Monday 1 October 2012

A Mammoth Show - "Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure"

I am a bit of a big kid and love children’s animated films.  Now that I am a mummy I’ve got the perfect excuse to watch children’s films and I love snuggling up with little man watching a great film together.

I am a huge fan of Disney and love the classics especially Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book and The Lion King.  I also have a particular fondness for Pixar animated films; I absolutely love Finding Nemo and have watched it countless times, I also love Toy Story and the brilliant Toy Story sequels as well as Cars and Cars 2.  DreamWorks Animation have also made some loveable animated films that I thoroughly enjoy including the popular Shrek, Shark Tale and a favourite of mine Madagascar and its sequels, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.  One of my all-time favourite series of animated films is Ice Age.

I love the Ice Age storylines and have a fondness for the loveable characters.  I think Ice Age is great for children and adults alike; with storylines and amusing moments that all generations can enjoy.  I admire the amazing animation and love how they have made the characters and striking scenes come to life in a colourful and vivid way.

The other day when it was drab and dreary outside, I lit the fire and with the roaring fire keeping us cosy, little man and I snuggled on the sofa together and re-watched Ice Age 3.  Little man isn’t one to be glued to the TV, he much prefers to be playing especially playing outdoors, and there are only a few shows and films he will actually stay still to watch with Ice Age being one of them.  We had a lovely afternoon cwtched together watching Ice Age 3 with little man transfixed to the film.  I am eagerly awaiting the DVD release of the latest instalment in the fantastic Ice Age series of films and cannot wait till I can get my hands on a copy of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift so I can have a lovely few hours cuddling little man as we watch Sid and his friends go on another adventure.

As I have such as fondness for Ice Age, I was excited when I heard that Ice Age is hitting the big stage.   I thoroughly enjoy the theatre and live shows, especially as being part of the audience the atmosphere of a live show enhances and adds to the magic of a show.  Combining my love of Ice Age and its characters with the thrill of a live show; “Ice Age Live!  A Mammoth Adventure” is exactly my sort of thing and I imagine it will be an amazing show to watch.

“Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure” is a pioneering live show created by Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.  The show brings to life favourite Ice Age characters as they go on an exciting adventure.  Inspired by the first 3 films of the Ice Age animated film franchise this live show has an all-new fun filled storyline.

The loveable characters from the film’s who will be making an appearance in this stunning performance include Scrat, Manny, Diego, Sid, Ellie, Peaches, Buck, Eddie and Crash as well as several new characters created for the live show.   The characters have been designed to look like authentic animals, all having realistic facial expressions and synchronised lips that will speak and sing to the audience.  With realistic and impressive detail, the characters are brought to life which is sure to excite and overwhelm audiences.  Not only are the characters created to look realistic they are also giant in size.  Manny the Mammoth has an overwhelming standing height of 3.6m, a length of 4.2m and a width of 2.5m, and new character Shadow who is an evil bird has a wing span of 4m.

During the show the characters experience an exciting adventure as they embark on a journey of discovery.  This magnificent show will be brimming with dazzling effects, catchy songs, action-packed thrills and mischievous humour.  The character’s exhilarating story is brought to life in a set that is a spectacular recreation of the Ice Age world with the use of realistic props, video, lights and special effects to create rocks, caves and icebergs.  

This splendid live show is a mammoth task with a world-class creative team and co-directors Guy Caron (Cirque de Soleil) and Michael Curry (Lion King, Cirque du Soleil) working their magic and artistic genius to create such an impressive show.  Their creative genius shines through as they use gravity-defying acrobatics, breath-taking costumes and the clever set design of British born David Shields to bring the magic of the Ice Age films to life on the stage.  They also masterfully interweave the new storyline with the music and lyrics of Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson.

Here’s what the talented co-directors say about “Ice Age Live!  A Mammoth Adventure” -

“Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure is a fantastic piece of storytelling and it combines two of the most important things in my life – animals and comedy,” says Michael Curry. “I’m really looking forward to bringing the Ice Age herd to life – they’re going to have so much fun in this live show! We are using the very best combinations we can bring to the table, with human actors, comedy, Kung Fu, ice skating, circus, costume performers and video illusion to combine many different forms – whatever works best to tell the story.”

Guy Caron was Cirque du Soleil’s first Artistic Director when the company was created in 1984 and is bringing his expertise to a new type of show, claiming, “For me, it’s a family show – it’s for the kids, it is for the parents and it is for everybody.”

“Ice Age Live!  A Mammoth Adventure” celebrates its world premiere at Wembley Arena on the 2nd of November 2012, launching the beginning of a 5 year global tour that is planned to visit over 30 countries on 5 continents.  Before the world premiere there will be preview shows at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on the 18th-21st October 2012 and at Nottingham’s Captial FM Arena on the 25th-28th of October 2012. 

You can buy tickets to go and see this stunning new production via the Ice Age Live! website.

More information about “Ice Age Live!  A Mammoth Adventure”

“Ice Age Live!  A Mammoth Adventure” sounds like a truly spectacular show with the audience being a part of a mammoth story as Ice Age’s beloved characters go on an awe-inspiring adventure.  I love that this unique show brings the characters to life in a realistic, innovative way that is sure to astonish and impress the audience.  Like the popular film series this show is perfect for the whole family and I am sure both children and adults will be enchanted by what sounds like a fantastic, unique live show.

*  This is not a sponsored post and I have not received any payment or product for writing this post.  I have only shared about the show as I think it sounds amazing and it might interest some of my readers *

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