Combustible Celluloid
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With: (voices) Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black, Cedric the Entertainer, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Lorri Bagley, Jane Krakowski
Written by: Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson, Peter Ackerman, etc.
Directed by: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha
MPAA Rating: PG for mild peril
Running Time: 81
Date: 03/12/2002

Ice Age (2002)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Fool's Cold

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Produced at 20th Century Fox during a time when most other studios were struggling to keep up with Pixar and Disney in the realm of animation, Ice Age riffs on the old "Three Godfathers" story, most notably filmed by John Ford in 1948. Just prior to the ice age, three "bachelors," i.e. a woolly mammoth, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), a sloth, Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), and a saber-toothed cat, Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), try to return a lost human baby to its tribe. It's essentially an old-fashioned road-trip/bonding story with some bad guys and escapes thrown in. The animation is fine, if not spectacular, but the characters are not sharply drawn. Leguizamo is left to spaz out and make ridiculous jokes while the other two respond with grumpiness. Regardless, Ice Age was an enormous hit and spawned three sequels to date. Director Chris Wedge previously won an Oscar for his great animated short Bunny (1998).

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