Box art for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

anime & animation, children & family

Just when you thought they couldn't get any cooler...your favorite prehistoric pals from Ice Age and Ice Age The Meltdown are back in an all-new, ginormous animated adventure for ALL ages.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

3-D sequel is fun but also more intense than past films.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Ice Age franchise is likely to appeal to kids (even the preschool set) as much as the first two. That said, it's the first one in 3-D, so some scenes -- especially the ones featuring dinosaurs -- may be a bit more intense. There's lots of cartoonish violence, mostly involving Scrat and his new female friend (they also flirt and kiss, which is the extent of the movie's romance). Language is mild, but there's some scatological humor ("barf" and "poop"), as well as suspense concerning the main characters' ability to get out of harm's way.

what families can talk about

  • Famiies can talk about the movie's central message about having an unconventional herd/family. What defines a family? And should it matter what a person looks like in order to be their friend?
  • Families can also discuss how the violence compares to that of other movies meant for young kids. Was the 3-D too intense?
  • Also, how did some of the characters act differently than you expected, like the weasel Buck and the mama dinosaur? And even Ellie, though she's pregnant, is no weakling. How does her character portray females?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A fun-tastic adventure that virtually guarantees enjoyment for the whole family.

- Ben McEachen, Daily Telegraph (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Wow, I never thought that 'Ice Age' series could be a successful franchise... The first one was good, the second was hilarious, and now for the third : it still good! The story was the best from the other 'Ice Age' movie, but it wasn't as hilarious as the second one...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Wednesday, September 22, 2010

4 stars

Another great Ice age film with plenty of new characters. Just as good as the first two films and I liked it slightly more than the second. Great to see some dinosaur characters. Plenty of funny moments and great detailed animation work.

- Deano78, Saturday, August 21, 2010

3 stars

"Why is it called the Gorge of Death? - We tried calling it The Big Smelly Crack but people kept giggling." 'Ice Age: The Meltdown' is one of the most successful animations (or movies for that matter) ever made. The critic it got wasn't nearly as good as with the first one, which can, at this point, be called a classic. So why not make a third installment to the franchise as it is obvious that animations have rarely failed during the last ten years. The production of 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' began much faster than with the second one. It hit the theatres in the summer of 2009 and continued the success of the films. In the previous 'Ice Age' movie, Manny met Ellie and their relationship has lead to her being pregnant. Manny is obsessed on making everything safe for the family whilst Sid is yearning for a family of his own. One day, Sid finds three abandoned eggs and starts to take care of 'em. He names them humourously as Eggbert, Shelly and Yoko. Little did he now that they're dinosaur eggs. The mother of the hatched baby dinosaurs, returns and takes the baby dinos and Sid underground, where there lies an enormous jungle populated by dinosaurs and other reptiles which were thought to be extinct. Manny, Diego and Ellie go on a rescue mission to get their friend back. All kinds of dangers lie ahead... New characters are introduced, mainly the one-eyed weasel called Buck, played by Simon Pegg. Because the main scenery for the movie is a jungle, it's obvious that the filmmakers have had to make a loose copy of Indiana Jones, or something like that. Scrat, the awesome sabretooth squirrel has found a target of interest of his own in a female squirrel. Like in the earlier films, this sequel also has an important subplot for Scrat's own adventures. Does the acorns still win his affection or can the enchanting female squirrel be the one and only? I don't know. At times, the movie feels very entertaining but I had some troubles to fully enjoy it. There is a distinct theme in the movie of friendship but if we put aside the themes and all, it feels as if the filmmakers were empty on ideas. I know the film is placed in an era of the ice age but the era is not of importance anymore. They've shown us the ice age in the first movie, a global warming in the sequel and now the idea is to show us, or so we thought, an extincted species and mix the two eras together. I know that the era is not the main part of the movie but the characters, but I think that the story is the weakest part of 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs'. This film is clearly for the kids and it has it hilarious moments but for me, I found it hard to understand why Manny would endanger the life of his pregnant partner? I know, it's stupid to even bring up this fact but what can you do? If something bothers you, it simply stays so. In overall, 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' is a nice addition to the franchise but I hope that the filmmakers have come up with greater ideas for the fourth film, 'Ice Age: The Continental Drift', that is coming out in 2012. I'm pretty sure that there's ice nowhere to be seen in that movie anymore...

- TheMachinist, Thursday, August 12, 2010