Ice Age (2002)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 22 mins

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Directed by Chris Wedge, this film is set during the Ice Age, where a sabertooth tiger, a sloth, and a wooly mammoth find a lost human infant, and try to return him to his tribe.

Cast: Ray Romano

Crew: Chris Wedge (Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 15 Mar 2002 (India)

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Did you know? This was originally set to be directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman by Fox Animation Studios until the failure of Titan A.E. (2000) put paid to that. With the departure of Bluth and Goldman, the project migrated to Blue Sky instead. Read More
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as Manfred
as Diego
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat), 2.35 : 1
Factual Mistake
At the end of the movie, Scrat is seen frozen in ice. The ice is floating on the ocean with 90% above the water. The ice should be lower in the water with only a small fraction above the water line. Only a huge wave would then be able to wash Scrat onto the beach.

The baby accidentally slides down an ice tunnel, which appears to be roughly twice the size of the baby in diameter. The animals pursue by sliding down the same tunnel, which has somehow expanded to twice the size of the mammoth.

At the end of the movie, Runar places the necklace that was around the baby's swaddle on Manfred's trunk. A few moments later, the necklace has disappeared.

When the sabertooth pack is chasing Sid and he "skis" away, Sid is kicking up powder and leaving tracks in the snow, but during the early stages of the chase, his pursuers are running across the top of the snow leaving no tracks.

Just before Sid comments that his "feet are sweating" there is an overhead shot of all three main characters walking along the snow. Their feet are moving but their bodies are moving forward far faster than their steps would take them and they appear to be sliding forward on the snow.

The first animal to step on Scrat in the opening is a mammoth, yet no mammoth is visible in the long shot of the crowds of animals. In fact, no mammoth other than Manfred is seen throughout the sequence. With this, a large bird also steps on Scrat, but no birds are seen in the crowds. We also only see two legs of each animal stepping on Scrat even though three of them are quadrupeds.

In the rain scene, when Sid asks Manny "So what about you? You have family?", Manny turns away from Sid. The camera is on Sid in this duration, so we don't get to see Manny turning. The shelter is so small and snug, it should be impossible for a mammoth to turn around without first coming out.

Factual Mistake
When Scrat's coconut falls from the tree, it has already had its husk removed. (The directors confirm this on the DVD commentary. They may have been worried that a lot of their audience would not recognize a coconut with its husk on.)

When the baby falls out of the swaddle while Sid is climbing up the cliff, the swaddle disappears only to reappear much later in the movie.

When the mother pushes the baby towards Manny, the baby is on a sloping rock and Manny pulls it towards him with his trunk. The next moment the baby is on the flat ground beyond the sloping rock. For that to happen, Manny should have either pulled the baby right off the edge of the slope to the ground with a thud or lifted and gently lowered it.

In the ice cave, Sid turns around a bend, looks right (heaves a sigh of relief), and then looks left to find the scary fish fossil. Then he turns right and immediately sees the dinosaur fossil. There was no dividing wall or corner between the 2 fossils, so the dinosaur should have been visible to Sid even before he saw the fish.

The ice cornice that forms the avalanche breaks loose in sharp chunks with very square edges, but when they hit the ground they are all completely rounded, not an edge on any of them.

In the mountain pass scene, the lighting on the clouds shows that the sun has set both in front of the animals and behind them at the same time.

After Sid, Manny, Diego and Roshan are trapped inside Diego's "shortcut" by the avalanche, Sid walks straight into a slab of ice at face height before falling down and getting his tongue stuck. When he gets up again a few seconds later, the slab of ice has disappeared.

During the sliding scene, Manny slides through some spikes on a slab of ice right after Roshan, who, weirdly enough, got through it unharmed.

In the opening sequence Scrat is running along a valley floor when he is squashed between two colliding mountains of ice. When he is ejected from the crevasse, he is suddenly thousands of feet above the valley floor.

The mother lifts the bundled baby from the rushing river to lay him on the bank. The bundle changes from glistening wet to bone dry in one cut.

Sid steps in poop with the first step he takes, but in the previous shot, there is nothing within two steps of him.

