Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Theatrical Release: July 1, 2009
DVD Release: October 27, 2009
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs


In Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, much-loved characters from the worldwide blockbusters Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown are back, on an incredible adventure… for the ages. Scrat is still trying to nab the ever-elusive nut (while, maybe, finding true love); Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) await the birth of their mini-mammoth, Sid (John Leguizamo) the sloth gets into trouble when he creates his own makeshift family by hijacking some dinosaur eggs; and Diego (Denis Leary) the saber-toothed tiger wonders if he’s growing too “soft” hanging with his pals. On a mission to rescue the hapless Sid, the gang ventures into a mysterious underground world, where they have some close encounters with dinosaurs, battle flora and fauna run amuck – and meet a relentless, one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named Buck.

Dove Review

The humor abounds in the latest “Ice Age” installment: “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”. The 3-D experience was extraordinary. A new character named Buck, a weasel, joins our group of heroes made up of Manny, Ellie, Scrat, Diego, and the rest. In this story Ellie is expecting Manny’s and her first child, Diego feels the need for adventure and Sid the Sloth feels like a third wheel. When he finds some baby dinosaurs he decides to “mother them” and does a pretty good job, until the real mother shows up!

There are several violent, though not graphic, scenes in the movie, including characters punching each other and a few dinosaurs swallow other characters. With several of these moments to consider, we gladly award our 12+ Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film. None of the children I screened the film with seemed frightened. You will laugh if you see this movie. Something will certainly hit your funny bone. The audience loved one line when a character tells the rest, “He who has gas travels at the back of the pack!” The laughter of your children will pay you back for the price of admission.

Content Description

Sex: A few of the characters kiss.
Language: An "idiot" comment; Butt-2.
Violence: Animal chases; a few characters are eaten and then spit out; a tree falls on a character who survives it; several characters punch each other; a character has his hair ripped off his belly and he screams; a plant eats several characters who do manage an escape; a character carries a knife made of bone; a character is sucked up in a large animal's nose; a character is kicked in face and then crotch; a character fights against dinosaurs.
Drugs: Some kind of laughing gas makes a few characters speak in high voices and they giggle.
Nudity: None
Other: Ellie is going to have a baby; an "I'm pregnant" comment; a few characters scratch their rears; a character is told to return stolen eggs; a character spits; a skull is seen; a few characters comment on being barfed on; a "big smelly crack" comment; a character goes into labor; a character blows his nose on another character's tail.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Director: Carlos Saldanha and Mike Thurmeier
Producer: John C. Donkin
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 94 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices by: Eunice Cho, Karen Disher, Harrison Fahn, Maile Flanagan
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter