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Ice Age
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Creator Blue Sky Studios
Films and television
Films
Short films
Television specials
Theatrical presentations
Plays
Games
Video games
Audio
Soundtracks

The Ice Age franchise is 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 with a fifth film Ice Age: Collision Course released in the US on July 22, 2016. It was released in Australia prior to that, the day before the last day of school for Term 2, in time for the winter school holidays on June 30, 2016. Ice Age is the first animated franchise to produce five full-length theatrical films.[1] The series follows a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age. It has received some criticism for making no attempt to be scientifically accurate.[2][3][4]

Films

Ice Age (2002)

Main article: Ice Age (2002 film)

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 over 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)

Main article: Ice Age: The Meltdown

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 three 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: Collision Course (2016)

Set after the events of Continental Drift, Scrat's epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Ice Age 6 (TBA)

On the possibility of a potential sequel, in June 2016 Galen T. Chu, co-director of the film, stated that there were some ideas for the next instalment.[5]

Short films

Gone Nutty

Main article: Gone Nutty

Gone Nutty is a 2002 animated short film, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and originally released on the Ice Age DVD.[6] 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.[7]

No Time for Nuts

Main article: 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.[8] 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.[9]

Surviving Sid

Main article: Surviving Sid

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.[10] Unlike the first two Ice Age short films, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid, who incompetently "leads" a small group of camping children.

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe is a 2015 animated short film. The short once again follows Scrat, who discovers a flying saucer frozen in a block of ice and accidentally powers it on and ends up creating the Solar System through a series of mishaps.

Television specials

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

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's safety, arrive at the North Pole, they must come together and save Christmas.[11]

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade

The special centers on a harried prehistoric bird mom who entrusts her precious, soon-to-hatch egg to Sid. When she recommends him to her neighbors—a condor mother, Cholly Bear and Gladys Glypto—business booms at his new egg-sitting service.

However, dastardly pirate bunny Squint, who is seeking revenge on the herd, steals, camouflages and hides all the eggs. Once again, with Squint’s twin brother, Clint, assisting, Manny, Diego and the rest of the gang come to the rescue and take off on a daring mission that turns into the world’s first Easter egg hunt.

Cast and crew

Cast and Characters

Further information: List of Ice Age characters
Characters Theatrical films Short films Specials
Ice Age (2002) The Meltdown (2006) Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) Continental Drift (2012) Collision Course (2016) Gone Nutty (2002) No Time for Nuts (2006) Surviving Sid (2008) Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015) A Mammoth Christmas (2011) The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
Manny Ray Romano Silent cameo Ray Romano
Sid John Leguizamo Silent cameo John Leguizamo
Diego Denis Leary Silent cameo Denis Leary
Scrat Chris Wedge
Roshan character is mute character is mute
Soto Goran Višnjić
Zeke Jack Black
Carl Cedric the Entertainer
Frank Stephen Root
Ellie Queen Latifah Queen Latifah
Crash Seann William Scott Seann William Scott
Eddie Josh Peck Josh Peck
Fast Tony Jay Leno
Vulture Will Arnett
Cretaceous character is mute
Maelstrom character is mute
Peaches character is mute Keke Palmer Ciara Bravo Keke Palmer
Buck Simon Pegg Silent cameo Simon Pegg
Scratte Karen Disher
Rudy character is mute
Granny Wanda Sykes
Shira Jennifer Lopez
Louis Josh Gad Silent cameo
Squint Aziz Ansari Seth Green
Flynn Nick Frost Flashback
Raz Rebel Wilson Flashback
Gutt Peter Dinklage
Gupta Kunal Nayyar
Silas Alain Chabat
Ariscratle Patrick Stewart
Milton Alan Tudyk
Eunice Joy Behar
Marshall Ben Gleib
Uncle Fungus Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo
Ethan Drake
Steffie Nicki Minaj
Roger Max Greenfield
Julain Adam Levine
Gavin Nick Offerman
Gertie Stephanie Beatriz
Shangri Llama Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Brooke Jessie J
Neil deBuck Weasel Neil deGrasse Tyson
Francine Melissa Rauch

Crew

Film Director(s) Producer(s) Executive producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Editor(s)
Ice Age Chris Wedge
co-directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Lori Forte Chris Meledandri screenplay: Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Peter Ackerman
story: Michael J. Wilson
David Newman John Carnochan
Ice Age: The Meltdown Carlos Saldanha Chris Meledandri & Chris Wedge screenplay: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht
story: Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow
John Powell Harry Hitner
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Carlos Saldanha
co-directed by: Mike Thurmeier
Lori Forte & John C. Donkin Chris Wedge screenplay: Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman, Mike Reiss and Yoni Brenner
story: Jason Carter Eaton
Ice Age: Continental Drift Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier Chris Wedge[12] & Carlos Saldanha screenplay: Michael Berg & Jason Fuchs
story: Michael Berg & Lori Forte
James M. Palumbo & David Ian Salter
Ice Age: Collision Course Mike Thurmeier
co-directed by: Galen T. Chu
Lori Forte screenplay: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg and Yoni Brenner
story: Aubrey Solomon
John Debney James M. Palumbo

Reception

Box office performance

All five films, produced on a total budget of $429 million, have grossed over $3 billion worldwide, making Ice Age the 13th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Shrek.[13] Each film of the series was the highest-grossing animated film of the film's release year, and among the eight highest-grossing films of the film's release year.[14][15][16][17]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Reference
North America Other territories Worldwide All time North America All time worldwide
Ice Age March 15, 2002 $176,387,405 $206,869,731 $383,257,136 #189 #193 $59 million [18]
Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 $195,330,621 $465,610,159 $660,940,780 #148 #70 $80 million [19]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009 $196,573,705 $690,113,112 $886,686,817 #147 #30 $90 million [20]
Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012 $161,321,843 $715,922,939 $877,244,782 #225 #32 $95 million [21]
Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016 $21,000,000 $178,995,170 $199,995,170 N/A N/A $105 million [22]
Total $750,613,574 $2,257,511,111 $3,008,124,685 #22 #11 $429 million [23][24]

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Ice Age 77% (165 reviews)[25] 60 (31 reviews)[26] A[27]
Ice Age: The Meltdown 57% (143 reviews)[28] 58 (29 reviews)[29] A[27]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 45% (159 reviews)[30] 50 (25 reviews)[31] A-[27]
Ice Age: Continental Drift 37% (131 reviews)[32] 49 (29 reviews)[33] A-[27]
Ice Age: Collision Course 13% (87 reviews)[34] 33 (25 reviews)[35] B+[27]
Average 45% 50 A–

Video games

Live show

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.[41] 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.[42]

It is being produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, and directed by Guy Caron and Michael Curry.[43] The music and lyrics were written by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson.[43] With the preview shows from October 19 to 21, 2012, in Cardiff, and from October 25 to 28, 2012, in Nottingham, A Mammoth Adventure officially premiered on November 2, 2012,[43] during its three-day tour from November 1 to 3 at Wembley Arena in London.[44] It continued in Germany in November 2012,[45] with a plan to visit more than 30 countries in its five-year world-wide tour.[41]

Themed land

Ice Age inspired rides and attractions will be featured at the first 20th Century Fox theme park, called 20th Century Fox World,[46] build in 2016 as part of Malaysia-based Resorts World Genting.[47]

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