Parents' Guide to

Ice Age

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Clever, funny, touching; like a great road movie.

Movie PG 2002 85 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 6+

Put down humor was too much

Do yourself a favor and don't expose your young ones to the constant put downs threaded through this movie. The sloth is picked on constantly which did nothing to teach my kids about respecting other human beings. (I might point out that when this movie takes place, the prehistoric sloth megatherium was larger than an elephant and didn't take heat from anyone, but that's another story).

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
4 people found this helpful.
age 5+
This is a sweet and funny movie with great characters who all have their own distinct flaws which they confront throughout the movie. It teaches that people can change and that you should do the right thing even if its hard. It is a bit scary for younger kids at parts like the beginning and near the end but not graphically so. Younger kids (4 and under) also might find it a bit boring as the movie is mostly comedy. Its a fun movie to watch as a family and enjoyable for older kids and parents.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30):
Kids say (60):

This movie is a solid choice for kids old enough to handle the cartoonish violence. It doesn't reach the level of Shrek for wit, there is no romance to keep the grown-ups happy, and the plot has no surprises. But it's told with terrific energy, imagination, visual invention, and humor and it moves along very quickly. Interestingly, the three lead voices are provided by performers who began as stand-up comics rather than actors. Their voices are edgy and distinctive, perfectly matched with their characters.

The computer animation in Ice Age is truly magnificent, from the majestic ice-covered mountains to the texture of the fur and feathers, the glint of the sun on ice, and soft sparkle of the snowflakes falling at night. The pristine settings convey a sense of vastness and promise that will make grown-up viewers pause to think about whether civilization has been all that civilized. All ages will enjoy the facial expressions, body language and -- I have to say it -- performances of the ice age mammals, so vivid and so true that you may forget that they are pixels, not people.

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