Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Carlos Saldanha & Mike Thurmeier, 2009)
The third chapter of one of the most grossing animation franchise in Cinema History hit us back in 2009. While we are invaded by dozens and dozens of animated features each year some classics like Toy Story, Shrek, and Ice Age tend to monopolize the box office.
With the animations being more and more sophisticated and the releases of those films in 3D and/or IMAX theaters the studios spend good money on "sure shots" for the business. It's all for the great pleasure of its audience! Families, children of all ages (which I include myself at 26) are targeted in the success of animation feature.
Besides being moralistic like its precedent, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is more based on values like friendship, loyalty, respect, and how we manage to be ourselves in our world. Like I said before the line of the moral is very thin and it let the action and the story evolve and finish for the best.
After this third part it's maybe the moment to think about reverence or like the Toy Story franchise did: take a break and let some time pass on... Watching how ordinary and most of all repetitive the last Shrek was and how good pictures like Up! did in 2009 and Ratatouille in 2007, I think Ice Age could be on the ice for moment just to be back stronger and avoid being Shrek's underacheiver brother... But don't get me wrong, I actually liked Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs it's just that sometimes stopping in glory is better then retiring in shame.
A review by Michael Parent