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I am a huge fan of family animated films. I could spend all day every day watching them and not get bored. One of the franchises I like to watch is Ice Age, with the first film being my favourite of the four films.
Ice Age starts by showing a little squirrel, Scrat, trying to find somewhere to store his beloved acorn. He bangs it down hard into the ground and it causes a huge avalanche. Throughout the film we are diverted back to Scrat to see him trying to store, find and get hold of his most loved acorn. I like the way the film does this and these clips are quite often hilarious.
The film itself starts off with lots of different animals migrating south to avoid the upcoming ice age. Manny, the mammoth, is the exception and decides to head north instead and he comes across a Sloth, Sid, who is in a spot of trouble and helps him out. From that moment on Sid follows Manny although Manny isn't that keen on it. During their trip northwards they come across a saber tooth tiger, Diego, who has a baby with him, he tries saying the baby is his own but the duo don't believe him so they go on a quest to return the baby back to where he belongs along with the help of Diego.
This is a film I will never tire of watching as it really is great overall. Let me start with the animation and this is simply brilliant, each of the three main characters in the film have their own quirky looks but still resemble each animal they are meant to be without any troubles, the way they move and facial expressions are also brilliant. The voices, although they don't suit the animal, suit the characters well, Sid the sloth for example, has a squeak in his voice with a lisp and it suits his character traits really well. Some of the voice actors include Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo.
I like the whole idea around the storyline too, what starts out as being a 'get away from the ice age' film soon has twists and turns to keep you watching. The inclusion of Scrat trying to bury his acorn is absolutely brilliant and brings a breath of fresh air into the film. There are many laughs and the film is lots of fun. There is a total running time of 81 minutes and I feel like this is the perfect length as when you watch the film, nothing is drawn out to last longer and at the same time it doesn't feel like they've rushed to pack everything in.
My almost four year old has started watching animated films with me now and this is one she enjoys watching too so it's definitely a film for all of the family whether young or old. The storyline is good, voice acting is good and the overall production is fantastic and for these reasons, I'd definitely recommend it.
Having watched the entire compilation with my daughter recently, i thought this movie deserved a review from myself. The movie offers entertainment for the entire family and is so far from just targeting a young audience. To a certain extent it also offers an educational aspect. What was the Ice Age?
The movie Ice Age was released back in 2002 as an animated comedy drama using state of the art computer generated imagery (CGI).
It was directed by Chris Wedge whom also directed Robots in 2005.
With the Ice Age approching the creatures and animals of this era are trying to seek pastures new leaving there habitats of years all in the hope of escaping what is coming. All creatures except a few, whom have other priorities (A Human baby).
The main charachters consist of a Woolly Mammoth named Manny voiced by Ray Romano. Manny comes across as a grumpy creature, who is struggling to believe he could quite possibly be the last of his kind. Deep down Manny is very caring and compassionate. Often sarcastic and dry humoured.
A Giant Sloth named Sid voiced by John Leguizamo. Sid down to stupidity the majority of time, fights for his own survival and puts himself into risky situations on a daily basis. A very loveable and funny charachter.
A Saber Toothed Tiger called Diego voiced by Denis Leary. Diego will not be liked at first, however as the movie progresses he becomes a very loyal and faithful companion to Diego and Sid. Dry humour with some very funny scenes between him and Sid.
Throughout the movie there are Cameo appearences from a Saber Toothed Squirrel called Scrat, voiced by the director himself Chris Wedge. Scrat and his beloved nut create a few slapstick comedy scenes, pleasently breaking up the movie.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and so did my daughter, although it's been around for ten years now the CGI still competes with similer types of today. In my opinion possibly one of the better movies of this genre i have seen. My daughter loved the charachters in particular Diego not sure that was because she was scared of him at first and grew to like him but she remembered all the charachters very quickly as we progressed through the compilation.
You can pick this Movie up from as little as 99p to £3 including postage, as for the box set i bought mine for £21 from ASDA consisting of Ice Age 1-4 and the mammoth christmas.
Thank you for reading.