In the first camp-out scene with Diego, Diego is sleeping close to the rock wall when Sid returns. There is an overhead shot, and he is only a few feet away from Manny and Sid. Later, in another shot, just before he gets up, he is back by the wall.

When Roshan is crying and they're trying to figure out why before the melon scene, Sid picks him up after the notion of BM is mentioned. When he says 'Why am I the poop checker?' he spreads his arms, and is no longer holding the baby. The camera wasn't on Manny long enough for Sid to put Roshan down.

During the fight with the dodos, Diego disappears when Manfred is keeping the melon away from the dodos. When the melon goes flying, Diego is back beside Manfred.

In the first shot of the human camp, the camp is on the left side of the river that leads to the waterfall. During the tiger attack, the camp switches places to the right (note where the baby's mom jumps).

Sid's position beside the fire changes when his tail catches fire.

Animals, from many different epochs and continents, mingle in 10,000 B.C. North America.

Audio/Video Mismatch
At the start of the cave drawings scene, the baby babbles, but his mouth doesn't move.

When Soto describes his plan for bringing down the mammoth, Zeke and Oscar swap positions between shots.
The creature Scrat in the movie is a mix of a squirrel and a rat, and the voice of Scrat is Chris Wedge who is also the director of the film.

Blue Sky Animation has been developing improvements in computer-generated characters for over 15 years now. It was responsible for some of the aliens in Alien: Resurrection (1997) and the talking cockroaches in Joe's Apartment (1996).

Originally, Sid was supposed to be a con-sloth and a hustler, and there were even two finished scenes of the character conning some aardvark kids and a very suggestive scene with two female sloths later in the movie. Sid was also supposed to have a female sloth named Sylvia chasing after him, whom he despised and kept ditching. All the removed scenes can be seen on the "Super Cool Edition" DVD.

Chris Wedge claims that Scrat's species of saber-tooth squirrel has a scientific name given by the writers but Wedge has since forgotten it.

This feature is included in the first wave of Blu-Ray releases by Fox. A total of five movies were included in this, the others being Fantastic Four (2005), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Kiss of the Dragon (2001).

Gone Nutty (2002) aka "Scrat's Missing Adventure" was created exclusively for the DVD release.

Chris Wedge regrets that he didn't get the bunny from his short Bunny (1999) into the film as an easter egg.

The only stipulation that consulting anthropologists from the American Museum of Natural History in New York insisted on with the production was that there should be no dinosaurs. They would have been long gone 20,000 years ago, though a great deal of the animals shown in the film didn't live in the same eras or locations as the main characters. Dinosaurs were finally included in the second sequel, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), the explanation being that they survived extinction in underground caves.

Chris Wedge, director, is the voice of Scrat, but has no intelligible dialogue; the plan to have Scrat talk was quickly dropped, as he worked better as a silent character for comedic effect. The name 'Scrat' is a combination of the words 'squirrel' and 'rat', as Scrat has characteristics of both species; Wedge has also called him "saber-toothed squirrel." Scrat's opening adventure was inserted because, without it, the first real snow and ice sequence wouldn't take place until about 37 minutes into the film. This was the only role intended for Scrat, but he proved to be such a popular character with test audiences that he was given more scenes, and has appeared in other movies.

Movie signage and the book version include a female sloth named Sylvia, who is not seen in the released movie. In the book, Sid manages to avoid accompanying her on the migration south, because she is interested in a commitment.

The production team originally thought of turning the 20th Century Fox logo into ice when it appears before the film. Even though it can be seen in one of the trailers, they cut that out and placed the regular logo in the film.

20th Century Fox launched it on the home market with a marketing budget of $85 million, the largest amount they had spent up till then on a DVD release.

This was originally set to be directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman by Fox Animation Studios until the failure of Titan A.E. (2000) put paid to that. With the departure of Bluth and Goldman, the project migrated to Blue Sky instead.

Many of the animals appearing in the sequels to the film were designed initially for the first Ice Age but were cut.

Writer Michael J. Wilson has stated on his blog that his daughter Flora came up with the idea for an animal that was a mixture of both squirrel and rat, naming it Scrat, and that the animal was obsessed with pursuing his acorn.

