Friday, January 07, 2011

Movie Review - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

by Alex Popp

The sub-zero heroes are back, on an incredible adventure... for the ages in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

After the events of "Ice Age: The Meltdown", life begins to change for Manny and his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and Ellie, having since become an item, are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with a one-eyed weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently.

If you enjoyed the first two "Ice Age" movies, as I did, this one will make you explode with laughter. The humor has gotten even better in this third installment, which doesn't usually happen. I hear "Shrek the Third" is a counterexample. There isn't much more I can say, but see it for the humor.

Rated PG for peril and some mild crude humor.

Three and a half stars for the hysterical animated romp, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs."

Review by Alex Popp for The Animation Empire blog.


I thought it was good, but I think it was still the worst of the three. I think adding the dinosaur story and threat just wasn't as interesting as the character-driven themes of the first two films.

- The Emperor

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