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The two sea reptiles that chase the Herd throughout the film are named Cretaceous and Maelstrom: Cretaceous, an ichthyosaur, is the purple crocodilian, while Maelstrom, the stout green reptile, is a pliosaur. There was initially going to be a third predator, who appeared in some early designs as a small axolotl-like creature, but it was cut out. The back story for the villains is that they were frozen millions of years ago and kept in suspended movement.
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Originally this film was set for a November 2005 release but was moved to March 2006, due to the events of Hurricane Katrina.
Animation took a relatively speedy eight months.
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The flashback in the movie was originally going to focus on Manny's conflict with his first family. However, Queen Latifah pitched the idea of the flashback in the film to center more on Ellie's origins.
As an additional marketing ploy a special "anti-cell" spot was created with Sid complaining to the audience about a ringing cellular phone. The same was done for Brother Bear (2003), Robots (2005) and I, Robot (2004).
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The farting ground sloth bigger than Sid might be a Megatherium, the largest ever ground sloth being the size of an elephant.
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The vultures in the film are Teratornis, prehistoric vultures that had 12 foot wingspans.
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Surprisingly, animals similar to the horned beavers did exist. Ceratogaulus was a horned rodent, with the horns likely used for defence. However, it was not closely related to beavers, belonging to a separate and now-extinct family, and lacked the large, flat tail which it has in the movie. It more closely resembled a marmot or gopher.
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Improvements in fur simulation made since the first film required subtle changes in the original character models. Sid, in particular, look fatter with the more natural fur.
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In designing Crash and Eddie, Peter de Sève looked up other small mammals, among them prairie dogs and meerkats.
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Some of the Scrat sequences (e.g., the fight with the piranha, the encounter with the baby bird) were originally conceived for the opening sequence of this film, but were cut for time.
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The piranhas in the film might be a school of Megapiranha, a real prehistoric species that grew a meter (3.3 feet) in length.
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The flightless bird mom carrying her nest might be Dromornis aka: "The Demon Duck Of Doom". It was from Australia & distantly related to ducks, but had a head more like a parrot & had a body like a buffed up ostrich.
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The deer with nose horns actually did exist. The real animal is called Hoplitomeryx.
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This is the only Ice Age sequel to not be released in 3D.
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