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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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Glypto Boy (voice)
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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)


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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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When Buck agrees to help the herd find Sid, he drops his knife to his left. When he starts explaining the rules, the knife is missing from the background, but is visible again when they start to move ahead. See more »


Manny: Guys don't talk to guys about guy problems. They just... punch each other on the shoulder.
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Cool as Ice...................again
27 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK big plus here - this film is better than the 2nd which i didn't particularly like and if you can go and see it in 3D (For the people who criticise this "gimmick" go and try it 1st rather than base your opinion on other "critics" opinions) do so as it is excellent and really beats the years earlier examples of 3D films (although i didn't see Coraline at the cinema so cant comment on a comparison).

The person who didn't laugh - go on ebay and find a sense of humor - the whole cinema was laughing through out the film and i really enjoyed the jokes - yes you saw most of them coming but hey its a kids cartoon.

The story is easy to follow and again those people moaning its not real jeez ITS A KIDS CARTOON - when do they need to make sense or be realistic..............???

Every kid i have spoken to loves it.

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