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* KingOfTheDinosaurs: Momma and her babies are ''Tyrannosaurus''.



* TyrannosaurusRex: Momma and her babies are ''Tyrannosaurus''.

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* AnimalsNotToScale: Many of the dinosaurs are portrayed as if Manny were the size of a human, and are therefore much bigger than they would be in real life. This is taken UpToEleven with the ''Brachiosaurus'', which are close to Godzilla-sized as a result.
** Rudy is meant to be a ''Baryonyx'', but is portrayed as being significantly larger than a ''T. rex'', when the reverse is true in reality (''Baryonyx'' being estimated at around two tons, and ''Tyrannosaurus'' being estimated at over nine tons).

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* NewBabyEpisode: A recurring theme in this movie is that Ellie is pregnant and may go into labour at any time. At the end of the movie, a baby named Peaches is born.


-->'''Sid:''' ''(running away from the enraged muskox)'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I THOUGHT YOU WERE A FEMALE!!!!]]

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-->'''Sid:''' ''(running away from the enraged muskox)'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I THOUGHT YOU WERE A FEMALE!!!!]]FEMALE!!!!


* BeneathTheEarth: The dinosaurs' LostWorld is directly under the icy surface world.
* BigDamnHeroes: Twofold during the climax: first Diego saves Buck from being eaten by Rudy, then Momma Dino saves Sid by [[DisneyVillainDeath pushing Rudy into a chasm]].



* DatingCatwoman: Scrat and Scratte spend most of the movie fighting over an acorn, but go through a RelationshipUpgrade and put the acorn behind them. [[DidNotGetTheGirl It doesn't last]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Scrat and Scratte go through a RelationshipUpgrade, but it ultimately falls apart when Scrat picks [[CompanionCube his acorn]] over Scratte.



* DieLaughing: The way to the subterranean world goes through a crevasse full of toxic fumes, which is revealed to have very similar properties to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Joker's laughing gas]].

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* DieLaughing: The way to the subterranean world goes through a crevasse full of toxic fumes, which is revealed to have very similar properties to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Joker's laughing gas]].gas]] in that it causes anyone who inhales it to laugh until they stop breathing.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Momma Dino knocks Rudy into a chasm to stop him from eating Sid. [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} in that he survives.]]

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** At least two kids are SwallowedWhole by one of the dinosaur babies. Although they turn out to be alive, the parents are appropriately horrified.


* GagReflexGag: Buck explains that he escaped the mouth of a dinosaur by swinging from its uvula.

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* IChooseToStay: When offered the chance to return to the surface world with the herd, Buck briefly considers it before deciding to stay in the prehistoric world.

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* FeelingTheBabyKick: Ellie is pregnant throughout the film and the signs that her baby is about to be born come in the form of kicks that she feels throughout the film... Which unfortunately pop out at the worst possible moments while the Herd attempts to rescue Sid from the dinosaur world.


* TakeThat: Possibly one against ''Film/JurassicParkIII''. 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 BigBad of all dinosaurs in the series.

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* TakeThat: Possibly one against ''Film/JurassicParkIII''. In the third JP, a ''Tyrannosaurus'' is killed after [[SpinosaurusVersusTRex a brief fight 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 BigBad of all dinosaurs in the series.

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* GagReflexGag: Buck explains that he escaped the mouth of a dinosaur by swinging from its uvula.

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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: When Sid is on the playground that Manny built for his yet unborn child.
-->'''Manny:''' Sid, I don't want you touching anything. This place is for kids. Are you a kid?\\
'''Sid:''' Uh--\\
'''Manny:''' Don't answer that!


* JerkassRealization: Both Manny and Diego have this as they spend the first night in the valley. Manny for his insensitive remarks towards Sid which led to this whole mess, and Diego for his selfishness in leaving the herd.



** When Manny and Diego are inside the carnivorous plant, they have this awkward exchange:

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** When Manny and Diego are inside the carnivorous plant, they have this awkward exchange:exchange as the plant's digestive juices start to rise:


* WhamLine: Followed by a WhamShot. The rest of the herd become affected by the fumes in the Chasm of Death and laugh themselves silly, against Buck's commands. Buck then shows Ellie (and the viewers) the reason why the chasm does live up to its name.

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* WhamLine: Followed by a WhamShot. The rest of the herd become affected by the fumes in the Chasm of Death and laugh themselves silly, against Buck's commands. Buck then shows Ellie (and the viewers) the reason why the chasm does live lives up to its name.

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* WhamLine: Followed by a WhamShot. The rest of the herd become affected by the fumes in the Chasm of Death and laugh themselves silly, against Buck's commands. Buck then shows Ellie (and the viewers) the reason why the chasm does live up to its name.
-->'''Ellie:''' They're just laughing. What's so bad about that?\\
'''Buck:''' ''(points to skeletons below)'' They ''died'' laughing!

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