Ice Age

Ice Age

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Director: Carlos Saldanha, Chris Wedge

Cast: Carlos Saldanha, Chris Wedge, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo


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A team of "sub-zero heroes" band together to save a human infant in this digitally animated feature from Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge, whose unique lighting software (called "Ray Tracing") sets his visual style apart from earlier CGI efforts. Twenty thousand years ago, the Earth is overrun by freezing temperatures in an Ice Age that is sending all manner of… See more details below


A team of "sub-zero heroes" band together to save a human infant in this digitally animated feature from Oscar-winning director Chris Wedge, whose unique lighting software (called "Ray Tracing") sets his visual style apart from earlier CGI efforts. Twenty thousand years ago, the Earth is overrun by freezing temperatures in an Ice Age that is sending all manner of critters scattering in the path of encroaching glaciers. When a lost human infant is discovered, an unlikely quartet of misfits forms to return it to its mother: Manny, a depressed woolly mammoth (Ray Romano); Sid, a fast-talking sloth (John Leguizamo); an acorn-crazed squirrel named Scrat (Wedge); and the devilish saber-toothed tiger named Diego (Denis Leary). Before they can complete their mission, the reluctant compatriots will brave pits of boiling lava, dangerous caverns of ice, and even a traitorous plot within their midst. Ice Age (2002) also features the voices of Jack Black, Jane Krakowski, and Goran Visnjic.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One of the biggest box office hits of 2002, this pre-hysteric comedy echoes John Ford's 1948 western, Three Godfathers, as a mismatched trio of creatures teams up to return a wayward human infant to its family. Emmy winner Ray Romano is the voice of Manfred, a woolly mammoth who is migrating north instead of south. John Leguizamo voices Sid, a sloth who becomes to Manfred what Donkey was to Shrek. "We make a great team," the hyper-verbal Sid exclaims. "Isn't there someone else you can annoy?" Manfred replies. Denis Leary is the voice of Diego, a saber-toothed tiger who joins them on their treacherous journey and has his own agenda. But the character who runs away with Ice Age is Scrat, a hapless squirrel/rat who tries desperately to make off with his hard-won prize, an acorn. There is one heart-tugging moment in which Manfred sadly observes cave drawings of an ill-fated woolly mammoth family, and some tooth-and-claw fight scenes may send chills through younger viewers. The computer animation throughout is quite good, and the storytelling will warm the hearts of young and old for ages to come.
All Movie Guide
Riding a wave of good feeling toward animated films, The Ice Age made a jaw-dropping $46 million in its opening weekend, in turn setting a new March record and reversing the fortunes of Fox's animation wing following the disappointing Titan A.E. (2000). An instant contender for the 2002 Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Ice Age can be viewed as derivative in its approach nonetheless. The central relationship between a dyspeptic woolly mammoth (Ray Romano) and the talkative sloth who follows him (John Leguizamo) is Shrek all over again, their guardianship of a lost human baby has shades of Monsters, Inc., and the prehistoric migration milieu even triggers unfortunate Dinosaur flashbacks. But beyond its basic structure, which must hew closely to standard guidelines to be successful, The Ice Age is a glittering fiesta of images bolstered by clever, laugh-out-loud set pieces. The animation itself is edgier than its closest digital contemporaries, mingling styles that recall claymation and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons into a finely detailed, visually arresting patchwork. The fact that it doesn't directly resemble an existing style is rare in an industry where imitation is not only commonplace, but expected (see Dreamworks' first forays into Disney-style animation). The film's great running joke finds a squirrel chasing an acorn between converging glaciers, avoiding extinction in improbable ways. It also scores with set pieces in which the characters slip down a sort of ice cavern water slide, and steal melons from a band of apocalypse-fearing dodos, who have a hard time staying alive. The Ice Age shows mastery of how to underuse its dialogue, as well, including the fascinating choice to leave the humans voiceless. The comic relief role usually has a high irritation quotient, but Leguizamo's lispy, slurring voice is surprisingly tolerable. And the moments of complete silence are the most notable, as when a wall of cave drawings recounts the sad loss of the mammoth's family. The complete package is one of the more satisfying, not to mention technically accomplished, family movies to come along in years.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by director Chris Wedge and co-director Carlos Saldanha; Nutty Movie Mode -- branch to deleted scenes (with optional director/co-director commentary) when you see the acorn pop up during the film; Extreme Cool View Version of Ice Age -- combines Scrat's Frozen Fun Facts with behind-the-ice video clips from the filmmakers and natural history experts; Ice Age 2: The Meltdown trailer; "Gone Nutty: Scrat's Missing Adventure" animated short; "Bunny" animated short with introduction by director Chris Wedge; Six interactive games ; "Behind the Scenes of Ice Age" HBO special; Scene-specific commentary by John Leguizamo as Sid; Three multi-angle animation studies; Six production featurettes; International (multi-language) clip; Sid voice development featurette; Scrat's promo spots; DVD-ROM games and activities; Theatrical teaser, trailers, and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Romano Manny
John Leguizamo Sid
Denis Leary Diego
Goran Visnjic Soto
Jack Black Zeke
Tara Strong Roshan
Cedric the Entertainer Rhino
Stephen Root Rhino
Diedrich Bader Saber-Tooth Tiger
Alan Tudyk Saber-Tooth Tiger
Lorri Bagley Female Sloth
Jane Krakowski Female Sloth
Chris Wedge Scrat
David Newman Conductor

