Ice Age

Last night was family movie night at our house, so we played the DVD for Ice Age. This was actually one of the few movies we've seen with Duncan at the theater when it first came out a couple of years ago. Because he's already seen it, had it explained to him, knows where all the scary bits are and doesn't need to be taken to the restroom every half hour, Mom and Dad actually got to see it as if for the first time. It's either that, or my mid-term memory lost is getting bad, or I was really tired when we saw it the first time, because last night, there were several scenes I didn't remember at all.

For those of you who haven't seen this (and I find it hard to believe there are many), it's the animated story of how a mammoth, a sloth and a saber-tooth tiger return a young human baby to its tribe during an ice age 20,000 years ago. Add in a pack of sabre-tooth tigers as the bad guys, an hilarious sequence with an army of dodo's and a running gag with a sabertooth squirrel called Scrat who has a passion for nuts plus various other odds and sods, and you have a wonderful movie. There is excellent comedic voiceover talent with people like Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary. The IMdB review is here. Two thumbs way up in my view, but then I've always had a passion for good animation (which is probably why I'm still watching Father of the Pride even though the writing is terrible, the jokes are lousy and I now have a strong urge to go see to Siegfried and Roy in person just to see if they are really that strange in real life).

The Ice Age DVD has a bonus disk which includes an animated short which contains Scrat's missing adventure Gone Nutty, which is also very funny. The Ice Age web site has some games young kids will like too.

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