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A star-studded cast provides the voices for the prehistoric creatures in this computer-animated feature set 20,000 years ago as the Ice Age approaches. Seemingly anti-social Manny, a woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), acts as if he just wants to be left alone. When he meets Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), a sloth, the two become unlikely traveling companions. The plot thickens when the duo finds a human infant and decides to try to return the child to its "herd." Manny slowly but surely reveals his heart of gold, while Sid continues to provide comic relief. Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), a saber-tooth tiger with ulterior motives, soon joins them in their search for the humans. Ultimately, this group of misfits becomes its own herd, learning about friendship and loyalty as they brave snow, ice, freezing temperatures, predators, hail, and even boiling lava pits. All the while, a saber-tooth squirrel, Scat, provides comic relief as he valiantly struggles with an acorn. A well-written, humorous script an...

Just asA Bug's Lifewas a computer-animated comedy inspired by Akira Kurosawa'sThe Seven Samurai, the funny and often enthrallingIce Ageis a digital re-imagining of the WesternThree Godfathers. The heroes of this unofficial remake (set 20,000 years ago, during the titular Paleolithic era) are a taciturn mastodon named Manfred (voiced by Ray Romano), an annoying sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo), and a duplicitous saber-toothed tiger, Diego (Denis Leary). The unlikely team encounters a dying, human mother who relinquishes her chirpy toddler to the care of these critters. Hoping, against all odds, to return the little guy to his migrating tribe, Manfred and his associates need to establish trust among themselves, not an easy thing in a harsh world of predators, prey, and pushy glaciers. Audiences that have become accustomed to the rounded, polished, storybook look of Pixar's house brand of computer animation (Monsters, Inc.) will find the blunt edges and chilly brilliance ofIce Age--evoking the harsh, dangerous environment of a frozen world--a wholly different, and equally pleasing, trip. Recommended for ages 4 and up.--Tom Keogh
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CastJack Black, John Leguizamo, Cedric the Entertainer, Stephen Root, Denis Leary, Diedrich Bader, Tara Strong, Goran Visnjic, Jane Krakowski, Alan Tudyk, Ray Romano, Lorri Bagley, Chris Wedge
DirectorChris Wedge
Genre:  Family
Release Date:  2002, March 15, 2002
MPAA Rating:  PG
Runtime:  1hr 25min
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review by . July 05, 2009
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There aren't too many movies I can say I would watch over again - especially not animated ones. However, Ice Age is an exception. This is a genuinely fun film, with great animation and a well-paced storyline. It is appropriate for children of all ages, but adults can appreciate the wry humor as well. I think it has a greater staying power and wider appeal than the Pixar films, which tend to appeal mostly to a younger audience. As a paleontology buff, I also appreciated seeing CG versions of prehistoric …
review by . December 16, 2006
'Ice Age' deserves to be called the classic it is. With a quirky, mismatched group of sojourners, including Manfred the Mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the silly Sloth (John Leguizamo), and Diego, the savvy, saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), the elements are all in place for some funny, pre-historic fun. When Diego's pack of tigers discover the cavemen have a baby child, they plot to avenge the predator humans by constructing a kidnapping. It first goes awry, but the baby is sent down the river, where …
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