Fox’ latest animated venture will be highly entertaining to those who’ve not caught the earlier two installments. Ice Age purists may find the pace deliberate and supposedly funny moments a tad bland. Still, don’t miss this one for its sheer ingenuity, quality 3D effects and slick storytelling.
Manny and Ellie are set to become parents for the first time, causing the anxious father to get a tad impatient with Diego and Sid, who, on the other hand, have an agenda of their own- Sid wants to be Mommy to three dinosaur eggs he found, and Diego wants to find his edge. But when the frantic she-dinosaur notices her brood missing, she gets down to business, tracks her babies and carries them off to her lair, along with Sid, which provides the others with a mission- to rescue Sid from the dinosaurs. Interestingly, the dinosaurs live in an amazing flora and fauna-rich world complete with pre-historic birds and volcanic activity, while totally being under the surface of ice. It is here that the friends meet Buck, the Jack Sparrow of the animated kingdom, who rescues Sid and the others from the clutches of a mean machine of a T-Rex called Rudy.
Ice Age 3 works well mostly because of the interesting twists the new characters bring to the movie. Scratte, the flying squirrel who competes for the acorn has no lines but simply delights. A pair of possums, likewise. Buck, voiced by Simon Pegg charms with his daredevilry and coolth, and single-handedly steals the show. His skills while navigating a flight bird through lava rocks and predatory birds and trying to ‘diffuse’ a giant Venus Flytrap are topnotch. However, there’s nothing much to write home about the “Sub Zero Heroes”, who seem to have just jumped on the bandwagon for the heck of it.
Ice Age 3 is also refreshing for the clean content. You don’t have to worry about the language or visuals if you have kids with you. So grab those 3D glasses and get set. You may not be laughing your guts out but you won’t stop smiling either.