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How to Watch Ice Age Movies in Order [Chronologically and By Release Date]

Ice Age Movies in Order: With the release of the new Ice Age chapter “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild”  in the Ice Age Series, You might be having a dilemma about what is the order of the Ice Age movies that you may follow to watch Ice Age Series.

Gather your herd and get ready to laugh out loud watching the greatest animated “chillogy” and the highest-grossing media franchises of all time! Ice Age is Blue Sky’s popular computer-animated movie franchise, started by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge, centering on a group of mammals surviving the Paleolithic ice age, consisting of Five hilarious films and TV specials, and a series of video games. So meet Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat in the original global hit comedy that started it all. Then follow the action-packed adventures of your favorite sub-zero heroes as they work together to thrive and survive in their prehistoric world, encountering wondrous surprises and colorful characters along the way. 

So, What are The Ice Age Movies in Order to Watch, yet, there have been no prequels to The Ice Age films; instead, each installment has followed the previous one in the series’ release schedule. The films should be seen in chronological order. While entertaining, the interstitials ultimately contribute little to the narrative. The short films are optional if you want to get the most out of your Ice Age movie marathon but will help you comprehend the main plot. So, it doesn’t matter what order you see them in. Even still, the Ice Age films work best if seen in chronological order. So, let’s examine the story arc that develops over the Ice Age films and the factors that keep the franchise continuing. Here is a list of Ice Age movies in order from first to last, to help you out to watch Ice Age in Order.


How to Watch Ice Age Movies in Chronological Order

[Including TV Seires]

1. Ice Age (2002)

The first film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age (2002) centers around three main characters—Manny (Ray Romano), a no-nonsense woolly mammoth; Sid (John Leguizamo), a loudmouthed ground sloth; and Diego (Denis Leary), a sardonic saber-tooth tiger—who come across a human baby and work together to return it to its tribe. Additionally, the film occasionally follows Scrat, a speechless “saber-toothed squirrel” voiced by Wedge, who is perpetually searching for a place in the ground to bury his acorn.


2. Gone Nutty (Short Films)

Gone nutty is a short film set directly after the events of the Ice Age.  In the film, Scrat is trying to store the rest of his acorns into a massive and well-organized hoard, but the acorn keeps appearing. He takes a running start and hops on it, causing the entire stack to tumble through a crack in the tree stump. Both Scrat and the acorns travel a great distance as they plummet to the ground, where the latter rolls them into a massive ball. As the final acorn burns from the reentry energy, Scrat must rapidly pull himself out of the snow and out of harm’s way. The object crashes to Earth with devastating force. Nonetheless, Scrat does have that acorn, right?


3. Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

The second film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: The Meltdown follows the trio bond of Manny, Sid, and Diego’s attempt to escape an impending flood, However, the trio trying to escape the valley to avoid a flood of trouble, the comical creatures embark on a hilarious journey across the thawing landscape and meet Ellie, a female woolly mammoth who melts Manny’s heart, which Manny finds love. During their journey, Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel has his own adventure.


4. No Time for Nuts (Short Films)

After the events of the second film and before the events of the third film, No Time for Nuts follows Scrat on a chase after his nut, which has been accidentally comes across a frozen time machine and is transported to various times all in pursuit of his beloved acorn. 


5. Surviving Sid (Short Films)

Unlike the first two Ice Age short films, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid and a small animal group of camping children. Set two weeks after the events of Ice Age: The Meltdown, and before the third film with dinosaurs.


6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

The third film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs centers around your favorite prehistoric pals from Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown. In the film, Sid the Sloth being taken by a female Tyrannosaurus after stealing her eggs, leading the rest of the herd to rescue him in a tropical lost world inhabited by dinosaurs beneath the ice. During the adventure, Manny and the gang meet Buck, an insane one-eyed weasel who aids them on their quest. On other hand during their journey, Scrat falls in love with fellow squirrel Scratte. Meanwhile, Scrat goes nuts over the beautiful Scratte, but is she trying to win his heart—or steal his acorn?


7. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (Television specials)

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This Christmas special takes place between Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Continental Drift. In the middle of decorating for the holiday season, Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s favourite decorations. Sid, convinced by Manny that he is now on Santa’s naughty list, takes off with Crash, Eddie and Peaches for the North Pole to get back on the Santa’s good side. When on the North Pole, Sid and his crew accidentally destroy Santa’s Workshop. When Manny, Ellie and Diego, worried over Peaches’s safety, arrive at the North Pole, they must come together and save Christmas.


8. Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 1 (Short Films)

A precursor to the next chapter in the Ice Age saga, Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up, a short film serves as a teaser for Ice Age: Continental Drift, centers on a humorous alternative explanation for the creation of the continents. You may think you know the history of continental drift, but forget all that. In pursuit of his most sought after possession, Scrat manges to singled-handedly alter the course of Earth’s history.


9. Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2 (Short Films)

This short film continues the adventures of the title character as he tries to retrieve his elusive acorn. Amid the boundless ice-cold ocean, the fortunate survivor, Scrat, finally finds a tiny islet, willing to go to great lengths to get his precious acorns; however, all that glitters is not gold. Will Scrat ever learn?


10. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

The fourth film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift focuses on an epic adventure of your favorite prehistoric pals in their desperate bid to return home after continents split apart. In the film, Scrat’s pursuit of acorns has world-changing consequences, separating Manny, Sid, Diego, and Sid’s cantankerous Granny from the rest of their group. Things take a dangerous turn for the worst when the gang comes into conflict with a rag-tag pirate crew led by the sadistic Captain Gutt. As the friends embark on an epic adventure in their desperate bid to return home, Diego grapples with his conflicting feelings for Gutt’s feisty first mate, Shira, and Manny struggles to accept his daughter may be growing up.


11. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (Television specials)

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This Easter special takes place between Continental Drift and Collision Course. The special centers on a harried prehistoric bird mom who entrusts her precious, soon-to-hatch egg to Sid. When she recommends him to her neighbors—a condor mother, Cholly Bear and Gladys Glypto—business booms at his new egg-sitting service. However, dastardly pirate bunny Squint, who is seeking revenge on the herd, steals, camouflages and hides all the eggs. Once again, with Squint’s twin brother, Clint, assisting, Manny, Diego and the rest of the gang come to the rescue and take off on a daring mission that turns into the world’s first Easter egg hunt.


12. Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (Short Films)

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe is a five-minute short film, with the majority of its footage, minus the closing scene, taken from the beginning of Ice Age: Collision Course. In the short, Scrat, trying to bury his acorn, accidentally activates an abandoned alien ship that takes him into deep space, where he unwittingly sends several asteroids en route to a collision with Earth.


13. Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

The fifth film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course embarks on an epic quest in order to survive a global Scrat-tastrophe! In the film, Scrat accidentally launches several deadly meteors to Earth in an attempt to bury his acorn. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.


14. Scrat: Spaced Out (Short Films)

Following the events of Ice Age: Collision Course, Scrat is now on his way back to Earth on the saucer. Scrat is holding onto an acorn when suddenly an acorn-shaped ship arrives and begins to pull on the acorn. Three alien squirrels, called Scratzons, are taken aback when they discover Scrat and his acorn in the spaceship. Scrat tries to retrieve it using the saucer’s tractor beam, but the alien commander pulls it away with his own. The ship is destroyed and a black hole is created when the nutrogen inside the acorn snaps because to the tension from being pulled on both sides. In an effort to save the acorn, Scrat climbs out of the saucer, knocks the Scratazon alien boss into the black hole, and then falls into the hole himself. And just as he and the acorn are about to enjoy their newfound freedom in space, the black hole reappears, snatches the acorn, and abandons Scrat once more. The latter finally breaks down and screams in the final scene.


15. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild (2022)

The sixth film in the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild is a spin-off to the Ice Age franchise and is centered on swashbuckling weasel Buck, going on an adventure in the Dinosaur World with prankster possum brothers Crash and Eddie. Desperate for some distance from their older sister Ellie, the thrill-seeking possum brothers Crash and Eddie set out to find a place of their own, but quickly find themselves trapped in a massive cave underground. They are rescued by the one-eyed, adventure-loving, dinosaur-hunting weasel, Buck Wild, and together they must face the unruly dinosaurs who inhabit the Lost World.


16. Ice Age: Scrat Tales (Television specials)

Ice Age: Scrat Tales is a series of six all-new animated shorts starring Scrat, the hapless saber-toothed squirrel of the “Ice Age” adventures, who experiences the ups and downs of fatherhood, as he and the adorable, mischievous Baby Scrat, alternately bond with each other and battle for ownership of the highly treasured Acorn.


17. The End (Short Films)

An unlisted video, simply titled The End, was uploaded by a former Blue Sky Studios employee onto YouTube, whose account went under the name Finale. The short, which was separate from the series, ended the infamous running gag by featuring Scrat finally achieving his dream of eating an acorn with no catches, and then scurrying off screen, presumably to find adventure elsewhere.


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How many Ice Age movies are there?

Ice Age film series consists of a total of SIX (6) movies. Five films have been released in the series thus far: the original film of the same name in 2002, Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009, Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016.  And the most recent movie in the Ice Age movie order is 2022’s Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild. It also consists EIGHT (8) short films,  and THREE (3) TV specials.


All Ice Age Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is the list of Ice Age orders as per the release date to watch.

Order of Ice Age Movies:

1. Ice Age — March 15, 2002

2. Ice Age: The Meltdown — March 31, 2006

3. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — July 1, 2009

4. Ice Age: Continental Drift — July 13, 2012

5. Ice Age: Collision Course — July 22, 2016

6. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild — January 28, 2022


Ice Age Series in Order (Short Films):

1. Gone Nutty — November 26, 2002

2. No Time for Nuts — November 21, 2006

3. Surviving Sid — December 9, 2008

4. Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up — December 25, 2010

5. Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up – Part 2 — December 16, 2011

6. Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe — November 6, 2015

7. Scrat: Spaced Out — October 11, 2016

8. The End — April 13, 2022


Ice Age Television specials:

1. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas — November 24, 2011

2. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade — March 20, 2016

3. Ice Age: Scrat Tales — April 13, 2022


Do you have to watch Ice Age movies in order?

Each of the Ice Age movies stands on its own as a fun viewing experience. However, seeing all the Ice Age movies in order will help you understand the story better because they all share the same premise and characters. In addition, each film’s beginning is tied to a certain event in the preceding film, therefore watching the films in order is essential.


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