You know how in school they taught us the continents broke apart gradually over time? Well… as it turns out. We actually have one thing to blame for why we can’t walk to Paris. Scrat, that nutty squirrel from Ice Age.
In his never ending quest to reach and bury his precious nut, he does a little something to the earth’s core and well… welcome to 7 continents. Scrat is just the first of many of Ice Age’s classic characters to make their return for Ice Age: Continental Drift. Romano as Manny, Leary as Diego and Leguizamo as Sid, as well as Queen Latifah as Ellie make their return for the fourth installment of this kids favorite franchise.
In ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
I have never seen any of the other Ice Age films, and decided to take my soon to be 5 yr old daughter and 7 yr old nephew to this screening. It was a kids film so who better to judge it than 2 kids right? First off, Scrat- they adore him. Cute, funny and you just keep hoping he finally gets that nut. Also, they love the three main guys. My nephew though Sid was hilarious and he wanted them all to be his friends. My daughter, on the other hand, got a kick out of the Monkey Pirate named Gut (Peter Dinklage). She thought he was a funny monkey who was only mean cause no one gave him a banana (hmmm… maybe that was his motivation? LOL).
Having never seen the prior Ice Age movies, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to follow along or even worse, fall asleep. But I was wrong, the story was easy to follow and I thought the movie was enjoyable. The 3D effects were nice, but not stupendous, the theme was on the generic side and some of the script needed some work. BUT this isn’t Casablanca. A kid’s film purpose is to entertain the littles and give you a giggle or two…and THAT is what Ice Age: Continental Drift did.
If you have kids under 8, and you need to get them out of the house for a couple hours, this is a great choice. You may even find yourself daydreaming about Scrat and that darn nut.
Ice Age opens everywhere Friday, July 13, rated PG with a run time of 94 mins. Check your local listings for theaters and times.
Disclosure: I attended an all media screening to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.