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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ice Age by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, 2002 (PG)

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black, Cedric the Entertainer, Stephen Root, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Jane Krakowski, Lorri Bagley, Chris Wedge, Tara Strong

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters -- Manny the woolly mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and Sid the giant sloth (John Leguizamo) -- find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends. But when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

It has been a long time, 10 years, since the first chapter of "Ice Age" came out. I watched it again with new eyes, eyes that have seen so many more movies with that kind of technology. Still, I believe it made a point, with a narration from the perspective of the animals, making humans almost primitive but dangerous. It is funny, sometimes pushing a bit far the sense of humor, with a family feel good outsiders belonging through ethics. Perhaps the story is a little simple but the antique squirrel makes the movie, as well as some unique creative moments such as the roller-coaster inside the iceberg.

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