Trivia / Ice Age

  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • An extinct mammal that looked just like Scrat was discovered some time after the first film was released.
    • The Gastornis from the second film don't appear to invoke the same Carnivore Confusion among herbivores as other carnivores in the series do. Skip ahead several years and it's discovered that Gastornis was actually a herbivore.
  • Actor Allusion: To name a few:
  • Art Form Killer: It's huge success was the signal to other animation studios that traditional animation was no longer profitable, leading to the art form almost entirely disappearing from feature films.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: As of this writing, Blue Sky has produced ten features, five of which are Ice Age films; of their six short films, three of them are Ice Age spinoffs. And in spite of increasingly poorer reviews, they've earned progressively more money.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Kunal Nayyar and Patrick Stewart.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Crash and Eddie are both voiced by women in the Japanese dub.
  • Deleted Role: The first movie was originally going to feature a female sloth named Sylvia, voiced by Kristen Johnston (Sally on 3rd Rock from the Sun), a Clingy Jealous Girl whom Sid was trying to get rid of. She was cut for various reasons, mainly because she made Sid come off as a Jerkass. Deleted footage with her can be found on the DVD release. For instance, the scene where Sid provokes Diego into pretending to bite him to scare off the two rhinos Carl and Frank used to involve Sylvia instead. Interestingly, Sylvia still turned up on some of the hanging mobiles and other promotional items for the original film, cluing viewers in to her existence long before the DVD release.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Peter Dinklage as a Gigantopithecus.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Non-acting example: John Powell replaced David Newman (who wrote the score for the original film) to compose the score for the first three sequels. Surprisingly, Powell did not return to score the fifth film, with John Debney taking over instead.
  • Those Two Actors: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!... get seperated between the third and fourth movies...
  • Throw It In: John Leguizamo tried about 30 different voices for Sid. After viewing a documentary about sloths, he learned that they store food in their mouths; this led to him wondering what he would sound like with food in his mouth. With this, along with seeing the character model, he developed the lisp and decided that it was the perfect voice for Sid
  • What Could Have Been: The first movie was originally going to be directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, and would have been traditionally animated. After Titan A.E. bombed, however, Fox Animation Studios was disbanded, and the film was given over to Blue Sky.
    • Before it was given to Blue Sky, Fox actually offered Disney the chance to make the film, but they turned the project down. If Disney had said yes then not only would Ice Age be entirely different, but Blue Sky Studios as we know it most likely wouldn't exist.
    • Audio commentary for The second movie explained how there was going to be a third predator that was frozen and freed alongside Cretaceous and Maelstrom and that he'd be the comedic relief of the group as they were originally going to talk. He got scrapped and instead the two remained voiceless so to make them more threatening.
    • Buck was originally supposed to have been voiced by Harrison Ford, but he said no due to scheduling conflicts with the fourth Indiana Jones movie.
    • The fourth movie would've taken place in modern times with Manny, Sid, Diego, and Ellie being defrosted in a museum.
    • Diego was going to die at the end of the first film, but he survived in the final cut because it was too depressing for the kids in the test audiences. Denis Leary actually warned the producers that this would happen. When it proved true, he got his wish and Diego remained alive.
    • Gutt was originally conceived as a tiny rabbit (which would later be transplanted to Squint), and also as a bear, but the designers had trouble designing the character. Someone hit on the idea that a primate would be right at home swinging through the rigging of a pirate ship, and thus Gutt became an ape.
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