cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

amazon.gif
Top Selling DVD     Books

BLU-RAY DVDs:
50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Robocop
Selma
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
Akira
Avatar
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bambi
A Bug's Life
Cars
Chronicles of Narnia set
Coraline
Ghostbusters
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Ratatouille
Rio
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
combo
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE

OFCS

Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

 DISNEY PIXAR DVDs
Alice in Wonderland
Bambi
Beauty and the Beast
Bolt
Cinderella
Coraline
E.T.
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Pinocchio
Princess Mononoke
Ratatouille
Rio 
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy


Click for full sized poster

Ice Age

Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary; Goran Visnjic
Screenplay by Michael Berg and Peter Ackerman
Directed by Chris Wedge
website: www.iceagemovie.com

IN SHORT: Delirious fun. [Rated PG for mild peril. 75 minutes]

We screened Ice Age twice before this writing. Once in a screening room filled with critics, not the best place to see a comedy, and again with our nieces and nephews. There's plenty in the flick for both demographics and it stood up well on second view. The limited time availability Munchy Mammoth Cookie ice cream is pretty tasty, too.

Tipping its hat to sources as diverse as Dr. Seuss, 1950 era SF movies, Stan Lee/Jack Kirby comics and the now departed Chuck Jones' perpetually doomed character Wile E. Coyote, Ice Age is the kind of popcorn 'toon we like to settle in for, whether it be on the big screen or small. Smushing all the prehistoric eras together into one, director Chris Wedge has smoothly melded two kinds of films together into one. The first is a slap your sides comedy. The second is a sentimental bonding flick and both of 'em take place approximately two hundred million years ago, somewhere in what would now be called France.

As the huge glaciers creep down on what passes for the civilized world, all things great and small head south to warmer climes. Our star, Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo), is on the same path when he oversleeps and finds his herd gone without him. What's worse is that he's ticked off a pair of Rhinoceroses along the way. These feeble minded brutes are more than willing to forsake their vegan ways to pursue Sid, with intent of snapping a neckbone or two. The unwilling protector to the Sloth is Manfred the Mammoth (Ray Romano), a down in the dumps kinda guy who, unlike the entire civilized world, is heading North.

Manny doesn't want Sid's company but there's something about the little guy that's just annoying as all get out. You couldn't beat him off with a stick ... you could beat him with a stick, sure, but he wouldn't go anywhere ... so this wrong way pair keep going, uh, the wrong way. Somewhere off to the side, a pack of sabertooth tigers have attacked a human encampment, intent on scarfing up babies for breakfast. Their target gets away and, as a result, pack leader Santo (Goran Visnjic) assigns lackey Diego (Denis Leary) to bring the kidlet back for lunch.

The climate being what it will, our band must forge a partnership to survive. Manny's got an agenda. Diego's got an agenda. Sid needs a heavy dose of Ritalin and the baby is a poop joke waiting to happen. As warm and fuzzy as it all gets by its end, Ice Age kept surprising us with visual gags that went right over the heads of the kidlets we schlepped to the screening. Just the way we like it.

The computer animation looks pretty good, considering the limited range of color allowed by the frozen environment. Once upon a time we wrote about the difficulty of animating water and we'll advance that now by complimenting the Blue Sky team on their beautifully animated glacier ice. Shimmering, glimmering gorgeous work. Also out of the norm is the seemingly triangular build to all the characters, which we found quite interesting and attention getting, and the utter lack of a dominating song soundtrack. Only one song in the entire body of the work. Fine by us.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Nine Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Ice Age, he would have paid . . .

$7.50

The film opens, and is spaced by, the adventures of a cursed creature named Scrat (voiced by Wedge), looking for a place to stash his nut. Scrat is this film's Wile E. Coyote and pops up every time we need a good laugh between scenes of danger and/or sentimentality.

Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.