YMMV / Ice Age

  • Base-Breaking Character: Sid and Shira, given the responses to them from the fanbase. In some cases, they are either totally loved or sincerely disliked. (Mainly because of the writing decisions taken that involved them.)
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At least a couple per movie.
  • Broken Base: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs has caused a split within the fandom. Some love it for Buck, the revival of the camaraderie between Manny and Diego being tested, and being able to see favorite characters (like Scrat) return again. Others dislike it. End result: Broken Base. And the 4th movie isn't helping things either.
  • Cargo Ship: Scrat and his acorn. Also, Buck and his pineapple "wife".
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Roger Ebert, in regard to the first film: "I came to scoff, and stayed to smile."
  • Contested Sequel: All of them, especially the third. Some consider it an absolute disaster, others call it the best of the trilogy. The sequels are contested especially by those who can see past Fox's intentions of trying to create a Cash Cow Franchise to match DreamWorks' Shrek; Continental Drift is seen as forgivable with some, if only because of Wanda Sykes as Sid's granny.
  • Crack Pairing: Many, but notable ones include Sid and Ellie/Sillie and OT3s like Manny/Ellie/Diego. Supreme crack pairings include Peaches x anyone, but these have been mainly only discussed, though Sillie has been written once.
    • Rudy/Buck is another example. Sid/Diego probably counts as well, since there is really no viable reason to pair Diego and Sid together, let's be honest, it's Pair the Spares if anything else.
  • Critical Dissonance: Although the first film did get a fresh rating of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes, many critics did complain that the movie felt too similar to Monsters, Inc. and Shrek. However, the audience enjoyed it more, as it was a box office success and it's usually seen as being the best of the franchise, if not the only good movie in the franchise.
    • The sequels are this, too, to some extent. All 3 sequels have gotten a rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes yet they have all done well at the box office. Even the fourth one, which was the highest grossing film of the franchise worldwide but the lowest grossing domestically, still made a profit.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some fans like to over-romanticize Soto as this. One person to such an extent that the Sub-Zero Heroes become Ron The Death Eaters, Diego especially, because of the whole "brother with Soto" fanon.
  • Ear Worm: The Opening Travel Music was once the only thing people associated with the first film.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Scrat qualifies.
    • Buck is definitely this, being one of the most badass characters in a children's film ever. This might have something to do with the fact that he's a one-eyed weasel scarcely larger than Crash & Eddie, who's hunting against an albino Baryonyx bigger than a Tyrannosaurus.
  • Fanon: Manny's first mate and child's names being Millie and Wally, due to one author on fanfiction.net creating a ripple effect with the names.
    • A lot of fans like to think that Diego and Soto are brothers. But this interpretation turns sour when you realize that in the entirety of the original, Soto is subtly making plans to kill Diego himself. What his DILPing fans conveniently don't notice is that it leads to a Cain and Abel motif in the first movie if you subscribe to this fan theory. The original film displays this trope terrifyingly if this fanon is "true", as every move Soto makes towards Diego is to devise the death of his own brother. Thus making it even MORE Darker and Edgier for the first installment. Then again, it's not like this is the only animated film with animals that involves one brother plotting to kill the other.
      • Another new, disturbing fanon beginning to crop up is that Soto is Diego's father. Given that the original implies that Soto is slyly setting up Diego for his own death (one reason why some people don't like viewing the two as biological brothers) fans joining together under this fanon is a whole new level of Do Not Want.
    • Also, Soto being Not Quite Dead pops up somewhat commonly in fanfiction.
    • The implication that Runar's tribe killed Manny's family. It's never truly established as being this in the film, but fan reading of canon often goes with this conclusion.
    • The implication that the two rhinos at the beginning of the Original film, are a gay couple. Blue Sky has given no official confirmation for this, but most fans (casual and hardcore) tend to read them as a couple, but it's still fanon. And oddly enough the world of Ice Age fanfic ignores them as well, when the fanfiction realm is well-known for its love of slash pairings. Make of that what you will.
  • Fan Preferred Pairing: Peaches/Ethan has become this, despite Peaches seeing Ethan as shallow in the fourth film and going off with Louis at the end. Also, Sid/Diego has long been this for some time in the fandom, despite the pairing being nothing more than a Crack Pairing and Pair the Spares.
  • First Installment Wins: The first film is generally regarded to be very good. From there, the bases break.
  • Flanderization: While Sid has always been an idiot, he seems to get stupider and stupider in each film. In fact, he's gotten so stupid, he pretty much acts like a jerk in the sequels (even moreso than the original) and the movies try to justify it by saying he's too stupid to know any better.
  • Franchise Zombie: While the films have done fairly well financially, critical consensus is that it should have remained a standalone film and that every succeeding sequel is less creative than the previous.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Diego's line "can't have one of your own, so you want to adopt", while only meant at the time as snark, becomes much harsher after the reveal that Manny's mate and child were killed by humans.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Ice Age films have all had decent box office runs in North America, but, at least in the case of the sequels, were overshadowed by the films from Pixar and Dreamworks Animation. Overseas, the series has been very successful, with all four films in the series being the highest grossing animated films worldwide in the years in which they were released.
