Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Springtime fun and laughs from friendly prehistoric herd.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 25 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

This show may introduce kids to prehistoric animals, but it's intended as entertainment, not education.

Positive Messages

Strong messages about teamwork and the importance of family relationships, as Peaches comes to discover. Despite their differences, loyalty among friends rules the day when trouble comes calling.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Manny is forever protecting his herd, including his extended family members, Sid and Diego. When Sid finds himself in trouble, Manny is the first to step up and help. Ellie's primary focus is on keeping her family together, which initially rubs Peaches wrong but eventually strikes a chord with her. Sid is irresponsible and naïve but ultimately lovable. Squint's nefarious plans are somewhat humorous, but they do cause strife among the animal parents.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but a prank subjects Squint to some bumps and thumps.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Jerks" and "butt."

Consumerism

This special joins four feature-length movies, plus merchandise, games, and apparel in the Ice Age conglomerate.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade is an Easter special featuring the prehistoric cast from the popular movie franchise. With four feature-length films and a Christmas special under their belts, the creative minds behind these characters have the formula down to a science, and this story is no exception. It has fun with traditions such as egg hunts and April Fools' Day, relating their origins to the characters' experiences in the story. There are also heartwarming moments that celebrate families (and extended families) and show how members pull together when one is in a pickle. Expect some slapstick bumps and falls but no injuries and very mild language ("jerks" and "butt").

User Reviews

Adult Written byPixarYesDoraNo L. February 23, 2018
Teen, 17 years old Written byscarlyplayzz March 11, 2017

Rubbish

I have never liked Ice Age movies. Ever. The person who wrote Them is just being lazy, and not making any effort with the storyline or the 'humor'. S... Continue reading

What's the story?

In ICE AGE: THE GREAT EGG-SCAPADE, enterprising Sid (John Leguizamo) starts an egg-sitting service for the community's busy parents. Soon business is booming, but when he nods off while on duty, piratical rabbit Squint (Seth Green) swoops in and steals Sid's charges, planning to hold them hostage until Manny (Ray Romano) provides him with a new ship. With the fate of the younglings hanging in the balance, Manny, Sid, and Diego (Denis Leary) set out to find the missing eggs, joined by Squint's kindlier brother, Clint (Blake Anderson).

Is it any good?

That everything you've come to love about the Ice Age herd is on full display in this Easter special actually works against fans here because of the show's time constraints. Twenty-two minutes just isn't enough time to properly appreciate the many personalities in play; most sadly, Skrat is relegated to brief (but hilarious nonetheless) spots as the story opens and closes. The story itself is a fun addition to this endearing franchise, but it leaves you wanting more of this prehistoric crew. On the other hand, if this happens to be your kids' introduction to the cast, know going in that it assumes you know their history, especially with regard to Squint's grudge against Manny.

The Great Egg-Scapade is spirited watch-together fare for spring, and fans of every age will chuckle over how the story spins the origins of traditions such as egg hunts, April Fools' Day, chocolate bunnies, and the Easter Bunny. Predictably, there also are feel-good themes about the warm fuzzies that come from being part of a family (or herd, as the case may be), especially touching when they're expressed by the standoffish teenager, Peaches (Keke Palmer).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what binds together members of a family. Manny and the others circle the wagons when Sid's in trouble in Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade. When have you seen the same kind of loyalty within your family? How does being part of a family give you a sense of belonging?

  • How do the Ice Age characters illustrate the importance of judging others on their character, not on their outward appearance? How does doing so encourage compassion and understanding? In a real-world setting, would these animals be friendly toward each other? Why, or why not?

  • Do you know the real origins of springtime traditions such as egg hunting and April Fools' Day? Are these traditions you celebrate in your house? If not, what does this time of year inspire in you instead?

  • How do the characters in Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

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