July 1, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 2:22 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . than it deserves just because of Pegg.
July 1, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST
...and made it like a silent comedy. The moments of pure physical comedy in Ice Age were pretty wonderful-- then Ray Romano's antelope yawn of a voice would turn up and spoil it.
July 1, 2009, 2:25 p.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 2:26 p.m. CST
With just the drum music. It was pretty cool for a cartoon movie. Though I know by 3rd movies they don't even have to bother explaining the story, just show the characters on the screen and the cloests movie theater.
July 1, 2009, 2:30 p.m. CST
but animated features seem destined to be focused on kids.
July 1, 2009, 2:33 p.m. CST
Was in one of them? I knew Leno did a voice in the second one.
July 1, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST
was pretty neat. But I'm not spending $30+ to take the family to this one! 3-D = cost of Blu Ray.
July 1, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
While cool, didn't do much for me. Their were a couple of scenes I thought were in 3-D lifed on my glasses and saw that they weren't. <P> I think the only movie I saw were the 3-D REALLY added something was U23D.
July 1, 2009, 2:49 p.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST
It has lovable characters, a charming story and some of the funniest slapstick moments of modern animation history. It's no masterpiece, but a small gem that I love to rewatch from time to time.<br> Part 2 on the other hand...well, let's just say it was an entertaining compilation of short incoherent sketches.
July 1, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST
...seriously better in the German dubbing! Seriously. The German voice actors fit much better to the characters than the original ones! Not many movies or series can say that the German dubbing is an improvement over the original! (Well, there is Bill & Ted, The Pursuaders, The Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies and I think that's it.)
July 1, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
I saw this with my 8-yr-old son, we both enjoyed it. It is funny, has a good story, and the 3D is great. Worth the money. Not as good as UP, but not as sad, either. Great rainy day family film.
July 1, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST
you hated this one also. just say it!
July 1, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST
But, hey, it keeps his actual mug off the screen. And this may be no place for a TB for a kids film, but Leary's Rescue me is back on track this year, and last nights episode was searing (pun intended..ouch!).
July 1, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST
by vic twenty
Rented it - never heard of this before - great stuff.
July 1, 2009, 3:17 p.m. CST
Is starting to hit a brick wall because of Leary's lack of range. I am not buying his self mutilating depression. He just is kind of going through the motions, he can do loud obnoxious drunk good. But self introverted self hating not working. I don't know just something seems off.
July 1, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST
ice age 2 was a lifeless piece of garbage, kinda of like shrek 3.
July 1, 2009, 3:49 p.m. CST
Unfortunately, I don't think he could carry it alone for 90 minutes.
July 1, 2009, 4:16 p.m. CST
Granted, can you imagine Bryan Cranston ala Walter White, play the same scene??
July 1, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST
but not jeff goldblum.
July 1, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST
At first I wasn't too convinced that a non-speaking character could hold an audience's attention for 90 minutes...but then WALL-E came along. It would be kind of fun to sit ont the recording sessions since Scrat basically just grunts and groans.
July 1, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST
JESUS I'VE COME TO HATE THAT ASSHOLE'S REVIEWS. HE LOVED THE NEW TREK BUT HATED THE ICE AGE MOVIES? IS THERE A FUCKING DIFFERENCE YOU NANCY-BOY FUCKING PONCE? <P> FFS.
July 1, 2009, 4:34 p.m. CST
IS WHAT I MEANT TO SAY. <P> NOT FUCKING A GUY NAMED 'DULLARD'. <P> THOUGH, GIVEN HIS COMPLETELY FAGGOTY REVIEWS, WOULDN'T SURPRISE ME IN THE LEAST. <P> JUST FELT I SHOULD CLEAR THAT UP.
July 1, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST
I need to see the BD of Ice Age 2 before I'll go to see this one. But the only thing I liked about the first one was Scrat.
July 1, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST
Yeah I could imagine Bryan Cranston play that same scene. Probably better.
July 1, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST
July 1, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST
i think you are on to something. If someone liked star trek (or anything by orci) they forfeit the right to criticize any movie ever again.
July 1, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST
Wife and I are planning to see it tomorrow in 3D. First movie she's expressed an interest in seeing in 3D, as well.
July 1, 2009, 8:12 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
Up is only on a 2-D screen? Which one do you choose?
