“Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” Film Review

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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

Scrat the prehistoric squirrel is back with his nutty antics. While trying to store his acorn, he causes a continental cataclysm, which disrupts mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), Ellie (Queen Latifah), Peaches (Keke Palmer), sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) and saber-tooth tiger Diego’s (Denis Leary) community. After a massive earthquake, Manny, Sid, Diego, and Sid’s granny (Wanda Sykes) are set adrift on a piece of ice across the sea, while Ellie and Peaches lead the rest of the community to a landing that is supposed to be safe. The main theme is for the odd herd to find their way back home. Along the way, they run into an ice pirate ship captained by the cruel ape, Gutt. Gutt’s second-hand crewmate is a saber-tooth tiger by the name of Shira (Jennifer Lopez) who seduces Diego. The underlining theme is about Peaches trying to fit in with the other teenage mammoths that think she is weird from being half possum. Peaches’ crush, the popular mammoth Ethan, threatens herself to change who she is. This wacky adventure of Manny, Sid, and Diego involves sirens, Sid’s granny’s pet Precious, and little native rodents. Dreamworks does it again in the franchise’s fourth film with the hilarious, relatable dialogue. The ending credits include a wonderfully catchy song of all the characters about the love of family. A-

2012 (c) Jennifer Gioia

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