This is one of the cutest movie franchises to ever come from the computer animation genre, and with its fourth installment coming out this summer, it’s definitely not going anywhere soon. We are going to go back a decade to where it all started, and meet with our favourite prehistoric mammals, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), Manfred the mammoth (Ray Romano), Diego the saber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary), and the very silly, acorn-obsessed squirrel, Scrat (Chris Wedge).
We open with Scrat finally getting his favourite meal, and looking for a place to store it. In the process, he accidentally cracks off a part of an ice sheet, and it chases him across the valley, and we come into a larger scope of this world. It is our world from about 20 to 15 thousand years ago, when humans were hunter-gatherers, and the animals were still pretty much having the run of the planet, but when the creatures are this formidable, we should just do whatever they want, except for maybe Sid.
Diego’s pack has a beef with the humans that hunt in this valley, as they have been killing off his pack-mates,and their leader wants revenge on the hunters. There is a couple with a toddler, and the lead tiger, Soto (Goran Visnjic) wants that tender little kid as his next meal. The tigers attack the camp, and the woman runs off with the child. She escapes into the river, and is soon swept along with the current, and plummets over a waterfall. She makes it to the shore, where she sees Manfred and Sid, and though she can no longer talk, she pleads with them to take her child to his father through her actions, then passes on due to exhaustion and injuries.
Diego sees this as his break, since the raid on the hunter camp failed. The kid is alone, except for his two new babysitters. Diego offers up his tracking abilities to Manfred and Sid to get the kid to the human settlement on the other side of the glacier. This starts a dubious but successful expedition and friendship between the three animals, and we see Scrat’s misadventures with his acorn-chasing along the way.
Sid, Manny, and Diego encounter crazed dodo birds, Diego’s pack, and Sid’s not so brilliant ideas along the way, and Sid comes close to closing a deal in a mudbath with some cute female sloths using the little tyke as bait. There are some exciting chases through the ice caves as everyone slides along at high velocity, and some surprises along the way even in there.
This is the beginning of the Ice Age, and it just gets more fun and funnier with every new episode. Hopefully, the audiences will love the newest one just as much as all the others, because this just cannot come to an end anytime soon.