The third film in the animated Ice Age trilogy begins with Ellie (Queen Latifa) and Manny (Ray Romano) expecting their first mammoth baby. As the couple prepare excitedly for their new arrival, Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) question their roles in the herd that they have grown to love. They wonder whether this is the time for them to explore the world.

Diego leaves to search for adventure and to capture his disappearing youth. Sid finds trouble when he adopts three abandoned eggs to create a ready-made family. Chaos ensues when the eggs hatch and three baby dinosaurs are born. Sid loves his new role as ‘Mummy’ but things get complicated when the dinosaurs’ real mother comes searching for her babies. She angrily takes the babies and Sid into a hidden dinosaur world under the ice.


Abandonment; family breakdown


This movie includes some violence and accidental harm. For example:

  • Two squirrels have a physical fight over an acorn.
  • Diego aggressively chases a deer. We see later that the chase is a hoax.
  • Sid falls through ice down a steep cliff.
  • Sid and the three eggs fall down an ice slip. This scene is quite scary, especially in 3-D, as Sid and the eggs avoid obstacles in the ice.
  • One of the dinosaurs eats two of the other baby animals. It regurgitates them alive after Sid realises.
  • The herd is attacked by a hammertail dinosaur.
  • Diego and Manny are eaten by a large killer plant and almost digested. They are saved by Buck at the last minute.
  • A live bird is given to the baby dinosaurs then saved by Sid, only to be eaten by a larger bird flying past.
  • Rudy, the great white dinosaur, is a scary creature. There are many scenes at the end where he tries to attack the other characters.
  • Sid is almost killed in the waterfall of lava. Buck saves him at the last minute.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie includes some scenes that could scare or disturb children under the age of eight. These scenes are often made more intense by the movie’s 3-D effects. These scenes include the following:

  • The dinosaurs are large, fierce and scary-looking, particularly when they threaten or attack the herd.
  • The characters walk through the Chasm of Death, which is dark and spooky.

From 8-13

Younger children in this age group could also be scared by some of the scenes described above.

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Sexual references

This movie includes a few scenes that feature sexual innuendo between the adult animals. For example:

  • Sid pulls on the teat of a large mammoth so he can get some milk to feed his adopted baby dinosaurs. When the mammoth looks at him with alarm, Sid realises that the mammoth is a male and that he is not pulling on the mammoth’s teat.
  • Buck states to the group that he knew the butterfly when he was a caterpillar, before he ‘came out’.
  • Buck boasts that he ‘turned the T-Rex into a T-Rachel’.
  • When the baby mammoth is born, one of the animals says, ‘It’s a boy’. Manny corrects the animal, saying, ‘That’s its tail’.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

None of concern

Ideas to discuss with your children

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is an animated adventure similar to the first two films in the Ice Age trilogy. This movie also features 3-D technology. It is fast-paced and likely to keep young and older viewers entertained.

The main message from this movie is that families come in all shapes and sizes and should stick together.

Values in this movie that you might wish to reinforce with your children include:

  • standing by your friends and family
  • bravery
  • the bond between parents and children.

This movie could also give you the opportunity to discuss with your children the real-life consequences of adoption.