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Share your family’s questions about The Croods 2: A New Age and the prehistoric era with the film’s director Joel Crawford and a Natural History Museum curator - £200 voucher to be won

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CeriMumsnet · 25/06/2021 16:18

This Q&A is now closed for questions. Watch Joel Crawford and Dr Roula Pappa answer your questions on The Croods 2: A New Age and prehistoric life in the video below!

To celebrate the cinema release of The Crood’s 2: A New Age on 16 July, we are giving you the chance to have your questions about the prehistoric world that the Croods and the Bettermans live in answered by the film’s director Joel Crawford and Dr. Roula Pappa, Curator of Fossil Mammals at the Natural History Museum, in a panel hosted by children’s TV presenter, Maddie Moate.

Find out more about our panel below.

Joel Crawford
Joel Crawford is the director of The Croods 2: A New Age. He also directed the Trolls Holiday Special, which aired on NBC. Crawford joined DreamWorks Animation in 2006 and quickly became an integral story artist on Trolls, Shrek Ever After, Rise of the Guardians, and Kung Fu Panda 1, 2 & 3. He also served as a story artist on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water and Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Crawford is an alumnus of The California Institute of the Arts.

Dr Roula Pappa
Roula has over 15 years’ experience in the curation of fossil mammal collections. Since September 2015 she has been working as a curator in the Natural History Museum (NHM) and is responsible for Plio-Pleistocene fossil mammals (almost 200,000 items). Roula’s own research is on prehistoric bears and she is analysing teeth material to understand what these bears used to eat during Ice Age and how they respond to environmental changes.

Maddie Moate
Maddie Moate is a BAFTA-winning presenter and YouTuber, passionate about curiosity. She is the host of the TV series “Maddie's Do You Know?” and also the lockdown learning show Let's Go Live.

Here’s a synopsis of The Croods 2: A New Age: ‘This epic comedy-adventure from DreamWorks Animation, directed by Joel Crawford, sees the Croods face their biggest challenge of all: another family. When the Croods – the first prehistoric family- discover an idyllic walled-in paradise and a safer place to call home, they think their problems are solved...except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.

When the Bettermans take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions escalate between the cave family and the modern family. Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

Featuring the voice talent of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Peter Dinklage and Kelly Marie Tran, The Croods 2: A New Age is set to hit cinemas on 16 July.’

So, is your DC a budding paleontologist with a burning question about prehistoric life? Perhaps you and your children would like to find out more about how prehistoric animals and crazy creatures like Chunky the Death Cat or Punch Monkeys were imagined for the big screen, or how they came up with the ideas for the epic comedy adventure in The Croods 2: A New Age?

Whatever your questions, share them on this thread by midday 29 June. A selection of your questions will be put to Joel and Roula by Maddie via a panel interview, which will be posted on this thread on 12 July.

Everyone who shares a question on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one lucky Mumsnet user will win a £200 voucher for a store of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!

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hannahbjm · 25/06/2021 17:20

My children love the first Croods so they are very excited! My son would like to know if you are still discovering new prehistoric creatures from what you dig up?

lovemyflipflops · 25/06/2021 18:17

Did dinosaurs really have feathers and we just have not found enough evidence due to the decay or fossilisation process ?

ohdannyboy · 25/06/2021 18:26

If the age killed all of the dinosaurs - what happened to the woolly mammoths ? and why did they die out ? We saw one which was found frozen in ice for 100s of years and it looked really awesome.

Muddywoof · 25/06/2021 20:24

Do all animals have a common ancestor? Such as did spiders and birds and humans all come from the same fish that learnt to walk?

FreshBedding · 25/06/2021 20:31

My LO would love to know why Dinosaur's laid eggs?

FruityPolos · 25/06/2021 22:06

My 4 year old daughter is very excited for Croods 2 but after seeing the trailor a few weeks ago her main question is how did Eep get her peanut toe, which she has asked me several times! We are hoping to see the answer in the film but if not can Joel fill us in?!

Cotswoldmama · 25/06/2021 22:28

My boys have just watch the first Croods movie tonight! They would like some tips on the best places to hunt for fossils in the UK.

awonderfuladventure · 25/06/2021 22:57

How do you test the comedy value? Do you have lots of Focus groups?

ButterflyOfFreedom · 25/06/2021 23:16

My 8 year old wants to know how old the oldest fossil ever found is?

Downriver · 26/06/2021 00:13

I once heard tell of a talk about how imaging techniques now knew that dinosaurs were very highly coloured. Has there been any more work on that front? Changes everything.

SylviasMama · 26/06/2021 00:27

My two LOVE The Croods.

Are birds dinosaurs, or just descended from dinosaurs?

LittleDeeAndME · 26/06/2021 12:19

Could you actually find dinosaur DNA from fossils and genetically engineer a TRex ?

Thingsthatgo · 26/06/2021 13:15

My son, who is 9, would like to know, which species of dinosaur would make the best pet?

BristolMum96 · 26/06/2021 16:42

What is the smallest dinosaur? Everyone always thinks about the biggest ones!

goose1964 · 26/06/2021 19:27

My grandson, aged 4, wants to know why everyone assumes his favourite dinosaur is a t-rex? when it's a triceratops

Hopezibah · 26/06/2021 22:24

Question for Dr Roula Pappa - would love to know what ignited your passion for what you are doing now? What it a childhood dream or something else that sparked your curiosity into fossils, prehistoric creatures etc. And what do you love most about what you do?

Asuwere · 26/06/2021 23:37

We're really looking forward to this film :)

For Joel Crawford: when making a film like this, do you feel you should base it on some historic evidence or as it's not real, do you enjoy being as imaginative as possible?
Dr Roula Pappa: when you watch films like this, do you enjoy them for what they are or do you get annoyed about the in accuracies?

Dizzywizz · 27/06/2021 07:05

My son would like to know if you think anyone will ever bring dinosaurs back to life?

BishBashBoshBush · 27/06/2021 07:56

My daughter (5yrs) would like to know if we've discovered ALL the dinosaurs yet, or if there are more out there for (her) to discover and name after herself.

gildalily · 27/06/2021 08:00

I'm interested to know how you can work out what colours dinosaurs might have been and what sounds they might have made? I understand that bones can give an indication of shape and size but colour and sound, how? Fascinates me.

maisietoo · 27/06/2021 09:33

Is there any evidence of a 'pandemic' in prehistoric history? Could you or would you write this in to a future script?

mayflower21 · 27/06/2021 10:55

Which dinosaur had the biggest brain?

EvilHerbivore · 27/06/2021 11:08

My two want to know if we'll ever have dinosaurs again?

Olinguito · 27/06/2021 11:25

What came first, the dinosaur or the egg?

UpOnDown · 27/06/2021 15:52

What is the largest prehistoric animal?

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