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Ice Age

Ice Age is a feature-length computer-animated film created by Blue Sky Studios and released by 20th Century Fox in 2002. It was directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. Its sequel is called Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006).'


Soto, the leader of the Smilodon wants revenge on a group of human hunter-gatherers by eating a baby boy after the humans wipe out half of his pack of Smilodon for food and clothing. During the attack by the Smilodon pack (Soto, Diego, Zeke and two others) on the humans, the mother of the baby evades the cats by jumping into a raging river with her baby. She is dragged downstream, but manages to place the infant on an embankment before drowning. Enraged at having lost the baby in their attack, Soto orders Diego to find the baby and bring it to him alive.
Meanwhile most animals are trying to avoid the coming ice age by retreating to warmer climates. Sid, a clumsy ground sloth left behind by his family during the migration, is rescued from two brontotheres whom he angered by soiling their salad with glyptodont dung, flicking flecks of the dung at their face, insulting their intelligences, and eating their dandelion. Sid is soon saved by Manfred ("Manny"), one of the last remaining mammoths who fights off the two brontotheres. Not wanting to be alone and unprotected, Sid follows Manny, much to the mammoth's annoyance.
Sid and Manny spot the baby on the bank of the river and after much persuasion by the ground sloth, decide to return it to its tribe. However, when they get to the human camp, the humans have already left. Diego, still trying to snatch the baby, convinces the pair that he knows where the humans are going and offers his services as a tracker and a guide, which Manny accepts.
The trio take the baby across an assortment of different terrains and into several comedic situations. These include an army of dodos trying to escape extinction by eating watermelons; the trio venturing into a series of ice caves where they discover all sorts of odd things including a frozen Tyrannosaurus and even a UFO. In the end, Diego learns that it is wrong to harm a child and helps Manny and Sid help the baby back to his father. We also learn that Manny does not trust humans as they killed his wife and child (either that or they killed his parents- interpretations differ as to which of the mammoths in the cave paintings he sees as himself, but the sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown seems to imply it was his wife and child).
At the end of the film, Diego, Manny and Sid battle Soto's pack. First, Sid lures them away by skiing, then tricks them with a fake baby. Manny then knocks them out with a log or something similar. As Sid goes to retrieve the baby, Zeke follows him. But he fails to surprise them and Sid jumps on him, getting him stuck in the hollow where the baby hid. The battle ends with Manny trapped against the canyon wall as the pack close in for the kill, Diego leaps infront of them and fights against Soto. The fight is short and Soto easily knocks Diego against the rocks, knocking him out. As Soto closes in for the kill on Manny, and leaps towards the mammoth, with his sharp teeth extended. Diego, using his last ounce of strength leaps between Soto and Manny and it is he who is impaled by Soto's teeth. Diego falls to the floor and lies very still. Manny, angered by Diego's apparent murder, knocks Soto into the canyon wall, causing icicles from the ridge to fall. Soto looks up to see the icicles falling towards him and takes one last look of horror before being impaled and subsequently killed. Manny and Sid manage to return the baby to his father, and Diego, who had survived Soto's assault rejoins them as the group begin heading off to escape the Ice Age.

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