Movies: Ice Age

Directed by Chris Wedge

"They came, they thawed, they conquered!" Could there be a snazzier ad line for a computer-animated feature about three prehistoric buddies? This freezin' threesome--a woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), a saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and a sloth (John Leguizamo)--survives plot challenges of no particular ingenuity. The film breaks anthropological ground by revealing that humans lived in the Ice Age, but its contribution to cartoon history is more modest. It yearns for Pixar-style wit without quite earning it.

--By Richard Corliss

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