Bottom line: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs follows our good old prehistoric Ice Age pals as they stumble on an underground dino inhabited world. The dangerous dinos may be frightening to young kids. Scrat's new love interest and the birth of Manny and Ellie's baby provide springboards for a whole lot of jokes and innuendo.MPAA Rating: PG, for some mild rude humor and peril
Guide Age Recommendation: 5+
Runtime: Approx. 94 minutes
Release date: July 1, 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Summary
Our prehistoric pals from the previous Ice Age movies are still together and things seem to have settled down -- but not for long. Manny and Ellie are expecting a baby, but their happy news is making Diego feel tied down and like a third wheel. When he decides to leave the herd, Sid takes it to heart and goes off to search for a family of his own.
Imagine his delight when he finds three large and unprotected eggs that are about to hatch. Sid cares for the eggs until three baby dinosaurs -- that's right, dinosaurs -- hatch out and call him "mama." Sid is delighted with motherhood and his darling kids, until their real "mama" shows up.
When Sid goes missing, Manny, Ellie, Diego and the gang all head out to look for their lost family member. They stumble upon an underground world inhabited by dangerous dinos and perilous plant life. For the first time, Manny and Ellie feel small, and it's not such a good feeling.
Luckily, the crew meets a new friend -- a one-eyed weasel dino hunter named Buck -- who determines to help them find their lost friend. Meanwhile, Scrat finds a new love interest in the beautiful but deceptive Scratte. Will Scratte finally take his mind off of his incessant acorn obsession? Will Manny, Ellie and the gang become dino dinner? One thing is for sure, our Ice Age friends have faced many dangers, but nothing could have prepared them for all of this.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Guide Review for Parents
Ice Age meets Journey to the Center of the Earth when Manny, Ellie, Diego, Sid and their friends find an incredible underground world full of funky flora and inhabited by all kinds of dinosaurs and creatures. Kids will enjoy the big adventure into the strange new land, especially those who like dinos to begin with. Young children may be frightened by some of the dinosaurs, though, especially during several perilous scenes when the more ferocious of the beasts go after Manny and the gang.
Scrat's new found love affair with Scratte takes center stage during a lot of the movie. The two have quite a love-hate relationship, which provides for many jokes and a lot of innuendo. The subject of babies and the scene in which Ellie actually gives birth (nothing inappropriate is shown) also give way to some eyebrow raising humor. For a more detailed description of movie content, see the "Content Overview" below.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - Content Overview
- Violence (Medium): Our Ice Age friends certainly find themselves in a more vicious kind of peril in this movie than they ever have before. Carnivorous dinos, bigger than Manny and Ellie, chase the characters with teeth bared and roaring loudly. Some characters fight with the dinos, and characters get knocked around quite a bit, and often times, are nearly eaten. Young children may be very frightened by the menacing monsters, especially one group which waits in a dark, rocky valley hissing and growling as they prepare to attack Manny and Ellie (who at the time is in the process of giving birth).
- Sex/Nudity (Medium): Scrat and Scratte look at each other longingly as "romantic" music plays. Animated effects highlight the two and there is plenty of innuendo and jokes surrounding their love affair. In one scene, some leaves in a tree are moved to very briefly reveal the two in a branch. Scratte seems to quickly cover herself up like they were doing something "private." Other characters also make jokes that very young kids will not get, but older kids will understand the innuendo. One such example is when, while trapped, Diego tells Manny that he feels "tingly," and Manny says not to say that when they are pressed up against each other.
- Drugs and Alcohol (None) There are no alcohol or drugs in the movie; however, there is one scene in which the characters are exposed to a gas which makes them sound like they just sucked in a balloon full of helium.
- Language (Low): The movie contains no profanity. Some words such as "butt," "barf," and "shut up" are used.
- Disrespectful/Imitative Behavior (Medium): Characters tease, taunt an threaten each other. Most of this is mild and they are still friends. Some characters talk and joke about bodily functions such as wetting the bed and passing gas.
- Scary Scenes (High) Content listed under "violence" may be frightening for kids. Kids may be afraid of the generally perilous and scary feel the entire time the characters are in the underground world, especially with the dinos and dangerous plant life. They may also fear that Ellie's baby will be harmed.
- Sad/Unsettling Scenes (Low) Diego feels out of place now that Manny and Ellie will have a child and be more of a family. He threatens to leave the herd. Sid also feels this, and he tries to find a family of his own. Ellie has her baby and is in pain during labor.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – Topics to Discuss
- After seeing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, kids may have questions about the following topics: dinosaurs, extinction, giving birth, animals mating, families.