Ice Age Surely it couldn't have been planned this way, but along with "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc.," Ice Age forms a trilogy of thematically related computer-animated cartoons.… Ice Age Surely it couldn't have been planned this way, but along with "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc.," Ice Age forms a trilogy of thematically related computer-animated cartoons.…
Video Review

Ice Age (2002)

MPAA Rating: PG
Ice Age | 'ICE' ICE BABY Diego, Manfred, and Sid welcome a new member to the prehistoric food chain
Image credit: Ice Age: ©20th Century Fox
'ICE' ICE BABY Diego, Manfred, and Sid welcome a new member to the prehistoric food chain
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 26, 2002; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Animation, Comedy; With: Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Ray Romano; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Surely it couldn't have been planned this way, but along with ''Shrek'' and ''Monsters, Inc.,'' Ice Age forms a trilogy of thematically related computer-animated cartoons. Like Mike Myers' green ogre, woolly mammoth Manfred (voiced by the aptly nasal Ray Romano) is an antisocial behemoth who acquires a pain-in-the-ass sidekick -- in this case, a lisping sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo). And like ''Monsters, Inc.'''s Mike and Sulley, these creatures have their hearts melted by a lost baby human (here, a primitive tribesman's son) whom they attempt to return home.

But ''Ice Age'' wisely throws in a wildcat: Diego (the menacing Denis Leary), a saber-toothed tiger who may be leading the makeshift ''herd'' into an ambush. Like their digital images, all these characters are pleasingly three-dimensional. The comedy's real secret weapon, though, is Scrat, a squirrel-rat hybrid whose hysterically Sisyphean quest to bury a single acorn continues in ''Gone Nutty,'' a short (included on both the VHS and DVD) that, like ''Ice Age,'' boasts some of the most inspired animated slapstick since ''Looney Tunes''' heyday.

Originally posted Nov 26, 2002 Published in issue #684 Nov 29, 2002 Order article reprints
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