ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY The Croods★★★ PREMIERE4.45-6.10pm BBC1
A computer animation on a sometimes awe-inspiring scale from DreamWorks, The Croods plays fast and loose with prehistory – but that never harmed the Ice Age series. It centres on a family of cavepeople who find that the end of the world opens up a new dawn of possibilities – and dangers. Overprotective dad Grug (Nicolas Cage) thinks the clan – including mum (Catherine Keener), scary Gran (Cloris Leachman) and the surprisingly modern teenage daughter (Emma Stone, who sassily narrates the prologue, “Welcome to my world…”) – should stay in the cave. But after an earthquake destroys it, a hip nomad (Ryan Reynolds) leads them across foreign, Avatar-like terrain to a new place to dwell. The animation is exceptional, with roving camera and spectacle aplenty; the fire and volcanic explosions are out of this world. The creatures, especially a giant sabre-toothed cat, are colourful and inventive, and the message – you only live once! – is sound enough.