG
          Yes. You did it!
                        
         Grug PATS Guy on the back. Grug realizes his hand is
         stuck to Guy's back.
                        
         The Croods come running to help them.
                         UGGA
          Grug.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad!
                        
         Grug and Guy TURN to see the rest of the Croods. Grug
         waves to the family with Guy stuck to his hand.
                        
                         GUY
          Hey, we're okay!
                        
         The family stops to take this in.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Yeah, we're okay.
         80.
                        
                        
         The ground shakes violently. Meteors stream across the
         sky.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Grug. Your call.
                        
         Grug knows his answer.
                        
                         GRUG
          Take us to Tomorrow.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 2925 - TO TOMORROW
                        
                        
         EXT. EDGE OF THE WORLD - EARLY EVENING.
                        
         ON THE CROODS
                        
         RUSHING up the gun-sight into the bright rays of the sun.
                        
                         GUY
          Hurry! Come on. We're gonna make it!
                        
         When the Croods rush toward "Tomorrow," it is a golden,
         ethereal image created by a perfect alignment of sun,
         clouds, and mountain. From the Croods POV it looks as if
         they can cross a solid bridge of clouds and climb onto a
         waiting sun.
                        
                         EEP
          You were right.
                        
                         GUY
          There it is. The sun. We can do it! We
          can ride it to Tomorrow.
                        
         Even Grug is taken with the sight - it's there after all.
                        
         The Croods stare at the open meadow across from them.
         Tremors violently SHAKE the ground.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          Run!
                        
         When the rift OPENS in front of them, the hot gasses and
         blasts of hot ash BURST the clouds from beneath. The
         debris shades the sun, revealing a very Earthly landscape
         beyond.
                        
         From the Croods perspective, Tomorrow vanished before
         their eyes.
         81.
                        
                        
         A SHOCKWAVE knocks a large chunk of rock off the edge the
         Croods are standing on blowing them backwards.
                        
                         GUY (CONT'D)
          I don't understand. The sun was right
          here. It was right here.
                        
         KABOOM! A gargantuan jet of ash STABS at the sky. Ugga
         PULLS the Croods away from the ledge. She herds them
         back toward the gunsight.
                        
                         UGGA
          We have to go back to the cave. Hurry,
          hurry, stay together. Let's keep moving.
          Move, move! Everybody hold my hand.
          Thunk let's go. Go! Let's stay
          together.
                        
         But Grug doesn't join them. Instead, Grug takes a step
         TOWARD the precipice, peering into the curtain of ash as
         if trying to burn a hole straight through it.
                        
                         UGGA (CONT'D)
          Grug? What's wrong with you? Grug we'll
          die if we stay here!
                        
         Grug spies a wispy shaft of light STRUGGLING through the
         ash cloud. He HOLDS UP his hand to feel it. A beam of
         light settles on his palm. Grug is ENLIGHTENED.
                        
                         UGGA (CONT'D)
          (softly to Grug)
          Grug. Listen to me. We've gotta get
          back to that cave.
                        
         Grug looks back at his family - huddled, terrified. The
         picture of what he would have wanted in the beginning.
         The sight bothers him.
                        
         Grug TURNS to face them.
                        
                         GRUG
          No more dark. No more hiding. No more
          caves.
                        
                        BEAT
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          What's the point of all this?
                        
                        BEAT
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          To follow the light.
         82.
                        
                        
         A smile breaks across Eep's face - her dad has answered
         the question.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          I can't change. I don't have ideas. But
          I have my strength. And right now that's
          all you need.
                        
                         UGGA
          No. We don't know what's over there.
          Maybe nothing. It's too risky.
                        
                         GRUG
          It's a chance.
                        
         Belt wipes a tear off his face.
                        
                         GUY
          I'll take that chance.
                        
         Grug LIFTS Guy above his head.
                        
                         GRUG
          You know, I've wanted to throw you away
          ever since I met you.
                        
                         GUY
          Heh. That's a joke, right?
                        
                         GRUG
          What's a joke?
                        
