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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


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Oct 27, 2009

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Ray Romano

John Leguizamo

Denis Leary


2009 Twentieth Century Fox Animation

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Overall B
Run Time95

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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.


Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

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"?

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MB G Frightening Scenes.

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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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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Haya says: Jul. 02, 2009

My family and I went to see this movie last night.  I really enjoyed the story line and its characters.  The animation was great.  This was a good third movie to see.  And, while I am aware that these are adults creating children’s movies two words spoken bothered me.  One was the word “butt” used to describe a smell on a piece of hair from Sid the sloth, and the other was “stupid” used to describe him by one of the twins.  They could have used the words bottom, backside or tush as many young children are accustomed to hearing anyway.  And, using the word “stupid” to describe not how Sid acted but how he “is” was mean.  Disney and Nickelodeon already have the overuse of these words on their daily kids shows, why not leave them out in the movie/anminations.

Thank you.


Judie says: Jul. 04, 2009

Judie says:

I was very excited to see the third movie of “Ice Age” and took 3 of my grandchildren with me to the theatre. It was lively and the 3D was fun but the more I watched the more disturbed I became. The fact that they kept referring to Sid as a mother and her children was obviously and push for acceptance to the gay community of which I am not. The inappropriate actions such as mistaking the milking of a male ram was defensive and the common use of violent action against each other became very wearing on the spirit. So I’m wondering why do we think that our children would not be offended by others outside the theatre if it’s so commonplace in everything they see and hear. The more they push it down our throats the more accepting we become of such raunch. I was disappointed and will not recommend this movie to anyone. At some point people need to take a stand and say enough. Challenge the moviemakers to see if they can come up with a good movie that is morally clean and appropriate and still make it sell. I’m sure they can it’s just easier not to. Soon children will not know good from bad and think everything is ok. It’s not and never will be.
Such a sad state of affairs.

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