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Dawn of the Croods
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Genre Comedy
Adventure
Developed by Brendan Hay
Voices of
Theme music composer John Van Tongeren
Composer(s) Gabriel Mann
Rebecca Kneubuhl
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (140 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Brendan Hay
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) DreamWorks Animation Television
Distributor Netflix Steaming Services
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release December 24, 2015 (2015-12-24) – July 7, 2017 (2017-07-07)

Dawn of the Croods is an American 2D-animated streaming television series that is produced by DreamWorks Animation. The series is based on the 2013 animated film The Croods, taking place before the events of the film. It premiered on December 24, 2015, on Netflix. The second season premiered on August 26, 2016, third season on April 7, 2017, and fourth and final season on July 7, 2017. Sam Riegel was the voice director for the first two seasons, and Brendan Hay replaced him for the last two.

Plot

The adventures of the series takes place before the film, with Eep and the family having new friends, and facing off against new enemy creatures.

Cast

  • Dan Milano as Grug, Bud, Womp
  • Cree Summer as Ugga, Pat, Clip, Pup Howler
  • Stephanie Lemelin as Eep
  • A.J. Locascio as Thunk, Baitsy, Steve
  • Grey Griffin as Sandy, Lerk
  • Laraine Newman as Gran, One-Eyed Amber Mosh, Pram

Additional voices

  • Dee Bradley Baker as Bulk, Squawk, Bearowl, Creatures, Moler Bear, Mow, Earl, Old Man Root, Yelp
  • Dominic Catrambone as Sulk, Kevin, Fan, Night Mare, Ow the Dentist, Cave Teen, Bag, Guy
  • Jim Cummings as Little Mantrap
  • Ana Gasteyer as Meep Boor
  • Thomas Lennon as Crud, Munk
  • Chris Parnell as Snoot Boor

Episodes

List of Dawn of the Croods episodes

On July 9, 2017, executive producer Hay replied on Twitter to a question about whether fourth season would be the last season, saying that it "most likely" would be.

Production

In contrast to the computer-animated film, the series is 2D-animated. The series' creators wanted to make it more "cartoonish", but found doing "squash and stretch" in CG too expensive for television. Different animation technique also helped the series to stand out from the feature film, which was concurrently shown on Netflix. The first three episodes were animated in Toon Boom Harmony by Vancouver's Bardel Entertainment. DreamWorks soon found that Harmony was not the best fit for animating scenes that contained multiple characters at once. The rest of the episodes were traditionally hand-drawn by South Korean studios: EMation, NE4U, and Dong Woo Animation.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2016 Annie Award Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Jonathan Pyun, Aaron Spurgeon, Baptiste Lucas, Margaret Wuller and Ethan Becker (for "Garden of Eaten") Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Grey Griffin (for Lerk) Nominated
Laraine Newman (for Amber) Nominated
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