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Ice Age is a popular computer animated movie franchise created by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge of the comedy genre. Set in the ice age, it follows the adventures of fictional animals consisting Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-tooth tiger, Scrat the saber-tooth squirrel and others.

All movies and shorts have been produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The franchise has received PG rating for peril and mild language, reviewers from critics have been mixed, some claiming the films lack storytelling and are merely journeys from A to B while others have praised the animation[1][2] The films have met financial success, grossing over $1,900,000,000 worldwide in their theater run.


(From left to right) Ellie, Manny, Shelly, Yoko, Buck, Scrat, Rudy, Scratte, Diego, Sid, Egbert. The Sub-Zero Heroes

Plot Summary

Ice Age

Main article: Ice Age

In the ice age period, three animals (Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the saber-toothed cat) go into an adventure to return a baby to a human tribe that has left for their campsite, however, Diego had been sent secretly by Soto, the sabers pack leader, to bring the baby and mammoth to a place known as the "Half Peak" so they can ambush them and kill them.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Main article: Ice Age: The Meltdown

Global warming affects the environment and an immense amount of water threatens to flood the valley our heroes are currently living at. They have to go to the other side of the valley, where there presumably is a giant tree that can act as a boat to save them. Meanwhile, Manny is teased about being the last mammoth, but he finds Ellie, a female woolly mammoth who believes she is a possum.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Main article: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Set few years after the events of the second film, Manny and Ellie are waiting their first baby, while Diego wonders if he is becoming too soft lately and decides to leave the herd. Sid grows jealous of Manny and Ellie and adopts three apparently abandoned eggs that hatch into T-Rex baby dinosaurs. The next day a female T-Rex takes the babies and Sid and the herd follow them, getting into an underground world where Dinosaurs lived secretly for millions of years. Meanwhile, they meet a one-eyed weasel called Buck who has been living underground for some time and helps them on their way.

Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift

Main article: Ice Age 4Manny and Diego and Scrat and Scrat's Grandmother  were seperated from their old home and have to get back to their old home as they battle pirates and looking out for sea creatures.



Scrat at the beginning of the second film.

Main article: Scrat

Movies have a subplot where an animal named Scrat makes many comical attempts to bury his beloved acorn. His misfortunes include getting chased by an enormous glacier, being struck by lightning, attempting to thaw out the acorn by a fire too long so that it accidentally took the form of a kernel of popcorn, and finally getting frozen in an ice cube along with his much sought after nut. 20,000 years into the future.

Main Characters and Cast

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Basic Info

Movie Release Date Running Time Director Music by Budget
Ice Age March 15, 2000 81 minutes Chris Wedge John Powell $59million
Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 91 minutes Carlos Saldanha John Powell $80million
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1st, 2009 94 minutes Carlos Saldanha John Powell $90million

Box office statistics

Movie Opening day Opening Weekend Domestic Gross Foreign Gross Worldwide total
Ice Age $13,468,085 $46,312,454 $176,387,405 $206,869,731 $383,257,136
Ice Age: The Meltdown $21,788,862 $68,033,544 $195,330,621 $460,057,537 $655,388,158
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs $13,791,157 $41,690,382 $196,573,705 $687,867,051 $884,440,756

Critical reaction

Movie Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic Yahoo! Movies
Overall Cream of the Crop
Ice Age 78% (162 reviews) 77% (31 reviews) 60 (31 reviews) B- (9 reviews)
Ice Age: The Meltdown 57% (140 reviews) 62% (26 reviews) 58 (29 reviews) B- (14 reviews)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 45% (144 reviews) 33% (30 reviews) 50 (25 reviews) C (13 reviews)


There have been several released short feature films, in which Scrat has been the main character, expect for the third, which focuses on Sid.


The Ice Age film series has had a variety of merchandise, including video games, PEZ dispensers, plush dolls, action figures and puzzles for small children.


  • As suggested by the first film, the movies take place around 18,000 B.C.
  • The first film was originally intended as a drama but Fox would only accept it as a children's comedy.
  • Chris Wedge, the director of the first film, is the voice of Scrat. The name 'Scrat' is a combination of the words 'squirrel' and 'rat', as Scrat has characteristics of both species.
  • At some point after the Ice Age films (as shown in the epilogue of the first movie), Scrat was frozen, while in pursuit of his acorn and thawed out 20,000 years later on a tropical island. However, he lost his nut again.

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