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Ice Age: Thawed Out (also known as Ice Age 6: Thawed Out in some territories) is an upcoming 2019 American 3D computer-animated family adventure film produced by Blue Sky Studios. It is the sixth (and final) installment in the Ice Age franchise and a sequel to 2016's Ice Age: Collision Course.
In it, the Sub-Zero Heroes are fast-frozen in an avalanche and thawed out 20,000 years into the future, where they must brave a world where humans fear animals. With the help of a Native American teenager they travel from the city of Seattle to the North Cascades, in search of a way back to the Ice Age.
The Sub-Zero Heroes have faced - and survived - ice ages, floods, dinosaurs, cracking continents, and asteroid collisions. Now they must face their biggest adventure ever - the present day. Fast-frozen in an avalanche, they awaken 20,000 years away from their home, and find themselves in a hostile world ruled by humans who fear animals. With the help of a certain young Native American who shares a spiritual connection with the animal world, they must escape the bustling, concrete human world, and try to change this world for the better, but at a cost - they may never see their home again...
Stuck in deep space in his malfunctioning UFO, a bearded and scraggly Scrat (Chris Wedge) is still chasing his acorn all around the spacecraft, following the events of Ice Age: Collision Course. He manages to repair the console and restart the warp drive, in an attempt to get back to Earth. However things do not go as planned, and Scrat manages to catapult himself all across the universe, in a scene similar to the 'Star Gate' sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Finally he manages to return to Earth, only for the atmospheric controls to fail, fast-freezing Scrat and his acorn as the UFO burns up in the atmosphere and crashes into the ocean near Hawaii. This leads into the epilogue from the original Ice Age movie...
Back in the Ice Age, Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are struggling with the idea of saying goodbye to their daughter. Diego (Denis Leary) and Shira (Jennifer Lopez) are raising their 3 young cubs Jade (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), Kodi, and Lily (born in the Ice Age: A Mammoth Mother's Day TV special). Sid (John Leguizamo) and Brooke (Jessie J) are preparing for the arrival of their own baby sloth. Buck is preoccupying himself patrolling the new Valley, and Crash and Eddie are...well, still Crash and Eddie. The herd seems to be growing more apart, with each member having their own busy lives. Diego and Shira are openly discussing joining a friendly sabre pack passing through the neighbourhood, with other sabre cubs for their children to interact with, and Brooke is cheerfully browsing new 'properties' over the hill with Sid.
Manny, Sid, and Diego get together one winters evening and reminisce about the days when it was just them. Sid brings up the subject of Roshan, leading them to wonder where he is now. Manny reveals that he still has the necklace Runar gave to him all those years ago. Ellie turns up and comments on how sweet that is. Manny comments that it reminds him of the family he lost as well, and seems downcast that he's about to lose the family he's got too. Deep down, he doesn't want to have to say goodbye to his friends.
That night, Manny has a nightmare about losing his first family, which leads into a nightmare about him not being able to protect the rest of the Herd. Next morning, a hawk flies in with news of an approaching winter storm. The herd then discover that Peaches and Julian are missing - they are already heading out through a narrow mountain pass. Ellie is a little sad that her daughter left home without telling them, but Manny, rattled by his nightmare last night, panics and drags the rest of the herd along with him to find her, thinking that he can protect everybody as long as he's there for them. Diego and Shira try to get their cubs to stay behind.
As they enter the gorge, the snow sets in; Sid reprimands Manny for forcing Brooke along in her condition (irrepressible as always, she takes it in her stride). They catch up with Peaches and Julian, and Manny berates them for leaving without telling him, especially with the weather. Both of them end up in a heated argument; Peaches is upset that her dad still doesn't trust her. Diego and Shira discover that their cubs have followed them without permission and scold them, and the snowstorm becomes a full-blown blizzard. The combination of raised voices and heavy snow sparks an avalanche on the top of the mountains, which rolls down the pass and carries away the whole Herd, fast freezing them in perfect preservation. A timelapse follows of the Herd, frozen in ice, being buried by snow, ice, landslides, and the rising and falling sea levels, before they are discovered by paleontologists in the present day.
