But give the filmmakers their due: This is one movie that, when it says 3-D, it means 3-D. Almost the entire story seems to have been fashioned to provide excuses for its cute prehistoric characters to zoom toward and away from us and out into space and down to the Earth's core. It's a wonder they find time for dialogue in between being jolted into other dimensions.
A pre-title sequence, which I vaguely recall appearing in an earlier film in the series, puts the blame for the continental breakup on Scrat the squirrel, who you will recall is obsessed with an acorn. If this is the same acorn we first saw Scrat pursuing, it is a remarkable nut indeed, having survived a decade's wear and tear. If it takes Scrat that long to secure one acorn, one wonders how many eons it took him to discover he liked to eat acorns in the first place. For that matter, even this acorn is never eaten; just as well, because I for one would sorta miss it, after all it's been through. My hope is that it survives long enough for evolution to produce oak trees, although don't get me started on which came first, the acorn or the oak. There are no oak trees to be found in this movie, or indeed much of anything in the way of vegetation.
The movie reunites many of the same characters from the earlier films, including Manny the mammoth (voice of Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary). Considering that Manny is separated from his family by a breakaway ice floe, it's a hopeful sign, I suppose, that the film succeeds in ending with a performance of "We Are Family." It's even more hopeful that they think that way, since the carnivores among them have nothing at all to eat but one another.
Watching this film was a cheerless exercise for me. The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3-D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments.
"Ice Age" is a pleasure to look at and scarcely less fun as a story. I came to scoff and stayed to smile. I confess the premise did not inspire me: A woolly mammoth, a sabertooth tiger and a sloth team up to rescue a human baby and return it to its parents. Uh, huh. But Peter Ackerman's screenplay is sly and literate, and director Chris Wedge's visual style so distinctive and appealing that the movie seduced me.
"Ice Age" does not preach Darwinian orthodoxy, however, but a kinder, gentler world view: Ice Age meets New Age. And the philosophy scarcely matters, anyway, since this is an animated comedy. Enormous advances have been made in animation technology in recent years, as computers have taken over the detail work and freed artists to realize their visions. But few movies have been as painterly as "Ice Age," which begins with good choices of faces for the characters (note the sabertooth's underslung jaw and the sloth's outrigger eyes). The landscape is convincing without being realistic, the color palette is harmonious, the character movements include little twists, jiggles, hesitations and hops that create personality. And the animals blossom as personalities.
Ice age was a movie released in 2002 by 20th Century Fox and created by Blue Sky Studios. This is computer-animated movie and the story is about animals fighting off an ice age to save their lives. In the process of trying to survive the ice age three animals chanced upon a human baby and decided that they should return the child to its parents (Ebert, 295). Although it is an animated movie, it was obvious that the creators of the said film tried their best to paint a realistic picture of what an ice age looks like and its environmental impact on all living creatures. In this study the approach will be contrasting the realistic and unrealistic components of the film by describing pertinent information regarding ice ages.
There is therefore the need to migrate to where there is warmer climate. Animal instincts prompted all but a few animals to migrate southward. According to one commentator this part of the movie is similar to what present day Americans would do during winter months and it is to travel to Florida to enjoy some sun. But in this case the animals were not merely traveling for relaxation purposes, it was a matter of life and death that they should find a suitable habitat soon before their kind gets exterminated by the cold.
Secondly, the director wanted to isolate the traveling party from all the rest of the animal kingdom in order to highlight the effects of the ice age. It would have been difficult to focus on the development of the main characters of the movie if there were so many animals interacting with them. The bare surroundings provided the backdrop so that their characters can shine. This was made clear when the traveling party chanced upon a human baby. One has to understand that when they discovered the baby there was already a complex food chain that existed between these animals. The sloth in desperation can eat the baby, the saber-toothed tiger can choose between baby, sloth and mammoth; while the mammoth in extreme hunger may be forced to eat all of them. But in the end they decided to work together and do a noble deed to return the baby even if they can die from that attempt.
