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