Shadi Antone wakes up in her grandfather's central Seattle apartment, and goes through her morning routine just like any other day. At school she catches up with her best friend Tyler Williams (Nolan Gould), and attempts to avoid the bullies who target her for being a Native American. The hyperactive science teacher Mr Kennedy (Mark Fischbach) is especially excited today, and shows his mostly disinterested class news footage of the discovery of the preserved Herd and of its display in the Seattle Museum. Shadi is the only one interested. She loves animals, and has a special bond with them - legend has it that one of her ancestors was cared for by a mammoth. After school she goes to the exhibit and is wowed by the sight of the perfectly preserved mammals. She notices Roshan's necklace in the exhibit, takes a photo with her smartphone, and goes to show it to her aging grandfather, Ituha, who is a great spiritualist and has a strong connection with native American legends. He is immediately interested in the Herd and the Necklace, telling her that the legend of Roshan is true and that if the necklace is with them, then they might well be the same animals who rescued him. Shadi is amazed.
Scrat makes his way to Seattle from Hawaii and finds himself in the city centre. After dodging (and getting run over by) the centre city traffic, he manages to find a new acorn, but as he chases it across a railway line he gets electrocuted and cuts power across the whole city.
That night, there is a power cut across Seattle, and when the power is restored, museum workers forget to turn on the coolers keeping the herd preserved. As the museum is closed for the night, the herd melt out of the ice and regain consciousness. Immediately awed and frightened by their surroundings, they navigate through the museum, passing exhibits referencing the previous 5 films. Sid spots Roshan's necklace and breaks into its exhibit to get it, setting off a security alarm and alerting the security guards. Barely escaping outside, the herd are immediately overwhelmed by the tall towers and bustling inner-city atmosphere of Seattle. Buck takes charge and tries to lead them through central Seattle unnoticed - an extremely difficult feat, even in the dead of night. Running into an alley to escape a patrolling police car, they run into Shadi, who has been tracking the Herd from the museum. She quickly hides them in an abandoned garage.
Both Shadi and the Herd are blown away by the fact they can communicate. Awed by the presence of the legendary mammals, she reveals that she is the descendant of the Roshan, and that she has always been able to understand animals, although she can only properly communicate with the Herd. Shadi comments that animals seem sad and subdued in this day and age. She notices a security camera in the garage and decides to lead them to her grandfather's place. Meanwhile in his private tower residence, Damien Mallory, an influential and greedy businessman, views security camera footage of the Herd escaping and ponders over putting them in captivity and the money he could earn from such a venture.
Once hidden in her grandfather's apartment, Shadi receives a knock on the door from Mallory's henchmen, led by Bjorn Engstrom (Felix Kjellberg), who threaten her in an attempt to get her to hand over the Herd. Shadi evades their questions while trying to hide the fact that the Herd are actually in the apartment. When they finally leave, Shadi decides they should leave Seattle. She tells the Herd she will try and get them back; they interpret this as meaning there is a way back to the Ice Age.
On the way to school the next morning she lets Tyler into the secret, introducing them to the Herd while simultaneously having to get them to hide every time a car goes by. She hides the Herd in a sports cupboard before class, and asks Mr Kennedy where the Herd's fossils were found, he answers in the Cascade mountains. He mentions that it's on the news that the Herd thawed out, leaving Shadi flustered and trying to hide her secret.
Mallory and his security guards storm into the school and demand custody of the Herd, who are listening fearfully in a nearby cupboard. Brooke's unborn baby kicks and she yelps, alerting Mallory to the sports cupboard. Before he can open the door, however, Scrat, chasing his acorn through the roof cavity, cuts the lights, and Sid, starting a fire, activates the sprinklers and smoke alarms. There is a complex fight and chase scene through the corridors of the school. Mallory grabs Shadi and physically threatens her; Diego claws him across the face, leaving a fresh scar. As other students block Mallory's security force, Shadi, and Tyler lead the Herd to a loading bay where they steal a big rig truck and race out of Seattle. Fuming and in pain, Mallory vows to get the Herd no matter what.