Technical Credits
Carlos Saldanha Director
Chris Wedge Director
Peter Ackerman Screenwriter
Michael Berg Screenwriter
James Bresnahan Animator
John Carnochan Editor
Lori Forte Producer
Sean Garnhart Sound/Sound Designer
Brian McEntee Production Designer
Christopher Meledandri Executive Producer
David Newman Score Composer
Michael Thurmeier Animator
Michael J. Wilson Original Story,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ice Age [Super-Cool Edition], Disc 1
1. A Squirrel's Life
2. The Big Chill?
3. All Alone
4. A Great Team
5. Tigers on the Prowl
6. Save the Child
7. Taking Care of the Baby
8. Food!
9. Bedtime
10. Where's the Baby?
11. A Shortcut
12. Cave Drawings
13. The Searchers
14. A Hot Foot
15. The Tiger's Plan
16. Fire Starter
17. Ambush!
18. Reunited
19. 20,000 Years Later
20. End Titles
Disc #2 -- Ice Age [Super-Cool Edition], Disc 2
1. Meet Director Chris Wedge
2. Scrat Is Born
3. Developing the Film
4. Stylizing the Ice Age
5. Meet the Ice Age Experts
6. Designing Sid
7. The Real Sloths
8. Designing Manny
9. The Real Mammoths
10. Wooly and Columbian Mammoths
11. Enemies of the Mammoths
12. Fossil Mammoths
13. Sloths of the Ice Age
14. Designing Diego
15. The Real Saber-Toothed Cats
16. Saber-Toothed Cats of the Ice Age
17. Created by Hand
18. Organically Real
19. A Natural Environment
20. Lighting the Ice Age
21. Cats vs. Tigers
22. Modeling the Characters
23. Fossils
24. Defining the Characters
25. The Real Dodo Birds
26. Dodo Storyboards
27. Manny's Eyes
28. Social Cats
29. The La Brea Tar Pits
30. Glaciers: Then and Now
31. Inside the Glacier
32. Studying Fossils
33. Sid in the Ice Meseum
34. The Run Ride
35. Animal Perspective
36. The Earliest Cave Drawings
37. Evidence for Cave Paintings
38. Bonding With the Characters
39. Creating Humans
40. Rising Temperatures
41. Hunting Mammoths
42. A Figment of the Imagination
43. The Direction of Diego
44. Under a Mile of Ice
45. The Comic Sidekick
46. Early Humans
47. Forming Family and Friendship
48. A Life of Its Own

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