- "I'm not fat. It's all this fur. It makes me look...poofy."
- ―Manny to Sid about his appearance.[src]
Manfred, known more commonly as Manny, is one of the three main protagonists of the Ice Age franchise. He was a mammoth that led a herd of different animals brought together after various adventures and experiences. He is the main protagonist of all the Ice Age films except Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs where he is the dueteragonist. Once a devoted father and husband, Manfred loved his wife and child dearly, protecting them well until a band of humans on the hunt came between them. Manny attempted to fend them off but was unsuccessful as his wife and child were killed. This left Manny embittered with the world at large, being cold and indifferent towards other creatures.
Manny, however, met a ground sloth named Sid one summer, who insisted on staying close to him after he saved him from an attack brought on by two rhinos. Sid found a human baby named Roshan, who was separated from his tribe, and Manny, along with a Saber-Tooth Tiger named Diego, helped him to return the baby to his tribe. Despite Diego's duplicity, Manny forgave him and formed a herd with both the saber and the sloth, heading south.
Soon after, Manny and his herd made their home in a valley that was surrounded by ice, which was due to flood as the immense amounts of surrounding ice were hastily melting with the spring. With this, Manny and his herd led the other herds of animals to safety, though throughout that time, Manny grew uneasy, thinking that he perhaps was the last mammoth alive. This changed when he met a female mammoth named Ellie, who believed she was a possum, along with her adoptive brothers Crash and Eddie. Manny led these three to safety as well, initially with the intent of choosing Ellie as a mate to spark the mammoth population. Soon after, however, the flood ended and mammoths made their presence known as they marched through the valley. Regardless, Manny and Ellie stayed together, taking Sid, Diego, Crash and Eddie with them as part of their herd.
Some time later, Manny and Ellie were expecting a child of their own, and Manny grew uneasy with his status as a father. Manny grew protective of Ellie and was forced to deal with Sid's disappearance as he was abducted by a Tyrannosaurus named Momma, whose eggs Sid unknowingly abducted in the hopes of having his own family. Braving the perils of the underground dinosaur world where Sid was taken with the help of a weasel named Buck, Manny returned to the surface with his herd and his newborn daughter, a mammoth calf named Peaches.
Years later, Manny grew more concerned with his family: Peaches was growing up fast and he became more and more uneasy with her social interactions with boys. The continental divides, however, separated Manny from his family for a time, pushing him, Sid, Diego and Sid's irritable grandmother Granny out to sea on an ice floe. Manny, while at sea, encountered a group of animals that declared themselves pirates atop an iceberg ship: the pirate captain, an ape named Gutt, declared revenge on Manny and sought him out, only to be vanquished. Manny soon after led the other herds of animals, who had been driven out of their homes by the continent divides, to a new home across the seas.
Further into the future, with his daughter all grown up, Manny once again became concerned with, not only Peaches marrying her fiance, Julian, but also with his daughter moving away. Much more to his displeasure, he ended up forgetting his anniversary with Ellie, as his "surprise" gift of fireworks, turned out to be a meteor shower, which had forced Manny and his herd to take cover. Manny and the herd were then able to reunite with their old friend Buck, who came to explain to them that they had to prevent an asteroid from colliding with the earth, setting off on another journey. They reached a crash site called Geotopia, where they were able to to the utopia's crystals to successfully divert the asteroid. Afterwards, at Peaches' wedding, Manny was able to accept Julian as his son-in-law, as well as Peaches' decision of moving away on her own.
A no-nonsense, reserved mammoth, Manny had little patience for many creatures and could often be harsh, but this made way for a more compassionate disposition and was often curbed by a strong love for his family and a powerful dedication towards those he was close to.
At some point in his youth, Manfred celebrated the holiday Christmas with his family, making use of the family Christmas Rock, which had been in their family for generations, as a beacon to Santa Claus.
In his adult years, Manfred was a father and husband to a female mammoth and mammoth calf, both of which he loved dearly. One day, however, a group of humans on the hunt found the three of them and Manfred staved them off as best he could, keeping a number of them at bay before a number of the humans surrounded him so that others killed his wife and child as all he could do was call out in dismay. This incident left Manfred sour and indifferent to the rest of the world and made it so that he did not attempt to become close to anyone after that.
Manfred, embittered by his experiences, ignored the crowds of animals migrating south to escape the freezing cold brought on by the ice age as he walked right through them all, not caring that he was nearly stepping on some of them, until one animal, a single start father, shouted at Manfred, calling him out on his slow pace and blocking the road ahead, to which Manfred coldly responded by calling out the shortness of the start's trunk and how the start was drawing attention to himself. Timidly, the start asked to be left to pass by with his family: Manfred dismissively let the start pass and continued to walk north, ignoring the start's statement to his own family that Manfred would freeze to death.
