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A Fourth ICE AGE Film Is Already Titled, Quietly Underway, And Is A Departure From The Others??

Merrick here...
An AICN reader called, simply, The Collaborator, dropped us a line offering some details on the next ICE AGE movie. I'm not referring to ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS (trailer HERE) which hits theaters early July. We're talking about the film after that. Didn't know there was one after that? I didn't either, honestly. Read on...
I haven't seen this reported anywhere, so hopefully this is of some interest. Even though Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs hasn't even hit theaters yet, it seems a fourth Ice Age film has been well underway or the past few months. [SOURCE'S CONNECTION TO PROJECT DELETED BY AICN] friend of mine says the 4th installment sees Manny, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat frozen solid and accidentally defrosted in a museum in present day. At this stage the film is being called "Ice Age Th4w". Guess that sees the end of any future Ice Age movies being set in prehistoric times but this could be an interesting new direction for the franchise. This idea also mirrors recent events where a perfectly preserved (Frozen) baby woolly mammoth was discovered on a Siberian riverbank earlier this year. Call me The Collaborator
To the best of our knowledge, this is The Collaborator's first contribution to AICN (and hopefully won't be the last). As such, consider the above info as originating from an untried source until we learn more. This said: shaking up the series like this...taking well established characters and throwing them such a whopping curve ball...could either be a truly brilliant and fun stroke, or a complete disaster. Interested to see how this pans out...

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  • June 9, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    SCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Make an entire movie about Scrat. My cat fucking loves it when he's onscreen - Robert Mitchum was right in Scrooged, people - cat's want quality programming too.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Oh, and FIRST you fucks.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Fuck you all.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    To be followed up by . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Ice Age: People 5till Watch Thi5 5hit???

  • June 9, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Sounds like bullshit to me

    by SmokingRobot

    I'll believe it when I see it.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    When you're talking about kids movies

    by Jor-El23

    There is no such thing as a complete disaster...not in this situation. Little kids love the characters, they could care less where those characters are. Modern times, pre-historic times...you could set the movie during the Spanish Inquisition as long as it had the characters that the little kids already loved going in.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    It's Ice Age meets Madagascar

    by chrth

    oooh, oooh, anyone else want to see an Ice Age/Night at the Museum crossover?!?

  • June 9, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Or how about an Ice Age/Day After Tomorrow crossover?

    by chrth

  • June 9, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Ice Age was an ok, fun movie

    by kwisatzhaderach

    but was there really a need for 3 sequels?

  • June 9, 2009, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Agreed about Scrat

    by GeorgieBoy

    He's the funniest thing about these movies.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:14 a.m. CST

    NO! This is not Star Drek news!

    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    I demand more jj abrams cock sucking or maybe some more news about how Michael Gay took a dumb and it was smelly. <P> ALL PRAISE jj abrams micheal gay and their fagot writers!!!! For they are the greatest directors and writers hollywood has ever seen. All further news should be dedicated to their greatness.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Wasn't scrat thawed out in modern times in the 1st film

    by Orionsangels

  • June 9, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Wooly Mammoths vs. Terminators

    by muggsly

    ala Monsters vs. Aliens

  • June 9, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Ennh, they'll just travel back to the Ice Age at the end

    by SpyGuy

    But in doing so, Scrat Prime alters the past and creates an alternate Ice Age reality where Scrat is now being played by Zachary Quinto.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Sounds like a rip off of ...

    by harrys_site_sucks

    ... Escape from the Planet of the Apes. That movie sucked too.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    They'll just travel to the North Pole

    by Orionsangels

    The rest of the films will take place in the North Pole.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:49 a.m. CST

    What a stupid title.

    by D.Vader

    The number "4" doesn't fit in the word "Thaw" at all. Unless they draw the four in a funky way to look like a strange lower-case "a" I suppose.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Wooly Mammoth escapes

    by bagwanbob

    after getting revived. Hears Kirsten Dunst singing and mistakes it for a mating call. Goes on a testosterone driven rampage through New York. Kraven decides to hang the beast's head over the fireplace in his living room. Enter Spiderman. All manners of madcap shennanigans follow.

  • June 9, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    ICE AGE 4:RISE OF THE TEMPERATURE!

    by FSJGuy

    Everyone else is doing it...

  • June 9, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    D.Vader - "TH4W"

    by Teko

    Ever notice that the number 4 has two vertical pointy lines and a horizontal bar, kinda like the capital letter A?

