Blu-Ray Review: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special

After three successful outings at the box office, our favorite prehistoric friends have finally come home to television with Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special. The special premiered on Thanksgiving night on Fox but now you can add it to the Ice Age collection on Blu-ray.

Manny (Ray Romano), Ellie (Queen Latifah), and Peaches (Ciara Bravo) are decorating their home for the holidays when Sid (John Leguizamo) comes along and crashes their party. In a fit of frustration, Manny tells Sid that he’s going to be on Santa’s Naughty List, leaving Sid in tears. Ellie scolds Manny for his outburst and Manny doesn’t realize Peaches is listening in when he says Santa is just for kids anyway. In order to prove the existence of Santa, Peaches, Sid, and Crash (Sean William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck) set off to find the North Pole.

Manny, Ellie, and Diego (Denis Leary) frantically chase after them, and they arrive at the North Pole at almost the same time Peaches does. But due to another mishap at the North Pole, Santa is left stranded on Christmas Eve. Will the wise-cracking flying reindeer Prancer be able to help? Will Sid get on Santa’s nice list? Will Scrat ever catch that elusive acorn?

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special is everything that we love about Ice Age, and everything that has helped transform it into such a successful franchise. The special is witty and clever, and has a unique spin on typical Christmas traditions with keeping the spirit of family. With a bite sized run time, this Blu-ray edition of the Christmas special is sure to become a tradition in every Ice Age loving household.

There was something really beautiful about this Blu-ray. Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s just a beautiful transfer, but this is a great looking Blu-ray. The sound is fantastic too. I wasn’t expecting that from a made for TV Christmas special. The only extras on the disc are a preview of the new Ice Age movie being released in summer 2012 called Ice Age: Continental Drift and a Jingle Bells music video featuring all the characters.

My kids are huge Ice Age fans and they loved every second of this new holiday special. When your children enjoy a movie or a TV show, it’s really hard not to get caught up in it. As much as I’m a holiday special purist and like to watch the traditional ones every year, I really think Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas will make it’s way in and become one we watch every year. Yes, it’s that cute.

20th Century Fox presents Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Directed by: Karen Disher. Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah. Running time: 26 minutes. Rating: G. Released on DVD: November 26, 2011. Available at

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