Do Guinea Pigs Appear in Ice Age: Continental Drift?

guinea pigs hyrax in ice age filmImage courtesy of Blue Sky Studios

These animals appear briefly in the trailer for Ice Age: Continental Drift. Could they be guinea pigs? Guinea Pig Today had to investigate the possibility.

If you’ve been to the movies this summer, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the next film in the series of Ice Age movies titled Ice Age: Continental Drift. What surprised me were a bunch of rodent-like critters that appear briefly in the trailer. Are these guinea pigs!? I was dying to know. Like so many cavy enthusiasts, I love seeing guinea pigs appear in pop culture.

A bit of research online brought us the answer. Unfortunately, it is no. There are not guinea pigs in the film. According to the Ice Age page on Wikipedia, these small animals are called Hyrax. The Wiki has spoilers so don’t read the article if you plan to see the movie.

Are hyrax related to guinea pigs in some way? Not really. They’re roughly the same size and shape but hyrax aren’t rodents. Guinea pigs and hyrax share the same Kingdom: (Animalia), Phylum (Chordata) and Class: (Mammalia) but that’s where it ends. As a cartoon character however, they apparently appear quite similar.

So congratulations to the hyrax community for being featured in the movie. Maybe next time, we’ll see some guinea pigs or other wonderful members of the cavy family.

The Ice Age: Continental Drift animated film will be released in theaters in the US on July 13, 2012.

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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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5 Responses to “Do Guinea Pigs Appear in Ice Age: Continental Drift?”
  1. Michelle "Ms. Geek" Klein-Hass says:

    I think that as long as there had been all those changes between “Kingdom of the Sun” and “The Emperor’s New Groove” they should have added a cavy among the companions on the journey. I had this idea that the piggie should have been really neurotic and had a nasty habit of screaming “We’re all gonna DIE!!!” at the worst times. Since guinea pigs had their origins as the a low-on-the-totem-pole Andean prey animal, sort of the rabbit niche or the mouse niche, such a neurotic critter would be appropriate. However, as is the case with a lot of fearful, timid characters in Disney movies, the piggie-butt would save everyone’s butt in a crucial moment. Too bad I wasn’t on the story team.

  2. Cameron says:

    I wanna see some saber-tooth guinea pigs!

  3. Pam says:

    The teeth are all wrong for Rock Hyrax. They look more like tiny vampires. And their colour is different as well – plain brown agouti. Interestingly, Rock Hyrax are related to elephants.

    If guinea pigs did appear in the movie, they’d have to be the 800-lb version that was roaming around back then. 🙂

  4. Mariah says:

    Pam, I was thinking of something a little more along the lines of Caplin ROUS 🙂

  5. Uli says:

    Hyrax are actually very close to elephants and belong to so-called ‘hoofed’ animals (Order: ungulata). Their latin name though, Procavia capensis, has cavia in it, but this is purely coincidental. They are not related to guinea pigs.
    However, they are herbivores and they sing (like some of our guinea pigs):
    Their song has amazing structures!

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