Ice Age (franchise)
Ice Age is an American media franchise centering on a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age. It consists of computer-animated films and TV specials and a series of video games. The films are produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Animation as a part of Walt Disney Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox). The series features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Chris Wedge, who are the only constant cast members. Five films have been released in the series thus far: the original film of the same name 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. As of April 2016, the franchise had generated $6 billion in revenue, making it one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
|Created by||Michael J. Wilson|
|Original work||Ice Age (2002)|
|Owned by||Blue Sky Studios|
(The Walt Disney Company)
|Films and television|
|Film||U.S. release date||Director||Screenwriters||Story by||Producer(s)|
|Ice Age||March 15, 2002||Chris Wedge||Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson and Peter Ackerman||Michael J. Wilson||Lori Forte|
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||March 31, 2006||Carlos Saldanha||Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht||Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||July 1, 2009||Michael Berg, Peter Ackerman, Mike Reiss and Yoni Brenner||Jason Carter Eaton||Lori Forte and John C. Donkin|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||July 13, 2012||Steve Martino and
|Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs and Lori Forte||Michael Berg and Lori Forte|
|Ice Age: Collision Course||July 22, 2016||Mike Thurmeier||Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg and Yoni Brenner||Aubrey Solomon||Lori Forte|
|Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild||2022||TBA|
Ice Age (2002)
Sid, a goofy but good-natured sloth, is left behind by his family and the herds of mammals journeying to the south. He meets Manny, a cynical and loner woolly mammoth who is travelling to the north, and decides to follow him, much to Manny’s disdain. Along the way, the pair come across a woman who has jumped down the nearby waterfall in a desperate bid to protect her child after their camp was attacked by saber-toothed tigers. She silently pushes the infant towards Manny and Sid before disappearing into the water. The two animals decide to search for the father and return the baby to him. However, the villainous Soto, leader of the sabers, instructs his second in command, Diego, to bring the baby to him so he can extract his revenge on the child’s father, who frequently kills sabers with his tribe for their furs and meat. Diego comes across Manny and Sid and, since they refuse to just give him the child, he pretends to lead them towards the baby’s tribe, when really Soto and the rest of the pack wait in an icy mountain range to ambush them, intending on killing Manny and stealing the child. During their journey however, the trio bond over the infant and Diego must ultimately decide where his loyalties lie.
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
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 bubbly female 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 and open his heart to change. During their journey, Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel has his own adventure.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Manny and Ellie are happily married and expecting their first child. Scrat falls in love with fellow squirrel Scratte. Diego is anxious about how things will change after Manny becomes a father and considers leaving the Herd. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own, and steals some dinosaur eggs but after the dino mother comes back for her stolen eggs and takes the talkative sloth home with her, the herd must travel to an colourful underground world to resuce him. During the adventure, Manny and the gang meet Buck, an insane one-eyed weasel who aids them on their quest.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Taking place sixteen years after the events of the third film, Manny’s overprotective nature causes a rift between him and his teenage daughter, Peaches. Scrat's pursuit of acorns has world-changing consequences, separating Manny, Sid, Diego and Sid’s cantankerous Granny from the rest of their group. Things take a dangerous turn for the worst when the gang come into conflict with a rag-tag pirate crew led by the sadistic Captain Gutt. As the friends embark on an epic adventure in their desperate bid to return home, Diego grapples with his conflicting feelings for Gutt’s feisty first mate, Shira, and Manny struggles to accept his daughter may be growing up.
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Five years after the events of the fourth film Manny and Ellie are planning the upcoming wedding between their daughter, Peaches and the clumsy but sweet Julian. Manny is reluctant to let his daughter marry Julian as he thinks he is a bit of a goof but Peaches urges her father to get to know him. Scrat's pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth aboard a UFO, where he accidentally sets off a series of intergalactic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the gang leave their home and reunite with the adventurous Buck, who leads them on a crazy cosmic journey to find a way to save the planet.
Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild (2022)
On the possibility of a potential sixth film, in June 2016, Galen T. Chu, co-director of the film, stated that there were some ideas for the next installment. In August 2018, CEO of 20th Century Fox Stacey Snider announced that a television series based on Ice Age and centered around the character Buck is in development. On October 25, 2019, after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney, the project was confirmed to be still in development for Disney+. In December 2020, the project was confirmed to have been redeveloped as a film and to be titled Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild, centring around Buck going on an adventure in the Dinosaur World with Crash and Eddie. The film is set to release in early 2022 and will feature Simon Pegg reprising his role as the title character.
Gone Nutty is a 2002 animated short film, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and originally released on the Ice Age DVD. 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.
