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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  1 July 2009 (USA)
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When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eunice Cho ...
Karen Disher ...
Scratte (voice)
Harrison Fahn ...
Glypto Boy (voice)
Aardvark Mom (voice)
Jason Fricchione ...
Gazelle (voice)
Beaver Girl (voice)
Ellie (voice)
Diego (voice)
Allegra Leguizamo ...
Aardvark Girl (voice)
Sid (voice)
Lucas Leguizamo ...
Start Mom (voice)
Diatryma Mom (voice)


After the events of "Ice Age: The Meltdown", life begins to change for Manny and his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and Ellie, having since become an item, are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with a one-eyed weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently. Written by Theshapeshifter

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor and peril | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Age 3  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,690,382 (USA) (3 July 2009)


$196,573,705 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Buck warns the troupe, "Abandon hope, ye who enter there!" This is actually the famous line of Dante Alighieri's Inferno. It's said to be written on the gates of hell. See more »


An Ankylosaurus (large dinosaur with an armoured back and tail club) is shown attacking the main characters when they first enter the dinosaur world. Though depicted as a carnivore, this species was herbivorous. Though some have speculated that it is merely attacking the group because it felt threatened, as rhino might, it is shown with pointed, meat-eating teeth and is clearly supposed to be a carnivore. See more »


Sid: Well, I see someone else who has a bun in the oven!
Pudgy Beaver Mom: Oh! I'm not pregnant!
[Hits Sid with stick]
Sid: Ow! It's too bad. You'd make a wonderful mother.
[Gets hit again]
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is surrounded by snow-covered pine trees, and the searchlights are miniature smoldering volcanoes. See more »


Referenced in South Park: Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers (2013) See more »


The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
Written by Ross Bagdasarian
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3 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

6 hours ago,I went to the movies to catch the 4:40 showing of 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' with my older sister and her boyfriend.I liked the first movie but I haven't seen the second,but that didn't stop me from wanting to see the 3rd installment in the popular series.Boy,am I glad that I spent money and 94 minutes of my life by seeing this.The movie was packed with humor,action,adventure,interesting characters,and even some heart.There are many relationships between characters in this movie that help it from melting.Manny and Ellie are 2 happy woolly mammoths who are expecting a baby.Scrat,the squirrel who continues on his hunt for acorns,meets a female squirrel named Scratee(Scrah-tay),and falls for her.Sid becomes a parent when he discovers 3 eggs underground.In short,I loved this movie.

Bring on Ice Age 4

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