Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (also called Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs or simply known as Ice Age 3) is a 2009 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the third installment in the Ice Age series and the sequel to Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown. It was directed by Carlos Saldanha and co-directed by Mike Thurmeier. The film was released on July 1, 2009, becoming the first Ice Age film and the first 20th Century Fox film to be released in 3-D.
After Sid (John Alberto Leguizamo) pilfers some dinosaur eggs, Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and the rest of their prehistoric pals enter a mysterious, underground world to rescue the hapless sloth. During the course of their mission, the gang encounters many creatures great and small, including hungry carnivores and a relentless, dinosaur-hunting weasel named Buck.
Why It Rocks
- Wonderful animation with beautifully done backgrounds.
- A very comforting and composed setting/environment for the film.
- Amazing story development.
- The characters are still likable, interesting, and well-developed.
- It properly introduces us to Buck (Simon Pegg), who steals the show with his quirky personality, likable attitude, and gets a lot of good laughs.
- Rudy is a malevolent and cold-blooded antagonist.
- The sub-plot with Scrat finding a love interest, whom is Scratte, is just as entertaining and funny, along with his constant running of failing to get his acorn.
- The romance between Scrat and Scratte is adorable.
- It has shown to be a popular favorite for fans of the Ice Age franchise.
- Astounding soundtrack that fits perfectly with the tone of the movie.
- The movie's take on Everybody Walk the Dinosaur is amazing.
- The tie-in game is also as entertaining and amazing as the movie.
- Many memorable, well-paced moments, such as how when the Herd enters into the Chasm of Death and Buck's campfire story of when he first encountered Rudy.
- Sid's adopted kids, Eggbert, Shelley, and Yoko, are adorable and the sub-plot with Sid having to take care of three baby dinosaurs with the mother dinosaur is funny, unforgettable and heartwarming all at the same time.
- Out-done voice acting.
- Even though Manny, Buck, and the rest of the herd are the main focus throughout most of the movie, we get to take a break once in a while to focus on Sid and Scrat's sub-plot.
- The idea of Manny getting another chance to have a family, especially after what happened to his first family in the first film is pretty original.
- The ending with Manny, Ellie, Peaches, and the rest of the herd is very heartwarming, well-done and emotional.
- Much like the first two films, the humor is hilarious, memorable and clever as it stays true to the era it comes from.
- Memorable lines like "It's time to get... Buck Wild." and "I THOUGHT YOU ARE A FEMALE!!!"
- Some elements in this film are weak compared to the first two films.
- The franchise automatically went downhill after this film.
- There's some adult humor hidden in this film, even though it can be hilarious, like the scene where Sid milked a male ox, which was pretty crude.
- Much like the first two films, there's some mean-spiritedness towards Sid.
- It isn't explained how Rudy was able to survive the fall after being pushed into a chasm by the mother T-Rex.
- The very ending with Scrat and Scratte was meant to be for laughs, but it's actually pretty heartbraking, because their newly-found romance is shattered by the acorn getting involved.
Some people online speculated and debated if Yoko´s name was supposed to be a reference to Gurren Lagann's Yoko Littner or not.
Despite Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs receiving mixed reviews from critics, it was positively received by audiences and fans alike, like the second film. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 46% based on 162 reviews and an average rating of 5.41/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs boasts some excellent animation -- in particular, the dinosaurs are wonderfully realized -- but its story is tired and monotonous." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 50 out of 100 based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.