Ice Age: Continental Drift

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Director
Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Runtime
1 h 28 min
Release Date
26 June 2012
Genres
Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Overview
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
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  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
    ComedyKidsAnimation We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.Movie ReviewScrat (the prehistoric squirrel) may seem like just a nut-loving nut. But he's actually quite a mover and shaker. In fact, when he falls to the earth's core he shakes things up so badly landmasses start breaking up and drifting apart. Now, if you were into selling beachfront property, that might be a real plus. But real estate agents won't be showing up for a few millennia yet. And for Manny (the mammoth), the earth-shaking changes couldn't have come at a worse time. He's in the process of dealing with his teen daughter Peaches' rebellious choices when, "Bam!" everything starts rumbling and crumbling. Worse yet, Manny, Diego (the sabre-toothed tiger), Sid (the goofy sloth) and Sid's oil slick of a Granny all find themselves separated from the rest of the community of animals and set adrift on an iceberg. Did I say worse yet? I spoke too soon. A thumping and walloping storm begins to blast the group of reluctant seafarers. And then they meet … Captain Gutt. This bullying ape-y pirate captain and his motley pirate crew have nothing less in mind than stealing everything Manny and his friends have. (And never mind that a handful of sopping-wet animals stranded on an iceberg haven't much to steal.) On top of that, the bad cap wants to turn them all into forced laborers, galley slaves, if you will. Or, more accurately, ice floe slaves. Their bright, bright future under Gutt's grimacing watch? Swabbing decks and peeling bananas as his whims demand. Manny's not so inclined, thank you very much. He's determined to get back to his family. And at 15 tons, no buccaneer baboon is gonna stand in his way.Positive ElementsAs Manny drifts away from his mate, Ellie, and his daughter on a chunk of ice, he yells back for them to find a path to safety. "No matter what," he calls to them, "I will find you!" And throughout the film, the importance of maintaining that firm family connection is reinforced over and over. Peaches lashes out at her dad with, "I wish you weren't my father!" But after their separation we immediately see how much she regrets those words. Ellie quickly takes charge of the rest of their makeshift interspecies clan and starts moving all the mammoths, opossums, molehogs and various other critters to solid ground. Even Diego has fully bought in to the virtues of the family unit. He fights long and hard for his. And when he meets Capt. Gutt's comely first mate, Shira—a female sabre-tooth—he espouses the positives of his herd and invites her to join them. Shira eventually likes the sound of that. Why? Because she eventually learns that having power doesn't mean you have security. It certainly doesn't mean you have love. Sid establishes some stronger familial ties, too, when his Granny shows up. She's been pretty much abandoned by the rest of the sloths because of her old-lady eccentricities, but that doesn't matter a whit to Sid. He draws her close and keeps her safe. And the film makes it plain that the elderly have plenty to contribute. Sid tells Diego, "My mother always told me, 'Bad news is just good news in disguise.'" To which Diego wonders, "Was that before she abandoned you?" And Sid has to admit that it was. But he sticks to his positive attitude nonetheless. Also: Peaches is swayed by peer pressure to turn away from a friend … and then learns the value of true friendship with time. When her little molehog pal Lewis is trapped on a high ledge, Peaches runs to his aid. "You don't leave a friend behind," she tells him. And Lewis takes that to heart. Later, when Peaches and her mom are threatened by mean old Gutt, Lewis bravely stands up for them, in spite of some very long odds.Spiritual ContentSexual ContentPeaches coos over how "hot" another teenage mammoth is. During their seagoing adventure, the friends come upon shape-shifting siren-like monsters who call to them from the icy crags. Their magic makes Manny see his wife. Sid, though, finds himself mentally ogling a shapely female sloth. Granny sees a young, muscular hunk of a sloth who purrs, "The wrinklier the raisin, the sweeter the fruit." And Capt. Gutt is seduced by the come-hither beguiling of a slinky lady ape. Because of the illusions, Sid and Diego end up accidentally kissing each other. A joke mentions peeping Toms.Violent ContentEvery single one of the characters is conked and bonked in one way or another, in swashbuckling conflicts with the pirate crew, or by the crumbling ice and earth of a shifting environment. Capt. Gutt is the most frightening of the lot. He threatens to destroy everything Manny loves. And, in fact, he threatens several key characters with death. He uses a whip to keep his slaves in line. He points out that he got his name because of his razor-sharp claws, running those claws along a victim's