|voice cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary
director: Chris Wedge
78 minutes (PG) 2001
So which blockbuster animated feature film of 2002 wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be? No, silly, Monsters, Inc was last year’s overrated number. This time round it’s Ice Age that fails to make the grade. I should qualify by that by saying that when I’d at last convinced my son Zachary to come see it with me, he ended up having a ball. Me? I was less than impressed, and would rather have been watching Shrek for the 12th time.
Surprise of surprises, Ice Age is set in the Ice Age. The dinosaurs have scarpered, man is coming, and the animated animal types that abounded during that period of evolution, notably a woolly mammoth, a sloth and a sabre tooth tiger, are heading south to escape the encroaching ice. Along the way, they pick up a stray human baby, and charge themselves with the task of returning it to its tribe, all the while a mere step ahead of the baddie sabre-tooths who are hunting them down. It’s mildly diverting stuff, but never reaches any great heights. The soppy ending had me reaching for the vomit bag.
This was actually three-year-old Zachary’s first cinema experience. Blimey, I don’t recall seeing a movie at the theatre until I was at least six, and I never even got a bike until I was 10. But times have changed. For the record, he was scared during the fight scenes, and his little friend Eleanor got so freaked out that she had to go home. His older cousin Jake was fine, though. Adults attending with their offspring might like to take a book and a torch.