Scrat and his acorn are caught up in the police chase and dragged along with the Herd's truck. He is dragged along the asphalt, through a sewer, and through bushes, before being run over by a police car and tasered.
The Herd travel across the state of Washington to the Cascade mountains. The news of their escapades spreads across the world. Mallory manipulates the media to portray them as dangerous criminals. Driving out towards the Cascades, Sid boldly takes the wheel when Shadi needs to rest, prompting Manny and Diego to comment on his increasing tendency to take risks. Tyler awkwardly engages Shadi in conversation, through which Ellie notices that he has a crush on her. She offers him some advice. Peaches and Julian are excited by the new world they live in, which worries Manny and Ellie, who hope they won't stay behind when they return to the Ice Age. Their thoughts are interrupted by Buck and the possums, who spot a police helicopter shadowing them, and then a whole squad of police cars chasing after them. They chase along the North Cascades Highway, with Buck, Crash, and Eddie firing berry ammo at the police cars. Shadi, flustered, runs out of ideas. Sid makes the decision to drive the truck off a cliff while the Herd jumps off. The plan works through sheer luck, and the police cars pile up against a tree.
Forced to walk, the Herd, Shadi, and Tyler trek through the dramatic Cascade Mountains, while bonding with the Herd, in a montage set to 'Send Me On My Way' by Rusted Root. While investigating the local landscape, Buck runs into Diana (Emma Watson), a local weasel, and falls immediately in love with her. They immediately strike up a flirty rapport. Diana, who knows the region well, joins them guiding the way to the fossil location.
Camping overnight, Shadi reveals her backstory - that she is an orphan and is bullied because of her Native American heritage. Manny reveals that he doesn't want the herd to break up and he wants to protect them. Diego and Shira put their tired kids to sleep. Later that night, Manny, Sid, and Diego argue about Sid's recent tendency to put himself in danger.
The next day, as they are travelling, Mr Kennedy calls Shadi with directions to where the Herd were discovered. The herd rush to the location but it's a trap - Mr Kennedy is being forced by Mallory to lead them into his grasp with a gun to his head. Trying to escape, the Herd desperately ask for the way back to their times. Shadi tells them that it was a misunderstanding, and apologises. Manny believes Shadi betrayed him and tries to attack her, but is tranquilized. Shadi has to watch every last member of the Herd, whose trust she has now lost, taken down, before she and Tyler are cuffed and taken away by the police.
The Herd wake up in individual, separate cages in the basement one of Mallory's properties, and are taunted and baited by Mallory, who, when they try to rush him, electrocutes them. They also watch him being cruel to other animals. Although the animals cannot understand him, Mallory's dialogue reveals to the audience why he hates animals - he was mauled by a dog as a child - and that he thinks animals are inferior to humans and should be kept in their place.
Shadi and Tyler are locked in a jail cell. Shadi receives the news that her grandfather died in his sleep. While she is still grieving, Mr Kennedy arrives and apologises, guilty for betraying one of his brightest students. While the kids shout angrily at Mr Kennedy for betraying them, he points out that anybody would cave in with a gun pointed at their head.
Manny and Diego communicate with the other animals kept in cages by Mallory, including Maxwell (Liam Neeson), a grizzled puma who bitterly hates humans and affirms Manny's distrust of Shadi. Manny manages to unlock the cages, freeing all the animals and causing pandemonium in the centre. While the rest of the herd feel that Shadi betrayed them, and want to join the revolution, Sid and Brooke still trust their human friends, and after a bitter argument with Manny and Diego referring to Sid's clumsiness, the sloths leave by themselves to rescue Shadi and Tyler.
Scrat finds an acorn in the police cells and has to dodge laser beams and other Indiana Jones-like security methods to get it. He sets off an alarm breaking a laser beam.
