Scrat's the man
The prehistoric squirrel's incessant quest for the acorn is the key to Ice Age's success
The prehistoric gang are back for another adventure — their fifth! — in Ice Age: Collision Course.
The successful franchise may be led by Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), but there is no debate that the twitchy, acorn-loving rodent Scrat (Chris Wedge), is a fan favourite. The series' mascot has also helped the series rake in over US$2.8 billion (S$3.8 billion) in global box-office receipts.
The squirrel-rat with the fangy overbite has also been there for every major moment in the history of the natural world. He ushered in the Ice Age, started the Meltdown, unleashed the Lost World of the Dinosaurs into the Ice Age, started the separation of the continents — and now, he’s triggered a series of cosmic disasters that threaten the Ice Age world.
With the Ice Age world in danger, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, as they travel to exotic new lands and encounter a host of colourful new characters.
Before we go back to the Ice Age, let us revisit some of Scrat's best moments.
Ice Age (2002)
Just when you think the movie is over, we see Scrat, 20,000 years later, encased in ice along with his beloved acorn. However, the acorn is washed away by the incoming tide before Scrat can totally be defrosted. Though Scrat manages to find a new "nut" — the coconut — his joy is short-lived though.
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Everybody loves kung fu fighting — even Scrat. The resilient rodent is not going to give up his acorn, not even when he is attacked by a school of piranhas.
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (2009)
Scrat's never-ending chase of the accursed acorn is momentarily halted when he meets the beguiling Scratte. Alas, true love is not meant to be, as the pair soon bicker and fight over their object of desire... yes, the acorn.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Who would have thought that Scrat is the reason behind the continental drift? Also, in his pursuit of the elusive acorn, Scrat chances upon a map that may lead him to Scratlantis, a treasure trove of acorns! But first, he needs to fend off a band of not-so-merry pirates.
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
This spin-off serves as a prologue to Ice Age: Collision Course, where Scrat's cosmic antics sees him playing pinball with the planets, and later causing the mother of all asteroids to hurtle toward Earth.