Ice Age was released in March 2002 as a computer-animated movie distributed by 20th Century Fox, and made by Blue Sky Studios. Blue Sky was contracted as the “saviour” of Fox’s animated releases to make the film, following the collapse of Fox Animation Studios and its financial failure of Titan A.E. This last chance given to the studio proved the final product to be an outright a critical and financial success, along with an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature. the success of Ice Age ensured a secure future for Blue Sky, and the movie launched a successful animated franchise, joining the competition with rivals like DreamWorks and Pixar.
If the computer animation of the film seems to look “dated” today compared to more recent CGI flicks, then Ice Age was premium for its originality. Combining a very unusual trio along with a completely psychotic squirrel known as Scrat, the film gradually bonds an unusual friendship between a grumpy mammoth named Manny, a lazy sloth of bad luck called Sid, and a sabre-toothed tiger called Diego as a guide during their journey to bring a baby stolen by a clan of tigers, while his father was hunting. During their journey, these characters will discover and learn to appreciate each other, which could change many things...
This was the first animated feature made by Blue Sky Studios, with Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha directing the film, and David Newman composing the music. Although there are no original songs in the score, the song “Send Me on My Way” by Rusted Root is often considered the emblematic theme of the film.
Following the major success of the film, it spawned four theatrical sequels: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown in 2006, Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift in 2012, and a fifth movie scheduled for 2016. Each sequel pushed the visuals further than their predecessor, enriched themselves with new characters, and added new challenges for each of the main characters. The sequels have proven to be extremely popular among worldwide audiences.
This site aims to gather all the information about the famous saga and to share our passion!
Acknowledgement: Most of the content on this site (including the graphics done by Nakou) was translated to English from the French side of Ice Age Source by Karlamon (who coincidently is a former admin of Ice Age Wiki). We would like to give a big thanks to the French team for the dedication and effort they put into the research and content creation on the French side, and to Karlamon for bringing the content to the English side.
Blue Sky Studios was founded in 1987 in New York by Chris Wedge, who would later direct the first Ice Age movie, and become the voice of Scrat. Starting with short commercials, they would eventually make their 1998 Oscar-winning short Bunny, and provide special effects for Alien Resurrection, Fight Club, and Don Bluth’s Titan A.E.
But Titan A.E. ended up being a commercial failure, and 20th Century Fox was forced to close down the Phoenix-based Fox Animation Studios. Blue Sky would be contracted by Fox to create the computer animated feature we know today as Ice Age, which was met with its deserved success. Outside of the Ice Age movies, Blue Sky would also make other animated features such as Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, the Rio movies, and Epic.
Technical description of the film:
Nominated a 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Theatrical release in the USA: March 15, 2002
Release on VHS/DVD in the USA: November 26, 2002
Release on Blu-ray in the USA: March 4, 2008
Characters in Ice Age
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