Christmas Eve is almost here, so let’s have some family-friendly animation fun with Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas!
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
(USA 2011, director: Karen Disher)
Ground sloth Sid accidentally destroys mammoth Manny’s heirloom rock and wants to clear his name from the naughty list meeting Santa with his friends.
For a short running time of less than 30 minutes, this installment in the Ice Age series can’t be compared to the full-length features, but as these didn’t always have the greatest of storylines, it’s no bad thing to be shorter. Everything one likes about the animated movies is present and correct here, with squirrel Scrat running after the ever-elusive nut and being punished in the most horrible ways few child-friendly movies are brave enough to show, sabre-tooth tiger Diego making his sarcastic remarks aimed at clumsy Sid’s behavior only adults will probably understand. Of course there’s the typical slapstick humor with the possums Crash and Eddie beating each other up, and main protagonists Manny and Ellie arguing in the best possible parents scenario, always being protective of their Ellie who remains maybe the least interesting character of the pack.
Being a Christmas movie, Santa and his reindeer are obviously featured, and with lots of Christmas songs that are actually made fun of when the protagonists don’t know what some lines mean, this is light entertainment at its best for the festive season. The animation is great as expected despite only being produced for TV and home entertainment, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great ideas, like the way how hedgehogs are used as Christmas tree decorations. It’s maybe not a classic that will be remembered for years to come, but it offers a lot of laughter and is especially fun with in-your-face-snowballs-and-snowflakes 3D effects. I actually prefer watching this than the original How the Grinch Stole Christmas! animated movie which might have some really nice rhymes, but the Who’s high-pitched singing parts together with all that banging of drums and what not were death to my ears, so that Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas has become my personal favorite to watch during the season.
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