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No Time for Nuts “Ice Age”

No Time for Nuts “Ice Age” Description

No Time for Nuts is a computer animated short film from Blue Sky Studios, starring Scrat from Ice Age. Directed by Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier, it was released on November 21, 2006, on the DVD release of Ice Age: The Meltdown. The short follows Scrat on a chase after his nut, which has been accidentally sent forward in time by a frozen time machine. No Time for Nuts was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (but lost out to The Danish Poet), and also won an Annie Award. The short is not canon to the franchise due to its ending.


Scrat, while trying to find a place to bury his acorn, finds a buried time machine next to the ice-encased body of a time traveller, who appears to be Albert Einstein. He accidentally activates the machine, sending the acorn to somewhere. Scrat gets mad and tries to beat up the time machine, but it sends him to the Middle Ages. After the acorn becomes wedged under a rock, Scrat uses a sword found in stone (like in The Sword in the Stone) as a lever to move the rock.

He pulls out the swor, but now finds himself under attack by a group of unseen archers. He grabs the acorn (now dislodged from the rock) and time machine and races off to find cover, only to hide in the barrel of a lit cannon, which fires him into the path of the incoming arrows. The time machine teleports the acorn, and Scrat manages to activate the machine just in time.

He materializes in an arena in Ancient Rome. Scrat reaches for his acorn, but is dragged off when his tail is caught in a chariot pulled by a horse. Scrat manages to free himself and introduces himself to the crowd like a champion, proudly holding up his acorn, but hears the growl of a lion coming from a tunnel. He activates the time machine agai, and lands apparently back in his home time. He is overjoyed, but he soon learns that he is really in 1912 on “No Time for Nuts”.

the iceberg which the Titanic hit, when he sees the ship heading towards him. The time machine is activated again, and Scrat finds himself in time of the first Ice Age film, where he encounters his past self. Past and Present Scrat fight for the acorn until the time machine sends the acorn away. (Manny, Sid, Diego, and Roshan make a cameo appearance).

The time machine fires, sending Scrat to a flurry of different, dangerous locations (dematerialising shortly before he would have otherwise been killed): Under a launching rocket in the Space Race, a darkened jewelry store with a diamond in what appears to be the age of gangsters (the laser alarms go off), a girl’s locker room at a sports arena (where he got hit by a hairbrush), the height of the French Revolution (where he appears under the guillotine), during Benjamin Franklin’s electricity experiment in No Time for Nuts.

In front of a wrecking ball in a demolition job, in front of the Hiroshima Disaster at the end of World War II, on the tracks of a steam train in the Wild West, and in front of Michelangelo’s David in the Italian Renaissance, Scrat’s head obscuring the statue’s groin (this does not put him in danger, but he is discomforted). Frustrated, Scrat punches the machine, which sends him into a strange realm of floating timepieces. Scrat spots his acorn and grabs it, but is sucked into a wormhole, along with his acorn and the time machine in No Time for Nuts.

The wormhole lands Scrat in front of an enormous oak tree. Overjoyed at the sight of so many nuts, he tosses away his acorn, which activates the time machine. Before he can be swept through time, Scrat beats the time machine into submission. Scrat attempts to remove the nuts from the tree, but discovers that it is only a statue, with a plaque on it reading, “Here Stood the Last Oak Tree.” Scrat realizes that he is in the far future, where oak trees (and acorns) are extinct.

He makes a dash for his acorn, but the time machine manages to transport the acorn away one last time before collapsing into bits. Stranded in the acorn-less future, Scrat lets out a scream of frustration, ending the film and the zapped acorn ends up in the credits of the film.

No Time for Nuts Cast

  • Chris Wedge as Scrat

4-D Cast

  • Ray Romano as Manny
  • John Leguizamo as Sid
  • Denis Leary as Diego


No Time for Nuts Won

  • 2006: Annie Award—Best Animated Short Subject


  • 2007: Academy Award—Best Animated Short Film

Ice Age: No Time for Nuts 4-D

In 2015, an extended 12-minute version of the short, featuring new footage with Scrat ending up in the Mesozoic era, an American natural history museum in 2015 AD, and then in the year 2552 AD was remade by SimEx-Iwerks into a 4D film, titled Ice Age: No Time For Nuts 4-D. Since then, the film has been shown at the San Diego Zoo, The Adventuredome in Las Vegas, NV, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, Kennywood in Pittsburgh, Detroit Zoo in Michigan, Alton Towers (2015 – 2016) and somewhere in Fleetwood cinema in the United Kingdom, Gardaland Park in Italy, Madame Tussauds Shanghai, Movie Park Germany, Futuroscope in France, and İsfanbul in Turkey.

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About No Time for Nuts “Ice Age”

Genre Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi
Directed By Chris Renaud, Mike Thurmeier
Written by Chris Renaud, Michael J. Wilson
Produced by John C. Donkin, Lori Forte
Music Christopher Ward
Release Date 14 September 2006
Runtime 9:13
Starring Chris Wedge
Country USA
Language English
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
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