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Originally this film was set for a November 2005 release but was moved to March 2006, due to the events of Hurricane Katrina and due to Robots (2005) being released earlier in that year.
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Animation took a relatively speedy eight months.
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The two sea reptiles that chase the Herd throughout the film are named Cretaceous and Maelstrom: Cretaceous, a Metriorhynchus, is the purple crocodilian, while Maelstrom, the stout green reptile, is a Globidens. There was initially going to be a third predator, who appeared in some early designs as a small axolotl-like creature, but it was cut out. The back story for the villains is that they were frozen millions of years ago and kept in suspended movement.
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The 3rd highest grossing film of 2006, and the highest grossing animated film of 2006.
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The flashback in the movie was originally going to focus on Manny's conflict with his first family. However, Queen Latifah pitched the idea of the flashback in the film to center more on Ellie's origins.
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Cholly (Alan Tudyk), the large animal that breaks wind in Sid's face, is a chalicothere: a large, clawed, herbivorous mammal distantly related to modern-day horses.
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Blue Sky Studios' 3rd feature film.
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Made double of what the first film made in the box office.
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Some of the Scrat sequences (e.g., the fight with the piranha, the encounter with the baby bird) were originally conceived for the opening sequence of this film, but were cut for time.
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The species of deer shown in the crowds is based off two different species of extinct deer: Hoplitomeryx, which had a distinctive horn on its nose, and Megaloceros Savini, which was a smaller species of Irish Elk known for its long antlers.
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As an additional marketing ploy a special "anti-cell" spot was created with Sid complaining to the audience about a ringing cellular phone. The same was done for Brother Bear (2003), Robots (2005) and I, Robot (2004).
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Improvements in fur simulation made since the first film required subtle changes in the original character models. Sid, in particular, looks fatter with the more natural fur.
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In designing Crash and Eddie, Peter DeSève looked up other small mammals, among them prairie dogs and meerkats.
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Surprisingly, animals similar to the horned beavers did exist. Ceratogaulus was a horned rodent, with the horns likely used for defence. However, it was not closely related to beavers, belonging to a separate and now-extinct family, and lacked the large, flat tail which it has in the movie. It more closely resembled a marmot or gopher.
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This is the only Ice Age sequel to not be released in 3D.
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Will Arnett, the voice of the gun slinging vulture, voices another vulture two years later in Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
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The third computer-animated film to become a franchise after Toy Story (1995) and Shrek (2001).
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The is the first Blue Sky Studios to become a franchise.
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The role of a con-artist was originally intended to be in the first Ice Age (2002) film for Sid the sloth but was moved to the sequel for an armadillo named Fast Tony.
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Amy Adams were considered for the role of Ellie.
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Donal Logue were considered for the role of Crash.
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Breckin Meyer were considered for the role of Eddie.
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The following were cut from the film: Originally a crisis would've erupted at the boat, as a vulture would've refused animals who did not have mates entry onto the boat (obviously taking the "ark" parallel further). A third reptile was going to appear alongside Cretaceous and Maelstrom. Originally the film was a No Antagonist story, but the filmmakers felt they needed an antagonist with a face, thus the creation of Cretaceous and Maelstrom Scrat was originally going to officially join the group, but was ultimately delegated to his traditional outsider role. The scene between Sid's encounter with the Mini-Sloths and the geyser field originally was a travel montage of the group crossing various perils. The director found it boring and livened things up with the "Food, Glorious Food" number, married with the previous concept of the group crossing the perilous landscape. Originally Ellie would've helped the group cross the geyser field by climbing to a tree and telling them where to go, and this would've separated her from Manny, Sid and Diego, as opposed to their fight in the final film.
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Though this was the highest grossing animated film of 2006 worldwide, domestically it fell short of Cars (2006) and Happy Feet (2006).
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The second Blue Sky Studios film to not feature any humans after Robots (2005).
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Will Arnett's first animated film. Later he'd go onto voice Horst in Ratatouille (2007), Vlad the Bird in Horton Hears a Who! (2008), The Missing Link in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Mr Perkins in Despicable Me (2010), Pod Clock in the English dub of The The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Surly Squirrel in The Nut Job films, Batman in The Lego films, and Slade in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018).
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In the original 2002 film Stephen Root and Alan Tudyk have voiced so many minor characters especially two main characters such as Frank the Rhino and Lenny the Scimitar Toothed Jaguar in that film now they're both voicing one character at a time such as a male aardvark who has one son known James and Cholly the Chalicotherium both Root and Tudyk have not made an appearance in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) although Tudyk alone appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) originally Stephen Root alone was going to have a role in Ice Age: Collision Course (2016).
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Oprah Winfrey were considered for the role of Ellie.
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Nathan Lane were considered for the role of Crash.
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Mark Hamill were considered for the role of Lone Gunslinger Vulture.
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Mickey Rooney were considered for the role of Lone Gunslinger Vulture.
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Jay Leno's second Blue Sky Studios film. The first being Robots (2005).
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Ernie Sabella were considered for the role of Eddie.
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Jack Angel and John Cygan provided voice cameos teaming up alongside Joseph Bologna coincidentally John Cygan and Joseph Bologna died the same year.
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André Benjamin were deleted a role of Dwayne the Woolly Mammoth.
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Jamie Foxx were deleted a role of Jonathan the Woolly Mammoth.
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Johnny Knoxville were deleted a role of Brad the Giant Ground Sloth.
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Ethan Hawke were deleted a role of Jason the Woolly Mammoth.
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Don Knotts were deleted a role of Luca the Opossums.
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Heath Ledger were deleted a role of Chuck the Smilodon.
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Woody Allen were deleted a role of Thomas the Opossums.
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Samuel E. Wright were deleted a role of Wallace the Armadillo.
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Robert Duvall were deleted a role of Alec the Vulture
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Michael Ironside were deleted a role of Dolph the Smilodon.
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Robin Williams (Fender in Robots (2005) ) and Joseph Bologna (Mr Start in this film) died three years apart from each other in the 21st century.
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While all credited as additional voices, Sherry Lynn, Crispin Freeman, and Jennifer Darling have all previously worked together in the english dub of Tenchi Muyô (1992).
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The Lone Gunslinger Vulture is the second character in a Blue Sky Studios film to be a hidden villain the first film to have a character do something like that is Robots (2005) with Ratchet this means that the Lone Gunslinger Vulture is the secret tertiary antagonist.
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