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Read the reviews by Xpress Film Critic Billy Norris


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Mammoth fun for all ages

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[20th Century Fox]
From left, Sid the crazy sloth (voice of John Leguizamo), Manfred the mammoth (Ray Romano) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) star as prehistoric babysitters, sort of, in Ice Age.

By BILLY NORRIS
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 11, 2002

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Movie: Ice Age

Rating: PG for "mild peril" (I haven't seen that advisory before!)

Summary: In this animated film by Fox, Sid the crazy sloth (voice of John Leguizamo), Manfred the mammoth (Ray Romano) and Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) discover a baby that was separated from its tribe. Diego reluctantly agrees to help Manfred and Sid find the baby's family. This is the story of their perilous adventure through the coming of the Ice Age.

My view: Ice Age was loaded with an awesome cast of voices such as Ray Romano and John Leguizamo, the film had no rough edges. The plot was interesting, though it was similar to that of Dinosaur -- just with a different premise. It still was an entertaining film.

Favorite part: The animation is smooth and fluid, and the characters are appealing. Those are definitely nice characteristics for a film in this genre.

Recommendations: There is some fighting among the animals, but the movie is not scary. This is kind of an odd observation, but it seemed as though the adults in the theater were laughing more than some of the kids. So, I guess I'd have to say I recommend this movie to kids ages 5 to 12 and their parents!

Grade: B+

- Billy Norris, 14, is in the eighth grade at Seminole Middle School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.

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