Ice Age Movies in Order – Sorted Chronologically and by Release Date

Ice Age Movies in Order – Sorted Chronologically and by Release Date

Who else is ready to take a leap back to prehistoric times?

The Ice Age movie franchise was first released in the year 2002 and since then has tugged at the hearts of many fans worldwide. It happens to be one of the best movies in the world, giving us the most memorable characters that have been etched in every fan’s mind.

To recap the entire movie series, we’ve created a handy guide for you to browse through so you can watch all the Ice Age movies in order — just in time before the latest installment is released.

The massive success of the first installment gave the Studio (Blue Sky) enough confidence to create more films and short films to all the while adding more characters to the series. There’s news of a spin-off movie called Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild in development, which will soon be released in the coming year.

So, get ready to get your funny bone tickled and watch ice age movies and short films in order, both chronologically and by release date.

Watch Ice Age Movies in Order of Release Date

  • Ice Age – March 15, 2002
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown – March 31, 2006
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – July 1, 2009
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift – July 13, 2012
  • Ice Age: Collision Course – July 22, 2016

Ice Age SHORT Films in Order of Release Date

  • Gone Nutty – November 26, 2002
  • No Time for Nuts – November 21, 2006
  • Surviving Sid – December 9, 2008
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up – December 25, 2010
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 – December 16, 2011
  • Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe – November 6, 2015
  • Scrat: Spaced Out – October 11, 2016

Ice Age’ Movies and Short Films in Chronological Order

The best way to watch ice age films in the order of release, since there are no prequels yet.

It’s not necessary to watch the short films too, but just so that your Ice Age movie marathon comes together nicely, our suggestion would be that you watch ice age films in the following order.

Ice Age

Ice-Age

Director: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

The first film of ice age movie out of the instalment was a massive success worldwide. The film follows a super cute sloth, left behind by his clan. He soon comes across a lone mammoth and joins forces with him to find the family of a human child left behind. Meanwhile, a saber-toothed tiger called Diego is on a killing spree to kill the child as directed by the leader of his pride.

The film received phenomenal success and was also nominated at the 75th Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Gone Nutty

Gone Nutty November

Director: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

The short film, Gone Nutty, picks on right after the events of the Ice Age. The story follows Scrat and his whereabouts after the human baby has been returned. Scrat is on a personal mission, to try and collect as many acorns as possible. The short film was nominated for the 2003 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Ice Age The Meltdown

Director:  Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

In the second instalment that is ice age the meltdown from the ‘mammoth’ of ice age franchise, we saw a unique friendship between Manny, Sid, and Diego amidst a life-threatening crisis. In an odd turn of events, Manny has had some loner boy issues when he meets the love of his life, Ellie, a female mammoth who thinks she’s an opossum. The film was a commercial success and was very well received at the box office.

No Time for Nuts

No Time for Nuts

Director:  Chris Renaud, Mike Thurmeie

Cast: David Crommet (voice), Darin De Paul (voice) , Dann Fink (voice)

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

The second Ice Age short film called ‘No Time for Nuts’ follows the time-traveling adventures of Scrat. Scrat comes across a buried time machine while he’s trying to hide his acorns. In typical Scrat fashion, he accidentally switched the machine on and is thrown into different timelines across human history.

Surviving Sid

Surviving-Sid

Director:  Chris Renaud, Mike Thurmeie

Cast: David Crommet (voice), Darin De Paul (voice), Dann Fink (voice)

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Another entry in the animated short series, Surviving Sid focuses mainly on the adventures of Sid. The film follows just two weeks after the events of Ice Age: Meltdown and features Sid adjusting to his new role as a camp counselor to a group of children. In his frantic attempt to build a rapport with the children, he fails miserably, evidently making it a complete fool out of himself.

 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Director:  Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.9 /10

The film first introduces us to the one-eye weasel known as Buck. He helps Manny and his friends to rescue Sid from an underground world of dinosaurs, introducing us to the concept of hollow-earth theory too.

Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up

Scrat's Continental Crack-Up

Director:  Steve Martino,  Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Chris Wedge (voice), Simon Pegg (voice), Jason Fricchione (voice)

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

The animated short, Scrat’s Continental Crack-up was a parody film focusing on ice age continental drift. The film follows Scrat’s hilarious attempt at trying to explain the creation of the continents.

Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up: Part 2

Scrat's Continental Crack-Up Part 2

Director: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

This animated short was released as the second part of Scrat’s adventures amidst the continental drift and his struggle of finding his perfect acorn. The film also served as a teaser for Ice Age: Continental Drift.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

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Director: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

The film is approximately set 16 years after the story of Dawn of Dinosaurs. It follows the story of Manny and Ellie’s daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) who is now a teenager.  Scart’s problematic adventures have led to everyone facing disasters of tremendous magnitude.

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe

Director: Galen T. Chu , Mike Thurmeier

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Chris Wedge (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.9/10

Barely a five-minute short film, Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe depicts the beginning of Ice Age: Collision Course, which happens to be the fifth film in the series. We’re taken to an entirely new environment with Scrat, in outer space! Scrat’s acorn chasing adventures set the wheels in motion for disastrous events that have consequences in the fifth movie.

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Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age Collision Course

Director: Galen T. Chu , Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Denis Leary (voice), John Leguizamo (voice), Ray Romano (voice)

IMDB Rating: 5.7/10

Ice Age: Collision Course happens to be the fifth movie in the franchise. The story follows Buck getting reunited with his herd, while the herd faces an imminent extinction which they are desperately trying to avoid. Scrat’s outrageous shenanigans have once again caused magnanimous destructive results and this time earth is in the line of an asteroid attack.

Scrat: Spaced Out

Scrat Spaced Out

Director: Galen T. Chu , Mike Thurmeie

Cast: Chris Wedge (voice), Karen Disher (voice) , Neil deGrasse Tyson (voice)

IMDB Rating: 6.5 /10

The animated short, Scrat: Spaced out is set at the end of Collision Course and walks us through Scrat’s journey of trying to score acorns. This time he is faced with a new enemy- Scrats from outer space who are also vying for his acorns. This is one of the best ice age movie

 

Conclusion:

Clearly, it is totally worth it to watch all the five Ice Age movies in order, as it is a classic animated film loved by all the family members and is one of the best family movies. Though the original studio responsible for producing the masterpiece very recently shut down, Disney has acquired the distribution partner 20th Century Fox.

The best part for hopeful fans is that Disney is still looking to continue the Ice Age saga meaning that we will still get to see our favorite characters onscreen more sooner than we thought.

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Chris Mack

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