In 2002, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios released Ice Age – an animated children’s movie about a group of mammals living in prehistoric times. The film was a huge hit with audiences (critics liked it too) and it kick-started a series of Ice Age movies which proved financially successful.

But if you only watched the first Ice Age movie, or you came into the series around the third entry, keeping track of the series can get a little confusing. More importantly, you are probably asking yourself the all-important question: how many Ice Age movies are there?

In this post, I am answering that question by presenting a list of all the Ice Age movies to help you with the correct viewing order. This list provides a rundown of all the films, along with some additional details about the series that could prove useful.

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What is the order of the Ice Age movies?

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To date, there are five Ice Age movies. The order of the Ice Age movie series is as follows:

  • Ice Age (2002)
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
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Are all of the Ice Age movies part of the same series?

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All of the Ice Age movies are part of the same series, and follow the adventures of Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat. The events of the movies are told in chronological order, with all of the key characters remaining with the series throughout.

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Hang on, aren’t there other Ice Age movies?

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In addition to the feature-length Ice Age movies, 20th Century/Blue Sky also produced a collection of Ice Age shorts and TV specials featuring characters from the movie series. The shorts and TV specials are as follows:

  • Gone Nutty (2002)
  • No Time for Nuts (2006)
  • Surviving Sid (2008)
  • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up (2012)
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 (2012)
  • Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
  • Scrat: Spaced Out (2016)

These shorts and specials are designed to ‘enhance’ the fun of the series, so they are not mandatory viewing if you simply want to watch the movies. However, if you do want to watch the shorts alongside the films, simply view them according to the date they were released, i.e Ice Age (2002) then Gone Nutty (2002).

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Who are the cast of the Ice Age movies?

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Notable cast members in the Ice Age series include Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Chris Wedge, Queen Latifah, Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez.

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Are the Ice Age movies the work of the same director?

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The Ice Age movies are the work of multiple directors. Ice Age is the work of directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, while Ice Age: The Meltdown is the work of director Carlos Saldanha. Carlos Saldanha continued with the series for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, working alongside co-director Mike Thurmeier.

Mike Thurmeier stuck with the series for Ice Age: Continental Drift, working with co-director Steve Martino, and came back for Ice Age: Collision Course this time working with co-director Galen T. Chu.

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What is the best Ice Age movie?

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Ice Age is largely considered to be the strongest entry in the series, but the general rule of thumb is that if you like one Ice Age movie, then you will like most of them.

According to IMDb, the Ice Age movies are ranked from best to least-best as follows:

  • Ice Age (2002) – 7.5/10
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) – 6.9/10
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) – 6.8/10
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) – 6.6/10
  • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) – 5.7/10
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