Ice Age is indeed a computer-animated comedy film directed by Chris Wedge as well as co-directed by Carlos Saldanha, based on such a script by Michael J. Wilson and released in 2002. This was distributed by 20th Century Fox on March 15, 2002, as Blue Sky Studios’ debut feature picture. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, as well as Denis Leary all lend their voices to the picture. The movie follows three major characters—Manny (Romano), a no-nonsense woolly mammoth; Sid (Leguizamo), a loudmouthed ground sloth; and Diego (Leary), a sarcastic sabre-tooth tiger—as they stumble upon a human newborn as well as work together to restore that to its tribe as during ice era. Scrat, a silent “sabre-toothed squirrel” spoken by Wedge, is also featured on occasion. Scrat is always looking for a place on the earth to bury his acorn.
It was initially planned as a 2D animated picture by Fox Animation Studios, but it ended up becoming Blue Sky’s first full-length animated movie when the company was converted from such a VFX house to a computerized animation studio. The focus moved from producing an action-adventure drama picture to crafting a comedy, and additional writers were brought on board, including Michael Berg and Peter Ackerman, to help bring forth a wittier tone.
Ice Age garnered mainly excellent reviews upon its first release and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, but lost to Spirited Away. Ice Age: The Meltdown was released in 2006, followed by Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009, Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016.
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas was published in 2011 as well as Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade was released in 2016. (taking place between Continental Drift and Collision Course). Between 2002 as well as 2016, seven short films were also released.
Varèse Sarabande published the official music of Ice Age on May 14, 2002. The original musical score for the movie, created by David Newman as well as performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony, is featured on the album. Rusted Root’s song “Send Me on My Way” is also used in the film but not on the CD.
On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 77 per cent approval rating based on 167 reviews, with such an average rating of 6.84/10. “Even if treads on the same territory as Monsters, Inc. and Shrek,” the site’s consensus states, “it has enough humour and chuckles to stand on its own.”