Trivia / Ice Age

  • Accidentally Accurate:
    • 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 death of traditional animation in America.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: As of this writing, Blue Sky has produced nine features, four of which are Ice Age films; of their six short films, three of them are Ice Age spinoffs, and a fifth feature is currently in the works. 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.
  • 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 all the sequels. Surprisingly, Powell will not be returning to score the upcoming fifth film. John Debney will be replacing him.
  • 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, the 2D animation unit was demolished, 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.
    • 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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