iTunes (U.S.)
eBay (U.S.)
Glisten Effect
Editorial Reviews
Scoreboard Forum
Viewer Ratings
         1. Gladiator
        2. Batman
       3. Nightmare Before Christmas
      4. Titanic
     5. Justice League
    6. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
   7. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
  8. Maleficent
 9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
10. Edward Scissorhands
Home Page
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Album Cover Art
Composed and Produced by:

Co-Conducted and Co-Orchestrated by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Conducted by:
Edie Lehmann Boddicker

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas
Kevin Kliesch
Dave Metzger
Randy Kerber
Rick Giovanazzo
Conrad Pope

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
Labels Icon
Varèse Sarabande
(June 23rd, 2009)
Availability Icon
Regular U.S. release.
Also See Icon

Decorative Nonsense
(inverts site colors)

   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... if you are an established admirer of John Powell's consistently effective but not remarkably unique slapstick comedy scores for the animated children's film genre.

Avoid it... if you're searching for more of the infectious enthusiasm of Powell's music for Ice Age: The Meltdown and have little interest in a beefed up version of that score with a handful of better realized action cues.
Review Icon
WRITTEN 6/29/09
Shopping Icon

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: (John Powell) While most animated franchises deserve a death in the straight to video realm of obnoxious commercial treachery, the Ice Age films have endured throughout the 2000's and, with the third entry in 2009, transcended to a higher level of critical acclaim. With Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, 20th Century Fox toys with pseudo-3D technologies, though more important than this trick is a script that emphasizes action and character development in an effective mix that is meant to satisfy both adults and children equally. The story of Scrat and his elusive acorn, once considered the only interesting aspect of the entire concept, continues with an added twist, and the trio of unlikely friends at the heart of the original narrative has moved on to the perils of family life and even higher existential discoveries. The most pertinent of these finds includes, of course, the civilization of dinosaurs that has apparently survived in a world beneath the surface, and the interaction between creatures leads to not only further self-discovery but to a higher frequency of straight action scenes. While Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, by the nature of this plot, retains its corny elements, the infusion of heightened action not only affects the flow of the film, but its music as well. Along with a returning crew comes John Powell, whose career in slapstick music for animated films has been solidifying for over a decade. With the involvement of Powell in the third film comes a sense of musical continuity that did not exist between David Newman's original Ice Age and Powell's first entry in 2006. As to be expected, the composer doesn't change the equation significantly for his second venture in the franchise, once again balancing straight orchestral comedy action routines with humorous references to pop tunes of the past and hints of contemporary movie music standards. If you found the music for Ice Age: The Meltdown to be tediously predictable in 2006, then you're not the intended audience for the related follow-up score. The major difference between the two scores is that whereas Ice Age: The Meltdown strongly emphasized the cuteness of its thematic constructs and orchestrations within its prancing, genre-defying rhythms, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs achieves a muted dose of the same character while beefing up the environment for the existence of the world of dinosaurs with action material that is more robust than anything heard in the previous entry.

Ratings Icon
Average: 2.96 Stars
***** 51 5 Stars
**** 89 4 Stars
*** 87 3 Stars
** 73 2 Stars
* 65 1 Stars
  (View results for all titles)

Comments Icon
Read All Start New Thread Search Comments
Brass Section (Hollywood Studio Symphony)
N. - November 2, 2009, at 6:18 a.m.
1 comment  (1694 views)
Why is it only 2 stars?
rrud2 - July 27, 2009, at 4:29 p.m.
1 comment  (1788 views)
Reviewer: You are a sinner. Absolve yourself of your burden!   Expand >>
Kingdom of God - July 1, 2009, at 2:39 p.m.
4 comments  (2885 views)
Newest: July 26, 2009, at 8:47 a.m. by
My Name Is Tim

Track Listings Icon
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 73:45
• 1. Code Blue (1:44)
• 2. Pregnant (1:56)
• 3. Leaving the Herd (1:50)
• 4. The Cavern (0:33)
• 5. Magic Eggs (0:13)
• 6. Egg Roll (2:08)
• 7. The Cliff (0:19)
• 8. Sid's Kids (1:36)
• 9. Nest (1:22)
• 10. Playground (1:34)
• 11. Scrat Finds Furry Love* (0:41)
• 12. Momma (3:38)
• 13. Entry to Lost World (1:36)
• 14. Dinosaur Vista (0:34)
• 15. Meet Buck (2:59)
• 16. Flower of Death (2:49)
• 17. Nose Job (1:35)
• 18. Trek (1:00)
• 19. Chasm of Death (0:22)
• 20. Big Smelly Crack (3:10)
• 21. We Shall Raise Them Vegetarian (2:20)
• 22. Campfire Stories (1:19)
• 23. Flashback (0:59)
• 24. Nite Nite (0:45)
• 25. You'll Never Tango* (0:48)
• 26. Herd Crossing (0:37)
• 27. Plates of Woe (3:58)
• 28. Battle Cry (0:16)
• 29. Buck's Theme (0:38)
• 30. Battles (4:05)
• 31. Over the Falls (0:13)
• 32. Rescues (3:33)
• 33. Alone Again** - performed by Chad Fischer (1:54)
• 34. To the Portal (0:54)
• 35. Rudy Fight (2:12)
• 36. Farewell (1:42)
• 37. Out of This World (0:33)
• 38. Buck Returns (1:08)
• 39. Welcome to the Ice Age (1:58)
• 40. At Home With the Scrats* (0:26)
• 41. The Call of the Siren Acorn*** (0:16)
• 42. True Love for Our Hero*** (0:23)
• 43. End Credits (7:00)
• 44. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - performed by Lou Rawls (4:26)
* contains interpolations of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"
** contains an excerpt of "Alone Again (Naturally)"
*** contains an interpolation of "Adagio from Spartacus"

Notes Icon
The insert includes extensive credits and a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
Copyright © 2009-2020, Filmtracks Publications. All rights reserved.
The reviews and other textual content contained on the site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten
or redistributed without the prior written authority of Christian Clemmensen at Filmtracks Publications. All artwork and sound clips from Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs are Copyright © 2009, Varèse Sarabande and cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 6/29/09 (and not updated significantly since).
Reviews Preload Scoreboard decoration Ratings Preload Composers Preload Awards Preload Home Preload Search Preload