Ice Age: Collision Course

Four movies ago and thirteen years the first Ice Age film was released.  This, the fifth installment, is said to be the last and it seems right as the creative well in this franchise seems bone dry.


The Ice Age franchise has never been the cleverest animated series out there.  What it did well was be cute, silly and loads of fun.  In Ice Age: Collision Course there is precious little of those qualities to be found.  The strongest aspect of this film is the animation and colour of it.  Not the greatest of praise.  Though it is a great improvement visually from the first two films in the series.


ice age collision courseWith its unfunny jokes and flat dialogue there is not much to grab onto.  Kids will probably laugh at the humour, but most adults will find it lame.  A story that is rife with clichés and characters that are somewhat annoying.  Also, there are so many characters (including a load of new ones) it is hard to keep an interest in them all.


Thank god for that crazy squirrel.  Scrat and is singlemindedness about that acorn is by far the best thing about the film.  I came to longing for his next appearance to break up the monotony.


Scrat (voiced by Chris Wedge – Ice Age, Robots) has inadvertently (in the eternal chase after that acorn) set in motion a sequence of events that has led to a large meteorite hurtling towards Earth.  This sets in motion a big attempt by the gang of prehistoric creatures to save the world and their own hides.


As with most animated films aimed at young people there is an underlying message here.  It is about accepting change and moving on.  This really has to do with the subplot involving Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer – from television’s Scream Queens) and Julian (voiced by Adam Devine – Pitch Perfect 2, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) impending nuptials and their decision to move away from Peaches’ parents, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano – from television’s Everybody Loves Raymond) and Ellie (Queen Latifah – Chicago, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs).  Needless to say they are not taking the news very well.


All that has to take a backseat to the giant ball of fire that is going to strike Earth in a couple of days.  Led by the very odd Buck (voiced by Simon Pegg – Star Trek Beyond, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), a motley crew including Manny, Ellie, Peaches, Julian, Diego (voiced by Dennis Leary – from television’s Rescue Me), Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez – Maid in Manhattan, Out of Sight), Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes – from television’s Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo – Moulin Rouge!, Sisters) set off to do something to stop the doomsday meteor.


Keep your ears open for the voice talents of singer Jessie J, Michael Strahan, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, and Nick Offerman.

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