Ellie was a female mammoth that was part of a herd that were all brought together.
Born into a family of mammoths that lost her as a calf, Ellie met a mother possum soon after, who adopted her as her own daughter, accepting her into possum life as part of her family. Ellie grew up to be a mammoth that saw herself, along with her brothers Crash and Eddie as a possum. This view changed when she met another mammoth, a male named Manny, who showed her that she was a mammoth: after this, she and her brothers joined Manny's herd, consisting of both mammoths and possums, a saber-tooth cat named Diego and a ground sloth named Sid.
Some time later, Ellie was expecting Manny's child and was part of a rescue to save Sid from a world inhabited by dinosaurs when the mother of three dinosaur eggs that Sid adopted came looking for her young. Ellie went into the Dinosaur World with her herd and returned with her herd, Sid, and Peaches, her baby daughter, who was born in the Dinosaur World.
Years later, Peaches grew to be an adventurous young mammoth, which Manny was uneasy over, but Ellie took into stride. The continental drift, however, caused their herd to become separated when Manny, Sid, and Diego were all taken off to sea. Ellie then took it upon herself to lead the herds of animals that were bewildered by the continental changes, regrouping in time with the rest of her herd and arriving at a new home with her own herd and with all the other herds of animals that she led.
Easygoing and lively, Ellie lived life well, which is attributed to her adoptive upbringing as a possum rather than a mammoth. Ellie was close to and protective of those she loved and took up any challenges with strength and resolve, loving her family and friends all the way.
As a calf, Ellie was separated from her own herd of other mammoths and was soon lost in a snowstorm. Ellie, frightened and alone, called out for her herd, but she could not find them. Taking refuge near a great willow tree shaped like a mammoth, Ellie found shelter from the bitter cold and wind, along with a mother possum, who smiled kindly at Ellie and took it upon herself to adopt her as a daughter, alongside her own children, two possum babies named Crash and Eddie.
As a young mammoth, Ellie had no idea that she was different from the other children she played with: Ellie believed she truly was a possum. She had no clue as to why none of the possum boys found her attractive and, unaware of her vast size in comparison to possums, tried to take a piggyback ride from her grandmother, whose back was hurt horribly once Ellie sat on her.
As other possums hung from their tails onto tree branches, so too did Ellie, though the branches often gave way to her weight.
Ellie was out one day in the forests, looking for her brothers in the trees, when the branch that she held onto broke, causing her to fall to the ground.
In Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ellie initially saw Manny as just a friend. But, when she came upon a grove of willow trees, she had a flashback (of meeting her opossum mother there as a mammoth calf), and found herself touched by Manny complimenting her "huge" butt. However, she was instantly offended by Manny's suggestion that they "save the species", holding a bad attitude against Manny until a life-and-death situation at the Misty Chasm. There she aplogized to Manny and they worked together to save the herd, showing Ellie the chemistry she had with the valiant mammoth. Then, at the end of the film, after another argument with Manny leads to another near death experience, Manny ultimately saves Ellie. She is swept away by Manny courrage and finally allows romantic feelings to show towards him. In the end, Ellie leaves with a migrating herd of mammoths, hinting to Manny her feelings. Luckily, a scared Manny meets up with her, confesses his love, and the two leave as an official couple..
In the next film, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,). She still remained a shemoth but grew in her motherly instincts, She was now second in command of the herd and She was firm and determined to rescue Sid from the dinosaurs. Soon when their daughter was born Ellie, declines Manny's idea of naming their baby after her. Instead, she decided to name her Peaches, seeing as the calf was sweet, round, and covered with fuzz.
In Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ellie tries to reassure Manny, who has become overly-protective of Peaches., Ellie is very supportive to Peaches.
Manny met Ellie when he was alone mourning, afraid that he truly was the last living mammoth. Manny was initially overjoyed in meeting Ellie, after she fell from a tree, as he had beaten all odds and found another of his kind. However, he was soon in for the surprise of his life when he discovered that Ellie believed she was a opossum. Nevertheless, he and his herd (or rather, Sid) welcomed Ellie and her brothers, Crash and Eddie, to travel with them. During this time, Ellie displayed many mannerisms pertaining to a opossum as well as insisting that she was not a mammoth (despite obvious proof). All of this weighed heavily on Manfred's patience, namely when Ellie claimed that his act of bravery (of fighting off the savage sea reptile, Cretaceous) was just "plain dumb". Though, even more so, his hope of soothing his loneliness in having another mammoth companion (and possibly saving his species) was seeming less and less possible.
