Ice Age

Ice Age

Chris Wedge (2002)

77min
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Review

Our Score
Pity poor Ice Age. If it hadn't been released so close to the excellent Monsters, Inc, it may have avoided excessive scrutiny. But with the Pixar hit illustrating how good computer animation can be, this similarly created adventure isn't so much cool as downright tepid. Much of this is due to the plot, in which a moody mammoth, a slow-thinking sloth and a sinister sabre-toothed tiger team up during the Pleistocene era to return a lost human infant to his parents. It's wittily scripted with plenty of banter between the lead characters, voiced by John Leguizamo and Denis Leary among others. But there's insufficient action and excitement to carry such a basic tale while having a snow-covered environment to look at doesn't help either. The style of the animation is equally hard to warm to - the boxy, sharp-edges and coldness may be fitting given the subzero setting, but children (and adults too) seem to respond best to a certain amount of cuteness that Ice Age sadly lacks. Overall, this is adequate, but instantly forgettable.

Summary

Three mismatched prehistoric animals join forces to return a human infant to its tribe - but as their journey unfolds, the creatures fail to anticipate the many perils and pitfalls that lay in store for them. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic and Jack Black.

Cast & Crew

Sid John Leguizamo
Manfred Ray Romano
Diego Denis Leary
Soto Goran Visnjic
Zeke Jack Black
Carl Cedric the Entertainer
Female sloth Jane Krakowski
Oscar/Dab the dodo Alan Tudyk
Sabre-toothed tiger Diedrich Bader
Rhino/Start Stephen Root
Dodo/Scrat Chris Wedge
Director Chris Wedge
Director Carlos Saldanha
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Mar 2002
Comedy Drama Children's