By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a return to form from the original Ice Age. That makes it a disappointment. The first one was okay. Ice Age: The Meltdown was pretty good, and now we’re back to the original mediocrity.
Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
The story is thin. They construct some drama just so there’s something to do. Diego is leaving just because of Manny’s new family priorities. Sid tries to make his own family so he won’t be left out. It’s really like The Muppets Take Manhattan where they decide they’ll have to split up just because.
The dinosaur thing isn’t so much a problem. We’re going to see talking mammoths, so we’re not really going to nit pick the historical timeline. However, the film acknowledges the place of dinosaurs in history and explains their presence in the movie as a fantasy realm. The baby dinosaurs are really adorable though and it’s kind of cool that the mammoths are small next to the dinos.
It’s good cartoon slapstick. The best sequences are dialogue-free, although I did appreciate seeing a red wire/blue wire joke in an Ice Age movie. Scrat is still the best part. Just make a Scrat movie already.
There is some really adult humor. I’m not talking about innuendo. They actually make references to jerking off a male animal. There are dick jokes, as in someone thinks a tail is a dick. They don’t call it a dick but they’re referring to a dick. They even talk about a sex change. So, I don’t judge, but that’s in there. At least they give a satisfactory answer to all the Hollywood birthing scenes.
To take advantage of the new 3D presentation, they’ve staged a lot more special gags. Particularly, a lot of sequences happen in mid-air, whether free falling or jumping.
I’d still rather sit through a mediocre Ice Age than a bad Dreamworks cartoon. The series was never on the level of Toy Story or Shrek so it’s no huge disappointment. Just here’s another one.