Ice Age

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Fresh on the heels of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Dennis Leary lend their voices to this computer-animated story about an unlikely pre-historic trio. As the southern migration begins, Manfred (Romano), a woolly mammoth, seems to be going his own wrong way. Sid (Leguizamo) is a fast talking, lazy sloth left behind by his family to fend for himself. After angering two rhinoceros, Sid latches on to Manny as his protector, much to Mannys dismay. When a human child is suddenly thrust into their care, Sid convinces Manny they should return the baby to his own tribe. Diego (Leary), a saber-tooth tiger, soon joins the pair. He has the skills they need to find the humans, but also hides ulterior motives for the child. As winter closes in, the trio races to find the one gap in the mountains used by human hunters. Humorous attempts by a pre-historic squirrel to hide an acorn provide slapstick interludes throughout the film. With comical sights and comments about various historical and fictional events, ICE AGE will entertain kids from 10 on up. Sports enthusiasts will also enjoy laughable scenes of skiing, snowboarding and football with dodo birds.

But younger audiences may find some scenes disturbing, such as the childs mother disappearing in a river, an intense battle with Diegos tiger pack, and cave drawings depicting men attacking a mammoth family. After one tense rescue by Manny, Diego comments that hes never had someone risk their life to save him. As Christians, the line stirs memories of Christ giving up his life to save many. One humorous scene in an ice cave suggests Darwin's Theory of Evolution but a following scene includes a UFO stuck in ice, which could equate Darwin's ideas with those of extraterrestial life. Unlikely friendships, and the positive effect they can have, warm up ICE AGE.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Several times Moderate (slapstick falls/ lightning strike/ hits on head, animals thrown, slide down cliff, tigers attack men/ threaten mother and baby, Dodos cooked in steam vent, battle w/tiger pack, sharp icicle falls on character - impact not shown)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once Sid in mud hot tub with female sloths talking about mating

Drugs: None

Other: Character steps in animal droppings, Manny comments about mating for life versus Sids more casual mating ideas, joke about dirty diaper, various joke images frozen in ice, mammoth hunt depicted in cave drawings, friend risks life to save another changes characters viewpoint

Running Time: 84 minutes
Intended Audience: Ages 10 and older

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