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Ice Age

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


Celebrate 75 years of Animation from20th Century Fox. When a group of prehistoric animals band together to save a human baby, the misfit herd becomes the only hope for the future in this computer-animated treat.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    77%
  • Audience Score
    82%
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common sense

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

Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated feature aimed at young children seems to have more than its share of scary scenes and frightening creatures. A mother drowns while trying to save her infant. Fang-toothed tigers are continually shown in close-up while on the attack. Murderous rhinos chase the earth's most vulnerable beings. Nature's calamities (avalanches, erupting volcanoes) are overpowering and threaten everything in their paths. Animals are depicted as killers simply for the sake of evil, rather than as a means of survival.The human tribes featured are powerless in the face of a dangerous natural world.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what Manny says about members of a herd being willing to risk their lives for each other. Why was it so important for Manny to return the baby, even though the humans had hunted his herd? How did that help to heal some of Manny's sadness?
  • Why did Diego change his mind about Manny? Why did Manny change his mind about Sid? Was it because of something Sid did or because of something Manny learned about himself, or both?
  • What is different about the way that Diego and Manny react to human attacks?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    77%
    reviews counted: 19
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  • Audience

    82%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Full of visual dazzle, engaging characters and a reasonably sprightly narrative.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 15, 2002

Fresh: ... ranks up there in the highest class of animated features.

- Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star, Friday, March 15, 2002

Fresh: Family entertainment at its most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, March 15, 2002

Audience Reviews

5 stars

"I don't know about you guys but we are the weirdest herd I've ever seen." Most of you don't probably know but it was really close that 'Ice Age' wouldn't have been made as it then was made. Fox Animation Studios was shut down after the disasterous "success" of 'Titan A.E' but 'Ice Age', which was during that time in pre-production, was seen as a possible hit. It was intended to be done in classical 2D but Blue Sky Studios, who was given the project, wanted to make it with CGI. It would've been such a shame if 'Ice Age' would never been made. It's a classic! The film starts with one of the most lovable animation characters ever seen on the big screen, Scrat the sabretooth squirrel. Scrat causes an avalanche by trying to hide an acorn and in result he tries to avoid the disaster but fails. In the continuing scene, we are introduced to the main characters, Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the sabretooth tiger. This film had me by now. Humans are shown early on in the movie in a scene were sabretooth's attack their village. The village chief's wife escapes, barely. As her final act, she gives her child to Manny, who accidently comes to the scene. The duo of Manny and Sid attempt to get the kid back to the humans and they get aid from Diego, who has his own intentions with the kid... This film is simply wonderful. The story is simple yet very functional with lots of humor. The odd bunch of mammals journey to get the kid back result in several funny scenes, for example the one with the rhino's, the dumb dodo's and basically... themselves. Along the way, parts of the characters past are shown, giving some precious depth to the characters. Manny is clearly the main character of 'em all but Sid and the important subcharacter Scrat, are the ones who are the funny ones. The animation is still, 8 years later, top-notch. Clearly the technology has gotten better but there is a lot of detail in the characters, like their furs. In comparison with newer animations, 'Ice Age' has nothing to be "ashamed" of. This film is a feast for the eyes. The voice actors have been cast wonderfully. Ray Romano as Manny is kinda "sad" in his own role. The mammoth has lost his family and thinks that he is the only one left of his species. Romano excels in the part as the sarcastic loner. John Leguizamo is superb as Sid. There's so many lines that could be quoted by him and the way he simply looks and acts is funny as hell. Leguizamo proves that he is a versatile actor, if you compare his works in live features and this one. Denis Leary, who is in my opinion one of the funniest guys alive, is kinda left alone. The potential is not totally used as bits of Leary's charisma and wit is shown rarely. Jack Black does a small part as a dumb and dumber sabretooth, a couple of years before his breakthrough. 'Ice Age' comes highly recommended to all, no matter the age. It doesn't matter if you watch this movie alone or with friends and family. It gives so much pleasure with it's off-beat bunch of quirky figures. And as a reminder, Scrat is a legend by now...

- TheMachinist, Thursday, August 12, 2010

3 stars

B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

4 stars

This was really good.

- 3niR, Thursday, January 28, 2010