In Unity We Prevail
Starring: Ray Romano, Dennis Leary and
Audience: Children and adults
Rating: PG for mild peril
Runtime: 75 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Chris Wedge
Producer: Lori Forte
Writer: Peter Ackerman
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The sloth is willing, but weak and lazy; the mammoth is strong and powerful, yet he seems to be holding a hurt from the past that makes him resistant to helping anyone. Soon, however, Manfred realizes that his companion will need some help with the baby, so he reluctantly complies. As they travel, the sloth talks about his marriage failure and his unwillingness to settle down with one female. Manfred replies, “If you find a mate, you should be loyal – or at least grateful.”
Meanwhile, the tigers are still tracking the baby, and one of them, Diego, tries to wrest the baby out of the mammoth’s trunk. The mammoth proves his strength and new willingness to defend the child as he charges the cat and sends him flying. The cat cannot go back to his pack without the child, however, so he is forced to stay with the sloth and mammoth until he can find a way to steal the baby. He lies and says that he knows where the baby’s father and friends are, and he will lead them to the humans, just beyond the great pass.
The party of four encounters a pack of dodo birds that have managed to hoard three watermelons for the end of the world. They have signs and slogans that say, “Beware of the ice age,” and they squawk, “Doom on you!” After stealing one of the watermelons for the baby, they continue their trip, having become quite smitten with the entertaining child.
Soon, however, the other saber-toothed tigers show up, demanding to know why Diego hasn’t stolen the baby yet. Diego says that he will soon be bringing them the baby AND a delicious mammoth. The journey continues with a lot of fun and scary sliding and sledding through curvy and dangerous icy mountain passes, and through caves, where the group finds pictures detailing the story of how men had once come to the area and killed a mammoth’s wife and child. Manfred mourns, and the others cry. Despite his grief, however, the mammoth is unable to exact revenge on an innocent child, so he continues his protection of the baby. He also must do some daring heroics to save one of his companions.
Finally, Diego must decide how he really feels about stealing the baby and handing him over to the pack. Has his heart softened during the journey, or will his killer instincts win out in the end?
ICE AGE is a fun way to spend some time. The animation is fantastic, and the voice talents (especially Dennis Leary’s) really add humor for the adults. There’s one hilarious scene where the tiger is trying to play peek-a-boo with the baby, but it is so scary that the baby just cries. The movie is made for children, but it is appropriate only for children over five, in that there are plenty of scary elements such as frozen fanged creatures, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, and slapstick violence that could disturb young minds not yet cognitively able to critically evaluate such portrayals.
Hollywood did have to add its politically correct, ever-so-light-and-subtle elements of environmentalism, anti-hunting, evolution, possible homosexual inferences, and jabs at fear-based, “end of the world” religious zealots. To counter this, however, there was a very strong endorsement of marriage, a life laid down in sacrifice for another and a strong portrayal of the necessity of unity before victory.
Overall, this is a fine movie for most children and all adults. As with all movies, however, remember to discuss all questionable elements with your children, and go light on the heavy action or scary movies, albeit cartoons, that might induce nightmares in the very young.
ICE AGE is fun. The animation is fantastic, and the various voice talents add humor for adults. The movie has several politically correct, environmentalist elements, however, countered by a strong endorsement of marriage, a life laid down for another and a strong portrayal of the necessity of unity before victory. The slapstick violence and scary images require a caution for small children