July 1, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
I've read a reviewer on this site saying Shrek is like teflon in that it seems to slide right out of your memory after watching it. Seems people have a similar experience with Ice Age. But what does this actually mean? Is it that you've forgotten the story of the first Ice Age film being about the animals taking the human baby back to its family? Or is it you've just forgotten most of the jokes? Cause in the latter sense then I dare say A Bugs Life and Monsters Inc are a bit like teflon too. <P> But c'mon... Comparing any CGI movie studio to Pixar is not fair. Even with Over The Hedge and Kung Fu Panda the Dreamworks guys still made Madagascar and Shark Tale, which are easily comparible to Ice Age. You might say Cars wasn't Pixars best moment. I'd reply that it's still a better movie than Ice Age. Pixar is the only studio who's got the balance right. <P> Let companies like Blue Sky and PDI keep making their Ice Ages, at least none of them are as bad as that atrocious Surfs Up.
July 1, 2009, 8:48 p.m. CST
Has always been like that. But then again, you didn't remember anything about the first. Scrat always ruled. No biggie. Madagascar has the same problem.
July 1, 2009, 8:55 p.m. CST
Eh. Everybody loved Star Trek. At least, practically everybody. Can't blame a reviewer for liking a movie that was universally liked, including by other reviewers.<p> Oh, I know some people didn't like it... but if you round off to the nearest 10%, it's 0%, you know?
July 1, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST
Really, it's the deep Southern drawl of web forums: Once you go ALL CAPS, no matter how carefully you've chosen your words, you sound retarded. Plus, Titbag, you didn't even try to say something compelling. Double-tard!
July 1, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
But Avatar will be at Comic-Con, they've got these big ass banners on the street with one of those Na'vi thigns looking at you with those anime eyes and neon freckles!
July 1, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST
by the milf lover
which is why every first teaser we see for the Ice Age movies is basically a short Scrat movie. You laugh at Scrat's misfortune, so when the movie comes out you run to see it! But then ewwwww it's Ray Romano as a boring mammoth, and barely 10 minutes of screen time for Scrat. By the time you realize you got ripped off the movie has made 100 millions. <p> Step 2: ? <p> Step 3: Profits
July 1, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST
I think your caps-lock key is broken, mate. You should get that looked at, otherwise people might be given the impression that you're a fuckwit.</p> Then again, the content of your post also gives the impression of clinical fuckwittery, so maybe that was your goal. If so, well done.
July 1, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST
For me, the Teflon Effect is a more general type of instant forgetability - the story beats, cinematography, music, characters, gags, action beats, whatever - none of it leaves a lasting impression.</p> I didn't find Monster's Inc to be teflon coated (the very last shot/music cue in that film has always stuck with me in particular).. although I did find the first 2 Ice Age films to be mostly forgettable, with one exception - Scrat. Scrat is gold.</p> Heck, I only saw Transformers 2 a few days ago and am struggling to remember anything much about that noisy piece of shit.
July 1, 2009, 10:45 p.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
Not just the Scrat stuff, but it was witty, warm, and genuinely emotional at spots. Ice Age 2 just recycled the noisiest bits and added a LOT more disgusting bathroom jokes (kinda like the second Austin Powers). No real desire to see the third until its on DVD. It's worth risking the rugrats commentary for a Pixar film, but not for this.
July 1, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST
I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU LIKE SUCKING DICKS AND THIS MOVIE! LONG LIVE MICHAEL JACKSON AND MICHAEL BAY!!!!!
July 1, 2009, 10:57 p.m. CST
And it's definitely the best of the Ice Age movies by a large margin. The 3D is the best of any animated kids film to date too.
July 1, 2009, 11:19 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
and I don't think he meant it necessarily in a bad way. I'm pretty sure he was talking about Shrek and how while he enjoyed it, laughed at the gags and got into the story, once he left nothing really stuck with him. <P> I can only think it's like going to see a live comedian perform (not necessarily a better show than a dead comedian) and after when someone says "what did they say" you respond "I can't remember". <P> For me I remember Ice Age about as much as Over The Hedge. Infact I think I remember more of Cars than either of them. I thought Bugs Life had a more coherent story than Monsters Inc, but Monsters Inc was more broadly funny. <P> But all of these films have aspects that are memorable. Even Robots did. I wish I could forget Surfs Up. But for movies I just forget after seeing, I dunno... if it keeps me awake there's usually a reason.
July 1, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST
... are usually the mediocre ones. Neither good nor bad enough to be memorable - middle of the road enjoyment.</p> Then again, too many bongs before watching a film can also create an artificially-induced teflon effect.