         Grug's comment freaks Guy out. ANOTHER ANGLE shows Grug
         with a twinkle in his eye.
                        
         Belt puts on his helmet for safety.
         With a titanic effort, he HURLS Guy in to the void.
                        
         The Croods wait an eternity. Then - a HORN SOUNDS.
                        
                         UGGA
          He made it... He made it...
                        
                         GRUG
          Okay, Thunk. Your turn.
                        
                         THUNK
          You're not coming, are you?
                        
                         GRUG
          When you make it, so will I.
                        
         Grug HURLS Thunk.
         83.
                        
                        
         Ugga KISSES Grug. She whispers in his ear.
                        
                         UGGA
          You did good.
                        
                         SANDY
          Daddy.
                        
         Grug wipes a tear from Ugga's eye. Then lifts her above
         his head. He HURLS her across.
                        
                         GRUG
          Gran.
                        
         Gran is next in line.
                        
                         GRAN
          No mush, just throw me.
                        
         Grug LIFTS her above his head.
                        
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          Wait. You surprised me today. Lunkhead.
                        
         Grug SMILES and throws her next.
                        
                         GRAN (CONT'D)
          (landing on the other side)
          Still alive!!!
                        
         Another TREMBLER. MORE cliff FALLS away. Now the
         distance is even greater.
                        
         Eep is next in line.
                        
                         GRUG
          Time to go.
                        
                         EEP
          No. I have too much to say to you. I
          need to fix everything and I don't have
          time.
                        
                         GRUG
          I can fix it.
                        
         Grug embraces Eep.
                        
                         EEP
          This works good. What do you call it?
                        
                         GRUG
          I was thinking of calling it a Hug.
          (clears his throat)
                         (MORE)
         84.
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Because it rhymes with Grug. But you can
          change it if you want.
                        
                         EEP
          No. I like a "Hug."
                        
         A BEAT.
                        
                         GRUG
          I love you.
                        
         Eep takes in the full effect of her dad's words.
                        
                         EEP
          I...
                        
         The ground begins to shake and break apart around them.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Dad, I'm scared.
                        
                         GRUG
          Never be afraid.
                        
         The gap grows wider. Grug lifts Eep and makes the
         greatest throw of his life.
                        
         The tumult parts briefly. Grug can see his entire family
         safe on the other side. He waves a last goodbye. To his
         surprise, a shaft of sunlight has settled on his open
         hand.
                        
                         GUY
          There. I see him!
                        
         The family waves to Grug to let him know they are okay.
                         CUT TO:
                        
         SEQ. 2750 - FAMILY PORTRAIT
                        
                        
         EXT. CLIFFSIDE
                        
         Grug is startled by another earthquake. The ground is
         ripping itself apart as meteors begin to fall around him.
         Grug dodges falling debris and lighting and manages to
         crawl into a nearby cave-- a familiar place for him.
         85.
                        
                        
         INT. CAVE
                        
         Grug grabs two pieces of flint and starts clicking them
         together, just as Guy did earlier. They ignite. Grug
         has created his very first fire.
                        
                         GRUG
                         (PLEASED)
          Hey, I did it.
                        
         Another earthquake shakes the cavern. Grug moves over to
         a wall and uses some nearby mud to paint a portrait of
         his family. He paints each member individually and then
         looks longingly at the family he will never see again.
                        
         The torch begins to go out. Grug blows on it and is
         startled by the massive Macawnivore beast, growling at
         him.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Ahhhh! Back! Stay back! Stay back!
                        
         The Macawnivore blows out the torch. Another meteor hits
         the cave with a loud boom! The Macawnivore stops growling
         and starts blowing on the torch along with Grug. It is
         just as frightened as Grug. Grug reaches out and pets
         the now gentle carnivorous beast.
                        
                        
                        
         INT. CAVE
                        
         Grug and the Macawnivore huddle together in a prehistoric
         armistice. When suddenly, Grug hears the dim tone of
         Eep's "shell signal." He rushes to the entrance to the
         cave. He surveys the raging CATACLYSM outside the cave
         as the world is being torn asunder.
                        