  • June 9, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    I'm About Bored with Ice Age

    by kevinwillis.net

    Will not see another one, unless dragged. May rent the DVD. Rented the last one, no body ever really watched it. Madagascar gets watched. Has those penguins, and the lemurs.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    I'd Like To See the Ice Age Characters

    by kevinwillis.net

    Magically transported to King Arthur's court.<br><br>Or have Manny run into Ray Romano on the streets of New York, and inform him that he will have no career after Everybody Loves Raymond. And then Ray says, "Well, I'll just have to console myself by crying into the giant buckets of cash that I keep at my money warehouse."

  • June 9, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Wow...totally cool idea!!!!

    by FeralAngel

    This development reminds me of the 2nd Toy Story film, which took an interesting turn by delving into Woody the Cowboy's celebrated past and made use of the sometime-hilarious obsessions the collectors of minutiae sometimes display. It was a brilliant sequel because it wasn't just a total rehash of what had gone before. This 4th Ice Age installment sounds similarly creative. I think it could rock to see Manny and the gang cope with a post-prehistoric world, so I'm gonna keep my eye on any reports of future developments. Never thought I'd care about an Ice Age sequel...the second one was pretty bad...

  • June 9, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Sure

    by slone13

    Why not???

  • June 9, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Dawn of the Dinosaurs?

    by OnusBone

    Didn't the Dinosaurs die off in the Ice Age, leading to the rise of the mammals?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    HA, Trannyformer said "Star Drek"!

    by choptop

    Who knew we had a honest to god Mad Magazine writer in our midst?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    ICE AGE: MADAGASCAR

    by moviemaven83

  • June 9, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Why don't the republicans...

    by FSJGuy

    want this movie banned?? I mean it teaches kids the completely incorrect theory of evolution. Where the obvious and more logical theory of creationism is completely ignored!!! This will destroy the families of America!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The only way this would be a departure from the previous films..

    by RenoNevada2000

    ... is if it were actually entertaining.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Sounds like

    by cookepuss

    Encino Man with animals to me.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    "Ice Age: Th4w"

    by Flummage

    Sounds like a little like he read the story of the perfectly-preserved frozen wooly mammoth, coupled with the Ice Age 3 marketing brewing, thought of the title of what WOULD make a hi-lariious fourth parody title of an Ice Age sequel, then sent it in to AICN. <p> I don't blame him -- I'm just jealous. I mean th4w. TH4W. Material that good doesn't just flop out your noggin on a bi-hourly basis now, does it.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    They had better honor canon dammit!!

    by DoctorWho?

    A storied franchise if there ever was one!

  • June 9, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST

    onusbone

    by brokentusk

    Saw the trailer in front of TERMINATOR (because the crowd going to see the movie about robots trying to wipe out humanity in a post-apocalyptic environment is the same crowd that's dying to see the animated adventures of a group of animals) and it seems they find a sort of "lost world" still inhabited by dinosaurs. <p> I'm not going to see it, but now you know - and knowing is half the battle.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Brillant!

    by ThePilgrim

    Hahahahaha. Really. Like you couldn't see this coming. Seriously???? Man this people on this planet are becoming more Idiocracy by the day...

  • June 9, 2009, 11:44 a.m. CST

    ICE AGE 4 : SCRAT TREK

    by Gorgomel

  • June 9, 2009, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Megan Fox fucked by a huge Mammoth

    by Gorgomel

    make it happen in Ice Age 4 : Rise of the manhood

  • June 9, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Harelips

    by Jonas Grumpy

    Folks who lisp are going to have a rough time of it when they buy a ticket to see the latest installment of "Saw," only to be directed to the wrong screen because their tickets are for "Th4w." They will then vent their anger and frustration by shouting, "Sassafrass!" to comedic effect.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    No no, keep 'em coming, so I can edit them down to

    by white_vader

    a feature-length Scrat movie. Without all that other lazy-arse shit. The Scrat stuff is like prime Warner Bros amina-mation.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    ICE AGE is Blue Sky Studios's SHREK

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    They're going to milk this until the last drop. And none of them will be as good as TOY STORY 1&2 (and possibly 3). Although, this rumored news about Monsters, Inc. 2 being in the works does worry me a bit. I'd rather have Pixar create original stories than make sequels to movies that don't really need a sequel. Monsters, Inc., for example, had a perfect ending.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    THIS IS SOME COOL NEWS!!!

    by Norm Cascade

    FUCKIN A!!!!