However, Manny eventually received his time alone with Ellie while they went for a walk through a grove of willow trees. There, Ellie had a sudden flashback of herself as a lost mammoth calf, finally convincing her that she truly was not a opossum. Upon remembering this, she meekly explained to Manny that she now knew what she was and shared a few slightly romantic moments with him. However, soon after, she became angered and offended after Manfred implied that in order to save the mammoths from extinction the must mate, as it was their "responsibility". Yet, eventually, after a life-and-death situation in the Misty Chasm, she apologized to Manny for over-reacting and began to see the chemistry they shared. This new spark slowly grew, until an obvious connection formed between the two. However, Manny was conflicted in loving another shemoth after his first mate's death, while Ellie was still confused of these feelings as she had been a opossum nearly her entire life.
However, this newly formed "herd" soon reached a horrible obstacle which stood between them and safety of the enormous, bark boat: a field of geysers. Manny explained that they had to cross it, since the dam would burst and flood the valley before they moved around it. But Ellie was equally fervent that they had to go around, since it was safer than being "blown to bits". So after a heated argument, Ellie, along with her brothers, went around while Manny, Sid, and Diego went straight through the geysers. But this proved to be disastrous: as Ellie and her brothers were feet from the giant boat, a mountain side caved in, trapping them inside a boulder "cave". Luckily, a very concerned Manny raced to Ellie's rescue, after Crash and Eddie warned him of their sister's situation. Though unfortunately, in the meantime, water from the flooding valley began to slowly stream into the boulder cave, nearly drowning Ellie. After a dangerous show-down between Manny and the Cretaceous and Maelstrom, he ingeniously saves Ellie and regroups with the others. Though Ellie was safe, a new danger arose as the already flooding bowl shaped, valley was filling higher with water, endangering everyone.
Luckily for the valley, the waters eventually subsided (thanks to an unaware Scrat) saving everyone. Then, to the amazement of the animals, a large herd of mammoths made their way through the cracked ice wall and into valley. Though initially happy for his species sake, Manny became worried that since he and Ellie were no longer the last of their species, she wouldn't want or have a reason to remain with him. But more importantly, Manny was conflicted about loving Ellie, as he both still felt loyal to his first mate and was afraid of being hurt again. However, after being persuaded otherwise by Sid and Diego, Manny chased after Ellie before she could leave with mammoths. After finding her, he confessed his feelings (while hanging upside-down from a tree) explaining that he wanted to be together not because they had to be, but because he himself wanted to. Then, after Manny and Ellie lock trunks and embrace, the mammoth herd trumpets, commending their new relationship. In the end, Manny and Ellie decide to stay with their old friends, forming their new herd with Sid, Diego, Crash and Eddie.
- "That's Stupid."
- ―Ellie to Manny after Manny suggest punching Diego on the shoulder will help him
When Sid ultimately gets kidnapped by an enraged tyrannosaurus, aka Momma Dino, (the mother of the Dino eggs he "saved") Ellie is determined to rescue him (much to the chagrin of Manny and the others). After Ellie's stubbornness wins out, a very agitated Manny, and terrified Crash and Eddie, head down into the Dinosaur World. Manny frantically tells Ellie that they need a code word, something to warn him when that she's gone into labor. Elle sarcastically suggests, "AAAH! The baby's coming!", which Manny complains is too long (being too anxious to pick up on Ellie's humor). So instead, he suggests "peaches" (as they are his favorite fruit, being sweet, round, and covered with fuzz) much to Ellie's comical disinterest. When they finally enter the Dino World, met by a surprised Diego. Ellie shows off her wit as she concocts a clever plan to escape the clutches of a territorial anklyosaurus. In luring a brontosaurus towards the group with a fern, she and the others were able to slide down its back to the ground (reminiscent of the "Flintstones" show).
