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Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012)
Friday, July 13, 2012
Mild rude humor and action/peril
Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Wedge, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Aziz Ansari, Alain Chabat, Jason Fricchione, Nick Frost
Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs
Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
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.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (2012) | Review
As the continents divide, a family fights to stay together.
Ice Age: Continental Drift is a compelling story full of inspiring lessons about bravery, friendship, family, sacrifice, and the consequences of selfishness. As has been a theme throughout the Ice Age films, characters learn lessons about the importance of family and "having each others' backs." The smallest character in the film, a groundhog named Louis, stands up to the evil Captain Gutt in defense of his friend, Peaches. And Captain Gutt gets his comeuppance after living selfishly and plundering instead of sharing. These are just three of many life lessons that can be gleaned from this film.
This film is fun for all ages and appropriate for children of all ages. Unlike its box office competition, Madagascar 3, Ice Age: Continental Drift does not contain any faux curse words or inappropriate gags. By my count, the word "butt" was used twice in the film, and Sid the sloth says the phrase, "Holy crab!", when face to face with a giant crab. While this film is fun and full of comedic moments, there are a handful of scenes that are genuinely creepy. In particular the pirate, Captain Gutt, and the island of sirens.
It seems that with every computer animated film released, the technology gets a little bit better. This can be witnessed simply by watching the trailers for each of the Ice Age movies. While I did not view Ice Age: Continental Drift in 3D, the animation and design were incredibly detailed and, at times, jaw-dropping. One particular scene begins with a shot of the ocean, then pans up to reveal the gang still stranded on an iceberg. When the shot of the water began the scene and the "camera" began to pan up, the water looked so realistic that I expected to see Spencer Tracy in a boat or Tom Hanks floating on a raft. However what made the greatest impression on me, production wise, was the animated hair on the characters. Particularly on Captain Gutt. The detail of the hair, its motion, the difference between wet and dry hair—it was altogether impressive. I found myself complimenting the animation multiple times during the film.
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