  • June 9, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    1C3 4G3 FOUR! 7#3 7#4WwWw

    by BMacSmith

  • June 9, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Ice Age 5: Run it so far in the ground...

    by mraig

    ...that we're stuck down there in the Wal-Mart discount bin with Land Before Time sequels.

  • June 9, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Ice Age: Night at the Museum

    by palewook

    complete with a ben stiller cameo..

  • June 9, 2009, 1:12 p.m. CST

    i don't understand

    by zom-bot.com

    how this one can be 'dawn of the dinosaurs'...when dinosaurs came BEFORE the ice age....this is really going to screw up history with kids. unless this is the uber-christian version where everything existed simultaneously together, man, mammal and dino, only 3000 years ago.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    have them wake up in the future after humanity is gone

    by ironic_name

  • June 9, 2009, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I'll be damned if...

    by Zeegloo

    Everybody wasn't cracking up during that last bit in the Ice Age 3 trailer where Sid tries to milk that yak thing. <br><br> It may not be a great movie, but the first one was fun and is worth watching for the Scrat scenes.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:25 p.m. CST

    At some point Ice Age should converge with The Land Before Time

    by RobertBaron

    BTW, am I the only one thought they were already on #4?

  • June 9, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Ain't it Kids News

    by Dapper Swindler

  • June 9, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    ICE AGE 4: WE KNOW YOU ONLY WATCH THESE FOR SCRAT

    by SpyGuy

    Or, perhaps, ICE AGE 4: SCRATATOUILLE.

  • June 9, 2009, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Reminds me of the end of Ice Age 1

    by Baked

    When Scrat gets frozen in ice and wakes up in the present day. Could they be trying to fit that into continuity? Am I thinking about this too much?

  • June 9, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Ice Age movies are great

    by Rindain

    I saw Ice Age 3 by the way, and it's the best of the 3. Simon Pegg's character is awesome.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    The first Ice Age was well done

    by terry1978

    One of Blue Sky's first efforts, the concept of the human baby made it work, along with Diego the anti-hero, who has now been toned down a la Wolverine unfortunately.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Pixar Sequels

    by kevinwillis.net

    I'd like to see more. And, we will. But the strength of Toy Story 2 suggested, to me, that Pixar has an entirely different, and extraoridinarily potent, methodology for creating sequel story lines. It built on what was there before, touched on important points without essentially repeating the plot of the original. Since Monsters, Inc. tied up so neatly, I'm atually anxious to see what kind of new, novel story they end up telling in that universe. And I'd love a sequel to The Incredibles.

  • June 9, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Ice Age 6: Ewok Babies

    by kevinwillis.net

    It'll be a merchandising bonanza. Manny and the gang, through a series of misadventures, end up in space! And they have to fight the aliens!

  • June 9, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Not diggin it!

    by brattyben

    I could understand the second one in a way, but, to do two more, and then have them in our time, just seems a little too cliche. It'd be like so many other things that have been done. These characters aren't that interesting anymore.

  • June 9, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    The first Ice Age was really entertaining

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Even beyond the Scrat stuff, it had a warm glow to the sharacter interactions, and the "return the baby to its tribe" MacGuffin gave it a genuine dramatic thrust. Ice Age 2 just upped the Scrat scenes and added a LOT more disgusting body-function jokes (a la Austin Powers 2), and had a less-compelling storyline. Ice Age 3 looks to be more of the same, but that trailer with the Scrat meeting the female squirrell-thingy and falling off the cliff is fucking hilarious.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Ice Age 4: Mammals in Time

    by generasputinhole

    story sounds as lame as the third Ninja Turles movie.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    but

    by generasputinhole

  • June 9, 2009, 4:04 p.m. CST

    but...

    by generasputinhole

    ice age 3 looks pretty fun.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Didn't Scrat already get frozen in ice...

    by HB_Dad

    only to thaw out in the future and STILL lose his beloeved nut? I don't remember if it was the end of Ice Age 1 or two...

  • June 9, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    The baby mammoth was found in 2007

    by V'Shael

    So is this report 2 years old, or just badly informed?

  • June 9, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    The mammoth was discovered in 2007...

    by zacdilone

    ...but grilled only last month. It was deeeeeelicious.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A LIE! Come the fuck on people

    by Proman1984

    Someone's pulling a joke on the Night at the Museum connection.

