Short Circuits: 'Croods' on DVD, Quadrapod Clamp, Google Drive, 'Wii Fit U'

  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 4:29 PM
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Belt the sloth (Chris Sanders), Guy (Ryan Reynolds) and Eep (Emma Stone) in “The Croods.”

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‘Croods’ offers some prehistoric fun

Think of “The Croods” as the back story of “The Flintstones,” before that modern Stone Age family got modern.

Hunter-gatherers Grug Crood and his wife, Ugga, live in a dark, depressing cave. They’re raising their kids — Eep, Thunk and Sandy — as best they can, considering there’s no Internet. Driving the story forward is the character of Eep, a restless teen who chafes at her father’s dictum, “Never not be afraid.” Sneaking out of the cave one night, she encounters a more advanced adolescent who has discovered such conveniences as fire, shoes, pants and belts. He has discovered something else, too: The world as Eep knows it is coming to an end.

“The Croods” is light fare, but it explores a serious theme: the importance of cooperation — and the evolutionary advantage of altruism — in the formation of human society. “The Croods” is also just good, goofy fun.

The DVD and Blu-ray (DreamWorks, $30-$49) include deleted scenes and featurettes.

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Colin Covert says: Surprisingly clever, fast-paced but smart enough to pause for a touching family moment or two, “The Croods” is an evolutionary leap beyond the similarly themed “Ice Age” series.

 

Also out Tuesday

Movies: “Fright Night 2: New Blood,” “Frozen Ground,” “This Is the End.”

TV: “Beauty & the Beast” (Season 1), “Glee” (Season 4), “How I Met Your Mother” (Season 8), “New Girl” (Season 2), “North America.”

Blu-ray: “The Big Parade,” “From Here to Eternity,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Wizard of Oz” (75th anniversary, 3-D).

 

Gadget

Clamp makes picture-taking a snap

Keizus’ Quadrapod Clamp ($40; www.keizus.com) is described by the company as resembling a human body. To the rest of us it’s a versatile tripod (actually a “quadrapod,” because it has four legs) that turns, clamps and holds onto portable electronic gadgets including cameras, smartphones, GPS units and smaller tablets. It uses a rubber clamp to hold a picture-taking device and has double ball-jointed arms and legs to attach to a doorknob, fence post or other object. Once you have it in place, set the timer, run and get in the photo. You also can unscrew the clamp to reveal a standard camera tripod thread to attach devices more securely.

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