When my daughter saw the first preview of The Croods (released on DVD this week), she laughed out loud, and couldn’t wait to see it. I felt decidedly less enthusiastic (although not quite as unenthusiastic as I felt about the Smurfs movie, thanks to trauma from babysitting back in the '80s). But I knew the movie would be filled with a bevy of wildly inaccurate elements that would make my took-a-lot-of-anthropology-courses self cringe.
Eep, the main character of the movie, is a tallish, thin, light-skinned, and light-eyed girl who longs to break away from her father’s rules. She’s quite hilarious and strong, which I love, but in reality, studies show only about 1 percent of Neanderthals had reddish hair and light eyes — a Neanderthal who lived in an arid and/or warm climate would most likely have been short and stocky with dark skin and eyes – and possibly covered with far more fur or hair than humans have today. My daughter thought this was hilarious, particularly the hairy part.