All ground sloths in this film and its successors were designed with traits of both prehistoric ground sloths and modern tree sloths. Initially in design, Sid, as a ground sloth, resembled one of the more notable species of ground sloth, the Megatherium, which was the size of an elephant. The species of sloth that Sid and the others resemble most in the finished films is a species of Caribbean ground sloths that were more the size of pigs.

Despite the Dodo's less than brilliant survival instincts, they outlived all of the major character's species. Dodos were wiped out around the mid to late 17th century, whilst woolly mammoths (Manny) died out 10,000 years ago (a dwarf race existed until 1700 BC), ground sloths (Sid) are widely accepted to have become extinct some 2500 BC (although it has been proposed a small group survived till 1550 AD), and saber tooth tigers (Diego) were wiped out around 10,000 BC. Not even Neanderthals like Roshan and his father survived the Dodo.

The "rhinos" in the movie are actually titanotheres (or brontotheres), mammals from the Oligocene period and are no relation to modern rhinos as they went extinct, several million years before the Ice Age depicted in the film. Ice Age rhinos looked more like modern rhinos, but covered with thick fur coats just like the mammoths.

The humans are not Homo-Sapiens, but Neanderthals. They never speak in the film.

This was Blue Sky Studios' first all-CGI feature.

Blue Sky has engineers on its staff who understand the physics of sound and light and how these elements will affect movement in characters.

The film opened in March 2002. Within three weeks it had become the first film of that year to pass the $100 million milestone in box office takings.

Some additional character names: the baby is Roshan, his mother is Nadia, his father is Runar. The sabers are Soto, Zeke, Oscar ("haughty saber") and Lenny ("fat saber"). The female sloths in the pool are Jennifer ("He's not much to look at...") and Rachel ("All the sensitive ones get eaten."). The "rhinos" are Carl (the one with thick horns) and Frank (the one with thin horns). The source for this information is from an autographed original script purchased at auction. There is a signed COA from 20th Century Fox Archives, auction item number ICE0032.

John Leguizamo tried 30 different voices for Sid. After viewing a documentary about sloths, he learned that they store food in their mouths; this led to him wondering what he would sound like with food in his mouth. After attempting to speak as if he had food in his mouth, he decided that it was the perfect voice for Sid.

All the actors were encouraged to improvise as much as possible to help keep the animation spontaneous.

The responsibility for animating Sid's snowboard sequence was given to animators who went snowboarding in real life.

The first drawings seen in the cave (before entering the giant area with the mammoth drawings) are replicas of the earliest known cave drawings (found at Lascaux, in the south of France). They have been dated at somewhere between 15,000 and 17,000 years old.

The first movie produced by Fox Animation since Titan A.E. (2000).

James Earl Jones and Ving Rhames were originally considered to play Manny.

The film was originally intended as a drama but Fox would only accept it as a children's comedy.

The fat saber-tooth cat named Lenny was actually described as a scimitar cat in the film's Essential Guide book.

Hollywood's 8th full CGI animated feature.

20th Century Fox initially expected the film to open around the $30 million mark. Its opening weekend was $46.3 million.

Though Scrat was designed as a fictional animal, in 2009, scientists in Argentina unearthed the remains of a small, extinct mammal resembling a shrew with long fangs. This animal was given the scientific name of "Cronopio Dentiacutus", in tribute to Scrat.

The drawings of characters during the end credit roll were all done by the children of the animators. The same is true of the picture that Sid draws of himself on a cave wall. Sid's drawing was done by 3 year old Will Shefelman, son of a story artist Dan Shefelman. The story artist working on the scene was having difficulty drawing like a 3 year old so he consulted an expert.

In the movie, Manny is referred to as Manfred, Manny, that neeny weeny mammoth, Manny the Moody Mammoth, Manny the Melancholy, friend, Jumbo, the mammoth, Fat Hair Boy, and buddy.

According to an interview with Jay Leno on July 12th 2012, Denis Leary's character Diego originally died near the end of the film, which caused the test audience of children to burst into tears, so it was re-done.
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Ice Age: The Meltdown (English)
Followed by: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (English)
Followed by: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (English)