Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Film Review by Lisa Miller

Hollywood, California - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Film Review by Lisa Miller (2009) Directed by Carlos Saldanha, Voices by: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Chris Wedge, Karen Disher - Fox/Rated PG/Animated/87 minutes.

The “Ice Age” franchise attempts to defrost its overexposed prehistoric characters by stealing from other movies. As the third chapter opens we find woolly mammoth couple Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) preparing for the arrival of their first born. The couple’s nesting activities prompt severe reactions from their best friends. Saber-toothed tiger Diego (Denis Leary), believes the pair’s domesticity is dulling his predatory edge. Sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) worries he will be abandoned by the others and left alone.

Then Sid discovers a clutch of three enormous eggs in a subterranean labyrinth beneath the ice. He carts the enormous eggs up top, hilariously losing and recovering them on slippery slopes that serve as abstract illustrations of parental duty. Soon Sid proudly declares himself a “single mother” to three T-Rex hatchlings. Mama T-Rex comes looking for her babies and after wreaking havoc on the company’s home turf, she scoops up her brood and Sid, for the journey back to her tropical dinotopia.

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