Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age.Written by
This is the only film in the Ice Age series to show human characters, and the only Blue Sky Studios film to have any human characters for almost a decade. Blue Sky wouldn't feature any human characters again until the 2011 film Rio. See more »
Sid's position beside the fire changes when his tail catches fire. See more »
Drawings of the creatures appear over the credits. Most drawings were done by children of Blue Sky Studios employees. See more »
The DVD has several deleted scenes:
The first scene is Sid waiting for Sylvia the sloth and faking that aardvarks have to pay tolls in order to get past his cave.
The second scene has Sid and Sylvia talking about a relationship, but Sid doesn't want one. He uses a few passing glyptos to literally push her away from him.
The sabers talk about their plan for attacking the humans. This scene apparently never even got past the "animation" stage.
An amusing scene set during Diego, Sid, and Manny's first night with the baby. Sid throws away the baby's diaper saying, "No more fruit for you!"
Oscar and Zeke, the two smilodons that talk to Diego in the following scene comment about the smell.
The aforementioned "Sid and the Ladies" scene also appears. Wedge says the reason it was cut was, "It stopped the picture cold and no one made a sound after that scene."
Another scene immediately followed the "Sid and the Ladies" scene where Sylvia finds Sid after the ladies have kicked him in the crotch. The scene then has Sid feigning death by provoking Diego. Sylvia realizes that he's breathing and tells Diego to eat him. This would have been Sylvia's final appearance in the film. This scene remains in the final version, only with the two rhinos Carl and Frank, who sniff Sid and determine that he is "dead" and stalk off, disappointed.
Great fun for everyone that has a sense of humour.
With a relatively small budget for an animated film of only $60 million the people at Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios have done an incredible job.
They have combined state-of-the-art digital animation, the perfectly cast voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary (among many others) to create a highly entertaining, family film with a strong message about cooperation, friendship and caring for your fellow herd members. And how sometimes it takes many different creatures to make up a herd.
While watching this film I got a strong political message about getting along with the people that share your space -- maybe it should be required viewing for all world leaders!
David Newman -- yet another member of the Newman family of Hollywood composers -- provides a superb score that is not intrusive yet serves to move the action along and, at times, is positively toe tapping.
The overall look of the film is incredible; an intensely coloured, strangely believable fantasyland of snow, geysers, mud, rocks and ice. The individual characters were delightfully believable too, with the facial expressions of Ray Romano's Manfred' being a particular treat.
The entire sequence with the DoDos will leave no doubt as to where the expression `Dumb as a DoDo comes from.'
This is a good family film that keeps the things that could alarm or frighten children pretty much sanitized -- but real nonetheless.
It would be a great movie to see in the theater and to buy for home.
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