July 2, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST
I can tell by your post that you've read, and applied to your daily life...<P>The Art of Douchebaggery....by AssimovLives.<P>Well done you!!!
July 2, 2009, 12:53 a.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
*cough*Transformers*cough* can actually make them more memorable, or at least watchable if not mildly entertaining. But you raise an interesting point... <P> We see lists of best films. We see lists of worst films. But how about a list of the most mediocre films. I understand it's probably the most dangerous type of list to vote for because of the double-chance of offending someone with your choice (ie. you're no longer loving a film someone hates, or hating a film someone loves, but saying a film one person loves and one person hates is completely mediocre and nothing special) but allow me to get the ball rolling: <P> ... nope, I got nothing.
July 2, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST
She is older than God, but her wrath is about equal to His.
July 2, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST
Shit... it's actually hard to try and think of films that are merely pedestrian, middle-of-the-road efforts. They are, by their very nature, forgettable.</p> If pressed, I'd probably just say every Australian film made between 2000-2008. </p> The entire oevre of Brett Ratner, maybe? </p> The recent works of Steven Spielberg (post-Minority Report)? </p> Anything with Keanu Reeves in it?
July 2, 2009, 2:36 a.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
They fill me with too much dispair to dismiss them. Although there's a recent one with Hugo Weaving that seems to have made dispair not only watchable but actually good.
July 2, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST
Took the girlfriend and her little kid BoosterSeat to see Ice Age on Saturday at the Edinburgh film festival. First 3D film for the both of them, we all loved it. As for the Australian film, made last year, released this year- Mary and Max. Stop motion bliss!
July 2, 2009, 4:47 a.m. CST
And the first one was a decent film, even though it did have Legizmo in it, unfortunately.
July 2, 2009, 5:46 a.m. CST
July 2, 2009, 7:18 a.m. CST
I went in with middling expectations and was amazed at how polished and genuinely inventive it was. <p>Definitely worth checking out this weekend; after you've seen Mann's terrific Public Enemies.
July 2, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
they're modern day Looney Toons. The rest of the movies are okay, but nothing great.
July 2, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST
In this for me to molest! But actually I never saw the second and also don't remember the first, so, ah...no.
July 2, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST
July 2, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST
That's the real problem. Everyone sees the trailer 6 months ahead of time and knows almost everything about the plot. Then they hit up the internet where they can learn about everything they missed watching the trailer. For the multiplex masses going to a movie theater is just a foregone conclusion and a cynical exchange of money for 2 hours of distraction. The last movie I saw in a theater that genuinely and unexpectedly surprised and thrilled me was Shyamalan's "Signs." That was 7 years ago.
July 2, 2009, 2:59 p.m. CST
July 2, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
Explains all the screaming. He's overcompensating.
July 2, 2009, 6:43 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
For what it's worth, I meant that of all the CGI studios around the world with commitments toward making feature-length computer generated animation films, Pixar is the only one that IMHO seems to have struck the right balance in terms of story, characters, marketability, and just generally making something that both kids and adults can enjoy together for similar reasons. <P> Other studios seem to forget about having a good story, engaging characters, being marketable internationally, or make a schizophrenic film with half the jokes aimed at kids and the other half aimed at adults, eg. Shrek, Over The Hedge, even Ice Age to an extent.
July 2, 2009, 7:27 p.m. CST
Well - I thought it kinda fun. The 1st was OK but the 2nd rather lazy. This one was better structured - for example the scrat interludes - funny(er) than before - somehow didnt feel like plot stoppers. And none of it felt like filler to make up the 90 min mark like no 2. Its not a classic - but it is fun - a notch below Kung Fu Panda - but several notches above Shrek 3
July 2, 2009, 10:08 p.m. CST
2 was slightly forgettable but hey it's Johnny L - he even made Mario Bros (slightly) enjoyable... That's Benny Blanco...from the Bronx bitches... I'll see part 3 regardless of what Crapone thinks...
July 4, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST
Me and my wife took our 7 year-old daughter to see it today, and I was dreading it a little (I thought the first one was OK, the second one very poor other than the Scrat moments). After the first 30 or so minutes which were the usual Ice Age capers, they introduced Buck and the film picked-up quite a bit!! My daughter loved the whole thing (I preferred Monsters vs Aliens if truth be told - but I enjoyed the humour in that lots more!!). Not a great movie, but its perfect for its target audience.