Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
DINOSAUR ORIGIN—Where did the dinosaurs come from? Answer
Are dinosaurs mentioned in the BIBLE? Answer
WHY did God create dinosaurs? Answer
LIVING WITH DINOSAURS—What would it have been like to live with dinosaurs? Answer
EXTINCTION—Why did dinosaurs become extinct? Answer
NOAH’S ARK—Did Noah take dinosaurs on the Ark? Answer
DINOSAURS AFTER THE FLOOD—Following the Flood, what happened to dinosaurs? Answer
|Featuring:||Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Josh Peck, Ray Romano, Joey King, Atticus Shaffer, Chris Wedge, Eunice Cho, Karen Disher, Jason Fricchione|
|Director:||Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier|
|Producer:||Blue Sky Studios, John C. Donkin, Lori Forte|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
Manny (Ray Romano) is back as the wooly mammoth, and he is traveling with the usual pack of misfits. Ellie (Queen Latifah) and Manny are a couple, and they are expecting a little mammoth. With them getting ready for the arrival of their baby, Sid (the sloth) and Diego (the Sabretooth) feel they are intruding in the family and go on their separate ways.
While alone, Sid finds some dinosaur eggs and hatches them, and lo and behold, mama dinosaur (T-Rex) shows up and takes her babies and Sid under the ice into a land below the ice (which just happens to be green and lush). When Manny and Diego find out, they set out to rescue Sid and once again become a family.
While this group is in down-under dinosaurland, they encounter an Australian weasel named Buck (voice of Simon Pegg—who most recently starred in “Star Trek” as Scotty). Buck is a fairly likeable fellow, and he helps them in their quest. All the while, Scat (the squirrel) chases an acorn, fighting his female love interest in a love-hate relationship.
This film is very slow moving for the first 30-45 minutes, and I had trouble staying awake. While I did not see this film in 3D, I have seen other films in the past year in 3D and the experience is wonderful, however, it does not justify (in my mind) an added $3.50-$5.00 price tag. I had heard, before seeing the film, from someone who happened to see it at a sneak peak, that the added price tag was just not worth it. I didn’t ask if the movie itself was worth it, because I like to go into a review without being tainted by other opinions.
This movie was not worth seeing at all, but since you are reading this review, you probably want to be aware of several things. There are the usual name-calling words that you would rather your kids not pick up, like stupid, butt, darn (but I had to ask several other people if they said d-mn), idiot, wacko, etc.
It is the other content of the film (and there is a lot of it) that makes this truly not worth seeing. I will only highlight a few of the sexual and adult lines in the film. Early in the film, the comment that Ellie has a “bun in the oven” is said. While this appears mild, I do not want my 4 or 6 year old repeating that to a pregnant woman; many of the comments were that like that—not horrible, but obviously, not appropriate in a children’s film.
There is also a level of violence that may scare small children. Dinosaurs are chasing everyone. There are flying dinosaurs, huge T-Rex and an even bigger “Great White” that is often seen as only ground shaking and huge footprints, but finally surfaces at the end and is a huge monster of a dinosaur.
If you decide to go—you can use this film to teach your children about family and friends and the importance of helping one another. Manny and Ellie are happy about having a baby, and Manny prepares his ice world to try and protect the coming bundle of joy. When Sid is taken, the “family” takes off to save him.
Psalm 127:3 says “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward,” and this movie does portray that. When Sid hatches eggs, he works to protect those “children.” The mother T-rex comes to reclaim her lost children. Manny is concerned with his family expanding and does everything he can to protect their surroundings.
My recommendation: Save your money—this one is definitely not worth seeing.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
Positive—This is a response to a comment made by John Davison, age 27 (USA) (above). He says: During a part of the movie when “Buck” is explaining how he lost his eye he says “An eye for a tooth and a tooth for an eye or something like that, I never understood it. Whoever came up with it its a stupid saying”… Now, this is a direct misquote of god’s word, Matthew 5:38, directly from Christ himself. This movie feeds our kids ANTI-CHRIST rhetoric and downplays scripture to children who have not read the bible yet. It implants a negative attitude toward god’s wisdom and correction in our lives. … I would like to point out that the ACTUAL quote, directly from the movie is: “It’s like the old saying, an eye for a tooth, a nose for a chin, a butt for a…well it’s an old saying but it’s not a very good one.” And it can actually be heard here: http://www.entertonement.com/clips/lxjfmbqnmd--51
Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Trix, age 25 (USA)