furry stomach just to make his, uh, point clear. But we never see him actually slash anything other than ice and wood with those sharp appendages. He does battle with Manny on several occasions while wielding a sword-like weapon; Manny defends with his tusks and sheer bulk. Manny is knocked unconscious with a huge ice chunk. Diego and Shira slash at each other with their claws. Animals fall from great heights (though everyone survives). Somebody is lured into a clamping-shut clamshell, and the apparent result is death. Granny fries a teen sloth's head with a magnifying glass (while he's trying to fry an ant with his magnifying glass). A paralyzed Sid has his head bounced repeatedly on the ground. After using his fearsome apendages to try to kill Sid, a giant crab has its leg snapped off in a huge storm at sea. And an oil slick from Granny's body appears to kill several fish when she hits the water for the first time in years. Scrat goes through his requisite falling, thumping, stretching and crushing routine as he continues to pursue his beloved acorn. Sid's mom slaps his dad. Diego also gets slapped by a sloth.Crude or Profane LanguagePut-downs include "stupid," "loser," "weirdo," "freak," "screw-up," "pinhead," "blubber brain," "crazy old bat" and "bag of pudding." There's one exclamation each of "oh geez!" and "holy crab!" There's an unfinished "what the ...?" And "sons of sorry excuses ..." stands in for a rougher expression.Drug and Alcohol ContentManny worries about Peaches hanging with other teens at "the falls" and becoming "addicted to berries." When Sid eats a lotus berry, his entire body goes limp with paralysis.Other Negative ElementsGags get grimaces by highlighting "body odor," "boogers" and someone's "booty." Sid regurgitates prunes, and we see his siren temptress do something similar. Lewis asks a pair of opossums how they manage to stay so happy, and they reply, "Because we're very, very stupid." Granny giggles about outliving everyone and "dancing" on their graves.ConclusionThis fourth incarnation of Ice Age is pretty well titled. The continents drift apart and the heroes must find their way back home. And in some ways, when you compare Ice Age: Continental Drift with its predecessors (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice Age), you can see that the whole series has experienced something of a continental drift over the years. The anthropomorphized leads have lost most of their initial beasts-in-the-tundra edginess, replacing it with a much more laid back, let's-all-get-along-good-buddy feel. On top of that, the original angsty global-warming story underpinnings have been nudged aside in favor of some squirrelly tectonic-plate shenanigans. And the cast of secondary supporting characters has spread to the size of a small country. But here's where the franchise hasn't drifted at all: It still trumpets the importance and rewards of family, self-sacrifice and teamwork with mammoth fervor. It adds to that a little parent/teen tug-and-pull that encourages communication and patience. A few of the gags are a tad gross, the name-calling is a little annoying, and the cartoon violence is still in full force. So it's good that the scary side of Captain Gutt is lessened with just a smidge of musical theater, pie-in-the-yapper goofiness.Pro-social ContentObjectionable ContentSummary AdvisoryPlot SummaryChristian BeliefsOther Belief SystemsAuthority RolesProfanity/ViolenceKissing/Sex/HomosexualityDiscussion TopicsAdditional Comments/NotesEpisode Reviews]]>
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  • Review: "Ice Age: Continental Drift"
    More of the same from Scrat, Sid, Manny and Diego. The best part of the series is Denis Leary’s voice acting. My review is up.]]>
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  • Okay to Chill the Kids Out on This Ice
    Movies DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012Theatrical Release Date: July 13, 2012Rating: PG (for mild rude humor and action/peril)Genre: Comedy/Animated/SequelRun Time: 94 min.Directors: Steve Martino, Mike ThurmeierVoices by: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Heather Morris, Wanda Sykes, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Drake, Josh Gad You gotta hand it to the creators of Ice Age, they sure know how to drag out a joke. Yes, once again, in truly spectacular fashion, the ever-determined saber-toothed squirrel named Scrat still can’t hold on to that precious acorn in Ice Age: Continental Drift. But instead of merely serving as the face of the franchise, Scrat has been given a serious promotion: it’s his quest for that aforementioned snack that kickstarts the whole story into madcap mode. This time, Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano, TV's Everybody Loves Raymond), Sid the sloth (a scene-stealing John Leguizamo, One for the Money) and Diego the tiger (Denis Leary, The Amazing Spider-Man) are facing a world that is crumbling to pieces, thanks to Scrat’s shenanigans. Forced to deal with the seismic shift that rips Earth’s prehistoric supercontinent Pangea apart, the lovable menagerie of furry oddballs are now set adrift on a chunk of ice. Adding another layer of drama is a teenage disagreement (about boys, naturally) between