Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2002. , Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Story by Michael J. Wilson, additional story by James Bresnathan, Doug Compton, Mike Thurmeier, Jeff Siergey, Galen T. Chu, Xeth Feinberg, Screenplay by Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson, Peter Ackerman. Produced by Lori Forte. Music by David Newman. Production Design by Brian McEntee. Film Editing by John Carnochan. Academy Awards 2002. Online Film Critics Awards 2002. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2002.
Twentieth Century-Fox has once again made an attempt to break into the major animation racket with this winsome comedy, following in the footsteps of two commercial disasters, Anastasia and Titan A.E.. Whereas Anastasia has beautiful widescreen photography and incredible musical score, and Titan A.E. has its imaginative settings and rock music soundtrack, Ice Age really has nothing to it that sets it apart from the rest of its crowd: the basic plot, that of three (male) prehistoric animals who come across a (male) Cro-Magnon baby and have to return it to its (seemingly all-male) herd before the titular geological era decimates them all (though with the lack of female company for all of them you begin to wonder if maybe it wasn’t the weather that took them off the planet), is an easy buddy-buddy rehash of Pixar’s latest offerings, most notably similar to Monsters, Inc.. On top of this, the animation is well achieved but nowhere the eye-popping work that was featured in the aforementioned Disney hit or previous wonders like A Bug’s Life or the Toy Story movies. There are laughs (though not aplenty) and the kids will enjoy it, while anyone older than ten will find the blend of slapstick humour and touching camaraderie to be awkward and haphazardly thrown together. Everyone else will find themselves annoyed at this continued theme in films that sees a man’s discovery of his emotional side to be equal in historical importance to the invention of the printing press.