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Ice Age (2002)

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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.

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Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha (co-director)

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Michael J. Wilson (story by), Michael Berg (screenplay by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Romano ... Manfred (voice)
John Leguizamo ... Sid (voice)
Denis Leary ... Diego (voice)
Goran Visnjic ... Soto (voice)
Jack Black ... Zeke (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Carl (voice)
Stephen Root ... Frank / Start (voice)
Diedrich Bader ... Oscar (voice)
Alan Tudyk ... Lenny / Oscar / Dab (voice)
Lorri Bagley ... Jennifer (voice)
Jane Krakowski ... Rachel (voice)
Peter Ackerman Peter Ackerman ... Dodo / Macrauchenia (voice)
P.J. Benjamin P.J. Benjamin ... Dodo (voice)
Josh Hamilton ... Dodo / Aardvark (voice)
Chris Wedge ... Dodo / Scrat (voice)
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Storyline

Back when the Earth was being overrun by glaciers, and animals were scurrying to save themselves from the upcoming Ice Age, a sloth named Sid, a woolly mammoth named Manny, and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego are forced to become unlikely heroes. The three reluctantly come together when they have to return a human child to its father while braving the deadly elements of the impending Ice Age. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG for mild peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Age See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$59,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,312,454, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:

$176,387,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$383,257,136
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Leguizamo tried 30 different voices for Sid. After viewing a documentary about sloths, he learned that they store food in their mouths; this led to him wondering what he would sound like with food in his mouth. After attempting to speak as if he had food in his mouth, he decided that it was the perfect voice for Sid. See more »

Goofs

When Scrat's coconut falls from the tree, it has already had its husk removed. (The directors confirm this on the DVD commentary. They may have been worried that a lot of their audience would not recognize a coconut with its husk on.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Freaky Mammal: Well, why don't they call it The Big Chill? Or The Nippy Era? I'm just sayin', how do we know it's an Ice Age?
Freaky Mammal: [irritably] Because... of all...
[shouts]
Freaky Mammal: ...the *ice*!
Freaky Mammal: Well, things just got a little chillier.
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Crazy Credits

At one point in the credits it says "Ice Age Babies" and lists all the babies born to the crew during the course of production. This feature is copied from Pixar's animated films, which always list the "Production Babies" during their credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

AMC broadcasts slow down the film's speed at 4%, but retain its original audio pitch. See more »

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Written by Liz Berlin, John Buynak, Jim DiSpirito (as Jim Dispirito), Jim Donovan, Michael Glabicki, Patrick Norman, and Jenn Wertz
Performed by Rusted Root
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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cute, clever, entertaining
28 November 2002 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

`Ice Age' emerges as one of the better animated films of recent years, cleverly designed and even more cleverly written. Scenarists Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Peter Ackerman have devised a story set 20,000 years ago about an unlikely trio of companions who find themselves making a long trek through a harsh environment in an effort, ostensibly, to return a baby human to the tribe from which he has become separated. The triumvirate is made up of a deadpan, cynical mammoth, a wisecracking, over-the-top sloth (whose mile-a-minute mouth more than makes up for his legendary slowness) and a malevolent saber-tooth tiger, who learns a thing or two about friendship and teamwork before the adventure is over.

`Ice Age' is at its most amusing in those scenes in which the characters make prescient jokes about their own place in the evolutionary scheme of things. One particularly clever scene involves the three travelers discovering what looks like an underground museum of natural history encased in ice, replete with ancient creatures caught in naturally occurring, chain-of-life exhibits. Like most animated films set in the past, `Ice Age' derives much of its humor through the use of anachronism. We chuckle to hear these creatures applying modern, scientific knowledge to the pre-scientific era in which they are living.

The animators and designers have done a beautiful job in achieving just the right look for this tale. The backgrounds have a colorful, clean, streamlined look to them, and the animals themselves, in their appearance and design, provide a witty commentary on evolutionary history. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary do superb voiceover work, each achieving just the right tone for the character he has been assigned to play. One could wish, perhaps, for a bit less sentimentality at the end, but that is a minor quibble in a film that works so well for both children and adults. The kids will revel in the cuteness of the animals and the clever action sequences, while adults will savor the sly knowingness of the evolutionary and historical in-jokes. Not bad in an era when most films can't find a way to please even ONE audience demographic.


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