Some 20,000 years BC, a strange animal inadvertently triggers a new ice age. While the frightened animals flee from icy winds, a lone mammoth named Manny heads off in the opposite direction. He is soon joined by a companion, a sloth called Sid who talks too much and insists on sticking around. As they go on their way, the pair of travellers encounter a tribe of humans who have been decimated by merciless sabre-toothed tigers. Just before dying, a mother entrusts her child to them. Diego, a young male tiger, is ordered to retrieve the baby and bring him back alive to the vicious felines' den.
A cult hit as soon as it was released in France, Ice Age has become a classic of animation cinema. It joins the fight against climate change with joyous humour and a mascot called Scrat, who is a sabre-toothed squirrel, no less! It is impossible not to be charmed by this little rodent who continually charges after his acorn even at the risk of causing a huge natural disaster! Scrat has us in stitches of laughter and, because of his obsession, plunges us into a new ice age. While being hilariously playful, this incident also carries deep meaning, as a seemingly minor occurrence has enormous knock-on effects. This shows us that everything is linked and connected, we are active parts of our environment and whatever happens at micro level can influence macro level. Every action has an impact on our earth. It also makes us cry with laughter, which is better than just crying at the scale of the devastation caused to the planet by the selfish pursuits of a small creature ... This catastrophe-based joke is served up as a cinematographic starter to whet our appetite for the rest of the film, in which the tone is equally biting, deep frozen and full of peculiar animals. We meet: Manny, a mammoth with a melancholic heart; Sid, the hilariously lazy sloth; Diego, the boastful tiger who is sometimes too sly for his own good; some quite nasty and very moronic dodos; and a baby. As is the case in a lot of comedies, everything is turned on its head in this film. Hence the animals talk while the humans do not, and even if they have nothing in common and are the complete opposite of each other, the animals have to work together to survive. The plot is simple and effective even if it is difficult to believe at the start of the film that these characters are going to get along. They all have faults, bad traits and even quite a lot of ill will. They are opposites in all respects, except that there is a threat that is bigger than any of them, so they will have to learn to cooperate and live together in spite of their squabbles. They must find a solution to survive and learn to move beyond their petty interests. The film is a tribute to friendship and makes us understand that solidarity is important, if not vital. Ice Age is a delightful tale with a moral!Read more Show less
A film to be enjoyed with abandon from age 6 upwards!
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