Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Movie Review


Starring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck and Chris Wedge.

My family got to see it for free, so that was worth it. But if you're debating whether or not to spend the $20 or $50 or whatever it'd cost to take your whole family, I'd wait for the DVD. And even then...

It bugs me when not only does an animated kids movie slip in dirty jokes and innuendoes every once in a while, but when they do it every ten minutes, it's really annoying. I'm glad it all sailed above my 3-year-old's head, but here's an example: Sid the Sloth tries to sneak milk from a sleeping water-buffalo thing. He grabs something under there and squeezes, and the buffalo wakes up. Next shot is Sid running for his life while yelling "I thought you were female!"

Another example: Sid sees a baby and declares "It's a boy!" Diego says "That's its tail." To which Sid declares "It's a girl!"

What did I enjoy? Well, the lost world they find under the ice is gorgeous. The plot has Sid steal three eggs to raise as his own kids. Turns out they're T-Rexes. It appears dinosaurs aren't extinct after all. (The first Ice Age movie established humans were on Earth). So where'd these dinosaurs come from? Manny, Diego and Ellie trek to a lost world where T-Rexes and apatosauruses and pterodachyls still roam to find Sid, kidnapped by Mama T-Rex.

Along the way they find a survivalist weasel named Buck, played with gusto by Simon Pegg. Buck was my favorite character in the movie. (Good summer for Pegg, this.)

Does it leave it open for Ice Age 4? Absolutely. Do I want them to make an Ice Age 4? Not really, no.

Oh, but Scrat? Still funny. Blue Sky studios should ditch future Ice Age movies but still include Scrat shorts in front of their future films.

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