Walk the Dinosaur

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is when the franchise officially started going downhill. Blue Sky Studios remained relatively consistent with movies like Horton Hears a Who!, but they couldn’t let go of their most profitable property. Dawn of the Dinosaurs felt like it was jumping the shark ever since it was first announced. Since I was 14 at the time, the progressively tame and/or juvenile jokes didn’t impress me much. Yet my brother and I remained just as dedicated as we were with Pixar or DreamWorks. At least the computer animation has gotten much more realistic since The Meltdown. Scrat has another mostly disconnected subplot, but there’s more of a running theme than there was before. Now Scrat has a spunky female saber-toothed flying squirrel love interest voiced by Blue Sky animator Karen Disher.

Scrat and Scratte fight for the acorn in tar pits until they eventually fall in love. Except Scrat realizes he loves the acorn more. As for the herd, Manny, Sid, Deigo, Ellie, Crash, and Eddie are one big happy family that get seperated for most of the movie. Despite the franchise being named Ice Age, there’s also barely any snow. Dawn of the Dinosaurs obviously refers to the sudden appearance of presumably extinct dinosaurs. The dinosaurs have creative designs, but they feel like an easy route for a prehistoric series like this. The herd once again deals with separate problems of varying importance. Manny is extra worried about Ellie since they’re about to have a baby. Diego wants to leave the herd since he feels like he’s losing his edge. I’ll admit it’s a better storyline for him than being afraid of water.

Sid wants to experience motherhood, so he adopts a trio of eggs that end up being T-Rexes. A mother T-Rex takes Sid and her babies deep underground to a convoluted lost world beneath the ice. Crash and Eddie were tolerable before, but now they’re a little too annoying. Although not as insufferable as new character Buck. A crazy adventurous weasel with one eye who hunts dinosaurs. Simon Pegg is usually pretty funny, but Buck is more cringy than anything. Crash, Eddie, and even Diego’s hero worship doesn’t help. Their journey takes them through carnivorous plants, across a pit of laughing gas, above oceans of lava, and against Buck’s archenemy Rudy. Ellie giving birth to the adorable Peaches is the only highlight for me. Save for the catchy Queen Latifah song “Walk the Dinosaur,” Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is an adventure too big for its own good.

6. Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Buck saves Manny, Diego, Ellie, Crash, and Eddie

Preceded by: Ice Age: The Meltdown & Followed by: Ice Age: Continental Drift

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