Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbusters "Ice Age" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown" are back, on an incredible adventure...for the ages. Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut (while, maybe, finding true love); Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth, Sid the sloth creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs; and Diego the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he's growing too "soft" hanging with his pals. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora fauna run amuck--and meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.--©20th Century Fox 2.8 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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Certificate U
Genre Family / Children
Director Carlos Saldanha
Cast Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Ray Romano, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck John Leguizamo
Studio Fox UK
Release Date July 2009
Running Time 96 minutes
 

The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbusters "Ice Age" and "Ice Age: The Meltdown" are back, on an incredible adventure...for the ages. Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut (while, maybe, finding true love); Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth, Sid the sloth creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs; and Diego the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he's growing too "soft" hanging with his pals. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora fauna run amuck--and meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.--©20th Century Fox

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Reviews

The Daily Mail

Tom Cox

It's not unusual for a film like this to be full of post-modern, sarcastic dialogue, but Ice Age 3 has a sharper sabretooth than 99 per cent of its contemporaries.

03/07/2009

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The Mirror

Mark Adams

This fun-packed and welcome third film in the Ice Age series gets the digital 3D treatment, meaning even more in-yer-face prehistoric entertainment as the mismatched bunch of sub-zero creatures have some hairy close encounters with flesh-hungry drooling dinosaurs.

28/06/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Anton Bitel

Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs offers just enough laughs to hold together its threadbare quest narrative, lumbers along quickly, and looks great. Children will love it - but when, near the end, Buck declares, "This was fun - we could make it a regular thing", you can almost hear the collective groan coming from the adults at the prospect of yet another sequel with ever-diminishing returns. Of course franchises have to evolve, but Ice Age just seems to be heading backwards.

09/07/2009

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Empire Magazine

James Dryer

It’s yet another excuse for the woolly troupe to set out on an epic journey, following in the well-trodden tracks of its predecessors.It’s a pacey, enjoyable yarn for the most part, but the franchise’s key strength is its characters and the relationships, tired by part two, are seriously running out of steam.

09/07/2009

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Though there’s not much of a story, the animation is expert and imaginative — such as the dance that a female aardvark does to attract her lustful admirer. As usual, the pratfalls are splendid and, considering this is the third of the series, the makers clearly still have some inspiration left.

03/07/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

If the 'Ice Ages' had a more wicked, PG sensibility we could be talking 'Road Runner' levels of tussle and enjoyment -- there’s always that safe, sappy, family-values comfort blanket wrapped around this, slightly dampening its more anarchic instincts. But it’s very solid children’s entertainment all the same.

02/07/2009

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Time Out

Derek Adams

Some have expressed displeasure at the design and voices of the leads. I disagree – but I do think Simon Pegg’s Artful Dodger-like weasel is a vocal cliché too far. Similarly, some of the anarchic, comical segues featuring Scrat the squirrel and a newfound love are beginning to feel overfamiliar. As with the two earlier films, it’s all a mite disorderly in tempo but often highly amusing and great fun in the main.

07/02/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

Anyway, here is the second sequel to this pleasant and likable animation, now on release in both 2D and 3D, which interestingly caters for an under-exploited audience: really little kids. Very few of the smart new wave of animations get U certificates: but the Ice Age series comes fully endorsed as a safe ride for all ages.

03/07/2009

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The Independent

Robert Hanks

It's not nearly as funny or as cute as it needs to be, but it will do as holiday entertainment for children who liked the first two and have reasonably short memories, and for adults it's more or less bearable.

03/07/2009

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Total Film

Kate Stables

3D heats up a cooling franchise nicely, alternating the familiar friends-forever ‘aw’ factor and chucklesome comedy chases with some ace in-your-face visuals. Meanwhile, Simon Pegg’s crackling voicework as barmy Buck gives the Mesolithic mayhem a timely touch of class.

29/06/2009

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Variety

Joe Leydon

Even during those stretches where the pace isn't breakneck and the escapes aren't hairsbreadth, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" impresses with vibrant CGI imagery and animation by the wizards at Blue Sky Studios. The addition of 3-D adds even more depth and detail to the mix, along with allowing the aud to enjoy the amusing illusion of snouts, paw, claws and beaks extending off the screen.

09/07/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

The 3-D effects are nice enough, but, like the rest of the film, represent a larger problem. What "Ice Age" continues to lack is the level of visual and storytelling inspiration and invention that is increasingly the standard in the animation world. Even the fundamentals sometimes go missing here, particularly in the way the characters interact. It's one thing for the actors not to record at the same time, it's another thing for the film to sound like it.

07/01/2009

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The Times

Kevin Maher

The law of diminishing returns is ruthlessly validated by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the third and sadly anaemic instalment in a once vigorous cartoon franchise. Whereas the previous chapters were sweetly anarchic, full of wisecracks and narrative digressions but also curious about eco-issues such as global warming and the extinction of species, this effort is dramatically inert and uninspired.

07/02/2009

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The Sunday Times

Kevin Maher

The law of diminishing returns is ruthlessly validated by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the third and sadly anaemic instalment in a once vigorous cartoon franchise. Whereas the previous chapters were sweetly anarchic, full of wisecracks and narrative digressions but also curious about eco-issues such as global warming and the extinction of species, this effort is dramatically inert and uninspired.

02/07/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

I wondered if it was just my face getting longer as the cretaceous minutes wore on – but colleagues, as I looked around, also seemed semi-congealed. Even the little boy in the second row, dragged along by a parent for a treat, was frozen in silence, victim of that cyclical ice age that affects audiences powerless to fend off the cryogenic effect of a sub-zero digimation romp.

01/07/2009

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The New York Times

A.O. Scott

A collection of short Scrat films would be much more pleasing than the elephantine “Ice Age” series, though of course without the same commercial potential. But silliness and simplicity are, in the end, worth more than overblown dinosaur chases or cynical, recycled life lessons, and children’s animation does not require an extra visual dimension or additional celebrity voices as much as it needs an occasional reminder of the value of keeping silent.

07/01/2009

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

rue, there's always been something a little more basic about the Ice Age films, which may be why they've proved so popular with younger kids, for whom Pixar may still be a little advanced. But they've never been this dull. The first film was bright, fun and fast-moving; the second instalment wasn't quite up to scratch, but it still had some raucous energy to recommend it. This one, sadly, has the pacing of a glacier and the warmth of one too. That's something an extra dimension just can't overcome.

03/07/2009

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