Films without a blend of comedy, adventure, and storytelling may seem shallow and boring. However, the Ice Age series seems exactly what audiences want to see. A big reason why it has a widespread fanbase altogether.
One of the main factors in their success is the Ice Age Cast featuring across multiple films. Fans love to witness and hear the characters’ voices played by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and others.
Release of Ice Age 2002
An idea that became a worldwide blockbuster, Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha, the two directors began a promising and creative animated journey for viewers all around the world with the initial release of ‘Ice Age’ in 2002.
Overview and Evolution of the Ice Age
With an intriguing plot set in the Pleistocene ice age, the story circulates mainly around four characters by the names Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat.
The franchise includes the following movies, in order of release:
- 2002 – Ice Age
- After that in 2006 – Ice Age: The Meltdown
- Then in 2009 – Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Later in 2012 – Ice Age Continental Drift
- And finally, in 2016 – Ice Age Collision Course
Apart from big-screen productions, there are also short films and TV specials for this animated blockbuster.
Disney has plans to further expand the franchise with another story by the name of “Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild”. This will eventually be released on Disney+.
List of Ice Age Cast
Let us now explore the celebrities behind the Ice Age Cast and brief details about the characters they voice.
- Ray Romano as Manny
The voice-over of Manny is done by Ray Romano. As the protagonist and lead character, Manny appears in all five films. Romano got the role of Many because his voice sounded elephant-like and, therefore, was a perfect match.
Apart from the Ice Age, Romano has led a successful career as a comedian in the film industry.
- John Leguizamo as Sid, a ground sloth
Sid is a fragile character with a higher-pitched voice than expected, and Leguizamo had to work hard to avoid sounding like a sloth who had been partying all night.
In the film, Sid is often seen singing and interacting with others. Despite being a hypochondriac who moves slowly, he is a beloved Ice Age character known for his humor and different personality.
- Denis Leary as Diego, a saber-tooth tiger
Denis Leary is the voice behind Diego. The character is quite sarcastic and aggressive in the initial stage of the story. However, later on, as time passes by, he transforms into a devoted and courageous friend to the other main characters in the movie.
- Chris Wedge as Scrat
Scrat is a squirrel mainly known for his infatuation with collecting acorns. His small size doesn’t stop him from having a crucial impact on the story. Scrat’s antics often trigger bigger events, making him a fundamental part of the franchise. Chris Wedge, along with directing the film voiced the character Scrat.
- Queen Latifah as Ellie, another woolly mammoth
Queen Latifah is the main voice behind Ellie. Her performance adds a melodious voice and warm personality to the character.
As a young mammoth, she got separated from her herd during the ice age and was raised by two opossums, Crash and Eddie, and their mother. Believing she was a possum, Ellie grew up with them until she met Manny, Diego, and Sid. Throughout the franchise, Ellie is a loving wife to Manny and a caring mother.
- Kristen Johnston as Sylvia, another ground sloth
Sylvia, voiced by Kristen Johnston, is a female sloth who dreams of marriage and family. She sets her sights on Sid, another sloth, and tries to win his affection. But Sid finds her annoying and keeps avoiding her.
Bringing Memorable Characters to Life
People love the Ice Age Cast due to their exceptional talent. They made the characters come to life, and people of all ages related to them.
Romano’s voice made Manny the mammoth seem like a friendly giant, Leguizamo’s voice made Sid the sloth seem like a silly but loyal friend and Leary’s voice made Diego the sabertooth tiger seem like a tough but caring animal. Because of their great performances, the movies and the cast for Ice Age were a big success, and people still love the characters today.
Apart from the main voice actors, the Ice Age 2002 cast holds Goran Višnjić and Jack Black.
The Ice Age Collision Course cast and the Ice Age Continental Drift cast are not the same even though some actors have roles in both films.
In the former film, roles are led by Romano, Leguizamo, Leary, Latifah, and others while in the latter one, Nicki Minaj and Drake are contributing to the voice-over team of the franchise.
Additional Ice Age Cast
In the “Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,” a spin-off movie in the franchise, new voice actors such as Theo Borders, Jason Harris, Kristin McGuire, Shakira Ja’nai Paye, Peter Pamela Rose, and Jason Linere White join the cast. Simon Pegg, Vincent Tong, Aaron Harris, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Justina Machado provide voices for the main characters. Out of these actors, only Simon Pegg reprises his role from the previous films.
Awards and Nominations received by the Ice Age Cast
Due to the brilliant performances and vocal diversities of the Ice Age cast, the franchise has earned acclaim and nominations.
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” held three awards and thirteen nominations, including the Annie Award and VES Award nominations.
“Ice Age” had twenty-eight nominations, including an Oscar nomination, and also won four awards and a BMI Film Music Award for David Newman.
The cast members including John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Ray Romano, and Chris Wedge received awards like the Golden Satellite Award and the Blimp Award for Favorite Animated Movie.
Ice Age 7 – Future Prospects
There is no confirmation about an Ice Age 7 yet. However, discussions are ongoing about the possibility of a seventh installment. This potential movie could continue the adventures of Crash, Eddie, and Buck Wild, as introduced in “Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild.”
Conclusion on the Ice Age cast
Fans eagerly wait for another installment to the blockbuster. The possibility of a new film idealizes further adventures and explorations in the film along with the former beloved characters leading the story. Although the future of the franchise remains uncertain, the legacy of the Ice Age cast remains firmly etched in the hearts of audiences worldwide.