The Creatures of The Croods
Picture: Fan Art - The Croods by Hoàng Thanh Huy
iamwhatiamme asked me if I had any thoughts about the creatures in The Croods. I promised a post about it and… well… here it is.
The Croods is a Dreamworks animation in an imaginary pre-historic setting. I am not commenting much about the film, I will just talk about the animal characters.
The sabre-tooth-like animal in the above amazing fan art is called a Macawnivore and, as the great majority of the animals in the film, it’s a a mixture of two other different animals. In this case, a macaw and a sabre tooth tiger. The other self-explaining combinations are the piranhakeet, the girelephant, the crocopup, the fishcat, the bear owl and the even more bizarre (cute for some…) bear pear.
You can see many of other characters in the official website:
The Croods - Official Website
Just follow the link to the Croodaceous Era. There is also a more complete wiki site with a list of Croodaceous Creatures.
The graphic design is really beautiful and well done, but I must say that this is not the first time I see this kind of idea.
To be fair, mixing two different animals or creatures is a time-honoured technique of creature development. Probably the most common. The Greek chimera is the most well-known example and lends its name even for the modern genetic hybrids of different living beings. The Chinese dragon is another interesting example. Although it is a dragon, it is formed by pieces of different animals too.
But such an explicit combination has been done before in the TV. For those who are old enough, you might remember Disney’s The Wuzzles.
I am not sure how much inspiration for the animals on The Croods comes from The Wuzzles, but that surely would invite at least one fan-art story explaining that the Wuzzles are the present evolution (not in the Pokemon sense…) of the creatures from the Croodaceos.
If you want to check by yourself, you can buy the movie here: The Croods.
If anyone knows some bad-ass fan art based on The Croods, like the one here, let me know. It deserves a photoset.
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