I'm walking into the theatre
where Ice Age
is being presented and thinking "75 minutes! How can they do
anything in an hour and 15 minutes!" Now, I'm not positive but
I think the short length worked to the studio's advantage.
Little kids who squirm and worm and can't sit through a whole
movie can go and see this, leaving their parents alive in the
end. Smart, huh? I definitely think so. Evidently, they did
come up with a semi-good plot, and an exciting story in the
small amount of time...What more could you ask for?
Age is about three characters named Diego, Sid, and Manny
who are late in the migrating to a warmer climate to avoid the
"Ice Age". They come across a lost little boy who had been
kidnapped by Saber Tooth Tigers of Diego's heard. Manny and
Sid don't know that all Diego wants is the little boy; that's
the reason he's traveling with them, to collect some delicious
food for his pack. Over the journey, Diego's mindset
constantly changes. Should he choose to humanely return the
baby to it's parents or please his pack and scrumptiously
devour it's flesh?
Age is a journey of friendship and making the right
choices. The imminent bonds teach children lessons about
working together and helping each other. These tiny animated
creatures have bold, triumphant soles as the movie goes on and
teach bravery and love. This is certainly a well-done story
that is written with wit and intelligence. The compassion it
shows us is very admirable.
Age is not an animated masterpiece, unlike Shrek,
Toy Story, and Monsters Inc. But it is a
pleasurable experience for kids and adults alike. The
computerized animation isn't extremely high quality, but I
don't think kids care very much. They're looking for the love,
compassion, friendship, personality, and excitement of the
characters. The children who were watching it with me were
pinned to the edge of their seats, rapidly cheering for the
protagonists hoping that they will prevail. I don't think that
many children under the age of ten are looking at the quality
of the animation!
this movie and it probably will take a spot on my top ten list
of the year two-thousand and two. It was the hopes and dreams
of the characters that mad Ice Age as enjoyable as it
was. I loved what each character desired and hoped to offer.
Those qualities were what made it the lovable creation that it
is. Ice Age is this year's Shrek. It is very
deserving of the Academy Award nomination it will most likely
receive. I hope that it wins for "Best Animated Feature!"