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They came... they thawed... they conquered the hearts of audiences everywhere in the coolest animated adventure of all time! Heading south to avoid a bad case of global frostbite, a group of migrating misfit creatures embark on a hilarious quest to reunite a human baby with his tribe. Featuring an all-star voice cast, including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary, ICE AGE is "a pure delight" (New York Daily News) for all ages!
The new short film "Scrat's Missing Adventure: Gone Nutty" showcases the well-timed animation--strongly influenced by Chuck Jones's Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote shorts--that made that frantic little character so effective as a comic foil. It's interesting to compare the Oscar®-winning short "Bunny" with Ice Age. The viewer can see the Blue Sky artists developing the more angular and less detailed look that's become the studio's signature. Like Sid the Sloth, the title character in "Bunny" suggests a slightly frayed walk-around figure from a theme park; the texture of her coat anticipates the old-chenille-bathrobe look of Manny the Mammoth's pelt. The clips in different languages, trailers, directors' commentary, and making-of features feel rather standard, but listening to John Leguizamo experiment with different voices before settling on the exaggerated lisp for Sid offers an unusual and funny insight into the development of an animated character. --Charles Solomon
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At the beginning of this film there's a huge migration to warmer climes going on with lots of different species heading south. Manny, the mammoth (voice of Ray Romano) is going against the tide, headed in the other direction.
This first film is noteworthy because of the presence of human beings, a sight of Stonehenge, and the very interesting episode with the prehistoric human cave drawings. Manny sees a mammoth family and becomes very lonesome about his own isolated plight without a mate.
There is a great deal of story-building in this movie with many ideas planted for further chapters which will bring on the introduction of more characters, and mating instincts will flower.
Manny meets Sid, the sloth, and immediately develops a dislike for the pushy Sid. Later they find a human baby, and both develop a love for the child. The baby is the catalyst for forming a new herd.
Diego, the carnivorous saber-toothed tiger, is introduced as a predator, and he wants to grab the human baby for his tiger gang to devour.
There's an inspired musical section with the extinct dodo birds who seemed too dumb to survive.
For kids and adults watching there are of a lot of lessons to be learned. Manny saves Diego's life which transforms him into a loyal member of the new herd. He shows gratitude, and the baby helps to "humanize" him. The importance of friendship and loyalty, the need for belonging to a group, and the need for companionship-all of these come out of the dramatic action.
In Blu-Ray this movie has stunning color and visual effects. There are a lot of scary adventures including cascading ice, molten lava, teetering icy crags. There's some bathroom humor that kids will probably get and titter over. Even though these are animals, the moviemakers have concentrated on characterization. They give human qualities to the animals (in fact they are almost ideal humans), and, of course, the animals speak English. It's full of vocal and sight gags. The movie is a treat for all.
My kids loved this movie, and I was thrilled to see it all over again. Hey, this means "fun for the whole family!"
Highly recommend if you have not watched it before!