In the said animated movie the director is not only dealing with pre-historic events but also about a natural phenomenon that spans thousands of years or if scientists are to be believed even millions of years. It is easy to understand that in a span of 100 years there are so many changes that can occur so one only has to imagine the changes that could occur in ten thousand years. One can be easily overwhelmed by the amount of data that needed to be processed, especially for a filmmaker who needed only to tell a focused story. Since scientists only have fossils and geological formations as sources of information, much of the interpretation of what really happened on ice ages is based on scientific guesswork and estimates. In fact, scientists are not in agreement when it comes to the timeline of ice ages.
The movie is therefore helpful in illustrating what it was like to live in the Ice Age. The opening scene where animals were migrating was a fairly accurate depiction because scientists discovered the remains of animals that lived in both Northern and Southern Hemisphere. The scene where the animals battled with ice glaciers was also fairly accurate because there were significant movements and changes of the ice structures during that time. The only problem with the movie can be the timeline. The presence of extinct creatures together with non-extinct creatures like the sloth and rhinoceros must be explored much further.
The producers of the movie tried their best to paint an accurate picture of the Ice Age. To some extent they succeeded because the viewers were able to get a glimpse of what it was like to live during that time period. The setting, especially the dominant theme of ice and barrenness can make the movie experience a chilling one. This strengthened the message as to why the animals needed to migrate. The transformation of the landscape from what could be easily imagined as lush forest teeming with vegetation and animal life into a snow covered land was seen in the movie. The struggle of the animals as they tried to fight for the last remaining morsels of food was also well illustrated in the movie. Still, there are lapses in the presentation because after all this is not a purely scientific endeavor but its main goal is to entertain the whole family.
But thanks to satellites, scientists have gotten a better handle on global sea level and how it has changed over time. Satellites take much more comprehensive measurements. In 1992, NASA launched TOPEX/Poseidon, the first of a series of satellites that measure sea level rise from space. It was followed by Jason-1 and OSTM/Jason-2, and most recently Jason-3 which was launched successfully on Jan 17, 2016. These satellites use precise radars to bounce signals off the ocean's surface to determine the height of the ocean. "The instruments are so sensitive that if they were mounted on a commercial jetliner flying at 40,000 feet, they could detect the bump caused by a dime lying flat on the ground," says Michael Freilich, Director of NASA's Earth Science program. With this information, NASA scientists calculate the average change in height almost everywhere across the globe once every 10 days.
I think it would be a mistake and not do the film justice if scientists simply dismiss it as nonsense. For what it is, a blockbuster movie that has to earn back 120 M$ production cost, it is probably as good as you can get. For this type of movie for a very broad audience it is actually quite subversive and manages to slip in many thought-provoking things. I'm sure people will not confuse the film with reality, they are not stupid - they will know it is a work of fiction. But I hope that it will stir their interest for the subject, and that they might take more notice when real climate change and climate policy will be discussed in future.
Just an overall perfect family movie but adults can enjoy it as well and simon pegg as buck was a great addition. My wife and I watched this film just us 2 old farts and we enjoyed the heck out of it. We own the 3d bluray yes we're the few the proud the extinct the 3d LOVERS !! Cant understand why more people didn't give it a go some of the bluray movie we own I cant imagine not being 3d!! Gravity is a 7. Hut as a 3d it's a 10!! Even titanic was better in 3d!! And avatar forget it. A 3d MASTERPIECES!! Anyway enjoy bvb this movie it's a blast!!
Frankly, I was shocked this movie was so good. I mean, sequels aren't supposed to this entertaining, are they? This Ice Age series - three films, so far - just keeps getting better and better, funnier and funnier.I think the key to their success is discovering what the movie's fans liked and putting those two characters in larger roles. I am speaking of "Sid The Sloth," who is always hilarious and voiced magnificently by John Leguizamo. "Sid" has more lines in this movie than the other two, I would venture to say.....and that's fine with me and most other folks.The other "character" is "Skrat," the squirrel, who is joined by a female squirrel. "Skrat" has the hots for her, but she's still no competition when it comes to the elusive acorn. Nothing is more important than holding onto one of those and both squirrels are very funny in their battles for possession of that acorn.As for the story, just picture Sid pretending to be a mom to a threesome of baby dinosaurs. That's all you need to know - it's pretty wild. In all, this is an extremely funny film which also looks, as the other two did, fabulous on Blu-Ray. 2b1af7f3a8