This first film was terrific. Far from my favorite animated movie but when you look back at everything else that came out at the time, and what we've later received, it stands out as a great movie. The sequel pretty much could have just been called "Ice Age 2: The Search For More Money". Aside from the Scrat scenes, even my 14 year old self back then knew it was garbage. I didn't even bother with Dawn of the Dinosaurs but it seems impossible to escape this franchise. Scrat shorts that seem to be in front of every Fox movie, a Christmas special 9 years after the first movie came out (another rant for another time) and a FOURTH film?! They've milked this franchise more than even Shrek was milked by DreamWorks. I try to ignore it but there's no escaping Ice Age. It's insanity I tell ya! I just wish Blue Sky would make more original movies than doing another god **** Ice Age.