Rating: NNNICE AGE (Chris Wedge), or Three Prehistoric Mammals And A Baby, is a triumph for 20th Century Fox's animation.
ICE AGE (Chris Wedge), or Three Prehistoric Mammals And A Baby, is a triumph for 20th Century Fox’s animation department, which had pretty much folded after the failure of Titan A.E. and Anastasia. They struck a deal with Blue Sky Studio, which produced this first-rate, digitally animated feature about a woolly mammoth (Ray Romano), a sloth (John Leguizamo) and a sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) who return an abandoned human baby to his family. This prehistoric road-trip movie delivers laughs thanks to a witty script that draws on the strengths of the three lead actors Romano’s weary whine, Leguizamo’s hyper babbling and Leary’s smoky sarcasm play off one another with comic precision. Blue Sky’s state-of-the-art animation includes lighting software called Ray Tracing that mimics the subtleties of ambient lighting, so light seems to scatter off the animals’ fur and every piece of hair casts a shadow. 85 minutes. NNN (IR)