Ice Age: A Lazy Animated Movie?

In June 2002, the editorial staff of Première had been disappointed by the 1st part, to be seen again this evening on W9.

On June 26, The Ice Age will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Rather sadly, since the studio that produced it, Blue Sky, was closed in early 2021 by Disney, which had acquired it by buying 20th Century Fox. The next film in the saga (No. 6), entitled The Adventures of Buck Wild and following as its title indicates the weasel discovered in ice age 3, will be released directly on Disney Pluson March 25.

This evening, it is the original opus which will return to television, on W9. A multi-rebroadcast family animated film, which attracts millions of viewers each time. However, when it came out, it was not a foregone conclusion for Sid and his friends. The writing of First had, for example, been disappointed when she discovered The Ice Age, despite Scrat’s charm. Here is the review published at the time by Mathieu Carratier.

Ice Age: How Scrat became essential to the saga

There are wonderful moments in The Ice Age, but you’ve probably already seen them: this half-rat, half-squirrel animal running after its acorn, or the hilarious scene of the dodos. Between these moments of bravery, not much except three animals roaming the ice floe exchanging small talk. The film is based on hackneyed processes and characters such as this mammoth, fake tough with a heart of gold, or the hysterical sloth… A cruel lack of imagination which only establishes Pixar’s supremacy in animation in 3D. So we think of something else. And we realize that, more than an endless ode to tolerance, The Ice Age is above all a film about self-acceptance. Like Diego, this very mean tiger who will discover that he is a shameful carnivore. Yes, Diego is a vegetarian and his coming out will save his friends. Add a crack-addict rodent and a pre-punk sloth, and it’s almost beyond family entertainment. Almost.

Ice Age: the cult saga in 15 lines

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