Sid and Brooke clumsily and by sheer luck enter the police station undetected, aided by Scrat setting off an alarm. As Sid free Shadi and Tyler, and escape from the police cells, he is tasered, suffers a heart attack and dies. The herd realise their mistake and arrive to help, but it's too late...or is it? Shadi and Brooke perform CPR and revive Sid. All is forgiven between the two humans and the Herd.
The animals have sparked an animal revolution. All out war between animals and humans ensures across the state, but the Herd and Shadi are shocked that it has been taken so far. Now it seems like all of humanity, spurred on by Mallory and his inciting speeches, hate them. The Herd escape Seattle again as battle rages in the streets.
Retreating to the foothills, the Herd are confronted by armed forces, an angry mob of people, the police, and Mallory. Shadi overcomes her shyness and makes a rousing speech, referring to overcoming racial treatment and applying that to animals, that is broadcast across the world. She encourages both people and animals to open their ears, and says that a better world can be created if we all work together. After a nail-biting pause, humans and animals stop fighting and make peace. Mr Kennedy, students from Shadi's High School, even soldiers and police officers, and Mallory's henchman come over to Shadi's side, leaving Mallory on his own.
As peace negotiations are started, Mallory, now insane, starts a massive forest fire, trapping the Herd and several animals in the hills. When fire-fighting helecopters attempt to contain it, Mallory replaces the water in their fire buckets with oil, further fuelling the blaze. Brooke goes into labour. While the people and animals on the outside of the fire try to put it out, the Herd, Shadi, Tyler fight Mallory in the blazing inferno. Every Herd member has their moment in this final battle - Sid, Ellie and Peaches help Brooke in her labour while keeping Mallory away from her, Manny and Julian push down trees and boulders to try and stop Mallory, Diego and Shira back up Tyler and Shadi. In the end they become separated by falling trees, now it's just Manny, Sid, Diego, and Shadi against Mallory. Mallory chases Shadi up a tree on the edge of a cliff surrounded by fire and tries to kill her with a knife, but Manny, Sid, and Diego work together to catapult Shadi back to safety. Mallory falls off the cliff to his death, refusing Manny's helping trunk and stabbing it with his knife. Now it appears the herd really is done for, surrounded by fire with no way out.
Seeing the fire, Scrat decides to help by using his acorn to crack open a dam and flood the fire out. However, the one time he intended to create a crack nothing happens. He has to sacrifice his acorn to open the floodgates, flooding the hillsides and extinguishing the blaze.
The fire is finally put out, the Herd saved, and Brooke gives birth to twin baby sloths. Humans and animals forgive each other and begin to form a new combined society, with the help of animal translators such as Koko the Gorilla. However it is the end of the Herd, as with so much to do in this new world, they finally decide to go their separate ways. Manny says an emotional goodbye, one by one, to Peaches and Julian, Sid and Brooke, Buck and the possums, and Diego and Shira. Everybody promises to stay in touch.
Years later, an aged, greying trio of Manny, Sid, and Diego meet up in the Cascades again, with an adult Shadi, now President of the United States. They all walk off together into the sunset with the rest of the Herd, to the final notes of the Beatles 'The End.'
In an epilogue, a similarly aged Scrat finds himself in a grove of oak trees that sprung from acorns that he did successfully bury. He finally eats an acorn, then finds another one to bury. He sticks it in the ground, and walks away. After a long serene pause and the final chord fades out...a crack appears.
Voice Cast Edit
- Ray Romano as Manny, a woolly mammoth, the patriarch of the herd, Ellie's mate and Peaches' father. He struggles with the idea of the Herd breaking up, but he can't bring himself to admit that he doesn't want to lose his friends like he lost his first family. When the herd thaws out in the present day, he has to deal with trying to protect his current family as well as old grudges against humans.
- John Leguizamo as Sid, a ground sloth, the founder of the herd, and Brooke's mate. With the imminent arrival of his first child, he wants to prove that he is able to fend for himself and his mate. When the herd thaws out in the present day, he starts putting himself in more and more dangerous situations.
- Denis Leary as Diego, a sabre tooth tiger, and Shira's mate. With children of his own, Diego's life is growing apart from that of the herd and he feels ready to move on. He conflicts with Manny on this issue.
- Queen Latifah as Ellie, a woolly mammoth, Manny's mate, and Peaches' mother.
- Jennifer Lopez as Shira, a sabre tooth tiger, and Diego's mate.
- Jessie J as Brooke, a ground sloth, and Sid's mate.
- Keke Palmer as Peaches, a woolly mammoth, Manny and Ellie's daughter, and Julian's mate.
- Adam DeVine as Julian, a woolly mammoth and Peaches' mate.
- Seann William Scott as Crash, an opossum, Eddie's twin brother, and Ellie's adoptive brother.
- Josh Peck as Eddie, an opossum, Crash's twin brother, and Ellie's adoptive brother.
- Simon Pegg as Buck, a crazy one-eyed weasel. He falls in love with her, and tends to act in a chivalrous, 'knight-in-shining-armour' way, but this played to comedic effect.
- Emma Watson as Diana, a modern-day weasel whom Buck meets in the Cascades. She is Buck's love interest, and is just as competent in survival skills as he is, but appreciates his chivalrous manner around her.
- Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Jade, Diego and Shira's oldest daughter. She is a tomboy and very sassy.
- TBC as Kodi, Diego and Shira's only son. He is shy and gentle, and prefers flower-arranging to play-fighting, which somewhat concerns his father.
- TBC as Lily, Diego and Shira's youngest daughter. She is quiet but confident and has a big heart.
- Liam Neeson as Maxwell, a grizzled puma kept captive by Mallory. He has a big grudge against humans because of what Mallory has done to him, and so becomes the leader of the animal revolution when he is freed.
- TBC as Shadi Antone, a Native American teenager, a resident of Seattle, and a descendant of Roshan. She is an orphan and lives with her grandparents. She is shy and socially awkward with her peers, but can understand and to an extent communicate with animals. The legend of the Herd rescuing Roshan has been passed down through the generations and she treats them at first like celebrities. Director Chris Wedge describes her as "an ordinary person flung into an extraordinary situation. She doesn't know what to do. She's been 'plunged into the deep end', as it were, and she needs to learn to trust herself and gain confidence.
- Jack Charles as Ituha Antone, an elder Native American, Shadi's grandfather, and a descendant of Roshan. He is very old, wise, and spiritual. He tells Shadi that the legend of Roshan being rescued by animals is true, and that since the necklace is with the Herd they might very well be the animals who rescued them. Later on in the film Shadi is told that he dies.
- Nolan Gould as Tyler Williams, a teenage resident of Seattle and Shadi's best friend. He may have a slight crush on her. He can't understand what the Herd is saying, so Shadi translates for them. Gould describes his character as 'kind of a macho guy, but nice and friendly, likes to think he'd be the hero and would do all the cool stuff, but when he's placed in a real situation he discovers he isn't that good.'
- Johnny Depp as Damien Mallory, a highly influential businessman and CEO of Mallory Inc, a major polluter. He is the main antagonist, and as well as his main industries also dabbles in circuses and zoos, where animals are mistreated. He has a fear of animals from being bitten by a dog as a child, resulting in a distinctive scar on his face, and so enjoys "putting them in their place". He also believes that animals were created to be our slaves. Another reason Mallory hates the Herd because they contradict with his beliefs. When he finds out about the herd he wants to capture them and place them in one of his zoos. Once they escape with Shadi and her friends, he bribes and manipulates the media to make them seem dangerous and set people against them.
- Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) as Mr Kennedy, Shadi and Tyler's science teacher, who has a major interest in palaeontology which he enthusiastically attempts to incorporate into his classes. His lessons help Shadi, Tyler, and the Herd search for clues in the Cascade Mountains later on in the film. With a gun to his head by Mallory he betrays Shadi in the Herd, but is forgiven and makes up for it in the final battle.
- Sean William McLoughlin (JackSepticEye), Cryaotic, and Kenneth Morrison (Cinnamon Toast Ken) as various news reporters around the world who report on sightings of the Herd, Shadi, Tyler, and Morgan as they make their way from Seattle to the Cascades.
- Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) as Bjorn Engstrom, Mallory's chief henchman. A sly Swedish strongman, he roughly interrogates Shadi at her apartment to try and find the location of the herd, but later comes over to her side after Shadi's rousing speech, and helps try to put the fires out during the final battle.
- Chris Wedge as Scrat, the nutty sabre-toothed squirrel.
Louis, Granny, Teddy, the Shangri Llama, and other Geotopians appear in non-speaking cameos in the beginning of the film.
The fossilised skeletons of Soto (complete with icicle holes in his ribcage), Oscar, Lenny, and Zeke from Ice Age; Cretaceous and Maelstrom from Ice Age: The Meltdown; a T-Rex and Rudy from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Gutt and his crew from Ice Age: Continental drift and Gavin, Gertie, and Roger from Ice Age: Collision Course all appear briefly in the Seattle Museum.
Details of the sequel were announced by Fox on December 30th 2016, with a schedule of Blue Sky Studios films for the next 5 years.
In January 2017 Chris Wedge was interviewed by Empire Magazine about his new film 'Monster Trucks', in which he stated that he was returning to co-direct, produce, and write the new Ice Age movie.
The cast was confirmed on February 5th 2018, and the premise was released on December 27th 2018.
The first teaser for Ice Age: Thawed Out was released ahead of their 2018 film Anubis on March 23rd, 2018. A short similar to Scrat's Continental Crack-Up and Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe, it was titled Return of the Scrat and was released on YouTube and iTunes Trailers on April 4th.
A second short teaser was released with the Mother's Day Special Ice Age: A Mammoth Mother's Day on May 13th 2018.
The first full trailer was released on December 12th 2018, the second on January 30th 2019, the third on Februrary 26th 2019, and the fourth on May 6th 2019.
Jessie J and Keke Palmer collaborated on a song titled 'Thawed Out', which was released on June 16th 2019, and also featured in the credits of the song.
A huge promotional stunt was carried out at the North American premier, with animatronic puppets of the Herd making their way with the cast and crew from the Seattle Art Museum along First Ave and Lenora St to Cinerama, the location of the premier.
Box Office Edit
In the United States Ice Age: Thawed Out was released on July 19th 2019, on the same day as Indiana Jones 5.
Ice Age: Thawed Out earned $167,429,813 in North America, and $750,864,215 in overseas territories, for a worldwide box office total of $918,357,028. This makes it the highest-earning film in the Ice Age franchise worldwide.
Critical Response Edit
Ice Age: Thawed Out received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 60% approval rating, based on 153 reviews, and Metacritic gave it a score of 57% out of 34 reviews. Critics generally praised the film for its animation quality, for returning the franchise to its roots, and for exploring sensitive issues, while criticising it for its fanciful premise, the age of the franchise, and some of the dialogue delivery. It won several Annie Awards, and was nominated for the Best Animated Feature OSCAR.
Video Game Edit
A video game tie-in to Ice Age: Thawed Out, going by the same title, was released in June 2019 for Xbox One, Xbox Two, Wii U2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and smartphone. The platform-based game, published by Activision, was a major departure from previous Ice Age games, featuring multi-player levels and a highly detailed playing experience. YouTube gamer Mark Fischbach, better known as Markiplier, who also had a minor voice role in the film conducted a walkthrough of the game to promote it, and was highly enthusiastic about playing it, leading to a multiplayer episode with fellow YouTubers PewDiePie, JackSepticEye, CinnamonToastKen, and Cryaotic, who also cameoed in the film.
LEGO Ice Age: The Video Game Edit
In late 2018 LEGO released an Ice Age theme, with a few sets from each the first 5 films. The range became increasingly popular, prompting an expansion of the range of sets. A video game, entitled LEGO Ice Age: The Video Game was released in August 2019, for PC, smartphone, Xbox One, Xbox Two, Wii U2, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5. LEGO Ice Age: The Video Game featured similar game dynamics to other LEGO video games, with coins, gold bricks, various gameplay levels from each of the 6 Ice Age movies, and customisable characters.
Most of the cast and crew agreed that Ice Age: Thawed Out would be the last movie in the Ice Age series. Denis Leary said in an interview, "Well, I mean, it was fun and we all had a great time, and I think the final product was excellent. But I wouldn't go any further. I want Diego and the Herd to go out on a high note, y'know, and I'm sure a lot of other people will want that too." John Leguizamo was more open to the idea of further sequels, quoting, "Of course I'd come back for another one, but if this is the last one I'm cool with that too." Simon Pegg expressed interest in reprising his role of Buck in spinoffs, quoting "I love Buck. He's wacko. He's an outlet for the crazy inside all of us."
Chris Wedge stated that he had returned to the series with the intention of giving it a fitting send-off, and as long as he was at Blue Sky Studios he wouldn't let the Fox executives try to milk the series any more, but was happy to explore spinoffs and individual character backstories.
The spinoff series Ice Age Stories had already seen box office success with Master of the Seas: An Ice Age Story released in 2017, and Sloths: An Ice Age Story released in 2018, with Geotopians and Brats spinoffs released direct-to-disk in late 2018 and early 2019 respectively. The success of Ice Age: Thawed Out confirmed the continuation of the series.
The Scrat Movie, a spinoff focusing solely on Scrat and his acorn, was greenlit in early 2017 following the success of Master of the Seas: An Ice Age Story and set for a spring 2020 release. It's first teaser trailer debuted in front of Ice Age: Thawed Out in cinemas and was released simultaneously on YouTube and other online video services.
Moody Mammoth: An Ice Age Story, a spinoff focusing on Manny before he lost his family and met Sid and Diego, was also scheduled to be released that year direct-to-disk.
Playing Possum: An Ice Age Story, a spinoff following Ellie, Crash, and Eddie, was greenlit and scheduled for release in mid-2021 after the success of Ice Age: Thawed Out.
Sabre Squad: An Ice Age Story, a spinoff focusing on Diego and Shira after the events of Ice Age: Thawed Out was scheduled for direct release in late 2021.
Diesel Weasel: An Ice Age Story, a spinoff focusing on Buck's backstory, was greenlit and scheduled for release in mid-2022.
During interviews for Ice Age: Thawed Out, Chris Wedge and Lori Forte joked about rebooting Ice Age "10 or 20 years from now like Star Trek." This eventually did happen, with the 2026 reboot Ice Age: Diverge bringing a new, darker dimension to the franchise and setting it in an alternate universe. Its huge critical and commercial success turned it into a rebooted trilogy.
- This film takes on a darker and more serious tone comparable to the first Ice Age film, featuring commentary on animal abuse, racism, fake news, and equality.
- The film uses the same premise as Ice Age Th4w, the rumoured title for Ice Age 4 until it became Continental Drift.
- John Powell returns to compose the original soundtrack for the film.
- In the scenes at the Seattle Museum, the fossils of Soto (with icicle-wounds in his skeleton), Cretaceous and Maelstrom, Momma Dinosaur and the 3 baby T-Rexes, Captain Gutt and members of his crew, Gavin, Gertie, and Roger, and a geode from Geotopia are seen, along with a reconstructed Paleo-Indian camp that looks like the one seen in the first movie.
- The city of Seattle was mapped in high resolution to create a 3D copy of the city for the film.
- A scene where the Herd sneak across a pedestrian crossing in downtown Seattle references the cover of the famous Beatles album Abbey Road, where the Fab Four walk across a pedestrian crossing outside the EMI Studios on Abbey Rd, London. The album was being recorded in July 1969, exactly 50 years before the release of Ice Age: Thawed Out.