Further down the road, Manfred stood atop a ledge alone, until a small ground sloth named Sid ran into him, asking to be hidden from two angry rhinos named Carl and Frank. The two rhinos intended to brutalize Sid for ruining their meal, which Manfred was indifferent towards, but Sid, seeking protection, hid behind the mammoth's legs. Manfred stayed indifferent and brought up that rhinos were herbivorous, to which Carl pointed out that they'd kill Sid out of fun, which displeased Manfred. This did not register with the rhinos, who still wished to harm the sloth, and Manfred, bluffing, told the rhinos that if they crossed the sinkhole dividing them, they might take Sid. Sid, overconfident in his safety, called out another bluff, throwing a rock at them, which landed on the sinkhole, which had since dried up, revealing the bluff.
The two rhinos rushed at Manfred and Sid, and Manfred used his tusks to stave the rhinos off, shoving them back onto the ground, when Carl rushed in to charge Sid, but Manfred seized the rhino by his horn and flung him around, throwing Carl. Frank also rushed in, stampeding towards Sid when Manfred scooped the rhino in his tusks and threw him aside. Sid, happy to see that the rhinos were halted, rushed to hug Manfred, causing the mammoth to lose his footing and slide down the ledge, no worse for wear. Sid held onto Manfred's face when he dropped Sid on the ground; Sid rushed back to Manfred, offering to join him. Manfred sarcastically invited Sid to jump on his back and relax through the whole journey north rather than south before coldly leaving the sloth. Sid, thinking he was safe, thanked Manfred for his help and set off alone. Within a moment of hearing the rhinos threaten him, Manfred, seeing that Sid really wanted protection from any threats, paid the sloth no mind, and left him, but Sid, intending to latch on, insisted on joining the mammoth, whom he dubbed "Manny". Manny, annoyed at Sid, demanded that he stop following him, but Sid, not taking the hint, stayed with Manny.
Stopping for the Night
Further up north, Manny and Sid found an area to rest for the night, with Manny carrying a number of large logs with his tusks and Sid dragging one stick as though it were heavy. Manny skeptically asked Sid whether one stick was enough to make shelter, but Sid had another plan: Sid would snap the stick in two and make fire with it.
That night, however, the rains fell thick and fast, leaving Sid out in the cold, still rubbing the two sticks together out in the rain while Manny lay in a shelter he fashioned from the logs. To fool Sid as a joke, Manny claimed to see a spark, which worked, as Sid looked happily for a moment. Sid decided to stop trying to make fire and asked Manny if he might squeeze in the shelter, but Manny was not interested in sharing the shelter. Annoyed as usual, Manny asked whether Sid had others in his life that he could bother. Sid revealed that his own family left him behind on many occasions, settling himself ostentatiously on Manny's tusk, using his trunk as a blanket. Manny grabbed the sloth and dropped him outside the shelter. While out in the rain, Sid asked Manny whether he had any family, and Manny, having a soft spot touched, said not a word and turned around in his shelter, away from Sid.
Finding the Baby
Manny and Sid continued to wander up north through a forest, wherein Sid continued to bore Manny with more talk of his own life, and how he attempted to try a mating dance on more than one mate. Manny chided Sid, informing him that if one gained a mate, he or she should be loyal, or in Sid's case, grateful: with that, Manny called for Sid to leave him alone. At that moment, Manny had stopped walking as he reached a creek, where he stood still, unaware that Sid had bumped into him. Manny stood and watched as a human woman lay in the waters, holding a baby. Weakened greatly, the woman held onto a log with her other arm, pulling herself closer to Manny. With that, she pushed her baby towards the mammoth, who kept it from slipping into the river. The woman looked up at Manny, who stared back as she slipped away into unconsciousness. Manny pulled the baby closer and saw that it was alive and well. Both Manny and Sid looked up to find that the woman had disappeared and Manny indifferently walked off, leaving the baby behind.
Sid called out to Manny that he was forgetting something, which Manny crossly denied: stating that he was still trying to be rid of Sid, the last creature he saved. Sid still persisted in stating that Manny could not simply leave the baby there, spotting the smoke from the human camp, and deciding that they must return him, Manny, growing angrier, stated that he and Sid would do nothing together, for without Manny's help, Sid would not even be alive, sealing his decline with a gesture of his trunk to state that he was not going to help. Sid, deciding to act alone, decided to scale the nearby cliffs, at the top of which was the human camp. Manny sarcastically called out that he was standing by to watch how Sid would bungle his own attempts up. Manny then watched Sid struggling to climb up the cliffs, yellling out to the sloth that he was an embarassment to nature. As Sid continued to scale the cliffs, he started to lose his grip on the baby, and Manny watched attentively. Sid at that moment then dropped the baby, and Manny stood by at the ready to catch the baby, only for a saber-tooth tiger to jump in and grab the baby in mid-air. Manny quickly swiped back the baby into his own trunk and moved him away from the saber, who growled at Manny, only for Manny to growl back. At that, the saber spoke, stating that the baby was his: Sid intervened by stating that the baby was his, which Manny denied.
