Ice Age (2002)
USA / English
"The Coolest Event In 16,000 Years. "Set during the Ice Age, a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and they try to return him to his tribe.
Blue Sky Studios introduces another lovable set of animated characters...
Here's another review from me which I begin with an interesting memory.
I was interested in seeing this movie not just because I like animated
films, but also because I was taking a geology course in college at the
time of the film's release. It was a class consisting of lecture slides
of various living things from the Ice Age and other significant time
periods in natural history. There was also a part where we get to look
at fossilized specimens, like trilobites and different types of
sedimentary rock. What does this have to do with the movie Ice Age?
Just the fact that I talked to a classmate about how much the movie
would remind me of this class.
The cast of characters include John Leguizamo as Sid the sloth, Ray
Romano as Mandred the mammoth, and Denis Leary as Diego the sabretooth
tiger. These actors were chosen well. I especially find it amusing that
Ray Romano provides a voice. His voice definitely works for animation.
The other living things seen in the film include rhinos, dodos, humans,
and a comical sabretooth squirrel whom I will talk about in just a bit.
The story begins when there is a mass migration. Sid attempts to join,
but has no one to go with. He ends up with Manfred, who is alone but
also reluctant to have a companion. Meanwhile, Diego and his comrades
prepare to hunt down a human tribe. In the process, a baby gets lost.
In the end, the sloth, the mammoth, the baby, and the tiger all come
together. Sid and Mandred want to return the baby and Diego has to just
play along until the time is right to strike. As Sid says, these four
characters sticking together form an unusual interspecies herd.
And here is where the movie gets heartwarmingly cute. Over time, the
baby forms a bond with these animals. Unlike the human tribe he came
form, he learns to love them instead of fear them. It's so cute to see
the baby sleep in the coiled end of Manfred's trunk and all the animals
having some compassion for the child. And during their perilous
adventures, including a fun trip through an ice cave, they all stick
together. And for the most part, the baby looks like he's having a good
time more than being afraid.
This adventure is the main part of the movie. As an extra bonus, you
also get to watch some silent comedy. The main star of this is Scrat
the sabertooth squirrel. Like some silent performers, the show consists
of the performer and a single prop. The prop in this case is an acorn.
In scenes at the beginning, end, and in between that have nothing to do
with the main story, Scrat does various things with the acorn: retrieve
it, cook it, or bury it. Whatever he does, something always goes wrong.
That's where the laughs of the movie really are, even though the main
story can also be funny.
Ice Age is only one and a half hours, and I wished it was ten minutes
longer. Nevertheless, I liked the film for its humorous take on this
historical time period. This is also a film that introduces another
animation studio to the competition. With Ice Age, Blue Sky Studios now
competes with Pixar and DreamWorks in the 3D animation department. It
makes you wonder how those other two would have done a film about the
Ice Age. After seeing this one, I don't know if I'd want to see how
Pixar or DreamWorks would have done it. I like this one the way it is.
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