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Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Fun-filled tale puts prehistoric spin on the holidays.

Movie NR 2011 26 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

disappointing cringe

Don't waste your money on this dumpster fire movie. 2 hours, and not much happens! Boring story, unfunny jokes, very dull and redundant storyline, and the characters are 1 dimensional.
age 6+

Another Xmas feel good show.

The cartoon Christmas specials get better by year. This included that is another Ice Age short where some characters finally sings. But some typical Ice Age pop up scare and slapstick. The Ice Age marketing grows with games, loads of special edition DVD sets and on.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (7):

While the plot is a little predictable, there are enough twists that long-time fans won't be bored. ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS follows three popular full-length movies that have entertained fans with humor, quirky characters, and touching connections between unlikely friends. Sure, there's a lot of mayhem and an eventual happy ending, but along the way, the story offers some unique interpretations of the origins of modern Christmas traditions -- like topping a tree with a star and the use of reindeer to pull Santa's sleigh.

Content-wise, there's little reason to fret over settling in with your kids to take in this comical Christmas tale. Tots might need some reassuring over the slapstick violence (a slab crushes a squirrel, two mischievous opossums tussle a bit) and some general peril, but overall the movie is well suited for families. What's more, the gorgeous CGI is a real visual treat, and the characters themselves (the animal ones, that is) are a fun way to introduce your kids to the concept of prehistoric life.

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