- The Abbey Road album cover is also referenced on one of the posters for Ice Age: Thawed Out. Manny, Scrat, Sid, and Diego stride across the pedestrian crossing, with the other Herd members watching from the left side of the road, and the new Human characters watching from the right side. The poster features the tagline: "Crossing Into Our Time"
- On both the poster and in the pedestrian crossing scene in the film, a background car licence plate reads 'JJW 17IF' (stands for 'Jessie J Weeps, 17 years old If alive) - subtly hinting Sid's death in the film. (This references the 'Paul is Dead' conspiracy theory that rose to prominence after the release of the Abbey Road album, which states that Paul McCartney was killed in a road accident and replaced by a double, and cites clues from album covers and songs as 'proof')
- Two of the Beatles songs from the Abbey Road album appear in the film: the intro bass riff and drum fill from 'Come Together' as the herd cross the pedestrian crossing; and the final lines of 'The End' as the camera pulls out of the Herd in their new home. 'And in the end/The love you take/Is equal to the love you make'
- Other posters for the film also referenced great rock songs, album covers, and music videos in history. For example:
- One poster featured the silhouetted faces of Manny, Sid, Diego, and Scrat, arranged not only in homage to the poster of the first Ice Age movie, but also in homage to the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' music video by the band Queen, and the cover to their album 'Queen II'
- Another poster simply featured a stylized acorn, in homage to the cover of the album 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' by the band The Velvet Underground, which featured a stylized banana.
- There was also two other Beatles-referencing photos, one similar to the cover of their 1966 album Revolver - a black and white drawing/photo montage of the Herd and their adventures over the series; and the next paying homage to the famous Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover - the herd standing behind a flower bed with all the characters who ever featured in the series behind them. (This poster also subtly hinted at Sid's death in the film)
- The character of Mr Mallory could be interpreted as being based on the 45th US President, Donald J. Trump. Some of his supporters noticed this and began a campaign on Twitter to boycott the movie. The controversy escalated to the point where Trump himself posted a rant about the movie on Twitter: "Wow, just heard that Ice Age 6 is making fun of me! Totally biased studios should be SHUT DOWN for this national dishonor! SAD!" Ironically, this boosted the popularity of the movie.
Tyler: Shadi, I don't get...how-how do you even know what they're saying? Is it like this with all animals?
Manny: (to Shadi, re. Tyler) Hey, kid. What's he saying?
Tyler: (re. Manny) What's he saying?
Shadi: (exasperated, to both Tyler and Manny) He's asking what you're saying.
Manny: (face-trunks) Oh, great.
Shadi: (sigh) This is going to be hard.
Julian: (tearing up) Aw, man, I'm - I'm gonna miss you, Bro-Dad.
Track Listing Edit
All tracks composed by John Powell unless otherwise indicated.
|1.||Scrat's Odyssey #||4:26|
|5.||A Herd in the Ointment||1:45|
|7.||The Museum %||4:01|
Escape into Seattle $
|12.||High School Hideout||4:10|
|14.||Oddest Road Trip||3:50|
|15.||We'll Have To Walk||4:23|
|21.||The Animal Revolution||3:44|
|22.||Everyone's Against Us||2:12|
|23.||Just Listen (Shadi's Speech)||3:37|
|24.||Mallory Starts A Fire||2:18|
|26.||Scrat's Sacrifice/A Better World||2:06|
|28.||And In The End...||2:50|
|29.||A Happy Ending?||1:19|
( #) Contains "Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, 2 Mixed Choirs and Orchestra" by György Ligeti.
(*) Contains an interpolation of "Humans/Diego" by David Newman
(%) Contains an interpolation of "Checking Out The Cave" by David Newman
($) Contains an interpolation "Come Together" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Featured songs: Edit
- Thawed Out - Keke Palmer, Jessie J
- Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root
- The End - The Beatles