Ice Age : Continental Drift

My favourite animated movie franchise & gang returns after a gap of 3 years. Ice Age : Continental Drift is the 4th movie in the Ice Age series, released in July of this year. Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, it was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, and features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Wanda Sykes, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lopez. There are a whole lot of new characters including a villanous group that prove to be a huge headache for our heroes.

The setting is a few ears after the events of the last movie and Peaches, who was just born towards the end of Dawn Of The Dinosaurs is now a teenaged mammoth. Manny is over protective and embarrasses his daughter in front of her friends and worse – in front of a male teenaged mammoth she likes called Ethan. However Scrat, like in the other movies is chasing a his acorn and attempts to bury it only to cause a mountain to break in two! Scrat then falls down into the Earth’s inner core and chases his acorn around it, causing the land on the earth’s crust to break and separate into seven continents and he gets shot out of the earth’s inner core. So take notes kids – our 7 continents were all caused by Scrat! Sid reunites with his family (who abandoned him during the first film), but is abandoned again, with his obnoxious Granny.

The separation of the land masses separates Manny, Sid, Diego and Granny from the rest – the four find themselves on a floating iceberg and have to suffer a rough storm through the night. Ellie, Peaches, Louis, Crash, Eddie, and the herd of other animals head toward a land bridge as adviced by Manny, hoping to be reunited with the missing 4. They encounters an ice ship, and discover that there are a group of animal pirates, led by a Gigantopithecus named Captain Gutt along with his first mate, a female smilodon named Shira. A fight ensues they manage to escape, breaking the pirate ship in the process. Gutt and the pirates survive the incident and are seen floating on their half of the broken ship. Shira is rescued from the water by our heroes. She will escape later and rejoin Gutt and her shipmates but is berated for failing to kill Manny & gang. Gutt who is furious at what had happened, quickly creates a new ship by breaking off a chunk of ice from a nearby ice wall and calls out for his narwhals to propel it. The pirate gang sets out after the herd, as Gutt is now determined to get revenge on Manny.

As our heroes head to the land bridge they encounter sharp-toothed sirens who seduce anyone by taking the shape of loved ones. Fortunately, Manny immediately realizes this and manages to steer the ship away from the sirens, before Sid, Diego, and Granny can get any closer to them.Ellie, Peaches, Louis, Crash, Eddie, and the herd of other animals reach the land bridge, but find it to be destroyed. Manny, and the gang finally reach home also finding it destroyed. Much to their horror, Gutt and his pirates have captured Ellie & Peaches. A huge fight errupts and Manny, Sid & Diego emerge victorious over the pirate animals with a big help in the form of a huge whale which Granny befriends and names Precious.  Gutt recovers, but finds a siren disguised as a female Gigantopithecus. Gutt goes up to it and gets eaten by the siren. Manny reunites with his family and reconciles with Peaches. Shira becomes Diego’s girlfriend and joins the herd and Louis is finally allowed to still be with Peaches whenever she hangs out with Ethan’s gang. With the continent being destroyed by the landmass, the herd and the other animals then find another continent which they accept as their new home.

A lot of fun but a little chaotic which I find is due to the many characters in it. To get true justice for this kind of a movie we need to focus on a core group of characters. Oh and Scrat finds a map to a giant acorn in the seas and finds himself in Scratlantis; a floating city filled with other sabre-toothed squirrels and acorns. Scrat, excited and gleeful, grabs many acorns on the island in a frenzy and eventually tries to grab a giant one, which was used as a plug blocking a hole for the island. He pulls it out, causing the city to flood and sink, leaving Scrat stranded in the middle of a dry desert in North America. LOL, 8.5 outta 10!