young mammoth Peaches (Keke Palmer, Joyful Noise) and her ever-protective daddy, Manny. After skulking away in disgust when Manny suggests that she should be careful about who she gives her heart to, Peaches and her mama Ellie (Queen Latifah, The Dilemma) are left quite forlorn when they’re separated from him once the ground starts cracking.SEE ALSO: Creativity of Ice Age Series Close to Extinction googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Considering the first Ice Age began nearly ten (ten!) years ago now, it’s not surprising that a few new characters have made their way into the fold. There’s Sid’s pistol of a grandmother (a predictably wise-cracking Wanda Sykes, Rio), the trio of cool kids who Peaches is constantly trying to impress (rapper Nicki Minaj, hip-hop star Drake and Glee actress Heather Morris), and Peaches’ less-cool but stinkin’ adorable BFF Louis the molehog (Broadway star Josh Gad), who reminds her what true friendship looks like. Of course, Manny and his pals’ eventual trek back to safety wouldn’t be complete without a few villains in the mix. Cue a simian pirate king who’s in desperate need of an orthodontist, Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage, Prince Caspian). Like the best rabble rousers, Captain Gutt is so deliciously awful that his followers are half-hearted at best, particularly the stunning white tiger Shira (Jennifer Lopez, The Back-up Plan) who moonlights as a love interest for Diego. While the movie is a bit of a slow starter following the smart opening sequence with Scrat, Ice Age: Continental Drift does eventually finds its footing—even with a few too many characters vying for your attention. Anyone who’s sat through the three previous Ice Age outings will get that decidedly been-there-done-that feeling since the filmmakers aren’t shy about recycling their material, but there’s still enough verve to steer the story in a positive direction. Filled with plenty of snarky one-liners, colorful set pieces and enough thrilling action beats to ensure the target audience (it’s not anyone over the age of 10) will stay in their seats for an hour and a half, Ice Age: Continental Drift probably won’t be the last time we hang out with Manny and his pals. If the audience shows even a modicum of interest, you know another installment won’t be far behind.SEE ALSO: Kids of All Ages Will Warm to "Ice Age: The Meltdown" In the meantime, the franchise hasn’t melted yet, which is music to a parent’s ears when searching for a suitable entertainment option for a hot summer afternoon. CAUTIONS: googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-2'); }); if (gptClientWidth >= 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); Drugs/Alcohol: None  Language/Profanity: “Holy Crab!” stands in for its harsher counterpart. A couple of instances of rude scatological humor Sex/Nudity: None Violence: The violence is mostly of the slapstick variety, although our lead characters do find themselves in several perilous situations (extreme storms, on the edge of cliffs, etc.) as they try to return home that may frighten the younger set. Captain Gutt makes several threats against Manny, Diego and Sid. There’s also the sense of fear, for Peaches in particular, that her father will never make his way back home. Publication date: July 13, 2012 SEE ALSO: Ice: One for the Ages ]]>
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  • Ice Age 4: A Floe Too Far
    (”Ice Age: Continental Drift” is briefly mentioned in this.)
    Lifestyle We go to movies presumably to enjoy a good story. Yes, the writing is important, as are the acting, cinematography, score, set design — all the myriad things that must work together in service of the story. They are but tools intended for a larger purpose. Of course, too often one or more tools fail or the filmmakers put too much emphasis on them and forget the story altogether.That seems to be the case with Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise by Blue Sky Studios. Terrific computer animation in digital 3D renders crisp detail in the animals’ fur and performs a virtuoso dance of light and shadow on ice and water.But the movie feels overstuffed with way too many barely developed characters. The story could easily have been cut by a third and its building blocks could have been more artfully arranged. The film feels workmanlike, adequate but lacking zest. While the earlier installments had the obligatory subtext about doing the right thing and the importance of working together, the lessons in Continental Drift feel forced. Yes, kids, it’s important to obey your parents, value your friends, and not get caught up in the wrong crowd — good lessons all, but they come with the subtlety of an elbow to the ribs.As with the first three Ice Ages, there are plenty of sight gags and pratfalls along the way with the usual gross-out jokes. And as always, Scrat the proto rat is the best part of these stories, with his Gilligan-like ability to blow a sure thing and a single-mindedness that makes Wile E. Coyote look positively ambivalent. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/7/13/ice-age-4-a-floe-too-far/ previous Page 1 of 3 next   ]]>
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