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This is a simple yet entertaining film that children, along with
parents will all enjoy. This film is set back 20,000 years ago where
three eccentric characters team up for an unexpected adventure. This is
a story about Manfred (Ray Romano), a woolly mammoth, Diego (Denis
Leary), a saber tooth tiger, and Sid (John Leguizame), a sloth. These
three cross paths as Manfred the sad and lonely mammoth decides not to
migrate south with the rest of the animals where he runs into the
stuttering and fast-talking Sid the sloth. As also seen in the movie
Shrek, Sid becomes a follower of the loner. The two together run into a
lost child. To Sid and Manfred he is a lost child but to Diego the
child is prey. Diego was ordered to bring this child back to his pack
as the pack sought revenge on the humans. Diego deceptively offers help
in returning the child back to his family and their journey begins
across mountains of ice. This awkward combination of characters brings
humor and comedy to the screen. Not to forget one of the most humorous
and speechless characters alone, Scrat, a half squirrel, half rat that
has set out on a mission of his own. In doing so, each character learns
to work together and eventually become friends. Their differing
personalities mixed together provide for a mission full of laughs and
giggles. This films simplicity allows watchers to just sit down and be
The voices of all the characters were impeccable. From the stutter of Sid to the grave tone of Diego. These animated voices brought these characters to life and provided personality. This personality contributed to the adventures of this team's journey.
This film reaches out to children as well as the adults. The simplicity of the film plot allows for children to easily follow these lively characters throughout their journey. This film also shows depth as it looks brings details to the characters. From the beginning of the film Manfred was seen only as a loner deciding to travel north alone. His character was expanded with reasoning as he viewed the art within the cave. This brought great continuity to the film as each of the characters brought their contributions to the team. Ice age was simple and entertaining enough for children pleasure and added enough depth and emotions for adult interests. Entertainment for the whole family!
Pretty good film if you ask me. The majority of movies with prehistoric
creatures were commonly dinosaurs. But what about mammals?
Neanderthal Man, Austrolopithicus, Saber-Toothed Tiger and of course Wooly Mammoth. Werethe only well known ones that roamed the screen. This film introduces us to lesser known mammals that prehistoric animal fans (like me) heard and read about, like the freaky Macrauchenia, the short rotund Moeritherium, the armadillo ancestor Glyptodon and a pair of tough Borntotheriums. Now this film is as funny as SHREK, the first part is copying SHREK, except the rest of the film involves bringing a Baby Neanderthal back to it's family. It mixes drama with action and comedy, but all the comedy dominates the movie. This film was nominated for an Oscar and it deserved to be nominated (because of SPIRITED AWAY).
Alland all, this is a good movie and it was a box-office smash! I liked it. I saw it's sequel (comment coming soon) and I can't wait to see the second sequel.
I highly recommend it.
Rated PG for mild peril.
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Marvellous animation, a good story and fun characters all add up to
make "Ice Age" one of the better "kids" movies I've seen. The story -
set during the Ice Age - revolves around a giant sloth named Sid who
stumbles across a human baby, and decides that the baby should be
returned to its family. He enlists the reluctant help of Manfred the
Woolly Mammoth, and the duo then first do battle with Diego the
Sabre-Toothed Cat, who wants to capture the baby, and then, through a
series of adventures, manage to turn Diego into a somewhat surprising
and surprised ally.
Sid is clearly the highlight of the movie. He provides most of the action and most of the fun - a giant sloth who just can't keep still or keep quiet. And yet, for all the humour Sid injects, I appreciated that there were some serious plot elements in the movie as well. The trio stumble upon some cave paintings as they seek out the baby's human family, and a painting of a mammoth family obviously makes Manfred remember his own family, who were apparently hunted down and killed by humans. This also helps to explain Manfred's rather gruff exterior, and penchant for aloofness. Diego's apparent death scene near the end of the movie also injects a dramatic feel, although, on that note, I question the decision to bring Diego back at the end of the movie. His "death" was a poignant moment, and made the point forcefully of what we should be willing to sacrifice for our friends. Since Disney killed off Bambi's mom, it seems that animated children's stories have wanted to avoid the reality of death. Having said that, the combination of the three (or four, if you count the human baby) points out that families come in many different shapes - "it's what herds do" is the repeated mantra as Sid, Manfred and Diego (as unlikely a herd as you could imagine) find themselves coming to each other's rescue over and over again as the story progresses.
There's some great satirical material here: as the trio trudge southward to escape the ice, Sid reflects wistfully that some global warming would be great, and I appreciated the irony of the fact (as was pointed out by one of the characters) that, in this movie, animals could talk and humans couldn't! The portrayal of the dodo birds was also quite hilarious.
