Movies: The Ice Age Cometh

How a new toon about some prehistoric misfits became a hit--and caught Hollywood by surprise

J Pond is a high school senior in Abilene, Texas. He's 17, stands 6 ft. 7 in. and plays football--not the kind of guy you would expect to find watching cartoons on a Saturday afternoon. Yet on the weekend of March 15, Pond went to see Ice Age, a $60 million animated comedy in which a deadpan woolly mammoth (Ray Romano), a goofy sloth (John Leguizamo) and a duplicitous tiger (Denis Leary) go on an odyssey to reunite a human baby with its father. "The whole movie was a trip to me," says Pond, who especially liked the part where the...

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