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This is Blue Sky's first full-length feature animation. It's definitely looked at it's competition, namely those produced by Pixar and recently, the hugely successful, Shrek from Dreamworks. It's unsurprising that this tale features two mismatched characters united under a common cause. This time it's getting a young child back to her fellow humans. The path is not without problems in the shape of pesky Sabre-tooth tigers ready to make all of them their next meal.
The movie industry is in full overdrive to demand this kind of animated family entertainment. The ingredients are there, the bumbling comedy sidekick and reluctant hero. All sound familiar? It's basically a prehistoric Shrek. There's not much here that's noteworthy about the tale to distinguish it from the rest of the pack. The plot, however, is inter-dispersed with some hilarious sketch moments of a Sabre-toothed squirrel attempting to hide its acorn for the long winter ahead.
In terms of visuals, it's difficult to fault. The prehistoric landscapes of the Ice Age are beautifully realised in splendid grandeur. The characters themselves are very good with the hairy exterior of Manfred being a most note-worthy of artistic achievements. The very nature of the settings brings some excellent opportunities to dazzle the audience with artistry. Check out the exploration of the shimmering icy caves in the middle of the adventure. The animation is second to none and the animals all move convincingly and comically throughout.
Forget the story, the kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the wit and animation anyway. It's not the best CG family-oriented movie (that honour is still reserved for Toy Story 2 in my opinion). But you can't fault it for its zany entertainment.
Scrat’s the most pointless B story ever, just cut him out completely, replace his scenes with more of the humans, and you’d have Disney tier quality.
Solid start for Blue Sky Studios!
Funny characters and cool world building.
An enjoyable animated film.
I grew up on this film. Just watched it again for the first time in years. Is it great? No but its very entertaining and heartfelt. The dialogue is witty and the characters are funny. Definitely a film anyone can enjoy.
It's got some decent slapstick and one or two good lines. 3/5 - Fine
I praised the film for it's plot, voice acting, humor and its message of looking after one another. The film is closely based on extinct creatures and past events in science that were noticeable, though it is a bit inaccurate with some of the science in it. It still is entertaining for my opinion.
This was the first animated feature produced and released by Blue Sky Studios in 2002. They most definitely delivered on a witty and heartwarming prehistoric adventure that's kid friendly, but offers enough dramatic flair to keep adults engaged. It is elevated by charming voice performances, especially from the three leads in the film. Also, the film boosts greatly efficient computer animation too. Ice Age is a highly entertaining animated flick, with enough heart to spare.
The plot of the film revolves around a group of misfit creatures who end up working together to reunite a human baby back to his tribe. It is not only really funny, but adds a dose of suspense and some touching moments that are surprisingly tear jerking. The voice cast all do a fine job breathing life and personality to their roles with their voices. Ray Romano voices Manfred a.k.a Manny (a woolly mammoth) who does an exceptional job capturing the characters gruff personality with a sarcastic undertone, but is also courageous at the same time. John Leguizamo who voices Sid (a ground sloth) and Denis Leary who voices Diego (a saber-toothed tiger), also give memorable voice performances too. However, the standout of the film is the saber toothed squirrel Scrat who's obsessed with storing his prized acorn for the winter. While the animation is nothing spectacular it is exceptionally pleasant to look at, and maintains a cartoonish style in design of the inhabitants and prehistoric environment.
Overall, Ice Age is a perfectly amiable and fun family film for all ages. It packs in plenty of humor, yet still is quite a touching film at the same time. It is enhanced by the talented A-list cast of the film, particularly from Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary. The film features solidly rendered computer animation; while not anything note-worthy it's still highly effective in conveying an idealized cartoonish world of the ice age. It's a must watch animated feature that has a lot of wit and heart for all to enjoy.
The best animated movie ever made!