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The unofficial fourth member of the "Ice Age" crew is Scrat, a saber-toothed squirrel whose devotion to acorns knows no bounds. The poor little guy just can't get a proper meal, and it's not for lack of trying. Scrat has fallen off cliffs, been frozen for thousands of years and been attacked by piranhas. He's been betrayed by the love of his life, been hit by lightning and been assaulted by dinosaurs. All in pursuit of food. Rather than covet his single acorn, Scrat would be better off thinking in the long term. It's easy to grow oak trees from planting acorns. So why not invest in the future by sticking his cherished nut into the soil? It's a lot better than almost falling into a volcano.Turning acorns into oak trees is simple. According to the National Audubon Society, acorns should be planted in December or January for best results. Roots should start to grow by spring. Summer irrigation is very important for the first two years. A growing tree will need about five gallons of water a week. After a few years of care, Scrat would have an endless supply of acorns. Problem solved.Of course, watching Scrat tend to his sapling would be considerably less exciting from a dramatic perspective. Audiences like watching him struggle.Scrat is so popular that he's spawned three solo animated shorts: "Gone Nutty," "No Time for Nuts" and "Scrat's Continental Crack-Up." Both "Gone Nutty" and "No Time for Nuts" received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Short. Ever the underdog, Scrat lost both times to other movies.Much like the Trix Rabbit, it seems that Scrat will be denied his favorite food for all eternity. We're sorry, little guy. Keep trying.And maybe if you're lucky, the folks at Blue Sky will throw you an acorn in Part 5.Will Scrat ever get his acorn? Are you excited to see "Continental Drift"? Do you ever pretend that the elephants at the zoo are mastodons? Let us know on our MSN Movies Facebook page.Frank Paiva is a playwright and actor in New York City. In addition to making regular contributions to MSN Movies, his work has appeared in The New York Times, the Seattle Weekly, the Not for Tourists guide and on EdgeNewYork.com.(20th Century FOX)
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