Director Chris Wedge may have left the Ice Age behind to focus on the futuristic Robots, but his primitive squirrel pal has come along for the ride. An all-new animated short film starring the Scrat will screen in theaters before 20th Century Foxs animated android pic, as will a new trailer for the studios Star Wars: Episode IIIRevenge of the Sith.
A minor character in the 2000 hit, Ice Age, Scrat emerged as a fan favorite, prompting the production of an original animated short for him to star in. Scrat’s Missing Adventure was incorporated as a bonus feature in the home video release of Ice Age. Scrat will next be seen in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, slated for a March 2006 release.
Star Wars: Episode III will see the rise of Darth Vader as disillusioned young Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker is seduced by the dark side. In addition to seeing star Hayden Christensen don the dark helmet, fans are looking forward to the triumphant return of actor Peter Mayhew as hairy Wookie Chewbacca, a character that hasnt been seen since 1983s Return of the Jedi. Also returning for the final installment are Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Padmé, Christopher Lee as Count Dooku, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2 and Frank Oz as the voice of the computer-generated Yoda. The film opens worldwide on May 19.