Film Duration: 78 minutes
Category: Comedy / Animation
Director: Chris Wedge
Country: United States
Ray Romano as Manfred
John Leguizamo as Sid
Denis Leary as Diego
Jack Black as Zeke
The story is set many years ago around the ice age. The ice age is coming and that means all animals are going to have to travel towards the south. However, Sid has overslept and finds out that his family and friends has already left. He goes on a journey himself, but he is not exactly the smartest being in the world so he gets in trouble soon. He gets managed to get two rhinos angry and they try to attack him, but Sid suddenly gets help from unexpected corner, from a Mammoth named Manfred. Sid is eternally grateful to him and sees him as a new friend, but Manfred quickly becomes sick and tired of talkative Sid. At the same time there's a group of tigers in a village where people live and they want to take revenge on them. One of these tigers is Diego and has the task to steal a human child, but fails in this task. The mother of the child ran to the waterfall and threw herself with the child into the water. She survived the fall, but just enough to give the child to Sid and Manfred. Manfred and Sid decide to bring the child back to the other people, but Diego quickly finds them and wants the child. He claims he just want to bring the child back. Manfred and Sid don't believe him and they decide to go further as a group. They occur naturally in various problems and the question is if they can ever bring back the child.
The problem I normally have with a famous actor that does the voice of a character is that I always have him of her in my head while watching the film. Ray Romano does the voice of Manfred and of course Ray is known for the series Everybody Loves Raymond. Funny enough I didn't recognise his voice while watching the film. I had it once with Reese Witherspoon in a movie and it really takes you out of the story. The voice of Ray really fits the character of Manfred a mammoth. Denis Leary does Diego's voice and even there I find the voice choice again well done
There are some extras on the DVD including a making of the film, which is interesting to see if you're interested, of course. They are some nice certain aspects of the film. In addition, there are some nice scenes of the squirrel Scrat, who passes by several times during the film. Definitely fun to watch! Furthermore there is commentary on the director you can listen and one more where you hear the characters speak in different languages. Nice extras!
Ice Age fits into the list of animation but is certainly at the top and the more I see the movie the more I appreciate him. I've got the DVD as a gift and people should give gifts like these more often. The film is very well organized with funny moments, but also a fun story. In the beginning the film is a little bit slow, but gives you ime to get into the story. I loved the characters and especially squirrel, one of my favourite animals in the film. He's just very funny with his stupid head and his stupid actions. Very nice extras on the DVD. The film picks up quick enough a good pace and gets really funny especially when all three are together. A really nice movie to watch with whole family.
Is it wrong for me to love this movie so much? I think I like this more than my little sister, who's six. It's a shame they went and overdid it with all the other ones though.
But the first Ice Age, sheer brilliance! I absolutely loved this movie when it first came out, and I have watched it several times since then. Sure it's old, and the graphics aren't as stunning as some of the stuff you get now, but I think, as with all first animation movies, this made it better. The writers had to concentrate more on the script and story than the special effects, which really came out here.
The plot is pretty simple; Sid the Sloth, Manny the Mammoth and Diago the sabertooth find a human baby and aim to return it to it's family. What makes it interesting is that Diago is part of the pack that drove it away in the first place.
The story is lovely and heartwarming at places, sometimes sad (talking about the ice cave with the flashback on the walls) and allways funny. Most of this comic effect is provided by Sid, partially because he's just so stupid. Also Scrat is quite a nice little add on to lighten up the mood, or as an interluder.
Great movie, for those that have kids and those that don't too. Well worth watching.
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The Ice Age series has now grown to three installments, and while the other two never quite managed the great heights of the original, they are still very entertaining. Ice Age makes up for a general lack of sophistication by being utterly charming and gorgeously animated. The film opens with a clip of Scrat, a small squirrel who is constantly trying to save an acorn, which, through numerous strange incidents throughout the film, always seems to escape him. The film owes a lot of its success to this character, and the filmmakers clearly realised this, beefing up his role in the sequels.
The film revolves around a group of animals who are attempting to migrate south in order that they might escape the impending ice age that is occuring around them. The team consists of Sid (Jon Leguizamo), a dappy sloth who is funny but none-too smart, Manny (Ray Romano), a thoughtful but grumpy woolly mammoth, and Diego (Denis Leary), an aging tiger who has a philosophical outlook on life and the coming ice age. Together they will try to survive in world that grows increasingly harsher around them, while preventing an evil tiger, Soto, from attacking an innocent human baby for revenge against the humans who murdered his family.
Infinitely more enjoyable than I expected going in, Ice Age marks the coming of yet another great animated franchise, and even if it lacks the nuance and intellect of the Pixar films, it still features endearing characters and is generally a lot of fun. This film's greatest achievement is that it makes you care about the characters, something I didn't expect, and the interludes of Scrat attempting to keep his prized food are hilarious.
