An Ice Age movie or television series without Scrat is just not right. Disney thought they could get away with not bringing this beloved mascot back, and I’m glad they’ve released Scrat Tales, now available on Disney Plus. This series has six laugh-out-loud episodes which I’ll be regularly watching.
This series was already in development before being acquired by the mouse and I love the classic Looney Tunes style shenanigans that make up this squirrel’s chase for the beloved nut. Scrat is now a dad, sort of. He’s found another of his kind, a younger version of himself, and they’re cute and evil towards one another. Sometimes they work together, and other times they are at each other’s throats like in Spy vs Spy.
Each episode builds upon the previous. We see the problems of raising a young tyke. The standouts are “X’s and Uh-O’s” and “Nut the End.” The latter gets really nasty, showing just how the lil’ one ‘really cares.’
It’s unknown if there’ll be more episodes made. Most of it was made by Blue Sky Studios before they were shut down. The cartoon violence is crazier than Lilo and Stitch–solo efforts of this creature included and the level of story-telling isn’t meant to be profound. The in-jokes and other crazy references found aren’t too overboard.
I’m glad this series wasn’t shelved when the Disney was figuring out what to do with the many IPs they acquired. This series makes up for what the latest film lacked. If this franchise continues, I’m hoping there’ll be Scrat merchandise in stores. He’s just so adorably insane, and this series is the platform he needs to show that off.