Premise for 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' lacking

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3 stars out of 4

Delectable summer entertainment. I splurged for the 3-D version of the movie and was pleasantly surprised. The plot was totally absurd, but at the same token, who cares? This is a movie about the characters. A new adventure in the improbable underground world of dinosaurs with a new lovable character - Buck, the pirate weasel. The plot? Sid the sloth wants to raise three found dinosaur T-Rex eggs until Mama Rex comes looking for them and Sly is taken with the baby T-Rexes. Manny, Ellie, Diego, Scrat and the two possums go looking for Sid in the underground world below the ice. Also introduced is Rudy - the biggest, meanest dinosaur ever. Needless to say, all the kids in the theater were greatly enjoying themselves, including this old sailor. ... Recommended - especially the 3-D version.

- Alfred Richner, Duluth

2 stars out of 4

It's been said that the third time is a charm. But as we all know, this rule seems to rarely apply to movie sequels. If the first "Ice Age" was good, and the second "Ice Age" was OK, then the third "Ice Age" was a dud. Part of the problem was the set up - it's nearing the end of the ice age, and dinosaurs are living underground in a tropical paradise, filled with all sorts of lush life, waterfalls and lava! If you get past that, then you have to deal with the fact that the story was weak and the comedy was lacking. Thank goodness for Scrat, the little squirrel-like creature, or this would have been a total loss.

- Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville