Ice Age (franchise)

Ice Age
Creator Blue Sky Studios
Films and television
Short films
Television specials
Theatrical presentations
Video games

The Ice Age franchise is produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox, and featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Chris Wedge. Five films have been released in the series thus far with Ice Age in 2002, Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009, Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016. The series follows a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age. It has received some criticism for making no attempt to be scientifically accurate.[1][2][3]


Ice Age (2002)

Main article: Ice Age (2002 film)

Sid, a talkative sloth, is left behind by his family and the herds of mammals journeying to the south. He meets Manny, a mammoth who travels to the north, and decides to follow him. When a humans' camp is attacked by tigers, a woman takes her baby and jumps into a river and falls over a waterfall. Before she disappears, the baby is rescued by Manny and Sid. The two animals decide to search for the father and return the baby to him. Diego, one of the tigers that attacked the humans, comes also claiming the baby, and the trio form an uneasy alliance during their journey to the humans.

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Main article: Ice Age: The Meltdown

Manny, Sid, and Diego are currently living in a large valley surrounded by an enormously high ice wall on all sides. However, the trio discovers that the ice wall is actually a wall that is barely holding a massive body of water that could flood the valley to nearly a mile underwater. A vulture tells them that there is a boat at the other end of the valley that may save them all, but they only have three days to reach it or die. Manny is also having trouble fearing the fact that he may be the last mammoth left. Along the way, they meet Ellie, a mammoth who thinks she is a possum, and her possum brothers Crash and Eddie. As they begin to travel together, Manny learns, with help from Diego and Sid, that he must move on from his past. During their journey, Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel has his own adventure.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Manny and Ellie are expecting their first child, meanwhile Scrat falls in love with fellow squirrel Scratte. Meanwhile Diego is anxious about settling down for a domestic life with Manny's new family. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and steals some dinosaur eggs which leads to Sid ending up in a strange underground world where his herd must rescue him. The herd also meets an insane one-eyed weasel known as Buck who aids them on their quest.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

The fourth film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, was released in 3-D on July 13, 2012. It was directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier—the first time without Carlos Saldanha, and beside the regular voices it features many new celebrities, including Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Drake and Nicki Minaj. The film takes place several years after the events of the third film, with Peaches now a teenager. Scrat's pursuit of acorns has world-changing consequences, separating Manny, Sid and Diego from the rest of their group. As they try to return home, they come into conflict with a pirate gang led by Captain Gutt.

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Set after the events of Continental Drift, Scrat's pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth aboard a UFO, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and reunite with Buck, who leads them on a journey to find a way to save the planet.

Possible future films

On the possibility of a potential sequel, in June 2016, Galen T. Chu, co-director of the film, stated that there were some ideas for the next installment.[4]

Short films

Gone Nutty

Main article: Gone Nutty

Gone Nutty is a 2002 animated short film, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and originally released on the Ice Age DVD.[5] The short features the character Scrat, who is yet again having troubles with collecting his beloved acorns. The film was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.[6]

No Time for Nuts

Main article: No Time for Nuts

No Time for Nuts is a 2006 animated short film, directed by Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, and it was originally released on the Ice Age: The Meltdown DVD.[7] The short follows Scrat on a chase after his nut, which has been accidentally sent back in time by a frozen time machine. No Time for Nuts was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[8]

Surviving Sid

Main article: Surviving Sid

Surviving Sid is a 2008 animated short film, directed by Galen Tan Chu and Karen Disher. It was originally released on the Horton Hears a Who! DVD and Blu-ray.[9] Unlike the first two Ice Age short films, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid, who incompetently "leads" a small group of camping children.

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe is a 2015 animated short film. The short once again follows Scrat, who discovers a flying saucer frozen in a block of ice and accidentally powers it on and ends up creating the Solar System through a series of mishaps.

Television specials

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

In the middle of decorating for the holiday season, Sid accidentally destroys Manny's favourite decorations. Sid, convinced by Manny that he is now on Santa's naughty list, takes off with Crash, Eddie and Peaches for the North Pole to get back on the Santa's good side. When on the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa's Workshop. When Manny, Ellie and Diego, worried over Peaches's safety, arrive at the North Pole, they must come together and save Christmas.[10]

Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade

The special centers on a harried prehistoric bird mom who entrusts her precious, soon-to-hatch egg to Sid. When she recommends him to her neighbors—a condor mother, Cholly Bear and Gladys Glypto—business booms at his new egg-sitting service.

However, dastardly pirate bunny Squint, who is seeking revenge on the herd, steals, camouflages and hides all the eggs. Once again, with Squint’s twin brother, Clint, assisting, Manny, Diego and the rest of the gang come to the rescue and take off on a daring mission that turns into the world’s first Easter egg hunt.


Further information: List of Ice Age characters

Feature films

Characters Ice Age (2002) Ice Age:
The Meltdown
Ice Age:
Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Ice Age:
Continental Drift

