Movies like Toy Story, Shrek, and Ice Age kick-started the age of CGI in Hollywood, and people worldwide are thankful for this. However, even though Ice Age was a kids’ movie, adults couldn’t help but catch some witty things that we are sure none of the kids saw at that time. Some of those moments are:
1. Diego was a carnivore, but…
The friendship between Diego, a predatory tiger, and Manny and Sid, two animals who naturally would’ve been his prey, made some adults think about something else. In the end, we know Diego decides to become friends with the other two rather than trying to eat them, but we have to remember that Diego is still a predator. This means sooner or later, he is going to have to eat a fellow animal to survive. And considering how there are many other predators too, every time they eat a talking animal, they eat someone they knew or spoke to. That’s wild!
2. The four toes
To fool Manny and Sid, Diego makes a fake footprint to resemble a human foot. To make it authentic, he draws four toes instead of five. While this wouldn’t have fooled humans, it was enough to fool two animals who have never actually met a human and don’t understand the concept of boots and slippers. Manny, who is reasonably intelligent than most, was fooled as well.
3. The very dark cave paintings
This scene was quite dark and horrifying for a children’s movie, seeing Manny watching his family dying because of a pack of human hunters depicted in a cave painting. Of course, this kind of brutality wouldn’t have made kids think twice, but adults were shook, to say the least.
4. The rules of the jungle
In the jungle, when the pack’s leader becomes old, he is contested by a younger and stronger member to take the role of alpha. In the movie, Soto was the head of the pack and was always passive-aggressive towards Diego. Moreover, he was the one who wanted to kill Diego himself when he betrayed their group, maybe to eliminate the competition?
5. The Neanderthals
There’s a difference between the ancient Neanderthals and homo-sapiens. The former mainly were hunter-gatherers, while the latter were settlers and farmers. So the big jawed humans shown in the movie belonged to the ancient species of the human race that are extinct now.
6. The Vulcan salute
When the human child in the movie sees a UFO frozen in ice, it raises its hand to it in salute with the fingers parted between the middle and ring finger. This hand-sign was a direct reference to the “Vulcan Salute” used in Star Trek popularized by a prominent figure in the show named Spock.
7. Sid was drunk
In the movie, Sid speaks with a lisp and sometimes slurs his words. From a kid’s perspective, it was done to make it comical, but the adults saw him like he was drunk, which actually makes perfect sense. Actor John Leguizamo, who voiced Sid, revealed when talking about his approach to the character that he based his voice for Sid on real sloths, who often store food in their mouths and which can sometimes rot and turn into alcohol. Our kids’ favorite character was drunk the whole time!
Which of these moments did you catch on your rewatch of the original Ice Age?