Go Nuts for ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 2:01pm
By: Kevin Thomas


The last time “Ice Age” was on the big screen, I didn’t like it. This time I was greatly impressed. Thanks to Sid, our heroes are off on another big adventure. Compared to “The Meltdown,” this film has more adult humor in it then kid humor. Jokes go from bodily humor to movie references and many times the adults in my screening laughed out loud.

The 3D is great; in fact it’s noticeable without diverting our attention from the scene on the screen. For instance, in the movie “Spy Kids 3D” I was distracted from the movie by the things coming at my face. This time it just seemed real.

Everyone is back: Ray Romano as Manny, the serious mammoth, John Leguizamo as Sid the ADD-induced sloth, and Dennis Leary as Diego, the tough-guy Sabertooth tiger. Also, Queen Latifah returns as Ellie, Manny’s wife. My mom enjoyed the moments of marital bliss AKA “we’re having our first baby and freaking out about it.” Whatever.

Basically, Manny and Ellie are having a baby any day now, and Sid, the ultimate slothful bachelor, wants to raise a family of his own. Diego wants to leave the “herd” to avoid eating these babies. Sid’s mission becomes easier when he finds some dinosaur eggs and takes them on as a science project. Unfortunately, the dinosaur mom finds those eggs that have now hatched into baby dinosaurs and takes them away along with Sid. This causes Manny, Diego, Ellie, and her two possum friends Crash and Eddie (Josh Peck and Seann William Scott) to go after her. Suddenly underground, they must also get help from a strange weasel named Buck (Simon Pegg). Buck was a hilarious character who never failed to entertain. If they decide to make “Ice Age Four,” I hope Buck will return to add to the hilarity.

There is once again a back story with the little squirrel named Scrat, and how he must now compete for his acorn with another new character, a smart flying female sexy squirrel. Scrat has always been in the films, but this time I thought it took too much away from the main story. Sometimes during a scene they cut to Scrat in the middle of the scene, and then switched back again. Huh? What was that about??

I recommend this movie for children ages seven to eleven. This movie is rated PG for mild crude humor peril.

The comedy in this film is almost endless, which is a good thing. Funny fresh humor is used throughout the movie, and for once the third movie was better then the second. Should you see it? I think so.

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