Ice Age (2002)(DVD)
Starring Denis Leary et al
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Brian, South Africa. 29 October 2002
After new standards having been set by Monsters (scoring 5 out of 5 on all review parameters in a prominent DVD magazine), how does Ice Age measure up?
First off, Ice Age is a cool move (pun intended) with a simple story line and only a handful of characters. What makes the movie a success however is the humor aspect that comes along in the form of a prehistoric squirrel named Scrat. He plays very small roles within the move, but is highly entertaining and provides quite a few laughs. He appears at various stages in the movie on his own little mission that involves acorns. The main story line revolves around 3 characters on a mission to return a rescued baby back to its family.
Picture quality/detail is somewhat different to Monsters in that shapes are smooth with interesting texturing being applied. The lack of a ‘background’ detail however does carry an advantage. It seems to enhance the picture contrast and interestingly, show off some fantastic colours. The variety of colours used in Ice Age is really great and adds a new dimension to the film. Oh yes … just to confirm the packaging … Movie is in Widescreen. Thank goodness, no local 4:3 rip off here.
The 5.1Dolby Digital track does not disappoint either. Glaciers crashing into each other keeps the subwoofer active and other sounds work their way around all 5 speakers.
Extras: 1 nice 5-minute Scrat adventure plus a few short Scrat/Fox advertisements. A fair amount of other feature are also included to keep most people happy.
Conclusion: In my book, difficult to compare with Monsters, but well worth it... and not only for kids.
Louise, South Africa. 24 December 2002
Ice age has to be one of funniest and coolest movies of all time. Using the new techniques that were explored in Monsters inc. and Shrek, Ice Age has effectively come up with a lively cast of characters to keep you entertained throughout the movie. Each character is given some sort of a comic part in the movie especially Scrat, who pops up every so often in the continual quest to find the perfect place to hide his precious acorn. Thanks to a great script even animals that appear only once in the movie will be remembered. The scenes with the Dodos are particularly amusing, and the movie puts a comical twist on everything from evolution to Stonehenge.
The unique characters and side-splitting humor will keep people of all ages entertained. Everyone in my family loved this movie and adored the characters; we especially enjoyed the relationship between Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the sloth.
The DVD has a range of special features, which are as memorable as the DVD itself.
The humor and sarcasm in the movie will be enjoyed and appreciated by people of every age group. I rate this movie very highly, as it does not lose any of its charm on the small screen and the animation in the movie is amazing and makes certain aspects of the characters appear very lifelike, such as the hair on Diego’s back.
Steve, . 26 March 2003
A film review by Steve Rhodes
Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes
You've probably seen the trailers for ICE AGE by now. You know, the one in which a prehistoric squirrel tries with all of his might to bury an acorn in the ice, but his partial success causes a massive avalanche. It is easily one of the best trailers ever, and that one long sequence shown in the trailer turns out to be the opening scene of the movie.
With animals so realistic that you feel like you must be wearing 3D glasses, Chris Wedge's ICE AGE is a technologically striking movie. The humans and the backgrounds, however, are an order of magnitude less impressive.
The good-spirited story, set when the ice age is beginning, concerns a rag-tag herd of animals who are trying to return a human baby to its tribe. The film's on-going joke is that the humans don't know how to speak, but the animals do. The guy sitting behind me kept remarking "Look at his eyes!" about Scrat (Chris Wedge), the squirrel. Although the guy behind me was right about his eyes being visually the most impressive part of the computer generated animation, I must admit that he was one human I wish had not learned the gift of speech.
The herd consists of a nameless human infant, a loquacious sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo), a nefarious saber-toothed tiger named Diego (Denis Leary) and a woolly mammoth named Manfred (Ray Romano) who protects them all. Diego has his own agenda and plans to lure the herd into an ambush by his fellow tigers. As is traditional in animated movies, one wise-cracking animal, Sid in this case, gets most of the best lines. One of my favorites is when Sid tells Manfred, "It's hard to get fat on a vegan diet." The herd comes across a troop of hapless dodo birds showing off their "tae kwon dodo" skills, which provides some good physical comedy. But nothing is as good as the opening comedy routine. In fact, my one small complaint about the movie is they may have blown it by opening with their best number. It's better to have the story build to a crescendo. On the other hand, everyone knows the beginning of Beethoven's most famous symphony, the fifth, but who can remember the ending?
ICE AGE runs 1:24. It is rated PG for "mild peril" and would be acceptable for all ages.
My son Jeffrey, almost 13, gave the film *** 1/2. He said the film was funny and never had a dull moment. His only criticism was that it needed better music.
Region 2 - Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories.