A chronological list of Ice Age movies in order and how to watch

In this article, we will learn about all the movies in the ice age franchise in chronological order! Let’s start our Ice Age movie marathon!

The Ice Age is one of the longest animated franchises of all time:

• six full-length films

• eight short animation films

• one mini-series

• two T.V. shows

If you have only seen one or two of the films, find out below what else you have missed!

Where to watch Ice Age movies?

Disney acquired Blue Sky Studios in 2019, which created the Ice Age franchise, so all these animated movies are readily available on Disney + for streaming.

You can also find special releases and short films on YouTube.

Amazon Prime Video is another excellent source for those looking to get your dose of the Ice Age Franchise.

Ice Age movies in chronological order

Next, you will find a complete list of all Ice Age movies, a brief description, and some interesting facts to understand which movie you want to catch first.

Full-length Ice Age movies in order:

  • Ice Age – March 2002
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown – March 2006
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – July 2009
  • Ice period: Continental Drift – July 2012
  • Ice Age: Collision Course – July 2016
  • Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wilde – January 2022

Ice Age short films:

  • Gone Nutty – November 2002
  • No time for nuts – November 2006
  • Surviving Sid – December 2008
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack -UP Part 1 – December 2010
  • Scrat’s Continental Crack -UP Part 2 – December 2011
  • Cosmic Scrat-catastrophe – November 2015
  • Scrat: Spaced Out – October 2016

Special T.V. shorts:

  • Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas – November 2011
  • Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade-March 2016

Ice Age series:

  • Ice Age: Scrat Tales – April 2022

Ice Age movies in order with descriptions

Each full-length Ice Age movie begins based on the previous film’s events.

The Ice age Short animations show funny moments. You can watch them without worrying if they will spoil the full-length Ice Age films for you.

Ice Age (2002)

Ice Age 2002
  • Director: Chris Wedge
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
  • Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
  • March 2002

Description:

Twenty thousand years ago, animals and birds went south to escape from lousy frostbite, all but Manfred, the single woolly mammoth. On Manny’s way is a sloth Sid, abandoned by relatives.

The newfound friends fall into a situation where a dying woman gives them her child. Now the mammoth and the sloth will have a series of trials with a human baby.

The Ice Age film showed excellent box office stats, earning revenues of $383 million with a budget of $58 million. The audience and critics liked the movie, which was nominated for an Oscar award in the category “Best Animated Film.”

Gone Nutty (2002)

Gone Nutty 2002
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Cast: Chris Wedge
  • Duration: 4 minutes 31 seconds
  • Release date: November 2002

Description:

Gone Nutty is the first short film released in the Ice Age franchise. The story follows Scrat after the events of the first film. Not much else to say. Watch it, and you will understand why it is so funny when the saber-toothed squirrel does not learn from his mistakes involving an Acorn.

This short cartoon was nominated for an Oscar in 2023 as “Best Animated Short Film.”

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

Ice Age: The Meltdown
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Queen Latifah
  • Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Release date: March 2006

 Description:

Ice Age: The Meltdown is the second Ice Age movie in the franchise, released four years after the first part. The woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger afraid of water, a funny sloth, and restless Scrat are at the epicenter of global warmth.

The valley, where the main characters settled, became a home for them … but not forever. The glaciers are melting rapidly, threatening a great flood. Therefore the group of friends goes to the “ship” to be saved … and for someone to find their fate.

Ice Age: The Meltdown received ambiguous reviews from critics, although the film managed to rake in $661 million worldwide with a budget of $ 80 million.

No Time for Nuts (2006)

No Time for Nuts 2006
  • Director: Chris Renaud/ Michael Thurmeier
  • Cast: Chris Wedge
  • Duration: 7 minutes
  • Release date: November 2006

Description:

No Time for Nuts continues with the squirrel Scrat, who finds a time machine.

Scrat Traveling in time after the Nut, Sid the Sloth shows us an unexpected side.

The second short film by Blue Sky Studios in the Franchise “Ice Age” and the second nomination for the Academy Award in the category “Best Animated Short Film.”

Surviving Sid (2008)

Surviving Sid 2008
  • Director: Galen T. Chu/ Karen Disher
  • Cast: John Leguizamo
  • Duration: 7 minutes
  • Release date: December 2008

Description:

Unlike the first two short cartoons, Surviving Sid focuses on Sid, the sloth, and Scrat plays a cameo role.

The story is unpretentious, where Sid is trying to impress other animals, and in the end, he becomes the reason for the world-changing consequences.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah
  • Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Release date: July 2009

Description:

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the third full-length animation of the franchise.

Manfred and his girlfriend, the female mammoth Ellie, are preparing to become parents, but Sid doesn’t want to be alone and decides to adopt giant … eggs. A brave weasel, Buck, appears in this film. The One-eyed hero helps the main characters survive in the mysterious dinosaur world.

The third film received ambiguous reviews but collected colossal box office sales of $888 million with a budget of $90 million.

Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 1 (2010)

Scrat's Continental Crack-Up Part 1 2010
  • Director: Steve Martinomichael Thurmeier
  • Cast: Chris Wedge, Simon Pegg, Jason Fricchione
  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Release date: December 2010

Description:

 In Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up short, the prehistoric squirrel is trying to find a great place to hide its precious acorn. His plan leads him to the underground world, just right to the Earth’s core … so now we can find out who is to blame for the displacement of tectonic plates!

Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas Special (2011)

Ice Age: Mammoth Christmas 2011
  • Director: Karen Disher
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary
  • Duration: 26 minutes
  • Release date: November 2011

Description:

Sid accidentally destroys the Christmas stone, and Manny says that the sloth will now have to fly to the North Pole to apologize to Santa.

Arriving at the North Pole, Sid wanted to do everything better, but, as always, it became only worse. Now Manny and his posse try to save Christmas for the whole world.

This short special issue is a good choice for the holidays!

Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2 (2011)

Scrat's Continental Crack-Up Part 2 2011
  • Director: Mike Thurmeier/ Steve Martino
  • Cast: Chris Wedge, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Rebel Wilson, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Ray Romano
  • Duration: 3 minutes
  • Release date: December 2011

Description:

Scrat’s Continental Crack-up Part 2. The saber-toothed squirrel floats in the sea and comes across a tiny island. Spotting an Acorn, as always, not everything is as simple as it seems, and Scrat finds adventures on his poor tail again.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

Ice Age: Continental Drift 2012
  • Director: Mike Thurmeier/ Steve Martino
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis LEARY, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake
  • Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes
  • Release date: July 2012

Description:

Ice Age: Continental Drift is the fifth film of the famous franchise. While Scrat is busy, Sid, his grandmother, Manny, and Diego are stuck on the ice, drifting away. Ellie and her daughter Peach search for Manny. However, insidious pirates found in their way …

The Ice Age fourth film received ambiguous reviews from the audience and critics but still took $877 million at the box office with a budget of $95 million.

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)

Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe 2015

Director: Michael Thurmeier/ Galen T. Chu

Cast: Chris Wedge, Denis LEARY, JOHN Leguizamo

Duration: 5 minutes

Release date: November 2015

Description:

Cosmic Scrat-Tastrophe is the sixth short animation. Scrat accidentally finds a spaceship and goes on intergalactic travel in pursuit of an acorn.

Ice Age: The Great Egg Scapade (2016)

Ice Age: The Great Egg Scapade 2016
  • Director: Paul Stodolny/ Ricardo Curtis/ Steve Martino
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis LEARY, Queen Latifah, Blake anderson, Lili Estfan etc.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
  • Release date: March 20, 2016 

Description:

Ice Age: The Great Egg -Scapade is a T.V. Short originally broadcast on the Fox channel during the Easter season.

When Harried mother Ethel entrusts her precious, soon-to-hatch egg to Sid’s booming new egg sitting service, she never expects Squint would steal and hide all of the offspring. Manny Diego & The crew come to the rescue!

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Ice Age: Collision Course 2016
  • Director: Michael Thurmeier/ Galen T. Chu
  • Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis LearyLEARY, Jennifer Lopez, Stephanie Beatriz, Adam Devine
  • Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Release date: July 2016

Description:

Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth movie. The story follows Manny and the herd while preparing for Peach’s wedding with her fiancé Julian.

Diego and Shira are also thinking about their family extension. All their plans fade into the background due to an asteroid heading towards the planet, threatening an apocalypse.

How will our heroes save the Earth?

Scrat: Spaced Out (2016)

Scrat: Spaced Out 2016
  • Director: Michael Thurmeier/ Galen T. Chu
  • Cast: Chris Wedge, Karen Disher, Neil Degrasse Tyson
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Exit date: October 2016

Description:

Scrat: Spaced Out is a direct continuation of the previous Shot Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe.

In this epic adventure, the highly intellectual race Scratazons wants to steal the acorn, making Scrat act to save his nut.

Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild (2022)

Ice Age: Adventures of Buck WIld 2022
  • Director: John C. Donkin
  • Cast: Utkarssh Ambudkar, Sean Kenin, Jake Green, Aaron Harris, Dominique Jennings, Justina Machado, Simon Pegg, Skyler Stone, Vincent Tong
  • Duration: 1 hour 22 minutes
  • Release date: January 2022

Description:

The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the sixth franchise of the Ice Age films.

The main characters of this film, Crash, and Eddie, are stuck in the world of dinosaurs, where they are saved by the insane one-eyed weasel Buck Wild and resist the  Protoceratops Orson.

This is the first franchise film without the participation of Blue Sky Studios and the first Ice Age film not shown in cinemas. 

Ice Age: Scrat Tales (2022)

Ice Age: Scrat Tales 2022
  • Director: Donnie Long/ Michael Burardini/ Jeff Gabor/ Lisa Allen Keane/ Matt Munn/ Eric Prah/ Drew Winey
  • Cast: Kari Wahlgren, Chris Wedge
  • Duration: 4 minutes/episode
  • Exit date: April 2022

Description:

Scrat Tales was the first Ice Age mini-series in the franchise, released on Disney+

It is also the last project from Blue Sky Studios distributed by 20th Century Fox.

The series consists of several short videos showing the life of the funny squirrel as a parent.

P.S. Yes, Scrat finally will stop trying to hide his nut!

Will There be an Ice Age 7?

Hopefully, soon, we will find out about the release date of Ice Age 7. After a recent statement on the Disney website, it seems that the creative team is working on ideas for new adventures.

Although, most likely, the continuation of the animated cartoon, we will see no sooner than 2025.

Final words

The Ice Age is one of the longest animated franchises, and the production team did an incredible job over the past 20 years!

After Disney shut officially shut down Blue Sky Studios in April 2021. Perhaps we will see the adventures of our paleolithic ice age heroes again but this time scripted by Disney.

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