Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs parents guide

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Parent Guide

Though the film provides a mixture of child and parent-oriented humor, there are also several moments of sexual innuendo and crude references to body functions.

Overall B

The Ice Age meets the Dawn of the Dinosaurs when the cool pals from the pervious two films (Ice Age and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown) find their way into an underground world where they become prey to some frosty predators.

Release date July 1, 2009

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

Why is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs rated PG? The MPAA rated Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs PG for some mild rude humor and peril.

Run Time: 95 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

They’ve survived a confrontation with humans and lived through a meltdown, but now an oddball group of prehistoric mammals is about to encounter some really, really big rivals.

The Ice Age movies have always celebrated non-traditional families or, more accurately, herds. In the first film, a large wooly mammoth named Manny (voice by Ray Romano) teams up with Diego, a saber-tooth tiger (voice by Dennis Leary) and Sid the sloth (voice by John Leguizamo) in order to help a little lost human find his way back home. In Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, the unlikely trio is joined by another mammoth named Ellie (voice by Queen Latifah) and her two possum brothers (voices by Josh Peck and Seann William Scott) as they try to outrun an impending flood.

In this third installment, Manny and Ellie are now a couple with a baby on the way. The imminent arrival of his offspring sends this father-to-be into a baby-proofing frenzy where he tries to pad every sharp object in nature. Ellie’s pregnancy also impacts Sid, whose desire to be a "mother" has kicked into high gear. When the bumbling sloth unexpectedly stumbles upon three abandoned eggs, it seems the perfect solution to his parenting woes.

However when his hatchlings turn out to be dinosaurs, things at the local playground get a little rough for the other kids at the park. And it gets even worse when the Tyrannosaurs Rex momma shows up in search of her brood. Snatching up Sid along with her progeny, she lumbers off through a hidden passage that leads to a lost world hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth.

Unwilling to let Sid become lunch for a hungry carnivore, Manny and the rest of his herd head underground to rescue their friend. Luckily while there, the group meets a slightly unstable weasel named Buck (voice by Simon Pegg) who agrees to steer them through this strange and precarious locale.

Their adventures result in frequent peril for the characters who are chased by dinosaurs, caught on a river of lava and thrown from cliffs. They also experience danger when the biggest reptile in the underworld begins to stalk them and their guide.

This movie’s increased amount of action and snarling, red-eyed predators may be too intense for very young viewers. Though the film provides a mixture of child and parent-oriented humor, there are also several moments of sexual innuendo and crude references to body functions. Yet like the other films in this franchise, this pack of prehistoric critters are willing to open up their hearts and their herd to anyone who wants to join.

Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release July 1, 2009. Updated

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Rating & Content Info

Why is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs rated PG? Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild rude humor and peril.

Full of cartoon style violence and frequent moments of peril, this third installment in the Ice Age franchise contains more action than the previous scripts. Animals fall or are pushed from cliffs, are hit with objects and smashed by trees or other falling debris. One character has the hair ripped off his chest. After being eaten, animals are humorously shown alive inside the mouth or digestive system. One character is kicked in the groin. Another is shown sleeping with a stick up his nose. One animal is caught on a rock in the middle of a river of lava. Dinosaurs attack other characters. Animals repeatedly fight. A character attempts to "milk" a male animal. Several mild, sexually suggestive comments are made as well as remarks about pregnancy. Bathroom humor includes some crude commentary about bedwetting, barfing, mucus, saliva and castration. Toxic fumes cause characters to talk in altered voices and laugh uncontrollably. An animal is shown in labor. Brief name-calling is included. Characters kiss and engage in romantic behavior.

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Parents' Guide

How do female and male communications styles differ in this film? Do you think those portrayals are true to life?

How does impending fatherhood affect Manny? What impact does Ellie’s pregnancy have on the other members of the "herd"?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs movie is October 27, 2009. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Ice Age: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 7 October 2014

The Ice Age franchise releases in a Complete Collection. Blu-ray copies of the following are included:

- Ice Age

- Ice Age: The Meltdown

- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

- Ice Age: Continental Drift

- Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

Release Date: 27 October 2009

Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs: Three-Disc Combo Pack contains a Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the feature film along with the following bonus extras:

• Featurettes: Ice Age Story Maker, Evolution Expedition, Buck…Easel to Weasel, Falling for Scratte and Unearthing the Lost World.

-Filmmaker Commentary

- Deleted Scenes

- Music Video: Walk The Dinosaur

-Two Scrat Shorts: Gone Nutty   Scrat’s Missing Adventure and No Time For Nuts

- The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Natures Nutty Buddy (Scrat: From Head To Toe, Breaking Story and News Report)

- Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character with John Leguizamo, Ray Romano and Queen Latifah)

-Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene and Making A Scene: Ice Age 2

Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs: Scrat Pack Double DVD Pack offers the following bonus extras:

- Filmmaker Commentary

- Two Scrat Shorts: Gone Nutty   Scrat’s Missing Adventure and No Time For Nuts

- The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Natures Nutty Buddy (Scrat: From Head To Toe, Breaking Story and News Report)

-Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene

- Featurettes: Buck…Easel to Weasel, Falling for Scratte and Unearthing the Lost World

- Music Video: Walk The Dinosaur

-Activities: Scrat Pinball, Eggshell and Bubble Trouble

Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs: Standard DVD comes with a filmmaker commentary.

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In another uncommon friendship, two moose join forces with a bear as the cub learns about the importance of love and redemption in Brother Bear. Several dinosaur friends face numerous adventures together in the film series Land Before Time.

The other two movies in this franchise are Ice Age and Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

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