         He hears the SHELL ALARM blow TWO MORE TIMES. His family
         is in trouble.
                        
                         GRUG
          They're in trouble. Hang on! I'm
          coming.
                        
         The scale of his problem sinks in.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          How do I get across? Gotta think. What
          would Guy do? What would Guy do?
                        
         Something occurs to Grug.
         86.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          What would I do?
                        
         He absent-mindedly hands the torch to the Macawnivore.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hold this.
                        
         Grug CLOSES HIS EYES, and CONCENTRATES.
                        
         The ember of a thought FLICKERS TO LIFE in Grug's brain.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          I... have... an... IDEA!
                        
                         MACAWNIVORE
          Erm?
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 2975 - GRUG CROSSES THE DIVIDE
                        
                        
         EXT. FIELD
                        
         Grug uses a log to wipe tar all over a giant rib cage.
         Grug runs out of the cave and into a nearby field and
         startles a pack of nesting PIRANHA OWLS. He turns back
         to the Macawnivore.
                        
         The meat-eating birds begin to chase Grug.
                        
                         GRUG
          Run!
         Grug leaps onto the Macawnivore's back as the birds move
         in closer. The ground begins to break up violently as
         lakes empty themselves and entire forests turn sideways.
                        
         The Macawnivore rushes into a giant rib cage that Grug
         has coated with tar. The Piranha Owls hit the rib cage
         and stick to it. As they fight to free themselves, the
         rib cage lifts off the ground. Grug takes a giant tree
         branch, ignites it, and uses it as a rudder, scaring the
         Piranha Owls and prompting them to fly in one coherent
         direction.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Yes!
                        
         As the cage flies, above the fiery landscape, Grug sees
         Douglas, sitting forlornly with the shell still in his
         mouth.
         87.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Douglas?
                        
         Grug doesn't even debate it, he runs back for the little
         monstrosity.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hey, I know that guy.
                        
         Grug JUMPS out of the cage and rushes over to grab the
         gerbils. Then Grug notices a familiar Liyote hiding
         under a nearby rock. He GRABS the Liyote. Grug sees the
         TRIP-GERBILS stranded as well. Grug TWIRLS the Trip-
         Gerbils around his neck like a scarf.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Get up!
                        
         A ROAR BUILDS behind Grug - the pyroclastic flow is
         SPEEDING closer.
                        
         Grug CATCHES UP to the lumbering blimp-cage. He PUSHES
         it to go faster.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Hold on.
                        
         The pyroclastic cloud BLASTS up the narrow passage.
         Finally, with Grug's strength, the cage CLEARS the edge
         of the cliff.
                        
         The CLOUD HITS them all, SWALLOWING the Cage like a
         speck.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         SQ 3000 REUNITED - 05.16.2012
                        
                        
         EXT. "TOMORROW"
                        
                        ON EEP
                        
         Standing at the edge of the cliff alone, BLOWING her
         shell horn. Behind her, Sandy HOWLS. Gran puts a
         comforting arm around her grandchildren, even she has a
         tear in her eye.
                        
         The ground begins to shake softly.
                        
                         GUY
          It's not safe here.
         88.
                        
                        
                         GRAN
          I'll tell her.
                        
         Gran walks up to Eep. Eep continues to blow her shell
         horn. Eep and Gran share a moment. Eep breaks into tears.
         Gran looks at her shell horn and BLOWS it loudly. Eep is
         happily surprised.
                        
         The whole family, even Guy, steps up next to Eep and
         begins BLOWING their shell horns.
                        
         It's clear from Eep's expression she has no intention of
         budging.
                        
                         EEP
          I never got to tell him.
                        
         Ugga appeals to Eep.
                        
                         UGGA
          Eep, if your Dad were here, he would tell
                         YOU TO--
                        
          GRUG (O.S.)
          GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
                        
                         THUNK
          Wow, you sound just like him.
                        
         Ugga looks up. Guy LOOKS UP. Everyone looks up!
                        
          GRUG (O.S.)
          GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!
                        
                         SANDY
          Daddy!
                         EEP
          He did it!
                        