  • June 9, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Just have the Scrat

    by drewlicious

    It's the only character people like anyway. Why else would the teaser be about it exclusively?

  • June 9, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Good idead ironic_name

    by Mr. Graboid

    The first sequel to Ice Age really sucked. There was nothing to it other than milking the audience. I suspect this third movie will be more of the same. Like Shrek, Ice Age has'nt got material or characters that can be stretched into eternity. It simply isnt built of the same cloth as the Pixar movies. That being said, and if this rumour has a bit of truth to it, it would be a fun idea to have then wake up post-humanity. Tragedies travels in circles... They could make all sorts of wisecracks about the leftovers of humanity that they find on their way etc. Hmmm now that I think of it, it could also be a really bad idea... After all its Ice Age. Not Highlander. Maybe they should just stay extinct.

  • June 9, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    HB_Dad

    by Baryonyx

    Scrat thaws out of ice on the shore of a tropical island at the end of part 1 (though it isn't specified that he's actually woken up in the present day.) The short Scrat film that's included on the DVD for part 2 has Scrat discover a time machine and shoot about in time, eventually ending up in the future, where oak trees have died out (so, really, he shouldn't feature in any more movies.)

  • June 9, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I like Ice Age.

    by Sal_Bando

    Good stuff! Harmless fun.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:16 p.m. CST

    This should have died a quiet undignified death after No. 2

    by OutlawsDelejos

    If this idea is real it sounds, like Ice Age meets Madagascar meets Night at the Museum or some shit. Fuck I hate these movies.

  • June 9, 2009, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Thfourw? What's a Thfourw?

    by Mundungus

  • June 9, 2009, 6:42 p.m. CST

    zom-bot.com

    by brokentusk

    See my previous post. <p> On another note, I just got back from a "date" and all I got out of it was mildly drunk. Seeing her again next week, but that doesn't mean shit for my dick - he is not happy.

  • June 9, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    I have never seen an Ice Age movie.

    by cinemixtape.com

    I am very proud of this fact.

  • June 9, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Ice Age 4: Night in the Museum

    by KongMonkey

    clear influence, not interested

  • June 9, 2009, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Awful idea.

    by Spice-Orange

    They should have stopped at the first one. it was an okay idea, but artistically, its no where near pixar level and needs to stop. only quality, please! childrens need quality.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Motherfucker, they better not use TH4W

    by Lamerz

    I fucking hate that stupid ass shit. People that put numbers in the middle of words for movie titles should be FUCKING SHOT. Not really, but fuck them.

  • June 9, 2009, 11:51 p.m. CST

    STAR TR3K

    by Lamerz

  • June 9, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Ice A9e

    by Lamerz

  • June 9, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    ST4R W4RS: Episode IV - 4 NEW HOPE

    by Lamerz

  • June 9, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    S7AR TREK: Generations

    by Lamerz

    Think of how much more box office Trek VII would have made?

  • June 9, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    5NAKES ON A PLANE Part V - Motherfuckin Snakes Again

    by Lamerz

  • June 10, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Re: ICE AGE 3

    by ArmageddonProductions

    ... should have been IC3 AG3 or 3 ICE 3 AGE. Personally, I blame the kids and their fucking Twitter-speak. Somebody should roll back prices to 1965 and make today's youth write longhand on paper and calculate shit on an abacus.

  • June 10, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Someday they'll find the frozen corpse of Al Gore

    by FeralAngel

    ...buried in arctic ice, and they'll say, "Well it's official, global warming was shit." And then they'll thaw him out and he'll have to deal with a post-Obama world, which means that after destroying the US economy and getting trashed by every nutbar Muslim fascist/Russian dictator in the world, the Dems have been out of power for the past 10,000 years. Hilarity ensues.

  • June 10, 2009, 7:06 p.m. CST

    by Harry Weinstein

    "but this could be an interesting new direction for the franchise."<p><p>But it's not. By that I mean it is neither new nor interesting.

  • July 15, 2009, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Article concerning this.

    by devapath

    http://tinyurl.com/ljvb7g

  • May 26, 2010, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Ice Age 4: Tokyo Drift July 13, 2012

    by TheButcher

    http://tinyurl.com/28vkkla

  • May 26, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Continental Drift not Tokyo

    by orcus

    Were you trying to be funny?