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The First Christmas Tree, Flying Reindeer, and Why We Think Mini-sloths Are Elves
on November 25, 2011
It's Christmas-time and Manny, Sid, Diego are all preparing for the upcoming holiday. When Sid destroys Manny's Christmas Rock that has been passed down from generation to generation Manny tells him he's now on Santa's naughty list and he won't get Christmas. This devastates Sid and Peaches convinces him he should go to the North Pole to talk to Santa. So, Sid, Peach, Crash, and Eddie set out together following the Northern Lights to Santa's house. Along the way they meet a flying reindeer and an army of mini-sloths (who kind of look like elves), but their planned meeting with Santa doesn't quite go the way as planned and Christmas could be ruined for everyone. Also, like all the ICE AGE adventures, Scrat continues to chase that elusive acorn. Scrat's chase causes him to become a figure skater, has him kiss a prehistoric spider, and eventually leads him on a ride in Santa's sleigh.
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL is kind of cute. There are some things that completely don't make any sense such as how a frozen star can destroy a three-ton granite rock or why two adult wooly mammoths aren't able to pull a giant sled. Also, Santa isn't portrayed as his usual jolly self and though he makes toys for children, he's a bit conceited. For instance, he enjoys singing songs about himself and takes a little too much glee in creating the naughty list. He also gets angry rather easily and isn't at all optimistic. My favorite parts of the movie were the scenes with the mini-sloths (I think it was a neat touch that Santa's elves are actually mini-sloths) and all the scenes with Scrat.
This short is a little bit pricey, but kids will enjoy it as well as ICE AGE fans. The DVD features a sneak peak clip of ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT as well as a music video featuring a mini-sloth choir singing "Swingin' Jingle Bells".