                         GUY
          He's riding the Sun... but not very well.
          Everybody out of the way!
                        
         Grug CRASHES near the family. They run to meet him.
                        
                         THUNK
          Dad!
                        
                         UGGA
          Grug!
         89.
                        
                        
                         GRUG
          Ahhh! Where's the danger? Who blew their
          shell?
                        
         But all Grug sees is his astonished family staring back
         at him.
                        
         Eep RUNS to him, HUGS him ferociously, nearly knocking
         him down.
                        
                         EEP
          I love you too.
                        
         The rest of the Croods begin running to Grug. Grug hugs
         each of them like never before.
                        
                         GRUG
          One, two, three, four, five, six...
                        
         Grug puts his arm around Guy.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          ... and seven.
                        
         Belt wants to be acknowledged as well.
                        
                         BELT
          Eerrghh.
                        
                         GRUG
          And a half.
                        
         All the animals join in hugging Grug.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          And eight, and nine.
         Douglas runs up and licks Thunk.
                        
                         THUNK
          Douglas! Dad you saved him!
                        
                         GRUG
          Well, a boys gotta have a pet.
                        
         Suddenly the group rises up as the Macawnivore stands
         near them.
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Turns out, I'm a cat person.
                        
         Grug notices a TAIL sticking out of Chunky's mouth.
         90.
                        
                        
                         GRUG (CONT'D)
          Uh! No.
                        
         Chunky SPITS OUT the TRIP-GERBILS. He GRINS sheepishly.
         The TRIP-GERBILS run to Gran knocking her over in their
         excitement.
                        
                         EEP
          You really need to see this.
                        
         The whole family takes this amazing view in then looks to
         Grug for his decision.
                        
                         GRUG
          We should go there.
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
                        
         SEQ. 3500 - EPILOGUE
                        
         RUSHING TOWARD A SHORELINE covered in dense palms, gentle
         waves lapping at the sand.
                        
         On Eep, fixing her hair. We PULL OUT to see the whole
         family preparing for a family photo.
                        
          EEP (V.O.)
          This is me. My name's Eep. And this, is
          my family. The Croods. If you weren't
          clued in by the sun tans and pets, we're
          not exactly cavemen anymore.
                        
         Grug has a wonderful picture making contraption they are
         about to experience. The slab of rock smacks them all in
         the face leaving the first family photo.
                         THUNK
          Let's do that again. I think I blinked.
                        
         BACK TO THE SHORELINE, RUSHING ever closer to the beach.
                        
                         EEP
          Our world is still plenty harsh and
          hostile. But now we know the Croods will
          make it.
                        
         ON BELT riding on the back of the Crocopup, delivering a
         drink to Gran, PULL OUT to reveal she is in a sled,
         hitched to a team of Liyotes. The liyotes are tending to
         her. Gran sips her drink.
         91.
                        
                        
                         EEP(CONT'D)
          Because we changed the rules. The ones
          that kept us in the dark.
                        
         On Ugga sharpening a spear. The Macawnivore comes in to
         frame with Grug riding on top. Ugga tosses him the spear.
         Eep, flips from out of the trees. She blows her horn to
         call Guy and the BearOwl for a ride.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          And because of my dad, who taught us that
          anyone can change...
                        
         The Macawnivore LEAPS through the trees onto a broad,
         beautiful beach with Grug and Ugga atop.
                        
                         GRUG
          Release the baby!
                        
                         EEP
          Well, sort of.
                        
         Thunk breaks through the trees riding a LANDWHALE. Sandy
         and Belt are riding the Crocopup. Eep and Guy are riding
         the BearOwl.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          So from now on we'll stay out here.
                        
         The first camera picks them up as it reaches the beach.
         It FOLLOWS the Croods as they TURN and ride toward a
         sunrise.
                        
                         EEP (CONT'D)
          Where we can follow the light.
         FLARE TO WHITE
                        
                        BEAT
                        
         Belt and Sandy poke their heads up at the base of the
         screen.
                        
                         BELT/SANDY
          Da da daaaaaaaaaaa.