Australian Council on Children and the Media

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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What age is this for?

Age
0-5
5-6
7-8
8-13
13+

Classification

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What’s it about?

Manny and Ellie, the woolly mammoths, are expecting a baby which they’re very excited about. Diego and Sid though, feel a bit left out, so Diego goes off to have some adventures. Sid thinks he’d like to be a parent too, so he adopts three eggs he finds that he thinks have been left. He’s a bit alarmed when the eggs hatch and three baby dinosaurs pop out.

Things get worse for Sid when Mother T-Rex appears looking for her babies. She takes them and Sid back to the dinosaur world which is just below the icy surface. Sid’s friends have to band together to go and rescue him from the dinosaurs.

What to look out for

There are many scary scenes in this movie involving the dinosaurs which are large, fierce and scary looking, particularly in 3D. This would frighten young kids as well as other scenes such as:

  • Sid falls down an ice cliff with the 3 eggs and has to avoid a lot of sticking out objects.
  • Diego and Manny are eaten by a large killer plant but are saved at the last minute.
  • Manny and his friends are attacked and threatened by the dinosaurs.
  • One of the dinosaurs eats two of the baby animals but then spits them out alive.

Moral of the Story

Families come in all shapes and sizes and need to stick together.

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