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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
The Gang Is Back... Again
Fortunately, in the case of Ice Age at least, the fourth installment, Continental Drift, isn't nearly as stale and worn out as it could be. Formulaic? Certainly. Prefunctionary? (perfunctory?) Oh yeah, they could do this song and dance in their sleep. But the big thing is it still has some zip, energy, and laughs. Innocuous is the best word to describe it; harmless, innocuous fun.
You know, at this point I think really all you need to know is whether or not the kids, of which there were plenty when I went to go see this one, are still entertained by these characters. All of the voice actors are obviously very comfortable in their parts, with Wanda Sykes stealing the show as Sid's grandma. The plot doesn't do much more than just help push the characters from one moment to the next, one gag to the next, one heart-warming life-lesson to the next. In fact, it almost does that literally here as there's a giant shelf of rock pushing the characters along. The humor is almost clock-like in its efficiency (but fortunately is often still amusing), as are the sight gags. And of course, everything looks great, and admittedly, this one even makes some fun use of the 3D effect.
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