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Ice Age

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 14, 2006

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

81

Cast

Ray Romano

John Leguizamo

Denis Leary

Studio

2002 20th Century Fox

Still shot from the movie: Ice Age.

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OverallB+
ViolenceB-
SexB+
LanguageA-
Drugs/AlcoholA
Run Time81

Making the Grades

It's a big, cold world out there and everyone needs a friend -- even if they don't know it. Manfred (voice by Ray Romano) is an ill-tempered wooly mammoth dealing with issues from his past. While the rest of the animal kingdom is moving south, Manny is heading north -- away from everybody and everything.

But his solitude is interrupted when he runs into Sid (John Leguizamo). The chatty, slow-moving sloth missed his morning wake-up call and has been left behind in the family tree. After ruining dinner for a couple of testy rhinos, Sid is more than happy to tag along with the really large mammal. To make matters worse, the improbable pair soon stumbles upon a little, lost human. Determined to return the infant to its "herd" before winter sets in, the hairy herbivores accept a questionable offer from Diego (Denis Leary), a smooth-talking saber-tooth tiger who promises to help find the toddler's parents. However, the crafty carnivore has some dangerous detours planned for the prehistoric do-gooders and their tasty little trust.

While the theory of evolution may still be under debate, this film along with several other recent releases proves that animation has progressed to a whole new epoch. With the help of computer generation, artists have created fantasy worlds in movies like Shrek, Monsters Inc., and Dinosaur. Still, Ice Age animators are quick to note that not all the magic happens inside the mainframe. Using some traditional methods before moving to the processor, these artists bring characters to life with this specialized art form. Visitors to the movie's official website [www.iceagemovie.com] can watch it all happen.

However, Ice Age is more than technical wizardry. Aided by a passel of gifted actors who lend their voices, the characters face age-old problems like the loss of loved ones, peer rejection, and what to have for dinner. While scenes of cartoon violence may push the comfort level (especially for young children), the lumbering mammoth and his sluggish pal will likely entertain older siblings with lessons on friendship, cooperation and trust.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Ice Age.

Many animals live in herds, packs or other groups. What are the benefits of this arrangement? Does this work-together principle work for humans too?

During the Ice Age many animals became extinct because they were unable to adapt to changes. As humans, how do we adapt to our physical surroundings? What things can we do to meet other challenges like social and family change?

For more information on the sloth, mammoth, and saber-tooth tiger, check out the Discovery Channel website.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG
AB G
MB G Frightening Scenes
ON G F-for Family
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Ice Age...

If you just can’t get enough of the Ice Age herd, than you’ll want to chill out with this Super Cool Family Edition. The 2-disc set includes the feature in both wide and full screen presentations, deleted scenes, and commentary for both the movie and the cuts by director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldanha. There is also an avalanche of bonus extras, including: Extreme Cool View Version of Ice Age (which combines Scrat’s Frozen Fun Facts with behind-the-scenes clips from the filmmakers and natural history experts), specific scene commentary by John Leguizamo as Sid, Behind the Scenes of Ice Age (an HBO special), Gone Nutty - Scrat’s Missing Adventure (the animated short), Bunny (another animated short with introduction by director Chris Wedge), three multi-angle animation progressions, and six production featurettes. Not to leave the gamers out in the cold, the package also offers DVD-ROM games and activities. And to get you warmed up for the sequel, you can catch a sneak peek of the trailer for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. The audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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