Ice Age: Continental Drift Opens in Theaters Today, July 13th

Since 2002 when the first Ice Age film hit theaters, Scrat has been in pursuit of the cursed acorn and winds up in different situations that are not so positive for him. For the last ten years, fans of the Ice Age family have followed the series of animated films, including Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009. While this series has not been my all time favorite of animated films, I thoroughly enjoy watching the films because of the talented voice cast that does not fail to entertain in their regular comedic work and that of the characters in Ice Age, Ray Romano as Manny the woolly mammoth and John Leguizamo as Sid the sloth.

In Ice Age: Continental Drift, by directors Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier, I am pleased to know these actors return to reprise their roles as the same characters from the prior films, as well as Queen Latifah returning as Ellie and Denis Leary rejoining the herd as the sabre-toothed tiger Diego. The continuity of the voice talent is a plus to fans who follow this unconventional family’s adventures and for me, keeps me coming back to see what happens in their journey. The addition of voice talent to the series is also pleasant and keeps the series from becoming tired if the viewers only see and hear the same characters from before. Wanda Sykes is my favorite of the new voices and has some great comedic lines that work well with her style.

In the fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise, Scrat’s continued pursuit of the acorn has more negative consequences – a continental cataclysm that affects the unity of the life Manny, Ellie, Sid and Diego have known. This time, it looks like the chances are slim for this group of mammals to survive the Paleolithic ice age.

The challenging circumstances become a great adventure for Manny (Romano), Diego (Leary) and Sid (Leguizamo), with his cantankerous Granny (Sykes) in tow who he was recently (and unexpectedly) been reunited with. In efforts to get back to the rest of the mammals, especially Ellie and Peaches (Keke Palmer) that Manny yearns to be with, they encounter seafaring pirates determined to take over everything at whatever cost to any of the beloved herd.

In addition to Sykes as new voice talent, Captain Gutt is voiced by Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez is Shira, Nicki Minaj is Steffie, Drake is Ethan, Aziz Ansari is Squint, Joy Behar is Eunice, Nick Frost is Flynn, Josh Gad is Louis, Alan Tudyk is Milton and radio personality Piolin is Uncle Fungus.

For fans of Simon Pegg, he voices Buck, Seann William Scott is Crash and Josh Peck is Eddie. This animated comedy event is in 3D and hits theaters nationwide on July 13, 2012.

By Liz Lopez

Rating B-


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