After Ice Age 1 and 2 you know what you’re getting yourself into when you choose to take your kids to Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. A short (94 minutes to be exact) kid friendly film that will most likely bore you while your children laugh.
Ice Age 3 aims and hits with its demographic. The usual cast is back Ray Ramano as the voice of Manny the Mammoth. Queen Latifah is his female partner, Ellie, while John Leguizamo and Denis Leary return to lend their voices to Sid the Sloth and Diego the Sabertooth Tiger.
We find that Ellie is pregnant and Manny is in full father-to-be mode getting ready for the baby. He’s made all the preparations and his newly constructed playground is the envy of the herd. Diego seems to be slipping. He can’t chase down prey anymore. His vision blurs and his breath shortens maybe he’s just getting older. Sid is feeling left out, Manny is having a baby and throughout the Ice Age movies Sid has always tried to fit in somewhere. But, now he’s jealous because the new baby may take his place.
Sid finds an underground cave by accident. In that cave are three eggs, which Sid takes as his own children. They soon hatch into…dinosaurs? I know, I thought the same thing when I saw the previews. “Didn’t dinosaurs go extinct millions of years before the ice age?” Well, that isn’t important now, because Ice Age 3 explains that little nugget of knowledge away, by just saying dinosaurs have been living in an underground cavern just under the ice. We’re not here to debate the erroneous claim that it’s completely cold and desolate on the surface, while below a lush rain forest is growing. Maybe the ice creates a greenhouse effect, who knows. I’m pretty sure the filmmakers didn’t know, or care either.