Computer animation has changed animated films over the past few years. Even a lousy movie looks fabulous. How do you judge a movie that is visually stunning? "Ice Age" is certainly not a bad movie, but the story is a little thin. It looks fantastic, however, with animals that are as individual as people, great voice talent, and some great gags (I loved the Star Trek reference). Still, the story isn’t compelling, or even that interesting, so I walked away feeling empty, even though it was entertaining.
[2009: Knowing that "Ice Age II" would be derivative, I skipped it. I skipped "Ice Age III" because, in addition to the inevitable watering down of the premise, they put large mammals together with dinosaurs. That's just stupid.]