Ice Age (franchise)
|Creator||Blue Sky Studios|
|Films and television|
The Ice Age franchise produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox, and featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge. Four films have been released in the series thus far, Ice Age in 2002, Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009 and Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012. The series follows a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age.
|Directed by||First film:
Second and third films:
|Produced by||First, second, third and fourth films:
Third and fourth films:
John C. Donkin
|Screenplay by||First film:
Michael J. Wilson
First and third films:
First and fourth films:
|Story by||First film:
Michael J. Wilson
Jason Carter Eaton
Seann William Scott
|Music by||First film:
Second, third and fourth films:
|Studio||Blue Sky Studios|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||First film:
March 15, 2002
March 31, 2006
July 1, 2009
July 13, 2012
Ice Age (2002)
Sid, a sloth who never stops talking is left behind sleeping while everyone else begins the journey to the south. Awaking, he meets Manny, a mammoth who travels to the north, and decides to follow him. When a humans camp is attacked by tigers, a woman takes her baby and jumps into a river and falls off a waterfall. Before she disappears, the baby is rescued by Manny and Sid. The two animals decide to search for the father and return the baby to him. Diego, one of the tigers that attacked the humans, comes also claiming the baby.
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Manny, Sid, and Diego are currently living in a large valley surrounded by an enormously high ice wall on all sides. When a water park begins to form, the trio discovers that the ice wall is actually a wall that is barely holding a massive body of water that could flood the valley to nearly a mile underwater. A vulture tells them that there is a boat at the other end of the valley that may save them all, but they only have 3 days to make it or die. Manny is having trouble facing the fact that he may be the last mammoth left. Along the way, they meet Ellie, a mammoth who thinks she is a possum, and her possum brothers Crash and Eddie. As they begin to travel together, Manny learns, with help from Diego and Sid, that having this new mammoth with them, may not be as bad as Manny makes it out to be while they try to escape the oncoming and continually threatening flood. During their journey, Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel has his own adventures that eventually leads to something else entirely.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Life begins to change for Manny and his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and Ellie, having since become an item, are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid becomes jealous of Manny and Ellie and begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with an insane one-eyed weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
The fourth film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, was released in 3-D on July 13, 2012. It was directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier — the first time without Carlos Saldanha, and beside the regular voices it features many new celebrities, including Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Drake and Nicki Minaj. The film takes place a few years after the events of the third film, with Peaches in her teenage years. Scrat's never-ending pursuit of acorns has world-changing consequences, separating Manny, Sid and Diego from the rest, forcing them to stand up to a pirate gang, led by Captain Gutt.
Ice Age 5 (TBA)
John Leguizamo, the voice of Sid, said of the fifth installment in the Ice Age film series: "It sounds like they’re working on something. So hopefully the answer is YES, but I cannot say for sure."
Gone Nutty is a 2002 animated short film, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and originally released on the Ice Age DVD. The short features the character Scrat, who is yet again having troubles with collecting his beloved acorns. The film was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
No Time for Nuts
No Time for Nuts is a 2006 animated short film, directed by Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, and it was originally released on the Ice Age: The Meltdown DVD. The short follows Scrat on a chase after his nut, which has been accidentally sent back in time by a frozen time machine. No Time for Nuts was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Surviving Sid is a 2008 animated short film, directed by Galen Tan Chu and Karen Disher. It was originally released on the Horton Hears a Who! DVD and Blu-ray. Unlike the first two Ice Age short films, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid, who incompetently "leads" a small group of camping children.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas is a 26-minute TV special that aired on FOX on November 24, 2011, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 26, 2011. The special was directed by Karen Disher, and it features all the regular voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Josh Peck, Seann William Scott, and Chris Wedge. The new cast includes Billy Gardell as Santa, Ciara Bravo as Peaches, T.J. Miller as Prancer, and Judah Friedlander as Head Mini-sloth.