When the eccentric weasel, Buck, arrived on the scene, saving them from a swarm of dinosaurs, Ellie is grateful but somewhat off-put by his deranged nature However, after he rescues Manny and Diego from the meat-eating flower, she asks him to join their group and help them find Sid (as she knows they need his expertise and dinosaur knowledge to survive). Later, Manny and the guys again fall into danger when they become overpowered by laughing gas/helium in the Chasm of Death. Ellie must eventually rescue them, after Buck's fails in his attempt to fix the bone zip-line, causing Ellie anxiety, even though she finds their situation ridiculous.
After reaching a rest stop for the night, Manny is tormented by a nightmare about Ellie being eaten by Rudy, the great, white baryonyx, waking Manny and leaving him with tremendous guilt and depression. After accidentally waking Ellie, Manny confesses his confliction to her, and apologizes for bringing her to the "most dangerous place in the world". He claims that none of it would've happened had he been a better friend to Sid. Ellie soothes him, and admits that the situation it is larger than both of them, and beyond their control. Buck pops in, and tells Manny that he's an amazing friend, though ruins the moment by adding that he's not the best husband or father for bringing Ellie (to which Ellie flinches, knowing it raised Manny's guilt).
Later, as they reach the last obsolesce, the broken Plates of Woe, before their destination Lava Falls, Ellie goes in to labor. As Ellie stops momentarily in pain, having her first contraction, she accidentally causes the cave in of the remaining plates. She luckily lands safely on a far ledge, though becomes separated from Manny in the process. Ellie frantically tries to call out the code word to warn Manny the baby's coming, but is too frazzled to remember. After yelling a comical string of random fruit names to Manny, Ellie finally remembers the "code word peaches" and screams it aloud. It didn't take Manny long to understand what she meant, as he ran around in a hysterical tizzy at the news. As Diego put it best "this.....not good."
Diego comforts Manny, and promises to help as he "has his back" as an old friend, and the two set off to rescue Ellie. Although initially unwilling, Diego eventually convinces Manny to stay behind and ward off a pack of Guanlongs while he protects Ellie before "its too late". Manny successfully attacked the ground herd from reaching Ellie, trapping most in a cave, while Diego fought off lone guanglongs from reaching her on the ledge. In the process, an unsuspecting Diego became Ellie's "unofficial" midwife, though admittedly having no experience with child birth. Although terrified and anxious as a first time mother, Ellie successfully gives birth to her first (and only) daughter. Manny, overwhelmed with joy, tearfully exclaimed "she's perfect!" suggesting they name her Ellie, "little Ellie". However, Ellie, to prevent confusion in the herd, instead suggested naming her "Peaches", seeing as she was sweet, and round, and covered with fuzz (to which Manny loved).
On their return trip to the Ice Age world, Rudy attacks the unsuspecting group. Ellie stayed behind, under a large ledge, protecting newborn Peaches while Manny, Diego, Crash, Eddie, and Buck unsuccessfully tried to wrangle Rudy. However, on Rudy's second attack, Momma Dino comes to their rescue. Initially returning with her hatchlings to save only Sid, she actually becomes everyone's hero as she pushes Rudy over the ledge. Ellie invites an uncertain Buck, pondering what his life's purpose was now Rudy was gone, into their herd. However, when Rudy roars, still alive, Buck leaves their misfit gang to return to Dino Word, but forever happy in meeting those strange mammals. Finally, after returning home, to their surface world, Ellie turns her attention towards her newborn daughter and introduces her to the Ice Age.
When Manny, Diego and Sid are separated from the herd, Ellie takes her husband’s place as the leader and helps everyone find safe ground. She also temporarily parents Peaches alone. Ellie, remembering what it was like to be a teenager, fully understands her daughter’s first crush. But she quickly reminds Peaches not to try to change to be accepted and be proud of the fact that she’s part possum.
Ellie is later captured by Captain Gutt and used to lure Manny and the others to his pirate crew. During the ensuing battle, Ellie is partially freed by Shira, Gutt's former first mate, and uses her free leg to crush Squint.When Gutt moves in to kill Ellie, Peaches swings in possum-style, knocking him away (to Ellie's great pride). After Gutt's defeat, Ellie, Manny and Peaches happily reunite, and the herd find a new home.
- ↑ Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) - Full cast and crew - Internet Movie Database
|Manny • Ellie • Peaches • Sid • Diego • Crash • Eddie • Shira • Granny|
|Buck • Manny's family • Shelly • Egbert • Yoko|