When you’re a parent of young children, going to the movies doesn’t necessarily include seeking out quality stories. On the contrary, the experience often entails going to see whatever age appropriate movie is playing on a given day. Such was the case when choosing to see the animated feature “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, the 4th installment of the ongoing adventures of Manny the Mammoth, Diego the Sabretooth Tiger, and Sid the Sloth. Surprisingly, a comically fiendish band of pirates breathes new life into the series offering up a pleasant diversion much like an ice cream sundae.
How’s the Story
“Ice Age: Continental Drift” makes use of the environmental changes taking place during the Ice Age. Much like the first three movies, migration weighs heavily in the storyline. Due to circumstances beyond their control, Manny and the gang end up separated from the herd and are set adrift out to sea desperately trying to find their way back home. They encounter storms, sea creatures, and wage battle with pirates led by Captain Gutt, a large ape-like animal, who ends up being the toughest foe yet for Manny, Diego, and Sid.
In addition, numerous new characters enter the fray including Shira, a sabertooth tiger voiced by Jennifer Lopez, and Granny, a wise cracking sloth voiced by Wanda Sykes. The majority of the jokes are predictable and familiar which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “Ice Age: Continental Drift” can be summed up as comfort food for the masses.
How is the animation?
The rich, playful style of animation has remained consistent throughout the entire “Ice Age” series creating creatures that are engaging, expressive, and lovable.
Any opportunity for bathroom breaks?
There are several. If you need an early break, go when Sid’s extended family arrives. You can also step away when Manny, Sid, and Diego are first set adrift on the ice. Overall, any time will work since you don’t risk missing any compelling plot line changes.
Overall Rating: B
Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Pros: If you liked the first 3 movies, you’ll feel right at home home with the 4th installment.
Cons: The cost of seeing the movie. This might make more sense as a rental.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift: Official Movie Trailer