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Ice Age **** (2002, voices of Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano) – Classic Movie Review 1050

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Once upon a time, dear children, long, long ago in the days of the big chill, Manfred (voice of Ray Romano), a woolly mammoth, and Sid (voice of John Leguizamo), a lazy sloth, are migrating south when they befriend an abandoned baby. Soon, Diego (voice of Denis Leary), a sinister, sabre-toothed tiger, arrives on the scene, and…

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This smart and sassy animated adventure creates four adorably quirky characters and a delightful story about survival and friendship as they make a perilous journey to safety. It may have been sub-zero 20,000 years ago but, here, the tone is warm-hearted and spiced with lots of thrills and spills.

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Directed by Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha (also the maker of Rio 2) in 2002, this is mammoth entertainment. Wedge also provides the voice of Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel, who is always having troubles with collecting his beloved acorns.

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It was hugely popular, taking $383million worldwide, and four sequels have followed by 2016, Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), which was the first without Saldanha, and Ice Age: Collision Course (2016). The second and third films were even more successful, taking $655 million and $886 million respectively worldwide.

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Leguizamo said of a fifth instalment: “It sounds like they’re working on something. So hopefully the answer is yes but I cannot say for sure.’ On December 20 2013, 20th Century Fox scheduled the film Ice Age: Collision Course for release on July 15 2016.

The first four films, produced by Blue Sky Studios, a division of 20th Century Fox, on a total budget of $324 million, have grossed over $2.8 billion worldwide, making Ice Age the 11th highest-grossing franchise of all time, and the second highest-grossing animated franchise worldwide behind Shrek. Each film was the highest-grossing animated film of its release year and among the eight highest-grossing films of the film’s year.

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