Scrat is the iconic central protagonist of the Ice Age franchise. He is a major character in the Ice Age film series, the main protagonist of his own short films Gone Nutty, No Time For Nuts, Scrat's Continental Crack-up and Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe, and a cameo character in Sid's short, Surviving Sid. He is also the main protagonist in Ice Age: The Meltdown video game. He is an acorn-obsessed saber-toothed squirrel.
Scrat is commonly shown in scenes as a comic relief character, involving the gang, but never interacts with them, directly with a few exceptions.
He is voiced by the director Chris Wedge.
Scrat is a squirrel who is totally obsessed with acorns, however he never manages to achieve one and instead causes himself massive physical pain. Scrat is also responsible for several important occurrences in the Paleolithic ice age such as Pangea and the formation of Death Valley. Scrat's uncontrollable desire for acorns has proven to be very self-destructive, and to everyone around him, even destroying an entire civilization of Scratlantis.
Scrat is a saber-tooth squirrel with a gray bushy tail, pink thumbs and toes, sharp teeth, short furry ears, and a gray torso.
Scrat attempts to find a place to store his acorn for the winter. Eventually, as he tries to stomp it into the ground, he inadvertently causes a large crack to form in the ice that extends for miles before setting off a large avalanche which nearly crushes him. He barely escapes but finds himself getting stepped on by a herd of prehistoric animals migrating south in order to escape the forthcoming ice age.
20,000 years later, Scrat, frozen in a block of ice, ends up on the shores of a tropical island. As the ice slowly melts, an acorn that was also frozen in the same ice block is washed away, to his horror. Scrat then finds a coconut and tries stomp it into the ground, only to mistakenly trigger a volcanic eruption.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Scrat climbs up the glacier and at the top sticks the acorn he has into the ice. This forms a crack in the glacier, which widens into a fissure, diverting the flood and saving the animals in the valley; Scrat is then washed away.
The epilogue shows Scrat having a near death experience after falling into the fissure. He enters a heaven full of acorns. Suddenly, he finds himself torn away. He unhappily wakes up, having been resuscitated by Sid, who he proceeds to viciously attack.
Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
He is fighting with Scratte for the acorn. Even after they fell in love, it was broken when Scrat reunites with his acorn.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
Scrat inadvertently causes the break up of Pangaea, which also costs the animals their home and (with the land bridge destroyed,) travel to the land where Manny, Sid, Diego, and Granny found themselves in when they were separated.
In the film's epilogue, Scrat discovers the island on the map, known as Scratlantis (a parody of Atlantis), but his uncontrollable urge to hunt acorns in the acorn-rich city inadvertently causes the entire island to sink when he unplugs an acorn drain holder; Scrat is then ejected into a newly created desert landscape, through which he screams.
Ice Age 5: Collision Course
Scrat is once again trying to bury his acorn but accidentally activates an abandoned alien ship that takes him into deep space, where he unwittingly sends several asteroids en route to a collision with Earth including one of them that threatens all life on Earth.
In the film's epilogue, Scrat keeps struggling to control the alien ship until it crashes on Mars, destroying all life on the planet.
In a mid-credits scene, Scrat finds his acorn, but gets beaten by some doors.
- Despite the fact that Scrat was made to be a fictional creature, a species similar to Scrat dubbed Cronopio was discovered in the Rio Negro region of Argentina in 2011 by paleontologist Guillermo Rougier.
- He is similar to Wile E. Coyote from Looney Tunes:
- Both are wild animals.
- Both don't speak. (Wile E. Coyote did speak on rare occasions however)
- Both are highly intelligent, cunning, fast, and strong, but are incompetent scapegoats who are always physically punished through comedic slapstick.
- Both accidentally cause destruction and start catastrophes from their failed plans and ideas, yet can survive even the worst and most impossible of events happening.
- Both have grit and constantly get outsmarted by their prey (Scrat by his acorn, and Wile E. Coyote by The Road Runner), but never quit to achieve their goals.
- Both have similar facial expressions, and make sounds of desperation while speaking in exclamation points.
- Both hate gravity more than their prey.