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Sid, Mannie, and Diego have long been together as a herd, but the one thing Sid misses is his family. During this latest ‘Ice Age’ incarnation Sid is reunited, briefly, with his family, including his grouchy grandmother.
The third member of the heroic trio, Sid the Sloth, has family problems very different from Manny’s. His long-lost clan – including his mom, dad, brother, and hygiene-challenged Uncle Fungus (the name says it all) – have suddenly re-entered his life, and they have Sid’s aged Granny in tow.
But the visiting Sloths have an agenda that makes the family reunion short-lived: they leave with Sid the impossible-to-live-with Granny, and then once again desert the beleaguered sloth. “When you meet Sid’s family, you understand why Sid is Sid,” says Berg. “They are a very dysfunctional group. But Sid has a big heart, and he makes the relationship work with his cantankerous Granny.”
“Sid’s a lovable guy and always wants to do things his way, which often leads to catastrophe,” says John Leguizamo, who once again brings his unique vocalizations and performance to the character. This time the catastrophe – his Granny – has come to him. “Sid has long wanted to be reunited with his family because everyone seems to have a family but him,” adds Leguizamo. “And all of a sudden, here they are. They’re with him, and then they’re not — leaving him with Granny.”
As conceived by character designer Peter de Sève, whose work has unified the entire ‘Ice Age’ universe since its inception, Granny has long, stinky fur, no teeth, wrinkly skin, and an unseen pet named Precious. In short, there’s never been a figure quite like Granny, who, says Thurmeier, “provides wonderful and unexpected punctuations of comedy” throughout the herd’s adventure. “You never know what she’s going to say.”
“Granny’s comments are always a little off-target, a little off-point, but always on the funny,” says actress-comedian Wanda Sykes (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), who voices the aged sloth. “I love playing characters who speak their mind, and Granny…oh my goodness, she is just out there, you know? There are no apologies with Granny.” Adds supervising animator Nick Bruno: “Granny always seems a little bit out of it, but then she can turn on a dime and be this sharp old lady.”
Granny is a surprise castaway when Manny, Diego and Sid are swept out to sea on an iceberg following Scrat’s continental crack-up. But her addled antics will be the least of the boys’ problems.
Image Courtesy of Ice Age Movie