Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift


PG for mild rude humor and action/peril.
Genre: Animated, comedy, sequel.
Running Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all time for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of the upheavel, Sid also reunites with his Granny and the herd also comes across a menagerie of sea-faring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.

Really? Did We Need A Number Four In This Series?

Make the madness stop please! Even kids are giving this fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise a thumbs down. As we screened the movie a boy sitting in front of us turned to his father half way through the movie and said – “Daddy, I’m bored, I want to go home”. A sense of restlessness popped up all over the movie theater as kids fidgeted, talked and became very un-interested in the big screen and more interested in popcorn re-fills. One person told me after seeing Ice Age: Continental Drift her niece said – “It was boring and didn’t make sense. I got confused in the movie”.

While this sequel debuted in the number one Box Office spot pulling in close to $47 million dollars, it is off from previous animated releases this year. It was also much lower than the 2006 offering in this franchise Ice Age: Meltdown which pulled in $68 million dollars.

Could it be people are tiring of the Ice Age motif? 

While the movie is getting off to a somewhat slow start I’m sure there are Ice Age holdouts who will see the movie and buy it when it comes out on DVD. The shining moment of Continental Drift revolves around the fact that the original voice talent is back once again for the main characters. Manny – voiced by Ray Romano – is once again joined by the voice talent of people like Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and more! There’s also a new character added voiced by Wanda Sykes who plays Sid’s grandmother lovingly named “Granny”. While her character adds a new flavor to the movie, I must admit, the humor wears off quickly. But I will say this much – at least Granny adds the comic and different twist by the end of the movie which does help salvage Ice Age: Continental Drift a little.

The bottom line is this – when it comes to this fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise – it’s pretty obvious those involved in the flick are simply looking for a cash grab. Even the voice talent seems a little more bored than usual. Of course they would never admit that, but when you listen to their performances, they really are somewhat lack-luster. The best part of this movie – the ending – and that doesn’t just come from me. I asked a few kids who also saw the movie what their favorite part was and they said “The closing song”!

From the mouths of babes.

Try to enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.