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. 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.
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. Unlike the first two Ice Age short films, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid, who incompetently "leads" a small group of camping children.
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up is the first of a 2012 two-part animated short. It was released in theaters and home media alongside Gulliver's Travels.
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 is the second of a 2012 two-part animated short. It was released in theaters and home media alongside Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.
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.
Scrat: Spaced Out
Scrat: Spaced Out is a 2016 animated short film. The short once again follows Scrat, trying to get back to Earth after the events in Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe.
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.
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.
|Characters||Gone Nutty||No Time for Nuts||Surviving Sid||Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe||Scrat: Spaced Out|
|Sid||Silent cameo||John Leguizamo|
|Manny||Silent cameo||Ray Romano|
A Mammoth Christmas
The Great Egg-Scapade
|Crash||Seann William Scott|
|Peaches||Ciara Bravo||Keke Palmer|
|Santa Claus||Billy Gardell|
|Ethel||Taraji P. Henson|
- Note: A dark grey cell indicates character did not appear in that medium.
|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 & 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 18th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the third highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Despicable Me and Shrek. 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. However, the fifth film was considered a commercial disappointment and is the lowest-grossing film in both the franchise and Blue Sky's filmography (when adjusted for inflation).
|Film||Release date||Box office gross||Box office ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|North America||Other territories||Worldwide||All time
|Ice Age||March 15, 2002||$176,387,405||$206,869,731||$383,257,136||#189||#193||$59 million|||
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||March 31, 2006||$195,330,621||$465,610,159||$660,940,780||#148||#70||$80 million|||
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||July 1, 2009||$196,573,705||$690,113,112||$886,686,817||#147||#30||$90 million|||
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||July 13, 2012||$161,321,843||$715,922,939||$877,244,782||#225||#32||$95 million|||
|Ice Age: Collision Course||July 22, 2016||$64,063,008||$344,516,030||$408,579,038||#1,161||#228||$105 million|||
Critical and public response
While the first film received generally positive reviews, the series has received some criticism for making no attempt to be scientifically accurate and has suffered a steadily declining critical reception with each succeeding film.
|Ice Age||77% (166 reviews)||60 (31 reviews)||A|
|Ice Age: The Meltdown||57% (144 reviews)||58 (29 reviews)||A|
|Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs||46% (161 reviews)||50 (25 reviews)||A-|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||38% (133 reviews)||49 (29 reviews)||A-|
|Ice Age: Collision Course||18% (118 reviews)||34 (27 reviews)||B+|
- Ice Age was released in 2002 by Ubisoft for Game Boy Advance.
- Ice Age 2: The Meltdown was released in 2006 by Sierra Entertainment for Wii, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Xbox, and PC.
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was released by Activision on June 30, 2009, for PC, Wii, DS, PS2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.
- Ice Age 3 - Boulder Drop was an online game released in 2009.
- Ice Age 3 - Dino Dinner was an online game released in 2009.
- Ice Age 3 - Slippery Slope was an online game released in 2009.
- Ice Age Village was a mobile video game released by Gameloft on April 5, 2012, to iPhone, iPad, and various Android devices, and on April 24, 2013, to Windows Phone. The game allows players to build a village while characters from the films set them goals. Player's can also visit their friend's villages, play mini games and watch videos.
- Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games was released by Activision on July 10, 2012, to Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360.
- Ice Age Online was a free-to-play browser-based adventure platform game produced by Bigpoint Games for its gaming portal. Beta version of the game was launched on July 10, 2012, which put players in the role of Sid, who has to rescue lost members of his herd, separated by a volcanic eruption.
- Ice Age - Clueless Ice Sloth was an online game released in 2012.
- Ice Age Adventures was a free-to-play game was released by Gameloft on August 7, 2014 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8.
- Ice Age: Arctic Blast was a mobile match-3 puzzle game, developed by Zynga and Eat Sleep Play, and featuring content from all five films, was released in June 2016 for iOS and Android devices.
- Ice Age Avalanche was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age Hailstorm was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age Mission Control was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age - Manic Meteor Run! was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age - Geode Jam! was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age - Coloring Book was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age - Matching Cards was an online game released in 2016.
- Ice Age: Scrat's Nutty Adventure was released in 2019 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
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. 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.
It is being produced by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions, and directed by Guy Caron and Michael Curry. The music and lyrics were written by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson. 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, during its three-day tour from November 1 to 3 at Wembley Arena in London. It continued in Germany in November 2012, with a plan to visit more than 30 countries in its five-year worldwide tour. In August 2016, Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure concluded its world tour and was replaced in North America by Ice Age On Ice.
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