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U
Cast
Ray Romano
Chris Wedge
John Leguizamo
Simon Pegg
Denis Leary.
Directors
Carlos Saldanha
Michael Thurmeier.
Screenwriters
Michael Berg.
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Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs
Ever woolier delights for wee'uns


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Plot
Manny, Ellie and the gang return to discover dinosaurs roaming the earth and Sid the Sloth needing rescuing after he creates a surrogate family from stolen dino-eggs.


Review
Manny, Diego and pals find themselves tangling with T-rexes for this, a third outing, after Sid the Sloth discovers a forgotten dino paradise buried deep beneath the ice. It’s yet another excuse for the woolly troupe to set out on an epic journey, following in the well-trodden tracks of its predecessors.It’s a pacey, enjoyable yarn for the most part, but the franchise’s key strength is its characters and the relationships, tired by part two, are seriously running out of steam. The saving grace is Simon Pegg’s swashbuckling Buck, a plucky, one-eyed weasel who brings a welcome note of derring-do to the proceedings. It’s still the same old shtick but younger audiences will have a whale of a time — especially with the 3-D version — even if watching the film’s Pleistocene heroes interact with dinosaurs is sure to make paleontologists bleed out of their ears.


Verdict
Long-in-the-tooth characters detract from the usual high-spirited fun and frolics.


Reviewed by James Dyer


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RE: Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009, aka Ice Age 3) Jackpot everybody! the Ice Age franchise started off on a high note of originality and uniqueness but then dipped for the sequel. In my humble opinion this third film is easily the best looking, most exciting and imaginative of the trio by a mile. Plot isn't exactly original again, this is pretty much a new animated adaptation of classic tales/films 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' and 'The Land Before Time'. All the regular cha... More

Posted by Phubbs at 06:47, 22 July 2012 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1080016/]Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaursn the third (and final?) part of the Ice Age saga we see our friend meet the titular dinosaurs, wich leads to quite a number of tricky situations of course. As so often with third parts in a movie saga, the final installment is the least best part here as well. Not as sharp as the previous parts and some characters seem too worn out, even too the irritating. Fun for a rainy sunday afternoon. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 22:43, 22 February 2010 | Report This Post


Weasly Good

It's not often you see a threequel that is as good as this. This definitly is up there with the likes of Shrek & Toy Story. The only thing that was a let down were the disappointing scrat bits probably because the ones in Ice Age 2 were awesome......also that other squirrel annoys me. Buck is brilliant though ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 19:47, 26 November 2009 | Report This Post


Gettin' Age-Old Now.

Pretty much agree with the reviewer here, the characters are running out of steam, but Pegg's Buck is a welcome and quite hilarious addition. ... More

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Posted by CIRVIRUS64 at 06:25, 09 October 2009 | Report This Post


The beginning is really funny and enjoyable, but after the first half an hour I became a bit tired of the jokes.Was thinking of only giving it two stars because of this...Nice,but nothing hilarious. ... More

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Posted by FanaticalAboutFilm at 13:58, 21 September 2009 | Report This Post


WOW!!!

This is absolute glory! Maybe because of the scintilating effects and dazzling camera shots I loved it, but in 2-D, four stars not a bad deal! The movie may lack logic - jurrasic with ice creatures - but the director has put much effort for the visuals. It's a much better effort then Shrek The Third. Waiting for Ice Age 4! ... More

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Posted by sumiebeg at 06:20, 15 July 2009 | Report This Post


WOW!!!

This is absolute glory! Maybe because of the scintilating effects and dazzling camera shots I loved it, but in 2-D, four stars not a bad deal! The movie may lack logic - jurrasic with ice creatures - but the director has put much effort for the visuals. It's a much better effort then Shrek The Third. Waiting for Ice Age 4! ... More

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Posted by sumiebeg at 06:20, 15 July 2009 | Report This Post


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I watched the 3D version (the lady didn't charge us the extra £1.50!) and thought the second half was much better than the first half.It felt quite awkward in some places, but as soon as Buck came along so did a lot more laughs. ... More

Posted by lympo at 10:13, 07 July 2009 | Report This Post


Weakest of the three films but still a great laugh. Saw the 2D version (as refused to pay the extra £1.50 on top of my cineworld card) and didn't feel as though I had missed out on anything by doing so. ... More

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Posted by nclowe at 13:36, 06 July 2009 | Report This Post


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I was wetting myself with excitement about this, having loved both of the previous Ice Age films. It was still really good, but not as good as the other two (on first viewing anyway). Buck is a very welcome new character, though it's still all about Manny and Ellie for me. Didn't disappoint like Shrek 3 did, wouldn't be too annoyed with an Ice Age 4. 8/10 ... More

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Posted by Paul2j at 10:05, 04 July 2009 | Report This Post


I saw the film two days ago and it was my first 3d experience. The film was really ok, I can freely say I did like it very much - the gags, the characters, Buck :) But there were some things I dont understand - ( if I count out the insane premis about ice age creatures and world living above dinasour - filled forrest -what the hell??) for example - why would so carring Many let his pregnant gf go to dinasour killing ground for recsuing someone he kinda hates ( Sid) ? And the Diego character was ... More

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Posted by dunjatasic at 03:12, 03 July 2009 | Report This Post


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I can't wait! ... More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 17:02, 01 July 2009 | Report This Post


It's fun, I guess

Some wonderful animation and great 3-D make up for partial moments of unnecesity, I missed the second one, but I'm guessing those two possum fuckers came in then, god, how dire where they. Simon Pegg was awful as he makes a career doing so, Scrat lost his fun with the romance, the only one out unscathed is John Leguzamo, who is hilarious as Sid anyway, here as good as ever. Fun but meh. ... More

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Posted by Ethanial at 15:01, 01 July 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

Teacher: "Dinosaurs didn't live at the same time as mammoths!" Pupil: "Yes they did! I saw it at the movies!"   ... More

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