For: some promotion of evolution, mild promotion of environmentalism, a socialist view of community, name calling and some minced oaths, some casual sensuality, and homosexual references
Ice Age has a long list of questionable elements, and a short list of cute moments. With mediocre art, a plot and script predictable from between ten minutes and an hour and a half in advance, and a moral that’s both cliché and ethically confused, Ice Age’s occasional snippets of acceptable humor, while presented and accounted for, aren’t worth a serious second thought.
Some Promotion of Evolution
Animal characters reference macro-evolution a couple of times as a given. A quadruped attempts flight on the assumption that his species will eventually evolve into something else.
An obvious, and meant to be amusing, line-up of evolutionary progression from simple organism to ape-like creature is frozen in an ice cave.
The movie ends with a subplot continued “20,000 years later.”
Mild Promotion of Environmentalism
A running theme involves the relationship between humans and wild animals. The animals are worried that an infant human will grow up to be a hunter, and one scene features the emotional revelation that the humans’ hunting is responsible for the deaths of the main animal character’s family. One of the animals gives the human baby a dying charge that he must “take care of” the other animals.
A Socialist View of Community
A major theme in Ice Age is the gradual joining together of a sloth, a mammoth, a sabertooth tiger and a human into a “herd”. These natural enemies become friends and decide to travel together and watch each other’s backs, and that is the entire basis of their relationship. Despite their relationship being actually merely a social contract, it is presented as taking the place of the individual characters’ families.
Name Calling and Some Minced Oaths
Mr Stinky Drool-Face
Constant derogatory sarcasm is portrayed as normal and desirable.
Some Casual Sensuality
Positively-portrayed character Sid the Sloth tries to tell another character about some of his encounters with females, and concludes with the opinion that “mating for life is stupid.” The other character gives a statement on the side of faithfulness, but Sid remains unconvinced through the entire movie.
Sid is also shown in a hot tub flirting with a couple of charmed females, and is later extremely anxious to return to their attention.
Homosexual innuendoes include a character, on meeting two adult male companions, saying, “You two are a bit of an odd couple.” Later on, when a baby character is introduced, he adds, “I see. You can’t have one of your own, so you want to adopt.”
A recurring situation involves the characters of two male rhinos who are always together, have a close relationship, dine on salad together, save the last dandelion for each other, and speak tenderly and occasionally in a sing-song voice. At one point they are also seen in a hot tub together. It is debated whether the filmmakers intentionally designed these characters as a homosexual couple.
One adult male character asks another for a goodnight kiss.