Ice Age (2002) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black, Cedric the Entertainer Movie Review

Ice Age (2002)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Ice Age (2002)

3 Mammals and a Baby

With the ice age coming all the animals are heading south, well all the animals except for an unlikely trio. There is Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo), Manfred the Mammoth (Ray Romano) and Diego the Sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) who find themselves joining forces to try and help a lost human child return to its tribe. Except initially Diego has another plan as he views Manfred as a huge chunk of meat.

For children "Ice Age" is amusingly animated, has amusing characters with amusing voices and some simple humour which should amuse children. There is nothing really wrong with it when you consider that it is intended for children. And whilst the quality of the CGI often looks more like something you would find in a computer game than in a movie the comedy of the scenes will distract young eyes. In fact I will go as far as saying that whilst the various story elements are not that original it is perfectly suitable for children.

But for grown ups "Ice Age" offers up very little as the storyline is routine and the humour lacks the jokes which will fly over children's heads to keep grown ups entertained. In the end it is the comical interludes revolving around the squirrel trying to bury an acorn which end up more amusing for grown ups with its nostalgic feeling of madcap cartoon comedy. In many ways as an adult I would have happily watched a half hour cartoon featuring the squirrel trying to bury his acorn than the adventures of Sid, Manfred and Diego.

What this all boils down to is that for its intended audience "Ice Age" works with amusing characters and voices but it has little to offer grown ups who end up watching.