Maelstrom and CretaceousMaelstrom and Cretaceous dragged him under the water. Manny made Cretaceous hit into the stick, causing the rock to fall on them, and Ellie to be freed. Crash, Eddie, Sid, and Diego waited for their friends. Finally, Ellie and Manny's trunks broke the surface of the water. A while after that, a large herd of mammoths stormed through, proving that they weren't the last mammoths. Ellie decided to go with the mammoth herd. Manny, still troubled about his past, let her go. Diego told Manny to let go of his past, so he can have a future. He hung upside down from a tree, telling Ellie that he loved her and wanted her to come with his herd. She agreed.
Stuck at Sea
Manny was with Diego and Sid, stuck at sea on a chunk of ice. They survived storms together and harsh waves. Soon hearing a strange noise in a tree, Diego looked in only to see Sid's Granny, which his family left, was alive and well sleeping through the storms. She then went in the water and took her first bath in decades, killing fish and even a shark under the water. Manny threw Sid in the water to get her, and Sid put her up on the ice.
Captured by Pirates
They saw a bird fly by, and assumed land was near. They heard laughter and Sid thought it was just a party crew. The skulls of saber-tooth tigers hit the iceberg they were on and they were dragged in by pirates. Gutt, a Gigantopithecus, greeted them as each crew member stepped up. Later, Manny was hit in the head with an ice block, and passed out. They were tied up, and Gutt and his crew sang Master of the Seas. Diego and Manny, thought of a way out, and decided to risk it. They were able to destroy the ship and get to safety on a piece of ice. Shira, a saber-tooth tiger was calling for help. She was rescued by Manny but didn't really want to be with them.
Fighting GuttOnce he had gotten to wear the land bridge was, Manny saw Peaches, but Gutt was holding on to her. He had tied up Manny's loving wife, Ellie. Louis was able to save Peaches and Peaches was able to save her mom. A little later, Manny was fighting Gutt on an iceberg. Manny won the fight and was able to return to his family in peace, and found a new home.
While Spring was coming, Manny and his friend Diego and his two brother-in-laws, Crash and Eddie, were watching a game between the hawks and hornets. The hawks lost. Ellie called Manny to help her, but Manny wanted to watch another game at Diego's den. Diego told Manny that Shira was sleeping, as she was up all night hunting with The Cougars. They went to Sid's den, but he was making a business out of taking care/babysitting eggs. Squint, a rabbit that was a pirate on Gutt's crew, came and tried to attack Manny and later hid all of Sid's business eggs and demanded a pirate ship. They found all but one egg on the adventure, and found it with Scrat. Manny, Ellie, and Peaches enjoyed time together after all of this.
Manny met up with his friend, Diego, at a fruit bar. Manny told Diego that he doesn't get women, saying Ellie did something odd. Manny asked Diego if Shira ever giggled, for which he glanced to see Shira chasing an elk. Diego replied she wasn't much of a giggler. Sid, their friend, looked like a mess, for he got dumped. Manny told him that he should get cleaned up.
Later, after hearing strange growling sounds, Manny yelled hello into a smoking hole. Manny helped their old weasel friend, Buck, out of the hole. After Buck was introduced to Shira, Peaches, and Julian, Manny asked Buck what he was doing here. Buck explained that he had found a stone tablet, explaining that every few millions of years, Earth gets cleansed by a gigantic asteroid that crashes in the exact same spot, with the third one attracting straight towards it. Manny asked how could they changed something if it was intended to happen through prophecy. Buck told him that they could change their future disaster from happening, so if they can head to the crash site, they can perhaps figure out a way to stop this asteroid from hitting. Though the herd was hesitant, they agreed to team up with Buck and went on their journey.
As the herd traveled their way through a forest, Manny began to criticize the way Julian walked, mimicking and making fun of him behind his back. When Julian turned around, Manny quickly turned his attention to a condor. Ellie told Manny to quit picking on Julian. As Manny brought up if his wife was still mad about forgetting their anniversary, he ended up pointing out if they were to survive, they would lose Peaches. Before Ellie began to devise a plan, Manny suggested that they should break Julian and Peaches apart, where Peaches would stay with them forever, as he laughed maniacally. Ellie thwarted the idea by explaining that they can convince the young couple to stay near them, by making it seem like it's their idea. Manny happily agreed with the plan. Just then, Buck found a space rock and the herd discovered that the space rocks are magnetized, just like the asteroid, in which they can use the space rocks the divert the asteroid.