I've just returned from a holiday in South Africa. Our journey out was in two long stretches, first to Doha, then from there to Johannesburg. Luckily, the plane did offer decent in-flight entertainment, and a few movies. I'd seen most of the films available already, but Ice Age was among those I'd not yet seen. You'll notice this is not my typical film, but I am going to give it a go at reviewing anyway!
Well, you'll never guess when this film is set! That's right, in the Ice Age! Well, this first film is set right at the start. All the animals are migrating to better ground, except for a mammoth called Manfred or Manny, who seems to be going the wrong way. He then meets with a sloth called Sid, who is having a confrontation with two angry rhinos, and helps him out. Unfortunately, he didn't bank on Sid then deciding to make him his personal bodyguard and follow him around everywhere! Then the two find a baby, that a sabre-toothed tiger, called Diego is trying to claim as his own, and they decide to return the baby to its people, with the tiger guiding them. But can they trust Diego?
I love the way this film mixes in all the different animals that surely would never work together. The idea of them looking after a baby was a bit weird but I suppose you do hear about animals adopting babies of other species, and there was the story of Mowgli too. I'm not a baby person but I think for children it must be nice to see animals getting gooey over the baby.
The story is also peppered with appearances from a rat-squirrel-like creature, called Scrat, trying to bury his precious acorn for the winter. Scrat gets into hilarious disaster situations each time, almost losing the acorn and risking his life just to hold on to it. Perhaps there is a moral to all this but for me it was just very funny. The storyline about the baby may also have some meaning or moral behind it about helping out strangers and the different animals coming together may have something to do with accepting people's differences, though I'm not sure that many people watching would take any notice. Personally I was just enjoying the film.
The characters look computerised in an artistic way, and made more like cartoons than realistic creatures. This does make them seem less real or animal-like, and somehow I prefer this as then it is more convincing that they could be cute rather than scary! There is some emphasis on the things that distinguish the character as a certain animal, like the teeth on Diego and the Manny's trunk and tusks. Also the characters all have very amusing expressions drawn on them that make them more individual, especially with Scrat, who has to be the favourite for me! The rest of the detail is left out, to keep the characters nice and simple. The background graphics are pretty impressive and slightly more realistic without spoiling the overall picture.
Manny's voice sounded very familiar to me, and turned out to be Ray Romano, as I guessed, and recognised from his famous show "Everybody Loves Raymond". It was an unusual choice of voice for a mammoth that you might rather expect to have a very deep and powerful voice. To be honest I did find it a bit hard to believe his character because of the voice, but it was at least original and sort of cute.
The other creatures' voices didn't really stand out to me very much, probably because unlike the mammoth, they had the sorts of voices you might expect. Sid the sloth, played by John Leguizamo, had a more humorous and tone and lisp to his voice. Scrat barely spoke, and rather made lots of struggling noises as he moved the acorn about that somehow added to his funny characteristics. Diego, played by Denis Leary, and the other tigers sounded rather calm, cool and collected for most of the time, in that sort of way you'd expect the bad guys to sound anyway. It might have been interesting for all the animals to have unlikely voices, but then like with the mammoth it would probably have just made it all a bit too weird for my liking.
The film is classified as a PG. I didn't feel that there was anything in this film to stop small children from watching it, because even where bad things happen, like death or fighting, it is not so much out of evil as typical animal behaviour and is not made to look scary or gruesome. I don't think any real injury is shown, to keep the whole film light-hearted and easy on the eye.
I'd heard about this film when it came out but was not that interested in seeing it back then. A lot of people were making negative comments about all these animated films coming out and being the same old thing with different animals. Actually I think this is a clever way to learn some basic things about pre-history that might even enhance a child's interest. As well as this, it really is quite funny, especially the squirrel bits. These days, you don't have to be a child to enjoy animated films, and I think this is the sort of film anyone of any age can watch. If it comes on telly, you might as well give it a go, but to be honest I wouldn't bother too much with buying or renting it as I'm not sure after you've seen it once you'll want to see it again. Unless, of course, you are a big fan of animated movies already.
Having a bit of an animation fest at the moment, myself and my wife decided tonight to have an Ice Age double-bill and watch both the first two movies back-to-back in time for when the third installment comes out on DVD, hopefully very shortly. Ice Age remains one of my all time favourites ever after perhaps only Toy Story, both for it's originality, tightly plotted storyline and absolutely spot-on slap-stick juvenile humour. Set millions of years in the Earth's past, it follows the story of a highly unusual herd as they band together to return a lost child to his family....
