OK, I’ll admit it– I love a good anachronism as much as the next person. Combine that with my strange fascination (slash fear) of dinosaurs, and you have an explanation as to how Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ended up on my queue. As to how it ended up in position #1, well, I guess that can be attributed both to the fact that I am trying to watch (and review) a variety of shows for this site and because I have quirky taste in media.That leads me to this moment—the aftermath of finally completing the beloved Ice Age trilogy.
I assume Ice Age 3 picks up where Ice Age 2: The Squeakquel left off. I say “assume” because, while I watched the second film, I didn’t find it to be memorable. In fact, for reasons I can’t quite explain; that film tends to blur in my mind with Evan Almighty. Maybe this is due to the flood theme or that I confused a hairy Steve Carrell with Manny the Mastodon. I guess some things can never quite fully be explained. Nonetheless, Ice Age 3 follows the antics (can they really be defined as anything else?) of Manny (using the vocal talents of Ray Romano… yeah, I said vocal talent of Ray Romano. I must be out of it today), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Dennis Leary). This time, the trio discovers a “lost world” (if you will) of dinosaurs buried below the ice. It’s better if you don’t think too much about it. Your head my just explode. While on their journey, they meet up with a weasel (voiced by Simon Pegg) who helps them traverse the dangerous Jurassic world (well, it wasn’t quite as large as a world; maybe I should call it a park).
Honestly, I really disliked Ice Age 2: 2 Fast 2 Furious; so I had extremely low expectations for Ice Age 3: Tokyo Drift. I realize this may blow apart the tiny shred of credibility I may have had, but I actually kind of enjoyed this film (which I may adamantly deny after today). Sure, it was silly and the story made very little sense (it was awfully sunny in the underground jungle); but it was fun. Although quite a few jokes fell flat, there were more that worked than didn’t. Also, I thought that the film looked much better than its predecessors. At times, some of the fur/hair was quite realistic, and much of the animation improved over the years.
However, there were a few issues I had with the film. The first, being the most obvious, I have already addressed; but what the heck—an entire rainforest full of dinosaurs existed below the glaciers during the Ice Age? Uh, OK. I won’t even ask about how in the world this made sense on the drawing board. Yes, it allows for a chuckle or two, so I guess I will let it slide. After all, it is a film starring a talking saber-tooth tiger, a chatty (and stinky) sloth, and a mastodon voiced by Ray Romano (yeah, not the first voice that came to mind when I think of a giant elephant, either).
Perhaps most strange in this film, is the abundance of groin humor and references. Sid tries to milk a male yak; and I kept thinking, “should I be watching this?” There are several shots of various characters getting nailed in the crotch —these are typical staples of children’s films, I know. The weasel even brags, “Let me tell you about the time I used a clam shell to turn a T-Rex into a T-Rachel.” Sweet. Castration humor. That always goes over well with the 12 and under crowd. Trust me, I am not a prude and I don’t object to this type of humor; I was just shocked to see so much of it in this film.
I honestly tried not to like this film. Part of the reason I wanted to watch it was out of some sick desire to write a scathing review (I’m a mean person, it seems). But I actually didn’t mind it too much. I laughed a few times, and the story was a good length (at about 90 minutes). Although it may not appeal to everyone, Ice Age 3 was fairly fun. Just make sure you are in the mood for a bunch of wiener jokes. Great, now I have the Oscar Meyer song stuck in my head.
Have an awesome day!
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