Western Animation: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

aka: Ice Age Dawn Of The Dinosaurs

The third movie, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was released in 2009 and involves a Lost World filled with DINOSAURS! It turns out there is an entire prehistoric world that somehow survived by being located underneath the surface of the Earth. Manny and Ellie are expecting their first child, and Manny becomes compulsively over-protective of her as he tries to be readily prepared for when the time comes. Sid is jealous and raises three abandoned eggs. They turn out to be baby T-rexes, and when their real mother finds out they were stolen, she takes her three babies and Sid underground, and Sid's friends all go to his rescue. There they meet a seasoned, slightly insane adventurer weasel named Buck, who becomes their guide in surviving this new world, and with an agenda of his own.


This film provides examples of:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Buck listing the rules for getting his help.
    Buck: He who has gas, travels at the back of the pack!
    Eddie: Aw... *Hangs head, walks to the back of the pack*
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Manny, if he's the same size as a real mammoth, is about 11 feet tall at the shoulder. Which makes Mama T. rex and Rudy around 40 to 50 feet tall (real life Tyrannosaurus was 13 feet tall at the hips, Baryonyx was 9 feet tall, and for comparison Spinosaurus was 15 feet tall). And that's not getting into the very-oversized Ankylosaurus and Pachycephalosaurus, the Stegosaurus-sized Kentrosaurus, the flock of Pteranodon-sized Pterodactylus, and the Godzilla-proportioned Brachiosaurus. Pretty much the only animals decently sized are Triceratops, Iguanodon, Harpactognathus, Guanlong, and Troodon.
    • Although it could be possible Kentrosaurus and Brachiosaurus are actually Dacentrurus and Sauroposeidon.
  • Chased Off into the Sunset: Played with, the movie ends with Buck realizing his nemesis Rudy (the great white Baronyx) is still alive, and goes back to continue fighting him.
  • Chest Monster: This movie has a giant carnivorous plant that disguises itself as an innocuous fruit bush.
  • Clean Pretty Childbirth: The baby mammoth Peaches is born, then shown dry and fluffy approximately 5 minutes after birth.
  • Cliff Stack: At least once.
  • Did You Die?: When Buck is telling the story of his encounter with Rudy. "Sadly yes... but I lived!"
  • Dynamic Entry: "Go Momzilla!"
  • Eaten Alive: Little Johnny the aardvark. Thankfully, the baby T-Rex spits him out.
  • Evil Albino: Rudy.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Rudy, the fearsome white Baryonyx. Lampshaded by Manny:
    Manny: Oh, I was thinking it'd be something terrifying, like... Sheldon, or Tim.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Crosses the Line Twice here. The way to the subterranean world goes through a crevasse full of toxic fumes, which is revealed to have very similar properties to Joker's laughing gas.
  • Good Lips, Evil Jaws: The good Mommy dinosaur vs the Albino Dino Monster.
  • Hartman Hips: Scratte.
  • Heart in the Wrong Place: When the acorn is abandoned by Scrat and Scratte, it drifts out to sea and washes up inside an intact ribcage on the beach, right where people who believe this trope expect a heart to be.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The path to Sid.
  • Instant Birth, Just Add Water: Ellie gives birth in the middle of a Guanlong fight, screaming and wincing, and Peaches comes out already clean, happy and sleepy. One of the most exaggerated Hollywood births ever.
    • Played straight, and averted with Manny at the beginning of the movie. He appears onscreen by screaming "IT'S HAPPENING!!" and carrying a hollowed out, upside-down turtle shell full of water.
  • Last Minute Baby Naming: Manny and Ellie have apparently not decided on what to name their child. After the baby mammoth's birth, Manny suggests they name her Ellie, but Ellie decides on the name "Peaches", which had been their code word for Ellie to tell Manny she was going into labor.
  • Mammal-Eating Plant
  • Midair Repair: Buck performs mouth-to-mouth on a pterosaur knocked unconscious by a mid-air collision..
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Sid falls through into a cave because of this.
  • Moby Schtick: The film plays this out with Buck and Rudy.
  • Ptero Soarer: Roger the Harpactognathus (possibly). Also the flock of (oversized) Pterodactylus that attack Buck and the possums.
  • Raptor Attack: Averted, for Guanlong (a primitive tyrannosaur) is used as a substitute for raptors. Played straight with the Troodon, which barely look like the real animals and lack feathers.
  • Rescue Romance: Scrat and Scratte's relationship really kicks off after he rescues her from death by lava when they are hanging by a thin root on a cliff.
  • Red Wire Blue Wire - Hilariously spoofed in the carnivorous-plant action-sequence.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Invoked and subverted by Diego after Peaches is born, as well as Crash and Eddie.
  • Sherlock Scan: Buck tries to make it seem like he has this, but it is really but another product of his madness. At one notable occasion, Buck uses his supposed awesome deduction skills to deduce from a broccoli on the ground that Sid had gone Ax-Crazy and beat down Momma with the broccoli and turned the giant dinosaur into a vegetable. After being told this was implausible because Sid was not violent, he remakes his theory to that Sid was eating the broccoli when he was eaten by Momma, thereby turning the broccoli into a vegetable.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: This film has Tyrannosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Ankylosaurus, Iguanodon, Pachycephalosaurus, and Archaeopteryx, but averts this with Kentrosaurus, Guanlong, Harpactognathus, Troodon (to some extent), Pterodactylus, and Baryonyx.
  • Take That: Possibly one against Jurassic Park III. In the third JP, a Tyrannosaurus is killed after a brief fight with the Spinosaurus. Well, at the end of the third Ice Age, Mama (a Tyrannosaurus) turns up just at the last moment and attacks Rudy (an overgrown Baryonyx, related to Spinosaurus), effortlessly charging him, slamming him through the jungle and knocking him off a cliff. He doesn't actually die, but it was an incredible asskicking for the supposed Big Bad of all dinosaurs in the series.
  • Taking the Kids: The storyline with Sid, Mama Dino and the baby dinos is a parody of this trope, with Sid and Mama Dino playing the divorced parents fighting for custody.
  • The Vamp - Scratte. Might also count as a squirrel version of Lady in Red.
  • The Voiceless: All of the dinosaurs.
  • Third Is 3D
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Momma from the third movie.
  • Verbal Tic: Listening closely to Buck reveals that the weasel is somehow prone to neglecting the usage of the letter aitch/H in his speech... ...which is probably due to Simon Pegg (his voice actor) being English.


Alternative Title(s):

Ice Age Dawn Of The Dinosaurs