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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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When Sid's attempt to adopt three dinosaur eggs gets him abducted by their real mother to an underground lost world, his friends attempt to rescue him.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (60,614 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Stars: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

After the events of "Ice Age: The Meltdown", life begins to change for Manny and his friends: Scrat is still on the hunt to hold onto his beloved acorn, while finding a possible romance in a female sabre-toothed squirrel named Scratte. Manny and Ellie, having since become an item, are expecting a baby, which leaves Manny anxious to ensure that everything is perfect for when his baby arrives. Diego is fed up with being treated like a house-cat and ponders the notion that he is becoming too laid-back. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and so steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him, while dodging dinosaurs and facing danger left and right, and meeting up with a one-eyed weasel known as Buck who hunts dinosaurs intently.

Writers: Peter Ackerman, Michael Berg

Eunice Cho - Madison (Diatryma Girl) (voice)
Karen Disher - Scratte (voice)
Harrison Fahn - Glypto Boy (voice)
Maile Flanagan - Aardvark Mom (voice)
Jason Fricchione - Adult Molehog Male (voice)
Bill Hader - Gazelle (voice)
Kelly Keaton - Molehog Mom / Shovelmouth Mom (voice)
Joey King - Beaver Girl (voice)
Queen Latifah - Ellie (voice)
Denis Leary - Diego (voice)
Allegra Leguizamo - Aardvark Girl (voice)
John Leguizamo - Sid (voice)
Lucas Leguizamo - Aardvark Boy / Beaver Kid #2 (voice)
Clea Lewis - Start Mom (voice)
Jane Lynch - Diatryma Mom (voice)

Taglines: The sub-zero heroes are back, on an incredible adventure... for the ages.


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | 20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 1 July 2009

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $41,690,382 (USA) (5 July 2009) (4099 Screens)

Gross: $886,686,817 (Worldwide) (10 December 2011)

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Did You Know?

The last movie John Leguizamo was in involving dinosaurs was _Super Mario Brothers (1993)_. Ironically both films involved dinosaurs surviving after their extinction in a "hidden" world and both featured the song 'Walk the Dinosaur'.

Plot holes: While Crash, Eddie and Buck were on their way to save Sid, Buck says "roger" but Crash and Eddie couldn't understand the correct meaning. However, in Ice Age: The Meltdown Crash and Eddie used the term "roger" with correct meaning while they were checking the perimeter for Ellie.

Sid: I'm too young to be eaten!

User Review

Stays true to the franchise

Rating: 9/10

I saw this film in an advanced screening on Father's Day.

I was really impressed by the film. A problem that many sequels run into is that they rely too heavily on the name of the franchise and hope it will blind the audience into liking a mediocre film. This film didn't have that. It truly stayed true to the characters and themes we have grown to love in the Ice Age franchise.

In this instalment, Manny and Ellie's child is on the way. Manny has a tough time and is nervous about becoming a father. Ellie, on the other hand, is very excited and feels ready.

Diego worries he is going 'soft', and struggles with his desire to be a strong, intimidating tiger once again.

Upon being around so much 'baby excitement', Sid feels like he wants some kids. His wish is granted when he stumbles upon three eggs, which hatch and are revealed to be dinosaur eggs. Thus, our adventure begins.

Needless to say, most of the key characters have inner struggles that they are dealing with. The film also introduces a new character, a crazy cool weasel named Buck. After the film, my boyfriend told me Buck reminded him of Jack Sparrow from the acclaimed 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. I see the resemblance, as Buck is a little on the wild side and has a hunger for adventure.

The animation was beautiful. With each film in the series, the animation gets better. The scenery and colors were great, and the characters were well done as well.

A lot of people seem to have an issue with the dinosaurs. They claim it isn't realistic. My only argument against that is, "Do you think the first two were all that realistic?" if you see this film, you just need to let your imagination stretch a bit. Accept that there are dinosaurs in it, and you'll love it. Don't get hung up on the fact that dinosaurs were long gone before the Ice Age.

The film moves at a fast pace and has many laughs along the way. It's a great adventure and I really think it will be popular when it hits theaters. The script was pretty good, the soundtrack was excellent, and I really can't pin point anything that is extremely wrong with this movie. It stands well on its own, so newcomers will be able to enjoy it easily, all while keeping the same spirit of the first two, which is sure to please fans from day one.


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