Doesn’t anyone care about Mr. Sloth? Since the first movie in ice Age franchise, Sid the Sloth was there to steal the show. The mysterious, clumsy ground sloth (played by John Leguizamo) has been getting himself in and out of trouble, stealing our hearts along the way.
Sure, he’s not the one trying to find an acorn, but he has plenty of great scenes of his own across the franchise. Let’s take a look at some of his most iconic moments.
10 Recruit the local population
in Ice Age: Continental DriftWhen the herd needs the help of the lint tribe, Syd returns to his days as the Fire King. Manny (Ray Romano) slowly tries to talk the (potential) young friends to no avail. This is when Sid confidently steps in, much to Manny’s annoyance. But after a successful use of body language and dance moves, the Wanderer is officially recruited to join the fight against Captain Gott (Peter Dinklage). Not only is this a great throwback to the second movie, but it’s a rare moment when things turn Sid’s way!
9 Explore the cave
As the herd travels to bring back the lost human child in the first place ice Age Movie, they find themselves hiding in a frozen cave. Sid separates himself from the others after getting his tongue stuck in the ice. As he goes his separate ways, he finds himself in a hall full of frozen oddities. Syd sees a fish, then a dinosaur, then a fun series of creatures that he lines up to mimic an evolutionary illustration, and then finally a UFO. A fun fan theory is that Sid’s revelations are predictions of many sequels to come.
8 Vegetarian dish
After he was kidnapped by Mama T-Rex Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursSyed finds himself arguing with her about how to raise their three children. Sid tries to raise them vegetarian, but Mama thinks otherwise and brings them what appears to be the carcass of a feathered dinosaur. After he wakes up, Sid tries to free him. But his good intentions accidentally put the poor morsel in an even worse position.
What makes this scene so cool is how mama actually looks in the debate, shooting various pictures of Sid and only partially knocking him out instead of eating him. Perhaps the sloth wiggled its way into her heart, too.
7 play dead
After accidentally crossing paths with a pair of angry mammals ice AgeHowever, Sid has to think of a way to avoid their anger. With a little help from Diego (Denis Leary), and some great acting skills, Sid manages to evade his enemies. But not without Diego making some play of his own, which makes Sid wonder if the tiger finally turned on them. Sid’s pathetic cries out to help really make this scene work, especially when it’s followed by Diego’s catchphrase “I don’t eat junk food.”
6 Good night, sir
Another entry from the first ice Age The movie made it to this list. After the herd settles in for the night, Sid struggles to find a comfortable position. After falling on a rock, what follows are many nods, grunts, and playful oscillations. Anyone who struggles to sleep, or shares a bedroom with someone who struggles to sleep, can deal with it. It seems like the directors let Leguizamo make any wacky noise he wanted into the microphone, and animated it around. Regardless, the result is a hilarious moment, much to Manny’s short temper.
5 lotus berries;
After you ship Captain Gott’s lint continental drift, and Sid and Granny (Wanda Sykes) are tasked with dismounting the boat. But Sid gets sidetracked by some delicious berries and tries a snack. After Diego warns that the berries have crippling properties, Sid replies, “I know from the berries!” The chomps down…just to go full ragdoll.
This is a great Sid moment full of physical comedy. From Syd frantically gesturing to get Manny’s attention, to Manny accidentally knocking him against rocks, brushwood and even pirates, to Syd sliding completely through the ice ship and off the other side. The animators likely had a blast playing with Sid’s face and fluid body physics throughout the sequence.
4 Adopt baby Rex
He thinks his flock has abandoned him Dawn of the dinosaursSid decides to start a new family for himself by adopting three strange eggs that he found under some ice. Syed couldn’t be happier with his proud kids but he’s struggling with the new role of fatherhood. When they are still eggs, he nearly crushes them in a sled sequence, and it is implied that the babies that hatch out of them are from another world entirely. The little dinosaurs themselves are adorable, and the way they give affection to Sid is warm and playful at the same time.
3 The last cantaloupe
When the herd tries to feed its semi-adopted human child in ice AgeA flock of crazy dodos clutching their watermelons. After a skit that includes the first two melons getting lost, once over a cliff and once in a steaming volcanic vat, Sid gets his claws on the last melon.
In an inspirational sequence that would make “Rudy” Ruettiger proud, Sid managed to run his way in and score a touchdown. Manny, Diego and the kid’s friend, the dodos comfort each other in defeat, and Sid does a victory dance and smashes the watermelon to the ground, ruining the moment. but good; The kid wouldn’t mind eating off the floor anyway. This is one of Sid’s most iconic moments in the first film, with perfect comic timing for his watermelon smash.
2 Fire King Dance
One night, while the herd is trying to outrun an oncoming flood Ice Age: The MeltdownSid awakens to find that he has been carried away by a group of young sloths. They take him to their tribe, where a gigantic shrine in his likeness is erected. Miniature sloths gave him the nickname Fire King. Sid lights a wick, lighting the monument, then burns his foot. He noticed the crowd waving at every noise and dance move, which led to a massive musical sequence. Things look up for Sid before they quickly head south.
It is revealed that a young sloth lured Sid into sacrificing him in order to save the Ice Age. But Sid’s usual bad luck, and a bit of slapstick, manage to save him from a fiery death. This scene is beloved among Ice Age fans for its musical and comical pacing. Terrible sounds blend perfectly with a musical number, ending with a record scratch when it becomes clear what the little sloths want.
Finally, we have Sid’s first big appearance at the beginning ice Age. After waking up to discover that his family has emigrated without him, Sid decides to set out on his own… only to realize his first step was into something very bad. In an effort to clean his feet, Sid inadvertently scrapes his feet all over Frank (Stephen Root) and Carl’s (Cedric the Entertainer) salad. After sprinkling dirt on the two and their salad, Sid spies the coveted chicory and eats it right in front of them. Once Sid realizes what he’s done, it’s too late. The chase continues until Sid (literally) meets Manny for the first time.
Not only is this symbolic of Sid’s introduction, but it works as a scene because you can just feel the anger build up. Kids and parents alike have been in the theater waiting for the fuse to finally blow between the pair as Sid inadvertently tramples through all their quiet moments.
although ice Age The movies are over, there are still plenty of reasons to revisit, from Manny’s family to Diego’s antics and Sid’s comic strips. The giant sloth may be extinct in our time, but this special sloth will live in our hearts forever.