In the middle of decorating for the holiday season, Sid accidentally destroys Manny's favourite decorations. Sid, convinced by Manny that he is now on Santa's naughty list, takes off with Crash, Eddie and Peaches for the North Pole to get back on the Santa's good side. When on the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa's Workshop. When Manny, Ellie and Diego worried over Peaches safety, arrive to North Pole, they must come together and save Christmas.
Cast and characters
- Manny, the Woolly Mammoth
- Sid, the ground sloth, a giant ground sloth
- Diego, the Smilodon
- Ellie, the mammoth
- Crash and Eddie, the Opossums
- Scrat, a sabertooth Squirrel
- Scratte, a female sabertooth squirrel, both Scrat's love interest and rival
- Buck, the Weasel, helps the gang along their journey in the third film
- Peaches, Manny and Ellie's daughter, born in the third film
|Character||Theatrical films||Short films||Specials|
|Ice Age (2002)||The Meltdown (2006)||Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)||Continental Drift (2012)||Gone Nutty (2002)||No Time for Nuts (2006)||Surviving Sid (2008)||A Mammoth Christmas (2011)|
|Manny||Ray Romano||Silent cameo||Ray Romano|
|Sid||John Leguizamo||Silent cameo||John Leguizamo|
|Diego||Denis Leary||Silent cameo||Denis Leary|
|Ellie||Queen Latifah||Queen Latifah|
|Crash||Seann William Scott||Seann William Scott|
|Eddie||Josh Peck||Josh Peck|
|Peaches||Silent cameo||Keke Palmer||Ciara Bravo|
Box office performance
All four films, produced on a total budget of $324 million, have grossed almost $2.8 billion worldwide, making Ice Age the 11th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Shrek.
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|United States||Foreign||Worldwide||All time domestic||All time worldwide|
|Ice Age||March 15, 2002||$176,387,405||$206,869,731||$383,257,136||#170||#170||$59,000,000|||
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||March 31, 2006||$195,330,621||$460,057,537||$655,388,158||#132||#58||$80,000,000|||
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||July 1, 2009||$196,573,705||$690,113,112||$886,686,817||#131||#26||$90,000,000|||
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||July 13, 2012||$160,832,229||$714,026,763||$874,858,992||#207||#29||$95,000,000|||
|Ice Age||77% (164 reviews)||60% (31 reviews)|
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||57% (143 reviews)||58% (29 reviews)|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||45% (158 reviews)||50% (25 reviews)|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||37% (127 reviews)||49% (29 reviews)|
- Ice Age was released in 2002 by Ubisoft for Game Boy Advance.
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown was released in 2006 by Sierra Entertainment for Wii, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Xbox, and PC.
- Dawn of the Dinosaurs was released by Activision on June 30, 2009, for PC, Wii, DS, PS2, PlayStation 3, PSP, and Xbox 360.
- Ice Age Village, a mobile video game, was released by Gameloft on April 5, 2012, to iPhone, iPad, and various Android devices, and on April 24, 2013, to Windows Phone. The game allows players to build a village while characters from the films set them goals. Player's can also visit their friend's villages, play mini games and watch videos.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games was released by Activision on July 10, 2012, to Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360.
- Ice Age Online is an upcoming online video game that will be released on the Bigpoint's gaming portal.
Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is a live arena ice show that combines ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry and film, and tells a new story based on the first three Ice Age films. It is being produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, and directed by Guy Caron and Michael Curry. The music and lyrics were written by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson.
With the preview shows from 19 to 21 October 2012, in Cardiff, and from 25 to 28 October 2012, in Nottingham, A Mammoth Adventure officially premiered on November 2, 2012, during its three-day tour from November 1 to November 3 at Wembley Arena in London. It will continue in Germany in November 2012, and will visit more than 30 countries in its five-year world-wide tour.
The plot begins with baby mammoth Peaches being kidnapped by an evil hawk-like creature called Shadow. Her father Manny sets off to rescue Peaches, accompanied by Sid and Diego. Their mission is successful, but on the way home they encounter avalanches and rockfalls, diverting them into a fantasy underground kingdom.
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