All in all, this is an extremely well done family movie. 8/10
A very enjoyable animated feature, whose plot is loosely based on 1948's classic western from John Ford Three Godfathers. Set during (of course) the last Ice Age, the story has a mammoth called Manny, an annoying sloth named Sid and a duplicitous saber tiger called Diego finding a dying human mother along with her baby. They decide to return the infant to their tribe, against all odds, and facing a series of predators (especially saber tigers, who count on Diego on helping them on the inside). Punctuating the plot, a squirrel tries to save an acorn in a series of very funny vignettes. And a running joke is that the only species that do not talk during the movie are human beings. Unfortunately, the graphics are a bit below standard (they are no match for Pixar's works). The sequel has better graphics but a far less interesting plot (though it has a very funny final scene).
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Ice Age marked the debut of Blue Sky Studios, another player in the
arena of computer animation. Pixar remain the undisputed kings of the
field. Just about every film they turn out is an absolute delight. And
even less received films like Cars and Ratatouille have that magic
I'm not sure if Blue Sky are what you would call a truly great studio. Their films are amiable enough to make them instantly likable, but they somehow lack the shrewd intelligence of a Pixar film. Still, judging from Ice Age, Blue Sky have the potential to go onto a very promising future. If not a great one.
Set 20'000 years ago, animals are on the move to find warmer climates now the Ice Age has set in. Sid the Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo), ditched by his migrating family, gets on the wrong side of a couple of hot-headed rhinos. But he's saved (reluctantly) by Manfred, the Great Wooly Mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano).
Latching onto Manfred, Sid comes across a baby human. His tribe were attacked by a pack of sabre-toothed tigers, and his mother managed to get him to safety before she died. Sid takes it upon himself to return the little tyke to his people, with Manny's help of course. But they have to contend with Diego the Sabre-Tooth (voiced by Denis Leary), who says he's out to help when really he's leading them into an ambush.
Ice Age, although a reasonable box-office hit, could have brought in more money if it had opened in cinemas before the likes of Monsters Inc and Shrek. Because when you're watching Ice Age, its impossible not to think of those two films. Manny is the sullen giant saddled with Sid's annoying chatterbox...Shrek & Donkey. And the baby often reminds you of Boo, in the care of Sully and Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.
But to say Ice Age is predictable is to shortchange its virtues. Because although its a rather slim film plotwise, it has surprising depths and unexpected charms.
Manny, Diego and Sid are all quite well written. Granted they tend to seem a little generic. Manny's the loner who gradually thaws. Sid's the annoying sidekick who provides comic relief. And Diego's the unknown variable faced with a moral dilemma. But they're all voiced well by the actors, imbuing each character with a separate identity.
Especially impressive is Denis Leary, who plays it totally straight for once. He never launches into the rapid, manic monologues that he seems to enjoy. He almost makes Diego seem dignified. And its an appealing moral dilemma the writers have laid at his feet.
Half of Diego's pack were wiped out by human hunters. And he's supposed to bring this baby back to the people who slaughtered his own. The rest of Diego's pack are interested in settling the score, by feasting on Junior, so Diego is supposed to deliver him to them. Quite an interesting problem isn't it? And Leary rises to the challenge admirably.
Ray Romano and John Leguizamo are both on good form. But its really Denis Leary who shines. He totally convinces you of Diego's struggle. Whether or not he should give in to his instincts. Or rise above them for the greater good. Its a great piece of characterisation. Madagascar tried the same thing. To much lesser effect.
From the way I've described the film, you'd think it was a dramatic endeavour solely. But there are plenty of laughs to be had. Particularly appealing, and something that was a common staple of the trailers are the sidesplitting adventures of a squirrel trying to bury his beloved acorn. But because the ground is frozen solid, he can't achieve this one simple task.
Everything he does to bury the damned thing sets off avalanches, earthquakes, lightning strikes, you name it. The scenes with Scrat the Squirrel are actually the funniest thing about the film. What I especially liked is they're told in complete silence. Scrat never talks, but he has an endless supply of squeaks, grunts and exasperated facial expressions on his neverending quest to bury that acorn. He arguably goes through more trials and tribulations than our trio.
The filmmakers include obstacles for Manny, Diego and Sid to circumvent. A common theme for this type of film. The trip through the ice tunnels is a hair raiser. As is our heroes encounter with a lava flow. And in between the action, there's a quite poignant scene where through a cave painting, Manny relives the extinction of his herd. Its a scene where the film holds still for a few minutes, and allows you to feel Manny's pain.
One thing I thought was an especially nice touch is the film's depiction of humans. They don't talk. Probably because they haven't mastered the mysteries of the human language yet. And in a neat twist, its perfectly natural to see an animal talk instead of a human. Its nice to see a film finding the time to take something like that into account.
Also, Ice Age is mercifully free of film references and smart-ass hip colloquialisms. Things that have sunk many an animated film. DreamWorks is a particularly guilty offender. Blue Sky have no desire to distract us with adornments like that, because they're clever enough to know the drama is a strong enough hook to bring in the audience. And they're right.
