When buying a DVD for your kids to watch, a question that you must ask yourself is whether you, the parent, will be as enamoured of a film on the 858th showing as the first. Ice Age scores highly on this test. Yes, it's basically a hackneyed quest/road movie, but it is kept afloat by sharp humor and the excellent acting by John Leguizamo as wise-cracking Sid the Sloth; Ray Romano as Manfred, the Mammoth with a Tragic Past; Dennis Leary as the sly Diego the saber-tooth; and not forgetting his sinister superior, Soto, played by Goran Visnjic... perhaps better known from his white coat in ER. Oh yes, and the great running gag of Scrat the Squirrel and his 20,000-year quest to bury his acorn. There are some wonderful comedy moments (the episode of the TaeKwon Dodos is my favourite) and the whole package has kept my family entertained for months.
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