Sid is a Sloth; abandoned by his friends and family who have migrated South without him and voiced by ER's John Leguizamo. On the run from some unruly Rhinos, he runs into Manny- one of the last Mammoths in existance (voiced by Ray "Everyone Loves Raymond" Romano)- and persuades him to let him tag along on his journey. When they encounter a primitive human child abandoned and wrapped in swaddling on the bank of a river, the pair reluctantly decide to try and return him to his tribe. Aided by Diaego, a Sabretooth Tiger whose intentions at the beginning are less than honourable and who sounds uncannily like American Comedian, Dennis Leary, the three form an unlikely team who band together against all adversity and try to track the humans the child belongs to before the Ice Age really starts to set in. Facing all manner of natural threats including Diaego's former pack, their bond grows ever stronger. Meanwhile a squirrel named Scrat has his own problems; try as he might, in some of the funniest scenes ever produced in an animated comedy, he just can't keep his hands on his acorn! This film has everything you would expect from a great Disney movie except in one respect- it's not made by Disney!
Want to know what to expect? Think an animated version of Three Men And A Baby but with prehistoric creatures and a lot more jokes, both visual and verbal. As with all the best animations, there is humour present here for adults and kids alike and the plot is not made too complicated or convoluted; this is an easy-to-follow, simple tale with plenty of hilarious moments to keep the pace going and the story flowing. Unlike say the truly dire Ratatouille, the characters are briefly introduced and then off they all go in what is, at it's most basic, a film about loyalty, friendship and bonding together. So just like Toy Story then...with a cast of just as loveable and believable characters that you can quickly become emotionally attached to. Classic animations such as this work simply because they are simple; there is no need to over complicate things and with visual slap-stick as well as conventional humour, the film works on a whole multiutude of levels. But more importantly, it is funny and that is where Ratatouille for me fell down. It simply wasn't funny or, at least, nowhere near as funny as this. I could watch this a million times and never get bored of it. And that is what makes a successful kids movie; it has to be as much fun for the adults as it is for the children!
The good news is, this was successful enough for there to be a sequel. In fact, as mentioned briefly at the start of this review, the latest chapter (Ice Age 3: Age Of Dinosaurs) has just finished doing the rounds on the big screen. The other good news is that I will be reviewing Ice Age 2: Meltdown very very shortly. With this franchise, it seems Twentieth Century Fox stand a good chance of giving Disney a run for their money. The animation is spot-on, better than Toy Story in some respects though they are of a different style so it is difficult to compare, the humour just right and the cast of actors voicing the leads just famous enough to be recognised without detracting from what is most important: the storyline! Too many Disney, and other animated films, rely on A-list stars for their characters thinking that that is what will drag in the crowds but the fundamental rules apply and if you haven't got a good plot then your film is never going to do well. Thankfully, Ice Age gets everything right and remains a timeless classic that is certainly without a doubt one of the top 5 animated movies ever to be created within the last few years.
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic
Director: Chris Wedge
Runtime: 85 mins
The film is set as the title indicates, during the Ice Age, where you have the fiercely independent and grumpy Mammoth (Manny), the cute, cuddly and very funny sloth (Sid) and the Sabre Tooth tiger Diego - a tiger that isn't all he appears to be.
Manny and Sid stumble upon a baby that has been separated from his camp. Manny, being indifferent to the baby and Sid, determined to take care of it, are trying to decide what to do when Diego shows up, convincing them his intentions are honourable and wishing to return the baby back to the humans!
Reluctantly, they form a trio to try and return the baby and the plot unfolds... I can't say anymore than that as it will ruin the story!! But let's just say, Diego's intentions are not as honourable as he claims them to be!!
The characters are wonderful - really showing very human qualities: Manny who is coping with accepting the responsibility of a baby (realising Sid is using the baby as a pulling accessory! And Diego is a little bit suss...) and also struggling with his own inner demons. He likes the baby, but it was due to hunters that he believes he is the last of his kind. His warmth, kindness and sense of loyalty is really beautiful - he's still grumpy, but lovable too.
Diego - I can't say too much as it will ruin the story. But lets just say, it shows appearances and reality are often two different things. I showed the film as part of a TEFL course I did with younger children and it's great to open up conversations about trust, second chances and friendship. Diego appears to be the streetwise sabre tooth, without a soppy bone in his body. But you see that develop as does the friendship between the three of them. Watching him play peek-a-boo with the baby is hilarious as is watching Sid try to find a mate and play the hero for the ladies!!
