Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Movie TrailerMPAA Rating: PG, for some mild rude humor and peril
Runtime: Approx. 94 minutes
Starring: Voices of: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg, and Queen Latifah
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Release date: July 1, 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Official Synopsis
The sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbusters Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meldown are back, on an incredible adventure...for the ages. Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut (while, maybe, finding true love); Manny and Ellie await the birth of their mini-mammoth, Sid the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs; and Diego the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he's growing too "soft" hanging with his pals. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna run amuck - and meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - What Is a Mammoth Anyway?
Manny the Mammoth stars in all three Ice Age movies, and he was joined in The Meltdown by his mammoth girlfriend, Ellie. Kids may be wondering what a mammoth is, or they may not even know that the animal really existed. Make the movie a learning experience by helping kids find out about mammoths -- their diet, habitat and time period, and the fact that they became extinct. The Discover Channel website has a Land of the Mammoth special that talks about the mammoth and the Ice Age. Also, here is a great photo of a mammoth, along with information about mammoths and how compassion is an important trait that helped them survive during the harsh Ice Age.