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Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Scrat Pack Double DVD Pack) - animated DVD / family DVD review
ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS ("SCRAT PACK" DOUBLE DVD PACK) Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg
Directors: Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DVD release: 27 October 2009 Feature runtime: 156 minutes / 2 discs
Format: Animated, Color, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features, Volume 1: Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 - English; Dolby Surround - French, Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), Filmmaker commentary, Two Scrat shorts (Gone Nutty - Scrat's Missing Adventure, No Time For Nuts), The Sabre-Toothed Squirrel: Nature's Nutty Buddy, Scrat: From Head To Toe, Scrat: "Breaking Story," Scrat: "News Report," Fox Movie Channel Presents: Making A Scene, Buck.Easel to Weasel, Falling for Scratte, Unearthing the Lost World, "Walk The Dinosaur" music video, DVD-ROM activities (Scrat Pinball, Eggshell, Bubble Trouble)

Everyone in my family enjoys the Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs movies - the characters are entertaining and keep us laughing throughout. We missed out on seeing this third installment at the theater, but the DVD is a great substitute.

Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are now together and awaiting the arrival of their own mammoth baby (which turns out to be absolutely adorable). They are accompanied by the ever-klutzy Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), Diego the saber tooth tiger (Denis Leary), and assorted other minor characters from the previous movies (the possums, etc). In Land of the Lost style, they discover a place where dinosaurs still rule.

Sid becomes an unwitting "parent" to three dinosaur eggs (providing some of the most hilarious comedy of the movie). This doesn't sit well with the Tyrannosaurus Rex mother of those eggs, so Sid spends much of the film either captured or trying to escape. The group meets Buckminster (Simon Pegg), a weasel who lives in the dinosaur world, whom they try to convince to join them when they leave. And you can't forget the lovable sabertooth squirrel Scrat, ever searching for that elusive acorn. This go-round, he meets his female match in the acorn hunt.

While the plot provides nothing particularly outstanding or earth-shattering, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is entertaining and enjoyable. Aside from the few scatological humor jokes that may offend a few, this is a movie geared toward family enjoyment and contains some sweet lessons about the importance of family and friendship. The graphics are gorgeous and totally measure up to the first two movies, even on a standard DVD release. My kids loved the "Scrat Shorts" starring everyone's favorite squirrel.

Although we found this movie to be funny and sweet, I don't see where else they can take the series unless some new characters or a different time period is introduced. Maybe Ice Age: Time Travel is the next step? Regardless, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a good DVD choice for family popcorn night.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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