Sid is hilarious - is very well intentioned and sweet - if not a bit slow sometimes and insensitive (but certainly not bad intentioned!! Just his way of blurting things out and saying it how it is!) Whilst Manny appears not to care too much for Sid, the reality is that an unlikely combination forms a close bond!!
The film - a comedy for sure! The adventures on the way with the baby is hilarious - "it's crying... MAKE IT STOOOOOP!" - It would be like a comedy crash course for new parents! Trying to establish why it's crying, who should be the designated poop checker...etc...etc! What adds to the comedy is also little frames of a squirrel (I'm not sure we're ever given his name as his story runs separately to that of the trio but is great as a break in the story line now and again!) who is trying to try and gather this one acorn. It appears to be the only acorn around... so you see clips of him making brave and courageous attempts to get hold of gathering this acorn and unfortunately, not getting very far! He is hilarious and his escapades continue in Ice Age 2.
The film is brilliant for kids and adults alike. Whilst it doesn't have the adult under tones like Shrek did, there are a few subtleties that adults will find funny and it will wash straight over kids! Even though it's set in the Ice Age, the colours are vibrant and attractive, the characters are believable and the voices are excellently done.
Whilst it contains no real magical element like the traditional Disney films, it still has a magic of its own - and that's through the story and the developing relationships between three very different animals.
I'd really recommend this to adults and children alike. It is funny - not only through the script but the actions of the characters and it has enough sentiment to make you go awwww at the end but not get overly mushy!!
Easily enjoyable for a well-balanced cast of characters similar to Shrek. We get the comedy from Sloth, the big sane Manny the Mammoth, the dark but ultimately likable tiger, and extra humor from a squirrel and his nut (a real nod to old school animation).
On top of this, just a good solid script and a great setting: the Ice Age that will force all these characters together and mix a bit of prehistoric characters and theories with friendly panache.
One of the strongest in the New Wave of digital animation, Blue Sky studios continues their quality with the sequel also, and others to rival Pixar and Dreamworks. Their humor doesn't rely heavily on cultural references, or like Pixar, lots of unnecessary animation, but it relies on strong scenarios themselves to be entertaining, and the character relationships which are likable. They know one of their characters here (sloth) is annoying, so they push it to the limits (like Donkey in Shrek) until he wins us over....
It's not too long either, and has some exciting developments along the way, such as whether their friendship will survive over nature without and within.
Let's hope these Studios keep the quality as high as this, their first big hit. They don't lose sight of the power of animation to be slapstick but also natural and human.
This is a must see movie. Suitable for all ages including us big kids!!
The story starts off with a mammoth named Manny and a bit of a dim sloth named Sid. They find a human baby which needs returning back to it's 'herd' and so there journey begins .....
They haven't got far and a tiger called Diego trys to take away the poor child until Manny takes over as Sid is making a very good job of it on his own to say the least.
Un beknown to Manny and Sid, Diego is out to trick them into taking the baby to his own grounds so the other tigers can snatch the poor baby.
As the four of them carrying on trecking, Diego seems to have a slight bit of guilt in his eyes and trys to protect them in the end but gets hurt in the progress.
This film also has a little squirrel named Scrat who is on a mission to get his acorn and bury it. Everytime he manages to get it, something else happens like for example nearer the end of the film, he manages to lose his acorn to the sea and finds a coconut instead. When he tries burying this it cracks the floor and this is where the second story begins .........................
This is an overall great film, very enjoyable.
Ice Age takes us back about 20,000 years ago and there's an ice age is about to happen. Manfred is a woolly mammoth, Sid is a sloth and Diego is a fierce sabre-tooth tiger and they are all against forming an alliance when they come across a dying baby.
They must battle the cold weather, predators and find food in order to return the baby to the tribe. The film has some terrific action and is full of laughs. The film is great family fun and can be enjoyed by everyone.
The cast is great and they all provide extra comedy. The animation is great with some brilliant attention to detail. The sound is very clear and the film will entertain the whole family.
The story is very good and will keep you hooked. The plot is very
simple but entertaining so can be enjoyed by all ages.
The extras are great with some informative commentary and funny deleted scenes. The behind the scenes footage is interesting and it is good to see how the film was made.