As the herd continued to follow their trail, Buck had mysteriously led them off the trail, with no questions asked. The herd eventually came across a large river. Buck comically commands it to let them pass which Shira and Diego express their doubt. Suddenly the moon passes over and gravitationally pulls the water causing a path to open up, allowing them to pass through. After they made their way through the river, the air felt strange, as Diego and Shira realized the fur n their paws were furry from static electricity. It wasn't long before Sid and Diego began to laugh at Manny because of his head being fuzzy, as his fur suddenly poof up, along with Diego, then Sid (after he had laughed at both of them and the two had then shocked him). Buck announced that the herd had walked into an electrical storm and they shouldn't created any sort of friction. Crash and Eddie, not knowing what friction was, caused a ginormous strike of lightning. As the herd made an escape out of the storm, Peaches ended getting trapped by the lightening.She had told Julian not to move, as she had figured out how to escape. Unfortunately, Manny didn't understand why Julian wasn't helping Peaches, as he and Ellie came to help. Though Julian had warned them not to get any closer, Manny and Ellie were stuck as the purple lightening zapped around them. Luckily, Diego was able to save them. Buck went inside the forest, and saved a "baby." It turned out to be a pumpkin, and the herd thought it was rather strange. Buck named the pumpkin Bronwyn.
Buck told the herd that they should camp for the night, explaining the asteroid was still a day of. Manny had then noticed that Diego was laughing with Julian, as the two had developed a friendly way to "peace-out". Though Manny was displeased, Diego clarified that he liked Julian's philosophy an that Manny should bond with him. This then gave Manny and Ellie the chance to try and get Julian and Peaches to stay. While Ellie went to test Peaches' parenting with the help of Crash, Eddie, Sid, and Granny, Manny plays hockey with Julian. At first, Manny gently slides the puck toward Julian, for he hadn't been able to stop any of them. Julian stopped the puck and was so excited he told Peaches that she'd have a new hockey partner. Manny, angry, smacked the puck as hard as he could, only for it to hit Julian in the head, knocking him unconscious into the icy water. Peaches was mad at her father for doing so. She told both of her parents that she's still going to marry Julian, as she believed that they think of him as an obstacle, and still move from home. In the morning the herd discovered that Granny was gone. Buck wasn't able to hide the fact from the herd that giant Dino-Birds were following them. Sid, upset that his Granny was gone, cried, saying he could still hear her voice. They noticed that Granny's yelling was not in Sid's head and it was coming from a crashed asteroid.
Later, Manny walked Peaches down the aisle. He passed her trunk over to Julian. Julian and Peaches got married and Brooke sang a song for the herd and other animals called My Superstar.
Personality and Traits
As a mammoth, Manny was short for words, and often came off as cross, surly and cold: this demeanor was brought on by the loss of his family at the hands of a pack of humans. Though he was often bitter, Manny was loyal to those he cared for and watched closely over any that he formed bonds with; though he was dedicated to anyone he was close to, Manny was never above his usual sarcasm, or, as Sid was concerned, a sharp slap to the head. But he is still shown to have a kind heart. Diego even refers to him as a good guy to which Sid agrees. In later years, Manny's demeanor softened as he grew into a herd and found a second wife in the form of Ellie: perhaps due to his losses in life, Manny was greatly protective of Ellie and loved her dearly, this love furthering itself as he became a father for a second time to Peaches, his daughter. With his daughter, Manny grew overly protective and somewhat doting, thinking that Peaches was always going to be his helpless baby; this perspective changed as Peaches proved her self-sufficence.
Manny was built as all other mammoths were, large with a thick brown woolly coat, long, curved tusks, flappy ears, four large feet and a long prehensile trunk. Though better groomed by far than Sid, Manny still had some hygiene issues, from overly-long trunk hairs to his toenails, under which were insects that still believed the Jurassic was going on. Due to spending a good part of his time frowning, Manny had a fixed scowl, which he continuously wore, in addition to his surly mood. Manny's eyes were brown and his scalp hair was dark brown, parted down the middle, a style that had been out of fashion since the Pliocene. Perhaps most notable of all was Manny's weight: even for a mammoth, Manny was somewhat portly, blaming his fat appearance on his thick fur. Manny's favorite fruit was peaches, which led to his daughter's name.
Behind the Scenes
Manny was voiced in all his onscreen appearances by Ray Romano.
Initially considered for the voice of Manny were James Earl Jones and Ving Rhames.