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Animation - Children

Ice Age (2002)

Duration1h 21m
RatingsUK: U, USA: PG
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorChris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
Writers/ScriptMichael J. Wilson, Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman with contributions from half a dozen others.
StarringCan we assign star ratings to cartoons? In many countries local voice over actors are employed, but in the English speaking version John Leguizamo is Sid.
RatingsIMDb: 7.5 by 443,519 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 77%  by 167 critics.

Elevator Pitch: As the human and animal population retreat from the ice age a sloth, Sid, is left behind. Also a mammoth and a group of sabre toothed tigers. As the humans retreat a mother and baby are swept away in a flood, and the animals rescue the child, and are determined to return it to its father, except for the sabre toothed tiger who has other plans for it. Also going along in their vicinity is a sabre toothed squirrel. The child becomes familiar with them, but can they return it to its father.

Content: A lot can be done with animals in the ice, particularly in cartoons. There is no attempt at realism which many cartoons can now achieve, witness the sabre toothed squirrel and I think the  glyptodons which did exist but did not look like the animals in the film. The mammoth and the sloth argue all the time and the sabre toothed tiger is a bit of a menace, but over the duration of the film they have many adventures and in the end become a team.

A View: The film made a load of money and was rated at 77% by 167 reviewers. It all goes along pretty well. Children will like it, and adults will find that the story moves along at a pace which makes it watchable, and fortunately for me there are no songs. It is a film which has spawned numerous sequels, featuring the same characters including the sloth, and it is said that many characters left out of this film have emerged in the sequels. So a watch if you are under ten.

Additional Info: The offspring of the animators were used to draw the cave paintings.  

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