Sunday, June 28, 2009

Ice Age Movie Is One For The Whole Family

Hollywood has been slowly changing its animated format to entice the whole family into spending the afternoon together in the theatre. They have been subtly adding more and more adult themes to their animated movies. The stories have been getting darker (Coraline) for some time now. The plots have been filled with even more sadder stories (Up) then ever before. In "Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs" we get a pregnant character and we get newly found love. Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are preparing for the birth of their first child, Manny has created a "safe" playground for their baby when it is born. He freaks out at any hint of the babies impending birth. Meanwhile Scrat (Chris Wedge) has also found a new interest beside the ever elusive acorn nut. Scratte (Karen Disher) is a female squirrel that has taken an interest in the acorn and she and Scrat seem to duel it out until they are left hanging from the root of a plant over an abyss and Scrat saves Srattes life. Diego (Denis Leary) has been feeling blue as of late, he can't even chase down his dinner, a Gazelle (Bill Hader) out runs him and then makes fun of Diego when he gets winded. Meanwhile Sid (John Leguizamo) has found three eggs that he decides he will care for, unknown to him or anyone else the eggs are from the nest of a T-Rex, who tracks them back to where Sid has taken them.

When the T-Rex grabs her babies, she also grabs Sid, when the T-Rex walks off with Sid his friends decide that they can't just sit back and let Sid be eaten, so they follow the tracks into an underground cavern and make a wild discovery , dinosaurs have been living under them. Right away they are forced to run when they are chased by a fierce creature, they are saved by the best new character in cartoons so far this year. Buck, (Simon Pegg) is a shifty one eyed weasel, who the group don't really know if they can trust yet. Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck) make friends with Buck right away and are ready to follow him from the start, when he saves Manny and Diego from a carnivorous plant the group agrees to let him lead them to find Sid. The new area is filled with peril, so many dinosaurs are after the group, and it is filled with dangerous areas at every turn. Buck tells the group that a mean dinosaur was responsible for taking his eye, and Buck spends his days hunting down Rudy to get his revenge.

Although Sid is in danger of being eaten he is still trying to raise "His" babies, while the T-Rex is feeding them meat, Sid tries to give them broccoli that they turn their noses to. The mother T-Rex saves Sid from the rampage of Rudy by bringing him into a cave to hide while Rudy hunts. The trip is almost brought to a halt when Ellie goes into labor, Diego defends her from a pack of small meat eating dinosaurs while Manny makes his way to them, Sid is left alone and is floating on a sea of lava when he is rescued by Buck, Crash and Eddie. The reunion comes when the group returns to where Ellie has given birth, and then they are forced to deal with Rudy when he comes out, they are saved by the mother T-Rex and when they leave Manny invites Buck to come with them, hearing Rudy's roar Buck decides that he wants to stay. They return to where they started the journey introducing Peaches to the world of snow and ice.

Even though this is an animated movie, it's themes are more adult based, some parents may feel this is a good way to teach their children about child birth and some may not, most children may not even pay attention to that aspect anyway. This is probable one of the better Ice Age movies out of the three. It has something for everyone, not to mention Simon Pegg, a fellow Brit.

I give Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs a 3 and on my avoidance scale a 0, while everyone is standing in line forTransformers tickets take the family to see this very enjoyable movie. The kid in you will enjoy the story as it reflects the friendships that can be made no matter who you are.

Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs is rated PG for Mild Humor and Peril
Running time is 1 hr. 27 mins.

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