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"We've been living above an entire world, and we didn't even know it!"
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the sequel to Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, and the third film in the Ice Age franchise, released on July 1st, 2009.

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.

Reviews for the film were mostly mixed from critcs, but it was well-received by the general public and was a blockbuster success. The film grossed $196 million domestically and $886 million worldwide against its $90 million budget, making the highest-grossing film in the franchise.


This film is followed by Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

This film provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: When the eggs hatch and the hatchlings start playing with Sid, the song "Walk the Dinosaur" comes on. The song appeared in John Leguizamo's first movie, Super Mario Bros. (even if he didn't admit it at first).
  • Adult Fear: Manny, who witnessed the deaths of his first mate and son, is essentially waiting for the bubble to pop.
  • 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.
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  • Argument of Contradictions: Happens between Sid and a beaver child and its mother when Sid's dinosaur-"kids" harass the other kids on the playground built by Manny.
    Beaver mother: Aren't you going to do something?!
    Sid: Why? My kid had it first!
    Beaver child: Did not!
    Sid: Did, too!
    Beaver child: Did not!
    Sid: Did, too!
    Beaver child: Did not!
    Sid: Liar, liar, fur on fire!
  • 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 within seconds after birth. Given that modern day elephants are born in an absolutely torrential downpour of blood, and it's a movie for kids, this is probably for the best.
  • Cliff Stack: At least once.
  • Crafted From Animals: Buck's knife, which was created from the tooth of Rudy. Unlike several other instances of this trope, Rudy was no worse for wear for not having the tooth.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: Manny says in the film that one day Sid will "find a girl with low standards, and no real options...". In the fifth movie, Brooke, a female sloth, appears who is attracted to Sid instantly. There also don't seem to be any other sloths in Geotopia, where she lives.
  • 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.
  • Inflating Body Gag: As a charging pterosaur prepares to eat the possums, they shoot an explosive berry right in its open mouth, making a hilarious outcome.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the somber, dramatic Ice Age and the perilous, apocalyptic Meltdown.
  • Living Dinosaurs: Discovered in a Lost World Beneath the Earth.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Or mammal-eating plant.
  • Meadow Run: Spoofed when Scrat is "reunites" with his acorn after running away from Scratte, and the acorn falls down a hill in slow motion towards Scrat who is also running in slow motion.
  • 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.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: Sid mistakes a female beaver's fat for a baby bump. Said beaver promptly nails him with a stick.
  • Moby Schtick: The film plays this out with Buck and Rudy.
  • Not Really a Birth Scene: Ellie is giving birth while Diego fights off some raptors trying to kill her. At one point Diego is the one appearing to go through labor pains, and then the camera pulls back to show him pushing a raptor off a ledge. She's telling him to push, he claims that she has no idea what he's going through, and then there's a moment of silence as he processes what he just said before sheepishly apologizing.
  • Open Mouth, Insert Foot: See above entry.
  • Ptero Soarer: Roger the Harpactognathus (possibly). Also the flock of (oversized) Pterodactylus that attack Buck and the possums (though it's interesting to note that they're one of the few depictions to get right the fact that the genus had a soft-tissue crest).
  • Rapid-Fire Nail Biting: One of the possum twins bites off his own nails, then his brother offers him one of his hands so he can continue biting
  • 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.
  • Transgender: Very briefly implied/alluded to. While on the trip, the group's path is blocked by a butterfly. Buck shoos him off. He says "I knew him as a caterpillar, before he came out."
  • The Vamp: Scratte, who 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 H in his speech... ...which is probably due to Simon Pegg (his voice actor) being English.
  • Who Is Driving?: Crazy Awesome Buck captures a pterosaur and commandeers it like an aircraft, along with possums Crash and Eddie, in a tow to rescue Sid. This trope plays with all three of them looking down to check on Sid as they escape; apparently, the pterosaur can't be trusted to fly by itself.

Alternative Title(s): Ice Age Dawn Of The Dinosaurs


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