Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Director: Carlos Saldanha/Michael Thurmeier
Writer: Michael Berg/Peter Ackerman/Mike Reiss/Yoni Brenner
Producer: Lori Forte/John C. Donkin 
Starring: Ray Romano/Queen Latifah/Denis Leary/Seann William Scott/Josh Peck/Simon Pegg 
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 94 minutes

I’m a fan of the Ice Age movies and I think they’re quite funny to watch and it’s one for kids and adults but is a trilogy always a good idea? After Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, a lot has happened for these loveable characters. Now that Ellie and Manny are together, they are going to have a baby which leaves Manny wanting everything to be perfect for when the addition arrives. Diego is bored and takes a look at his attitude and wonders if he’s too laid-back about everything. Ice Age wouldn’t be Ice Age without Scrat who is still trying to catch that acorn but has met his match when female sabre-tooth squirrel, Scratte, wants the acorn too. After Sid sees how happy Manny and Ellie are, he wants a family of his own so he steals three dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid being kidnapped to a weird underground world where his friends have to save him.

Looks like Scrat has met his match…

The animation is simply brilliant and very well done and the characters are funnier too, especially the little clips of Scrat and Scratte fighting over the acorn. The story in the movie was very good for a kids’ movie and adults can be assured that they will like it too. The jokes were quite funny and there were some sneaky jokes in there for adults but children wouldn’t probably see it. Also the one-liners in the movie are pretty funny too, such as when Manny says to Sid, “Don’t worry, you’ll meet a nice girl with low standards”. The cast who lend their voices for our heroes were great too, especially Simon Pegg as Buck who added a bit more of comedy to the movie.

Overall, I would say that this is better than the second movie but not the first. It’s a great watch for kids and adults alike and is sure not to disappoint. It’s better than Ice Age 2: The Meltdown but it doesn’t touch the first movie.



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