Ice Age is visually appealing, even if it doesn't have the razzle-dazzle of a Pixar film, but the characters dilemmas are really quite enough to draw us in. It may seem like an animated version of Three Men and a Baby, but its much deeper than that (and much better too!). Surprisingly forthright (the death of the baby's mother). Funny at a lot of the right moments. And its charming and heartwarming. Great theme from David Newman too.
Twentieth Century Fox hasn't had the best of luck with animated movies
-"FernGully: The Last Rainforest" is best forgotten, "The Pagemaster" was
patchy, "Anastacia" wasn't bad but was unmemorable, and "Titan A.E." was a
misfire (in addition to helping shut down Fox Animation Studios). "Ice Age"
finally delivers the goods through Blue Sky.
This is well animated than Walt Disney Pictures's own prehistoric trek "Dinosaur" but a better movie all told, because it has characters on its side - a sloth and mammoth trailing behind in the annual migration to get away from the winter discover a human baby (given to them by his mother, who dies in escaping a tiger attack) and take it on themselves to return the child to his people before the snow sets in and closes the only route available. If dave-hart is reading this, the reason they're joined by a sabretooth tiger called Diego is that he's been sent by the leader of his group to get the baby from Sid the sloth and Manfred the mammoth ("I see - can't have kids of your own, so you want to adopt") and bring him back, so that his revenge can be complete; the tigers attacked the humans because the baby's father hunted the tigers. As Mrs Loman put it, "Attention must be paid."
The storyline won't win any awards for originality, but the movie has plenty of points of interest (the mute human characters - "You know humans can't talk!" - in accordance with the true first settlers of America, have distinctly Native American looks), and enough humour and genuine appeal to win over most viewers; the flock of survivalist dodos preparing for the imminent Ice Age are my favourites among the subsidary characters, but the three main characters all get to share the spotlight. As the one who's the most nebbishy, Sid could have been truly annoying, but he stays the right side of amusing throughout (kudos to the writers and John Leguizamo); Manfred is good enough to suggest another look at "Everybody Loves Raymond" may be in order, and as for Denis Leary as Diego... well, when is he NOT worth the time?
It is a bit predictable, and it's not Pixar admittedly, but it's not as self-satisfied as DreamWorks either; it's just a movie. But it's a good one - entertaining from the running joke of Scrat and his nut to the final scene. "Ice Age" is the best prehistoric cartoon since "The First Bad Man," though not quite up to Tex Avery level... but then again, what is?
And please note the absence of dinosaurs (and singing). Already this is more accurate than some live-action movies.
While I loved this movie, the trailers that circulated the internet the
before it hit theaters set my expectations a bit high.
I own the DVD, so don't get me wrong, I am not saying don't watch it or even buy it! It's just that I still think the first scene was the best, and nothing throughout the entire movie ever topped it.
Don't get me wrong this is a good movie but it was also a bit preachy. These
two pigs are using dandelions to make their salad but a left behind squirrel
named Sid ruins their salad so the pigs are after him. But a mammal named
Manfred saves Sid after Manfred saved him Sid gave him a nickname Manny.
Manfred wanted to be left alone. Then a tiger named Diego is forced to get
his sabre-toothed tiger friends a woman's baby. Then the tigers discover
that Diego lost the baby. So the leader of the tigers has them tell Diego
either he finds the baby or he'll kill him. So Diego becomes part of
Manfred's colony. At first Manfred is nice to them. But when they enter a
cave and light a fire compliments of Sid they discover that Diego was going
to bring Manfred and Sid to the tigers for dinner. But when Diego decides to
save Diego the tigers get mad.
I loved this movie! The humor was wonderful, I laughed myself silly! Scrat
was the best! Definitely better than Monsters Inc in my
For the person who noted earlier that this movie was not scientifically accurate, I can only say get a life! It's a movie meant for entertainment, not a documentary! Maybe they thought it would be a sequel to "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts."
If you love cartoons, especially computer-toons, this should be on your to-get list. The animation is wonderful, and if your a fan of Denis Leary, Ray Romano or Jon Leguizamo, you'll definitely enjoy their antics.
It's short. Just over an hour. This means very little happens, and so a
seemingly short and contrived story ensues. This doesn't mean to say it's
lacking anything, i happily watched it and the time flew by. A sign of a
good film; i never lost interest once!
You dont really get characterisation, and are left wondering about the protagonists who seemingly act according to nothing, other than the writers whim. Somewhat sceptical, but altogether true. We find out little other than characeteurs.
Perhaps in 'childrens films' we should expect little else of an underlying plot; but who takes these kids to these films? Should i be as naive to say that children wouldnt appreciate or understand such things anyway? I very much doubt i could. So why don't we have this? A simple explanation would be time.
All in all, the film is good. A great fantasy world is created, and all done through the miracle of computer-graphics and great animators. Show your kids, they wont be horrified, and ... despite this ultra-white enironment, no blood! Yay!
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