Ice Age: Continental Drift

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Ice-Age-4-Continental-Drift-Movie-Poster There are many variations on a theme, but this is the first time I’ve seen a version of Homer’s Odyssey done is such a manner that is both fun and entertaining for everyone. Now we know that the continents drfited for millions of years to get us to where we are now, as show at http://scotese.com/. In this movie, we start where we ended with the last movie with Scrat (Chris Wedge) chasing yet another acorn. He catches the nut, and is determined to make sure it doesn’t move. He slams the acorn into the ground, and suddenly falls into the core of the Earth, and spins about inside the Earth, and the the landmasses break and form the continents we are seeing now.

Meanwhile, Manny (Ray Romano) is dealing with his family issues as his daughter, Peaches (Keke Palmer) is coming of age. His mate, Ellie (Queen Latifah) thinks Manny is being far to protective. Peaches has been sneaking off to see the other teen mammoths and impress a young male mammoth, Ethan (Aubrey Graham). Peaches best friend, Louis (Josh Gad), is a mole hog, and he also has crush on Peaches. Manny puts his paw down in his household, and forbids Peaches to go out to the falls where the kids hang out. She does anyway, and gets busted, and when Manny catches her, the fight, and Manny runs off in a huff. Also, while this is going on, Sid’s (John Leguizamo) family has come down from the hills to supposedly visit, but what has actually happened is that there has been a upheaval in their neck of the woods, and Granny (Wanda Sykes) has become senile, and they want to leave her with Sid. Manny, Sid, Granny and Sid meet at an iceberg, and during another quake, the berg breaks off with them on it. Ellie and Peaches see this happen, and behind them, the cliffs are getting closer and closer. There is no way to the berg that Manny is on with his friends. Manny tells them to get to the landbridge, and that he’ll meet them on the other side. Then, a sudden gale blows up, and sends the two sloths, the smilodon, and the mammoth out to sea, along with Scrat, whom they never seem to notice.

The iceberg ship gets knocked around in a storm, and sails right into the iceberg ship of Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage), a Gigantopithecus orangutan and his motley pirate crew. Like Odysseus and his crew, they deal with pirates, natives, and even sirens. We also see the struggle on the mainland as Peaches and Ellie and the rest of the animals in their herd try to get to the landbridge before the moving cliffs crush them. There is a acorn treasure for Scat to hunt down, and the hungry little squirrel even finds Scratlantis, but he even manages to sink it in his overjoyed reaction to having access to so many acorns.

This movie is just as cute as all the others, and as always, Scrat steals the show. One wonders how much longer it will be before this little acorn-crazy guy gets his own movie. So enjoy your Yule with this great animated adventure from Blue Sky studios.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★☆☆