It seems appropriate that Ice Age: Dawn of Dinosaurs would hit DVD now. The weather, is after all, turning cold in much of the U.S.; so who wouldn’t want to cuddle on the couch with the kids to catch a flick about animals escaping their cold climes for some place warmer?
You’ll have to suspend your taste for scientific fact to enjoy the trip with Manny, Ellie, Diego and Sid underneath their icy home to an alternate (and warm) land where dinosaurs roam. But for kids who aren’t hardcore dinosaur fans (and hence caught up in the fact-based study of when they existed and what caused them to go extinct), it’s a laugh-a-minute action-packed ninety minutes.
We watched the new DVD/DigitalCopy/Blu-Ray combo in my house, and it’s sans the 3D version that packed families into theaters over the summer. Regardless, watching it on the surround sound, the audio quality was top notch and the CG animation well done.
Of course it’s the story line that’s worth talking about – with Ellie (Queen Latifah) heavily pregnant and the whole herd worried about losing their places as Ellie and Manny (Ray Romano) become parents, Sid adopts three dinosaur eggs he found beneath the ice cap. Adventure, naturally, ensues.
The standout here is new addition Simon Pegg as Buck the wacked-out weasel. A swashbuckling hero who reminded me not just a little of Puss N Boots in Shrek, he’s over-the-top and a bit off his rocker. But he adds excitement and much of the comedic effect as Sid ends up in the land of the dinosaurs and the whole herd heads off on a rescue mission – and puts their faith (albeit dubiously) in Buck.
Following the traditional “friend gone, rest of friends follow to rescue him” path of about fifty percent of the kids out there, it was nevertheless a fun ninety minutes, especially for the four-year-old in the room. Packed with lessons on family, friendship and responsibility, it’s a solid pick for a Saturday afternoon.
Image: Scrat the squirrell ice skates during a celebration of a Guiness record breaking building of an ice sculpture. At four stories high, the structure was a celebration of the DVD launch.
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