Ice Age:
Collision Course
Manny Ray Romano
Sid John Leguizamo
Diego Denis Leary
Scrat Chris Wedge
Ellie Queen Latifah
Crash Seann William Scott
Eddie Josh Peck
Peaches character is mute Keke Palmer
Buck Simon Pegg Simon Pegg (archive recording) Simon Pegg
Granny Wanda Sykes
Shira Jennifer Lopez
Julian Jason Fricchione Adam DeVine
Brooke Jessie J
Roshan character is mute
Soto Goran Višnjić
Zeke Jack Black
Carl Cedric the Entertainer
Frank Stephen Root
Rachel Lorri Bagley
Jennifer Jane Krakowski
Sylvia Kristen Johnston
Fast Tony Jay Leno
The Lone Gunslinger Will Arnett
Cretaceous character is mute
Maelstrom character is mute
Scratte Karen Disher
Rudy character is mute
Momma character is mute
Egbert, Yoko and Shelly Carlos Saldanha
Louis Josh Gad Silent cameo
Captain Gutt Peter Dinklage
Squint Aziz Ansari
Flynn Nick Frost
Raz Rebel Wilson
Gupta Kunal Nayyar
Silas Alain Chabat
Ariscratle Patrick Stewart
Milton Alan Tudyk
Eunice Joy Behar
Marshall Ben Gleib
Uncle Fungus Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo
Ethan Aubrey Drake Graham
Steffie Nicki Minaj
Katie Heather Morris
Meghan Alexandra Romano
Roger Max Greenfield
Gavin Nick Offerman
Gertie Stephanie Beatriz
Shangri Llama Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Neil deBuck Weasel Neil deGrasse Tyson
Francine Melissa Rauch

Short films

Characters Gone Nutty (2002) No Time for Nuts
Surviving Sid
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015) Scrat: Spaced Out (2016)
Scrat Chris Wedge
Manny Silent cameo Ray Romano
Sid Silent cameo John Leguizamo
Diego Silent cameo Dennis Leary
Roshan Silent cameo
Claire Emily Osment
Cindy Maria Lark
Neil deBuck Weasel Neil deGrasse Tyson
Scratazons Karen Disher

Television specials

Characters Ice Age:
A Mammoth Christmas

Ice Age:
The Great Egg-Scapade
Manny Ray Romano
Sid John Leguizamo
Diego Denis Leary
Scrat Chris Wedge
Ellie Queen Latifah
Crash Seann William Scott
Eddie Josh Peck
Peaches Ciara Bravo Keke Palmer
Santa Claus Billy Gardell
Prancer T.J. Miller
Ethel Taraji P. Henson
Squint Seth Green
Clint Blake Anderson


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Executive producer(s) Writer(s) Composer Editor(s)
Ice Age Chris Wedge
co-directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Lori Forte Chris Meledandri screenplay: Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Peter Ackerman
story: Michael J. Wilson
David Newman John Carnochan
Ice Age: The Meltdown Carlos Saldanha Chris Meledandri & Chris Wedge screenplay: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht
story: Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow
John Powell Harry Hitner
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Carlos Saldanha
co-directed by: Mike Thurmeier
Lori Forte & John C. Donkin Chris Wedge screenplay: Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman, Mike Reiss and Yoni Brenner
story: Jason Carter Eaton
Ice Age: Continental Drift Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier Chris Wedge[11] & Carlos Saldanha screenplay: Michael Berg & Jason Fuchs
story: Michael Berg & Lori Forte
James M. Palumbo & David Ian Salter
Ice Age: Collision Course Mike Thurmeier
co-directed by: Galen T. Chu
Lori Forte screenplay: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg and Yoni Brenner
story: Aubrey Solomon
John Debney James M. Palumbo


Box office performance

All five films, produced on a total budget of $429 million, have grossed over $3.2 billion worldwide, making Ice Age the 15th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Shrek.[12] The first four films were the highest-grossing animated films in each year they were released, and among the eight highest-grossing films in their respective release years.[13][14][15][16]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Other territories Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Ice Age March 15, 2002 $176,387,405 $206,869,731 $383,257,136 #189 #193 $59 million [17]
Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 $195,330,621 $465,610,159 $660,940,780 #148 #70 $80 million [18]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009 $196,573,705 $690,113,112 $886,686,817 #147 #30 $90 million [19]
Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012 $161,321,843 $715,922,939 $877,244,782 #225 #32 $95 million [20]
Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016 $64,063,008 $342,989,731 $407,052,739 #1,161 #228 $105 million [21]
Total $793,676,582 $2,421,505,672 $3,215,182,254 #22 #11 $429 million [22][23]

Critical and public response

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Ice Age 77% (165 reviews)[24] 60 (31 reviews)[25] A[26]
Ice Age: The Meltdown 57% (143 reviews)[27] 58 (29 reviews)[28] A[26]
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 45% (159 reviews)[29] 50 (25 reviews)[30] A-[26]
Ice Age: Continental Drift 37% (131 reviews)[31] 49 (29 reviews)[32] A-[26]
Ice Age: Collision Course 13% (102 reviews)[33] 34 (27 reviews)[34] B+[26]

Video games

Live show

Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is a live arena ice show that combines ice skating, aerial arts, puppetry and film, and tells a new story based on the first three Ice Age films.[40] The plot begins with baby mammoth Peaches being kidnapped by an evil hawk-like creature called Shadow. Her father Manny sets off to rescue Peaches, accompanied by Sid and Diego. Their mission is successful, but on the way home they encounter avalanches and rockfalls, diverting them into a fantasy underground kingdom.[41]

It is being produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, and directed by Guy Caron and Michael Curry.[42] The music and lyrics were written by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson.[42] With the preview shows from October 19 to 21, 2012, in Cardiff, and from October 25 to 28, 2012, in Nottingham, A Mammoth Adventure officially premiered on November 2, 2012,[42] during its three-day tour from November 1 to 3 at Wembley Arena in London.[43] It continued in Germany in November 2012,[44] with a plan to visit more than 30 countries in its five-year world-wide tour.[40] At August 2016 Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure concluded its world tour and was replaced in North America by "Ice Age On Ice". [45]

Themed land

Ice Age inspired rides and attractions will be featured at the first 20th Century Fox theme park, called 20th Century Fox World,[46] to be built in 2016 as part of Malaysia-based Resorts World Genting.[47]


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