Ice Age

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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: 10/9/2012
  • UPC: 024543754886
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 41,581

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Romano Voice Only
John Leguizamo Voice Only
Denis Leary Voice Only
Goran Visnjic Voice Only
Jack Black Voice Only
Tara Strong Voice Only
Cedric the Entertainer Voice Only
Stephen Root Voice Only
Diedrich Bader Voice Only
Alan Tudyk Voice Only
Lorri Bagley Voice Only
Jane Krakowski Voice Only
Chris Wedge Voice Only
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'You are a shrewd mammal'

    This movie was so funny! When my mom rented it I thought it wouldn't be good at all and was surprised to find that I actually liked it! It was a great story about friendship and treating friends as family. I love watching how the relationship between Diego, the saber-tooth tiger, Manny, the mammoth, and Sid, the sloth. Sid was so funny in his actions and the way he talked and presented himself in the movie. My favorite part was the very end when the three friends do their task in taking an abandoned baby to his father and they all leave together into the horizon. It makes me think of my relationships with my friends and how strong I should keep them. I love this movie!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for the whole family

    Of course kids love this movie, but adults do too. The comedy is subtle and hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    movie

    I liked this movie because it was funny. Most of the time the two animals were fighting in a way that made you laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    I loved this movie and still do! It was a fun and witty storyline and the characters are so fun and well-defined. The reason I must give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because of all of the crude humor. I very much dislike crude humor, but, alas, it is a part of our world...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!! Loved it!!!

    I felt funny sitting infront of the movie at cartoons. Sid was a loveable you character. John Leguizamo and Ray Ramono made a team. I thought that it was so funny!!!! I laughed forever!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A MOVIE THAT NO ONE CAN BEAT

    Ice Age made me laugh and cry. Everything in it look like it was real, and the music was so touching just like the movie. If there is anyone who says it was dumb, they'll be getting a big black eye in history from me. The characters were so funny, the actors who did their voices were great. This movie should win the Academy Award (an Oscar). This is a movie that no one can beat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best laughs I've ever had

    Ice Age is great ... sound crew did a really good job. There wasn't a minute I didn't laugh when I watched this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    I'm 16 and I loved this movie. Most people would agree that the most beloved characters of the movie are Sid, and Scrat... And by the way, it doesn't matter where you buy it as long as its enjoyed. Have a happy new year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWSONE-O WOW-LIKE TOTALLY FREAK ME OUT-I MEAN RIGHT ON-ICE AGE IS NUMBER 1!!!!!!

    This movie was soo funny! I had a great time watching it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best kids movie

    This is one of the best kid movies ever.It's jam packed with laughs.if you haven't seen it you should and if you like a movie with laughs then watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    should be more than five stars

    We absolutely loved this movie. Couldn't stop laughing!! Great for any age!! Buy it- you won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    Best kids' movie I've ever seen! Everyone will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Barnes and noble have bad prices!!!!

    Barnes and noble have been ripping people off for over a decade now, For instance look at the price of this DVD It's $24.99!!! When someone could just get the samething at Bestbuy for $17.99. Why would anyone fall for such a rip-off. They dont Even match prices. So before purchesing anything from this store, Think about it for a while and see if you really want to support this store Thank you for reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally AWSOME!

    Adults, children, even aliens, EVERYONE will LOVE this great hilarious video! It's entertaing for both children and adults alike! Check out their website for some fun and amusement too! This is the best video of the year!

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