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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3) (2009)



Critic Consensus: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs boasts some excellent animation -- in particular, the dinosaurs are wonderfully realized -- but its story is tired and monotonous.

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As we rejoin the motley herd from the two previous Ice Age films, Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) nervously pampers his expectant mate, Ellie (Queen Latifah), while his best friend, Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), bristles at the thought of Manny's domesticated existence. Meanwhile, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) continues to annoy everybody, and Scrat the rock rat is still trying to get that acorn. When Sid accidentally discovers an underground world populated by dinosaurs, he steals three dino eggs so that he, too, can become a "mommy." After the little ones hatch, their real mom comes to retrieve them, and snatches Sid as well, prompting the others to band together yet in order to rescue their friend.more
Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor and peril)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman, Mike Reiss, Yoni Brenner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 27, 2009
Box Office: $196.6M
20th Century Fox/Emerging Pictures - Official Site


Josh Peck
as Eddie
Bill Hader
as Gazelle
Kristen Wiig
as Pudgy Beaver Mom
Karen Disher
as Scratte
Eunice Cho
as Diatryma Girl
Harrison Fahn
as Glypto Boy
Maile Flanagan
as Aardvark Mom
Jason Fricchione
as Adult Molehog Male
Kelly Keaton
as Molehog Mom/Shovelmo...
Joey King
as Beaver Girl
Jane Lynch
as Diatryma Mom
Allegra Leguizamo
as Aardvark Girl
Lucas Leguizamo
as Aardvark Boy/Beaver ...
Clea Lewis
as Start Mom
Christian Pikes
as Little Johnny (Aardv...
Joe Romano
as Ronald (Shovelmouth ...
Carlos Saldanha
as Dinosaur Babies/Flig...
Joe Romano
as Ronald (Shovelmouth ...
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Critic Reviews for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (39)

The manic pace quickly grows tiresome, as does the influx of cloying baby animals.

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Certainly not terrible, but ultimately forgettable and that means you should skip it.

Full Review… | July 6, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The whole movie is more of the same and I'm afraid the franchis is running out of steam.

Full Review… | July 6, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The coolest thing about this sequel is the use of dinosaurs.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
7M Pictures

An improvement over its massively forgettable predecessor.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

When the story does get underway, the incident that sets it into motion seems thrown in%u2014precisely what you'd expect for the third installment in a series that was already tired by the second.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

Audience Reviews for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Ice Age 3)

More of the same but the kiddo liked it :)

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This is hands down one of the worst sequels made in my opinion. The animation looks nice, but the characters have lost all appeal since the 2nd film, and the jokes range from painful to almost tolerable. This is a major skip for me.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Jackpot everybody! the Ice Age franchise started off on a high note of originality and uniqueness but then dipped for the sequel. In my humble opinion this third film is easily the best looking, most exciting and imaginative of the trio by a mile.

Plot isn't exactly original again, this is pretty much a new animated adaptation of classic tales/films 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' and 'The Land Before Time'. All the regular characters are present and correct again including the last addition to the herd...'Ellie'. The idea this time is simply 'Sid' stumbling on some dinosaur eggs, stealing them and trying to raise them as his own (not knowing what they are), getting caught and slothknapped by the mummy T-Rex, taken away underground where the T-Rex lives and the gang following to save him.

This is where we discover a lost world of dinosaurs that is underground beneath the current ice age above, totally stupid yes but its fun. Its not suppose to be taken seriously of course and being a kids animated film the creators can take enormous liberties. I must point out this film is also much better than the previous film in the fact its back to being enjoyable for all, not just the kids. The adults will enjoy the homages to the old adventure flicks which always seem to work well, classic B-movie stuff.

The visuals in this film totally surpass everything before, I really loved the bright colourful world they explore down below. Its really sharp and vivid, bursting with life and ingenuity with many old vintage formulaic creations you would expect for a world like this. Giant carnivorous plants, huge bugs, creeping vines, deep dark void like chasm's, dino skeletons dotted around, lava flows and lots of dino variations which are fun to spot.

The very first action sequence involves 'Diego' chasing down a gazelle type mammal. This short frenzy of a sequence is glorious to watch it really is. The animation clearly shows how far 'Blue Sky' have come creating a virtually seamless wildcat and gazelle in full flow with fur/hair, muscle and displaced flying debris etc...all moving as it should. Its almost too good really.

Another big hit with me was the introduction of new character 'Buck' who is a one eyed weasel. This guy is designed to be an animated 'Jack Sparrow' if you ask me hehe he has all the traits including being somewhat crazy, unpredictable and behaving a little tipsy at times. This character is a great addition to the film and really boosts the laugh levels plus he looks natty too.
Voiced perfectly by Simon Pegg which was a surprise to hear actually, would never have guessed, also unsure if he was trying to impersonate Depp's creation, sounded like it. A complete rip off of another classic character he may be but I guess you could look at it as a homage perhaps.

It is ironic though that in this film the one element that has always been a winner was the subplot for 'Scrat', but not here. In previous films his antics have been the shinning point against the slightly dull main attraction. In this film its the opposite for me, 'Scrat' must contend with a female of his species and compete for the acorn in typical 'Road Runner' vs 'Wile E. Coyote' fashion. Some may still like these little segments but this time round for me it wasn't as good as before, the female character seems to get in the way and you just yearn for 'Scrat' to kick her ass lol!

I suppose it was amusing to see him end up married to her and being driven into depression slowly, only to remember what made him tick in the first place. Its such a shame that again little 'Scrat' doesn't win even though I REALLY wanted him to this time. Annoying flying female squirrel grrr leave our 'Scrat' alone!.

This film wins on all counts really with one amazingly good looking scene after another. I loved the look of the film, how bold and colourful it is with so much creativity, curiosity and how every frame has something happening. The finale is jam packed with excitement which all accumulates with a mega dino battle, must point out that all dinos seen do seem to be based around real species which is cool.

More of an outright boys own adventure this time, still has the humour but leans more towards big event visuals over dialog and in your face emotions. Of course there is still emotion with the birth of 'Peaches' towards the end but its not as heart felt as what we saw in places with the first two films.

This time the main attraction is best whilst 'Scrat' falters somewhat in my opinion. Brilliant comeback after the dismal second adventure and manages to earn a spot within the best CGI animations ever yeh!. Shame 'Buck' didn't stick with the herd as you know there will be another film with a grown up 'Peaches', but that might not be a good thing.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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