Monday, 24 August 2015

Ice Age Review

Ice Age

Release Date: 21st March 2002 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Blue Sky Studios

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes

Budget: $59,000,000

Box Office Gross: $383.257,136

Plot Summary
Twenty thousand years ago,
at the dawn of the Ice Age,
three completely mismatched
creatures have been brought
together by a twist of fate.
Sid, Manfred and Diego
reluctantly team up to
help return a human baby
to his father.

Voice Cast
Ray Romano - Manny
John Leguizamo - Sid
Denis Leary - Diego
Goran Visnjic - Soto
Jack Black - Zeke
Cedric the Entertainer - Carl
Stephen Root - Frank/Start
Alan Tudyk - Lenny/Dodo/
Freaky Mammal
Diedrich Bader - Oscar
Chris Wedge - Scrat/Dodo

Director - Chris Wedge
Co-Director - Carlos Saldanha
Story/Screenplay - Michael J. Wilson
Additional Story - James
Bresnahan, Doug Compton,
Mike Thurmeier, Jeff Siergey,
Galen T. Chu and Xeth Feinberg
Screenplay - Michael Berg and
Peter Ackerman
Executive Producer - Christopher Meledandri
Producer - Lori Forte
Head of Story - Yvette Kaplan
Production Designer - Brian McEntee
Character Designer - Peter DeSeve
3D Layout Supervisor - Robert Cardone
Film Editor - John Carnochan
Music - David Newman


2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Chris Wedge (Nominated)

It's been a while since I last watched an ICE AGE movie and having only posted the fourth addition CONTINENTAL DRIFT (click here), I have not done any of the first three chapters recently which I barely have time to do and watch them all. At the dawn of the millennium, computer animation was coming to its own as features such as Disney/Pixar's MONSTER INC (click here) and DreamWorks' SHREK were the big winners at the time and no young child should ever miss these two nor the whole family. ICE AGE was released in that era in a varied degree of success and as the years roll by, it became a cash cow series soon after its success. Most people would get to choose the original over the next three, simply because it's not as saccharine and relies on some sheer heartbreak. This came to no surprise to me that in the several times, I have watched it right through from when I was ten years old until now, it's clearly the best instalment of the series. Naturally, ICE AGE 1 still retains its spunk and the formula inside of it, I don't see why this was substantial enough to be the start of a franchise whatsoever. 

Outstanding and terrific are the words of praise for the voice acting and characterisations that were conceived for this animated buddy comedy. Ray Romano lents his voice and so is John Leguizamo and Denis Leary for three of the main characters that were unlikely mismatched to be together as a trio. I noticed that Jack Black and Alan Tudyk provide the additional voice talent for the two supporting antagonists.

Visually, the animation is nothing special within the first ICE AGE feature, indeed some of it shows its age compared to modern animated movies, that's why it's good for a laugh as well as being an exciting film. I decide to all viewers that the sequels are not as good as its predecessor.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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