Ice Age

Ice Age

Voices by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Jack Black. (U)


A cute animated buddy movie from Chris Wedge, who also directed Robots. The Ice Age is coming and animals are busy scurrying around in preparation for what will be a very wintry time indeed. A little human baby has been separated from his dad in the rush, and it’s up to woolly mammoth Manny (Romano), a sloth named Sid (Leguizamo) and a sabre-toothed tiger named Diego (Leary) to put aside their differences and band together to take the adorable little baby to safety.

From the opening credits, this is a hoot (as squirrel Scrat tries – unsuccessfully and rather disastrously – to bury his prize acorn), with zippy dialogue, great vocal performances and quirky-looking characters. There’s danger, too, as tigers follow the ragtag group’s every move, hoping to grab and kill the child and eat the animals, plus a bit of sentimentality towards the end, and it all adds up to loads of fun – a sort of road movie for all ages with added frosty goodness. 

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There are some tense moments – the rhinos chasing Sid, the run across the melting ice amongst volcanic eruptions, etc – but nothing truly scary.

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