Croodaceous Inventions ~Croods #GIVEAWAY

My boys are always inventing things. Whether it be a new clubhouse out of the latest furniture box or a rocket from the toilet paper roll they just emptied. I love their creativity and laugh every time they explain how and why they came up with their latest invention. Let’s face it, without the creative skills developed as a child, our world would be a boring place.

Although I have yet to see this movie, I’m extremely excited to purchase it when it is released on October 1st to Blueray and DVD (Digital HD was released September 15th).


Here are some Croodaceous Inventions to get you in right frame of mind for the movie.

In the beginning, Grug is suspicious of Guy’s weird ideas and does not want the family to listen to his advice. Eventually, Grug starts coming up with a ton of great inventions himself! Take a look below at five of the croodaceous inventions and when and where they really became a part of our lives.

1. The photograph

During their journey, Grug has the fantastic idea of leaving your mark behind with a snapshot. The first photograph was taken in the early 1820s.  A French man named Joseph Nicephore Niépce used a camera obscura to create an image of an engraving. The process was very complicated and took eight hours of exposure to light to create the photograph.

2. Shoes

After putting on her first pair of boots, Eep enthusiastically exclaimed, “I love them!” Who can blame her? Imagine a life having to walk around without shoes on a daily basis. Though Guy comes up with the idea in The Croods, the original shoe dates back to approximately 7,000 or 8,000 BC. Originally, most shoes were in the style of a sandal and could be created from whatever material was available to the people (such as cow hide).

3. Sunglasses

Grug’s original shades were certainly stylish and would definitely protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, but
they were a little impractical because you could not see through them.  In the prehistoric era, Inuit people created ivory goggles to protect their eyes from the sun with narrow slits for viewing. A man named James 2.Ayscough developed the original tinted lenses for glasses in the mid-eighteenth century.

4. The See-Saw

During Grug’s frenzy of inventions to try and impress his family, he created the see-saw, a fun game for children that is now often seen in parks and playgrounds. Although it is not entirely known when the first see-saw was created and used, it is believed that the word originated in the 1600s and has been a staple of children’s playgrounds ever since.

5. The Umbrella

Guy helps protect Eep from the downpour with his own version of an umbrella, created with leaves and sticks in The Croods. Umbrellas or parasols can be seen in ancient sculptures and drawings. However, not everyone
was able to have their own umbrella during these times. For instance, in sculptures from Ninevah, the only person ever shown with a parasol is the monarch.


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My name is Jennifer, I'm 31 years old, married to my University sweetheart and I'm a working mother of 3. 1 Heart, 1 Family was born of my love of sharing parenting advice to my mommy friends.


  1. Lisa BBL

    I liked Turbo!

  2. Pam OLeary

    The Hedge is my favorite Dreamworks movie so far.

  3. shelley Hickey

    Kung Fu Panda

  4. Wayne Lecoy

    I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to win THE CROODS Blu-ray Combo Pack.
    In response to your question of
    Which Dreamworks Animation movie was your favourite?
    My favorite is Ice Age:Continental Drift.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!

  5. michelle tremblett

    We loved Turbo. My kids went around quoting that movie for months lol

  6. I’ve always liked the Shrek movies :) Thanks!

  7. Christy Martin

    I loved the Croods! I would love to win a copy!

  8. Erika E

    Kung Fu Panda is my favourite.

  9. Andrew P

    My favourite is Kung Fu Panda

  10. Julie G.

    I just love the Shrek movies, they make me smile.

  11. Courtney

    We loved Shrek

  12. Ronald O.

    I didn’t get the chance to see the Croods in theaters, but I would love to win a copy and be able to check it out! And Shrek is my favorite at this time. Thanks for having the giveaway!

  13. Anne Taylor

    Madagascar! thanks

  14. angela m

    I liked Shrek

  15. Darwin

    I like Kung Fu Panda

  16. Tammy Dalley

    My favorite is Turbo!

  17. Karine

    For me it will always be Shrek! Thanks for the giveaway

  18. Andrea Amy

    Love the Shrek movies 😀

  19. I don’t know! I love Madagascar, Rio and Ice Age!

  20. Karen C Hill

    There are lots considered faves but Cars is top (I’m not sure if it’s DreamWorks though, I don’t really pay attention)

  21. Lisa Neutel

    Loved the entire Shrek series

  22. Lisa Neutel

    Loved the entire Shrek series

  23. amy

    We have yet to see this movie but would love to win it! My fave movie is CARS…never gets old!

  24. Sheena

    Would Love to Win a copy of Croods. I took my kids and we really enjoyed it. Our favorite Animation movie with Dreamworks well kinda a tie between Monster University and Mega Mind.

  25. Vanessa Reid

    Its hard to choose one favorite but it would have to be a tie between How to train your dragon and Rise of the Guardians.

  26. Bailey Dexter

    My Fav would have to be Hedge

  27. natasha severson


  28. Nancy T

    We love the Shrek movies in our house.

  29. Teressa Bignell

    Happy Feet is my fav Dreamworks Animation Movie!

  30. Kim DeCoste

    All of the Shrek movies…still watching them

  31. Angela Mitchell

    We loved How to Train Your Dragon.


    Our favorite is Shrek

  33. Megan Parsons

    I love Tangled!

  34. Tabitha P

    I think How to Train Your Dragon has been one of my favorites!

  35. Karla Sceviour

    Finding Nemo,,loved it!

  36. G K

    Over the Hedge

  37. Cheryl (@loucheryl)

    Happy Feet!

  38. kim burnett

    Kung Fu Panda

  39. Aimee R

    I like Shrek :)

  40. Belinda McNabb

    loved all of the shrek movies

  41. Jessica To

    We liked Kung Fu Panda.

  42. Will G

    How to Train Your Dragon

  43. Jenn McClearn

    shrek was my favorite

  44. how does one choose? Love all of them! We did see the croods in the theatre and hubby just mentioned he would LOVE to have it at home… so The croods. Or maybe shrek? or ice age….

  45. Kevin

    My favorite Dreamworks is probably Shrek.

  46. Wendy Pesce

    Shrek or Kung Fu Panda

  47. Tanis

    I love the Shrek movies!

  48. Julie Bolduc


  49. Daniel M

    shrek is our fav

  50. heidi C.

    I enjoyed the Madagascar series of films!

  51. Kim C

    Happy Feet was my favortie! loved all the songs on there.

  52. susanne mccarthy


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