Overall, a great film for the whole family to enjoy. You will watch it over and over again and still love it, a terrific buy!
This is a very cute movie. We meet Manny the mammoth who saves Sid the Sloth from some Brontops. Sid decides to follow many as many of the animals are migrating south due to the ice age.
Diego, a sabertooth tiger is ordered by his packs leader, Soto, to bring him the baby of the humans chiefs son because he wants revenge on him. Manny and Sid were given the baby by the mother as she only has the strength to take care of herself.
Diego convinces Manny and Sid to let him travel with them and the baby , but he is secretly leading them to Diego's pack for a brawl. Only Diego has developed a friendship with the two and ends up turning on the leader of the pack.
Diego is knocked out and Manny ends up killing Soto. The baby is returned to the pack of humans and the three join up with the rest of the animals migrating south before the ice age hits.
Ray Romano has the perfect voice for Manny. Sid is voiced by John Leguizamo and Diego's voice is Dennis Leary.
Ice Age is a light-hearted comedy that the whole family will enjoy. People of all ages can sit and enjoy every moment of this film, making it the perfect film for those Christmas Holiday afternoons with the whole family.
Twenty thousand years ago, at the dawn of the Ice Age, three completely mismatched creatures creatures have been brought together by a twist of fate. Sid, the fast talking and comical Sloth, Manfred, a moody wooly mammoth, and Diego, a sinister sabre toothed tiger reluctantly team up to help return a human baby to his father. Before their incredible journey ends, this unlikely trio will confront boiling lava pits, escape treacherous ice tunnels and meet a prehistoric squirrel-rat named Scrat.
Scrat offers a fantastic sub-plot to the storyline as he is the down-on-his-luck squirrel who is frantically trying to bury his beloved acorn. This has proved a very popular and extremely funny aspect to this film.
Ice Age is a computer animated film released by 20th Century Fox and created by Blue Sky Studios. It was originally intended to be a 2D production but after tha failing of Titan A.E, Fox studios decided this would be a better production as a computer animation. Ice Age has grossed US$383m to date which clearly shows how popular this film is.
This film is followed up by a sequel, Ice Age: The Meltdown. This was released on March 31, 2006. The film focuses on the melting of a dam (due to, as Sid puts it at the end of the first film, Global warming) and the impeding flood. This has also been such a success that a third film is due for release in July, 2009. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs will focus on dinosaurs coming to Earth. The teaser trailer was released with the film Horton Hears a Who! featuring the famous Scrat and his acorn.
So start your Ice Age collection today with this film. The perfect solution to a rainy afternoon this is definately the film for you. But dont just take my opinion on this;
"A genuinly funny, smart and clever animated movie is a rare thing, and this is probably the best I've ever seen" ~ Jonathon Ross, The Mirror A-List ~ *****
Director: Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
Producers: John C. Donkin and Lori Forte
Writers: Michael J. Wilson and Michael Berg
Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary
Released in March 2002 this hour and twenty minute computer generated masterpiece follows the conflicting prehistoric lives of both animal and man... with some brilliant yet bizarre results...
* BRIEF PLOT **
When Sid the sloth, (voiced by John Leguizamo) is left behind, again, by his migrating relatives he sets off after them on his own, only to run into some rather big trouble in the shape of two rhinoceros looking mammals, (Brontops), named Carl, (voiced by Cedric the Entertainer) and Frank, (voiced by Stephen Root)...
Fortunately for Sid he stumbles upon Manfred "Manny" the Woolly Mammoth, (voiced by Ray Romano)... who saves him from a fate worse than death, so Sid then decides to tag along with Manny for protection...
Meanwhile, a pride of Saber toothed tigers, (Smilodon), led by Soto, (voiced by Goran Visnjic) are seeking revenge on a human tribe for the death of there kind, intent on eating the baby son of the chief human... but during the chaos in the camp the babies mother escapes with the baby, fleeing towards the river... only for Soto to order Diego, (voiced by Denis Leary) to bring back the baby.
When Sid and Manny inadvertently come across the baby they eventually decide to return it to the tribe, only for Diego to have other ideas as he befriends the pair with evil intensions. So, as the rather bizarre trio go in search of the humans, little realising that they are in search of the baby, the dangers really begin...
But, with a twist of fate, and a change of heart, the finale is not what one expected...
** IN CONCLUSION **
A fantastic family movie cram packed with so many hilarious scenes it will have you crying with laughter throughout.
