Ice Age 3D
The first Ice Age was a riot, beautiful animation, great storyline and a cast of characters that cracked me up in every scene. Ice Age 2 however, was a bit of a let down. I’m not sure if it was just the high expectations or that the plot was missing some of the spark of the original. So it was with some trepidation that I went to see Ice Age 3D.
Fortunately the writers seem to have their mojo back as Ice age 3 presents us with a whole new adventure, plenty of laughs, and more importantly some new characters, including the ever welcome Simon Pegg as Buck, an adventurous individual who is a wave short of a shipwreak.
With as much laughter as the first, and an overloading of action and adventure, Ice Age 3 would have been fine as it was. However, with Hollywood’s current love affair with 3D it was only natural for Blue Sky to release Ice Age 3 in 3D as well as the standard format.
I’m still not sold on 3D as the next great thing. It works if used well in animated features, but in live action, I’m definitely not sold – though I guess James Cameron will have the final say on that when he releases Avatar.
However, I must say that, as with Bolt, I was very pleased in the way the 3D technology was used in Ice Age 3D. Rather than falling for the easy route of creating a storyline to best make use of the technology, Blue Sky seem to have decided to make a movie in 2D, that works well with the 3D treatment. Instead of having things fly out at you all the time, Ice Age’s 3D draws you into with its amazing depth. It’s a shining example of how to make new technology work for you, rather than having to work around technology.
Reviewed by: jonathan Read
Starring: John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Denis Leary, Ray Romano, Chris Wedge, Bill Hader, Kelly Keaton, Simon Pegg
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Studio: Blue Sky Studios.