For Millennials. By Millennials.
Falling under one of the most popular animated franchises in the world, Ice Age has gathered itself quite a fanbase over the years. The Ice Age movies were originally owned by Blue Sky Studios. However, Blue Sky Studios was shut down last year when Disney bought out their distributor, 20th Century Fox. As a result, the Ice Age movies now fall under the wing of Disney and 20th Century Studios. Apart from being popular amongst all generations, Ice Age is also the longest-running animated franchise. The franchise includes 6 movies, 8 short films, an animated series, and 2 Television Specials. So many projects under the same franchise can definitely cause confusion for those wanting to watch the Ice Age movies in order. Therefore, here is a chronological list of all the Ice Age movies in order and where you can stream all of them in order.
1. Ice Age
The first ever Ice Age movie was released back in March 2002. It is by the director, Chris Wedge, and written by Michael J. Wilson. The film stars Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Jack Black as the voice of the main characters. The film follows a mammoth named Manny, an overly talkative sloth called Sid, and Diego, the tiger. The three of them set out on a mission to reunite a human baby with its father while going through a world that is approaching the ice age. This first film was a huge box office success. It managed to collect 383 million USD while the budget was 58 million USD. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003. To embark on your journey of watching Ice Age movies in order, this first film is available to stream on Disney+.
2. Ice Age: The Meltdown
The second film in the franchise came out in 2006, four years after the release of the first film. This film was directed by Carlos Saldanha and written by Peter Gaulke & Gerry Swallow. Featuring the voice of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, and Queen Latifah. After the events of the first film, the group is now great friends and contentedly resides beneath a glacier. They learn that the glacier is actually a dam holding back a big amount of water that might suddenly collapse. The team then sets out on its way to safety. On their journey, they encounter Ellie, a female mammoth. She brings a certain relief to Manny the mammoth as he believes he is the last of his kind. As the team tries to defeat adversaries and save friends, a sequence of misadventures happens, giving us comic relief.
Even though the film did not do too well with the critics, it still managed to be a commercial blockbuster. It also managed to gather over 660 million USD at the box office. Continuing the marathon of watching Ice Age movies in order, the second film can also be found on Disney+.
3. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
The third film in the franchise also comes from director Carlos Saldanha and was released in 2009. Jason Carter Eaton wrote the screenplay for the animated movie. Returning as the voice of the lead cast are Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah. The film follows Ellie and Manny, the mammoths who are about to become parents, while Diego is all set to move out. Whilst this is going on, Sid causes trouble by taking some dinosaur eggs, which prompts the others to rescue him. This Ice Age movie introduces Buck, the one-eyed weasel, marking his debut in the franchise. Similar to the previous installation, Dawn of the Dinosaurs received mixed reviews. However, it was still a massive box office success gathering 888 million USD. You can also stream third addition to the Ice Age movies in order on Disney+ platform.
4. Ice Age: Continental Drift
The fourth film came in 2012 from directors Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier and writers Michael Berg and Lori Forte. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary return as their original characters. Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, and Drake star as the recent additions. Continental Drift is set 16 years after Dawn of the Dinosaurs where Manny and Ellie’s daughter, Peaches is now a teenager. The film sees Scrat, a character first introduced in the short films. The group is forced to go on another adventure when Scrat’s pursuit of nuts causes continental drift, resulting in a tremendous catastrophe. The film went on to become the highest-grossing animated film of 2012, managing to collect 877 million USD worldwide at the box office. Carrying forward with our list of Ice Age movies in order, this fourth inclusion is also available to stream on Disney+!
5. Ice Age: Collision Course
The fifth film in the franchise comes from director Michael Thurmeier and was released in 2016. The film is written by Aubrey Solomon and sees the return of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary with Josh Peck as the newest addition. This film witnesses another one of Scrat’s blunders. While attempting to retrieve his acorn, Scrat unintentionally launches an asteroid toward Earth. To stop the asteroid from destroying all of them, Manny, Sid, and Diego are forced to work with Buck the weasel. As compared to the other films, Collision Course did not do as well at the box office. With moderate success, it managed to gather 408 million USD, which is relatively less than the rest of the films in the franchise. Just like all the other Ice Age movies on this list, the fifth movie in the Ice Age movie order is available to stream on Disney+
6. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
The sixth and most recent installment in the franchise came just earlier this year. It is directed by John C. Donkin who makes his directorial debut with this film while Jim Hecht wrote the screenplay. This film has a completely different cast except for Simon Pegg, who was a part of the previous film. It stars Vincent Tong, Aaron Harris, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Justina Machado. The film is a spin-off to the original storyline and is the first film without the involvement of Blue Sky Studios. The story follows Buck, Crash, and Eddy as they search for a place of their own. As a result, they work together to prevent the dinosaurs from taking over the Lost World. This most recent addition was not well received by the audience as people were upset that the main focus was diverted from the original characters.
Since this film was exclusively released on Disney+, to end your marathon of watching Ice Age movies in order, the last film can also be found on Disney+