Parent of a 2 and 2 year oldWritten byReda R.November 2, 2009
definitely for ages 8 and up
After watching snippets of "Ice Age 3" on a flight back to L.A., we thought our girls might like the first "Ice Age," not realizing how much violence there is in the movie. Should've checked Common Sense first! Definite moments of peril, a saber-tooth lion getting stabbed by falling ice, etc. make this a big NO for anyone younger than fourth grade, in my opinion. Too bad, because the squirrel is hilarious!
Parent of a 3, 5, and 6 year oldWritten byLizzycaryMay 6, 2011
Funny for adults, but I don't like it for my kids
Manny is horrible to Sid for the entire movie. I don't want my children talking to each other or their classmates this way, so I banned this one. I thought Ice Age 3 did a much better job of showing Manny losing patience with Sid's antics without just treating him like dirt.
Parent of a 4 year oldWritten bysher415March 8, 2011
Definitely NOT for 5 & under.
The scene where the mother places her baby on the shore and then disappears (drowning not shown but obvious even to small children) is too much for a four, or even a five year old.
Although animal parents are frequently killed off in many movies, seeing a human mother die and leave behind her baby is a different thing altogether. My son--who is not a particularly sensitive child--was extremely upset by this scene. I did not turn the movie off at this point because I knew Disney would reunite the baby with the father and have their traditional uplifting ending and I knew it would be better to watch the reunion than to leave my child to have nightmares of a baby lost in the wild without his mum.
Had I to do it over again, I would have given the film a miss, at least for another few years.
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).
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Ice Age isn't a memorable or impressive movie, but with that being said there's nothing too raunchy about it. Some light sexual innuendo and bathroom humor is included, and some of the action scenes may be too intense and scary for young children. The movie does have a strong message about working together, but it's not as heartwarming to me as other films in the family genre.
In 2002 this animated movie franchise began. Nice animation detail on the furs and nice backgrounds too. Some sad scenes and violence. You could empty your wallet for the kids with all the 100 DVD versions of the Ice Age movies.