What begins as a simple story of migration soon turns to a story of revenge, then takes a few twists and turns to bring a totally different tale of hope.
It is well written and the creatures voices are simply brilliant, giving the CGIs a life of their own, (sort of)
The laid back attitude of Manny really does go well together with the hyped up attitude of Sid, making a great team in the end, (well they do say opposites attract don't they?), and when they are joined by Diego the fun really hots up, not knowing the dangers that comes with the Saber tooth... until it may be too late.
In all, it is one of them movies that will be enjoyed over and over again, enjoying the story right through to the end, seeing things that you may have missed the first time round, like the frozen Tyrannosaurus -Rex for instance.
There are so many hilarious scenes throughout the entire movie, including a rather strange, but possibly true, reason why the Dodo became extinct... and watch out for a rather odd looking rat like creature called Scrat, (voiced by Chris Wedge)... with his a rather dangerous obsession with an acorn... making many comical appearances throughout...
* Would I recommend this...?
Yes I definitely would.
Although it has a PG guidance, (for reasons unknown to me), it is all out family fun which everyone will enjoy, from the children to the big children in you...
If you want to get a copy of this you can get it from www.amazon.co.uk for less than a fiver... bargain indeed.
Ice age is the 2002 comedy film directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha
This animated film is set many years ago at the start of the last ice age. The film starts by showing all the animals migrating south to avoid the ice age, whilst a lone mammoth, Manny, is walking North. We then see a sloth, Sid, who has been left by his family, leaving him to migrate on his own. After destroying the last dandelion of the season, Sid is chased by two Rhinoceros like creatures. He is saved by Manny and this sparks of a rather dysfunctional relationship. Sid tags along with Manny on his trip North.
Meanwhile, A pack of tigers have attacked a human camp, in search of a baby. During the attack the mother jumps of a waterfall with her baby. Managing to push the baby ashore, she gets carried away by the current. Manny and Sid walk past, and find the baby. After deliberation, they decided to return the human back to it's 'Pack'. They then meet Diego, the tiger from earlier who tried to take the baby. They travel with him, trying to catch up to the humans before their route becomes engulfed by snow.
# Manfred (Mammoth) -- Ray Romano
# Sid (ground sloth) -- John Leguizamo
# Diego (Smilodon) -- Denis Leary
# Soto (Smilodon) -- Goran Visnjic
# Zeke (Smilodon) -- Jack Black
# Oscar (Smilodon) -- Diedrich Bader
# Lenny (Homotherium) -- Alan Tudyk
# Scrat (Saber-toothed squirrel) -- Chris Wedge
A really great film. My favourite animated film, rivaled only by the sequel. My most favourite part is the squirrel called 'Scrat'. Throughout various points in the story, we cut to Scrat making various attempts to store his beloved acorn. The voiceovers are great, and sound extremely enthusiastic and emotional. The script is also written very well. I find that in a lot of family films, especially animations, the scripts can become unbearably cheesy. The storyline is great. A great juxta position is portrayed as the animals can talk, whilst the humans can not.
A really enjoyable film that is well worth the watch, over and over again
It's 20,000 years ago and there's a bit of a nip in the air as the Ice Age kicks off. Manfred the well-meaning mammoth, Sid the fast-talking sloth and Diego the duplicitous sabre-tooth tiger form a reluctant and unlikely alliance when they come across a helpless human baby. As they try to return the tot to his migrating tribe, the trio must battle more than just the elements in this harsh world of predators and prey. There's plenty of light relief from the dramatic tension and superb action sequences, notably in the form of the brilliant comic invention Scrat, an apparently insane sabre-tooth squirrel who steals any scene in which he--and his acornappear (although a flock of keen but hapless dodos give him a close run for the film's comic laurels). Featuring the voice talents of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo, Ice Age is a thrilling, chilling comedy adventure that's undeniably cool. On the DVD: Ice Age on DVD boasts a whole host of special features, including commentary by director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldhona, deleted scenes and trailers. The highlight of the bonus material is the exclusive short "Scrat's Missing Adventure" but for the real nitty-gritty go to "Under the Ice". This contains numerous featurettes of varying lengths, including "The Making of Ice Age", "Behind the Scenes", "Art of Effects" and "Sid's Voice Development". These tell you pretty well everything there is to know about the film and its creation. For additional humour check out the brief "Scrat Reveals" segment and Sid's commentary sequences. --Helen Baker