A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A compassionate and caring side of Scrat is exposed in this series.
Positive Role Models
Scrat can be selfish and single-minded, but he does his best to keep the baby safe. Scrat loves his new kid but is challenged by the attention the child craves, especially when it gets in the way of collecting acorns. However, he usually makes the right choice for the good of his family.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoonish violence; Scrat is crushed, pulled apart, poked by a cactus, stung by wasps, etc. However, his injuries are never lasting. The baby pees in Scrat's eye.
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Products & Purchases
Part of a franchise with merchandise available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ice Age: Scrat Tales is a series of shorts about the beloved saber-toothed squirrel from the Ice Age movies. These approximately four-minute, dialogue-free stories explore Scrat's (voiced by Chris Wedge) new life with his foundling baby (Kari Wahlgren). Scrat has to balance parenting (the baby's screams can cause avalanches and glacier cracks) with the hunt for delicious loot. Violence includes frequent pratfalls and cartoonish chaos of the Looney Tunes variety: Scrat falls off a cliff, gets crushed, etc., all in the attempt to get an acorn. No one is hurt, but it can be intense and visceral, like when Scrat hits himself in the face with a cactus and then a wasp nest to please the baby. Scrat also gets peed on, right in the eye.
Is It Any Good?
Chaos, and some sweetness, ensues in these silly shorts that explore Scrat's journey to successful parenthood. Little kids will crack up at the physical comedy that's dialed up to a thousand, while parents might cringe at some of the more intense moments, (or be reminded of their own wild experiences dealing with a newborn), like when Scrat is hit with a powerful stream of pee right in the eye. The cartoonish violence can be a bit much at times, but that's the Ice Age vibe, so fans of the movies shouldn't find anything too new here, except a new, gentler side of Scrat that's a treat to watch.
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