    • The movies, especially the first one, gained a lot of popularity in Norway. One reason in particular being famous comedian Dagfinn Lyngbø voicing Sid with his distinct Bergen dialect, who've more than once been recognized as making Sid several times funnier than the original.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Before the heroes enter the ice cave in the first film, Sid is joking around by pretending to be impaled in the neck with an icicle. How does Soto die again?
  • He Really Can Act: Ray Romano as Manny.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2002, there were no known mammals extinct or extant that closely resembled Scrat. Come late 2011, one was described and named Cronopio. (However, it was not a squirrel, but part of a now-extinct mammal group, the dryolestoids. Furthermore, it lived in the Mesozoic Era, not the Cenozoic as most of the other animals in the films are.)
    • The first movie had a T. rex frozen in ice as a gag. In Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the heroes find a lost world of surviving dinosaurs below ground. It led to fan speculation that the "meltdown" in the sequel actually freed the dinosaurs in the third movie.
    • The first movie also had a UFO frozen in ice as a random sight gag, but fast forward to the premise of the fifth movie...
  • Jerkass Woobie: Unintentionally Sympathetic as Soto is, he qualities for going insane after losing the half of his pack. He has most likely become obsessed with veangence wich is pretty depressing to think of.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Several have said that the best parts of the films are the segments featuring Scrat.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Soto.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Soto crosses it early on in the first movie when he talks to Diego about his plans for revenge against the humans: kidnapping the tribe's baby and ''eating it alive.''
  • Pair the Spares: A very likely explanation for why Sid/Diego is so popular. It requires little thought and is really only pairing the two spares.
  • Periphery Demographic: Though the films are ostensibly aimed at younger audiences, the movies - for example, the first one - have attracted a lot of teen and adult fans, who enjoy the Original for its depth, humour, dramadic elements, and tearjerking moments. The sequels have admirably brought in teen and adult fans as well, and one reason the movies have such a demographic is because young fans of the Original realised that the sequels kept up with the Original in some regards (ie emotional plots and captivating characters), since some of the teen/adult audience watch the sequels in hopes of seeing characters like Roshan again or just revisiting their old friends the herd.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Several within the fandom at fanfictiondotnet, notably "Mellie" as a name for Manny and Ellie, and "Sillie" for Crack Pairings such as Sid and Ellie, oh, and "Siego" for Sid and Diego and "Mango" for Manny and Diego. There's also Dimellie for Manny/Ellie/Diego.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Soto's hostility towards Diego and his subtlety in threatening him are often lost on some viewers of the film. However, if you go back and watch it again and notice every single Implied Death Threat and Soto's constant allusions that put Diego out of the picture with the pack, it gives one a very different view of Soto and how he really feels about Diego.
  • The Scrappy:
    • While Sid and Scrat have their faults, they at least contribute to the plot and give a few laughs. Crash and Eddie don't. Those Two Guys are annoying, and if you remove them from the third and fourth film, the story will be completely the same. Even in the second they are not very useful, as all they do is making Ellie, a mammoth, believe she's a possum (whether because they are stupid, or because they want to keep her as a sister, which is no better). They are reduced to background characters in the fourth film, and appear only to give some gags. And they can't even do THAT right!
  • Sequelitis: The majority consensus is that the film series worsens in quality with each film. Each film has a progressively lower rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the first film ranking at 77% and even getting nominated for the inaugural Best Animated Feature Oscar; meanwhile, the latest installment, Collision Course ranks at an abysmal 15%.
  • Signature Song: The ending of "Ellie Remembers" (or in "Goodnight Sweet Possums") from The Meltdown has been adopted as the main theme of the films (it's heard in such poignant moments like the birth of Peaches, the end of Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Continental Drift. "Mammoths" has become the secondary theme of the series.
  • So Okay, It's Average: This is how some critics have felt about each film, even the original to a lesser extent.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Some of the scenes involving Roshan and Peaches can feel like this.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character
    • Some fans felt that Diego has been wasted in the sequels, as he has a smaller role in the sequels than he did in the original.
    • Shira and Scratte could also qualify as this for some.
    • If left as it was, the death of Diego would have placed this film on a similar category with Bambi and The Lion King. But being undone so cheaply, it lost all the dramatic content.
  • Uncanny Valley: The CGI in the first film can be this for some.
    • It should also be noted that Ice Age got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film the year it released, thus the CGI in the first film couldn't have been that bad if the Academy approved of the work seen on the film.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Soto tends to come off as this, as people feel sorry for him that he lost his pack/family, and was probably a pretty amiable guy once, and some people ignore his bitter desire for vengeance against the humans as it detracts from him being Unintentionally Sympathetic.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Manny rescuing Diego from the fiery flames of the lava. Not to mention that Roshan's role in the film is a "Peace Child" between the humans and the animals, and it's his innocence that helps redeem Diego, helps Sid find a new family, and gives Manny closure after his family's death, and reconciliation with the people who destroyed his life. It's one aspect of the Original movie - that is, Roshan's importance - that is often glossed over, but he changed all of the characters taking care of him because of his love and innocence, was central to character and plot resolutions and by the end Manny, Diego and Sid are a herd because of Roshan bringing them together as true friends.
  • The Woobie: Scrat, Sid, Manny, Ellie, Diego.
    • Add Louis as of the fourth film.
    • Scratte, to a certain extent.

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