"Ice Age: Continental Drift" keeps the franchise going (review)

You can drag your kids through 100-degree temperatures at Gettysburg, or you can take them to see Photo: 20th Century Fox

NATCHITOCHES, La., July 17, 2012 — The movie “Ice Age: Continental Drift” hit theaters Friday, July 13. The first Ice Age movie was hilariously funny and a big success. The new movie is the fourth in the series, and it is getting creamed by the critics, but kids love it. It was made by 20th Century Fox and directed by Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier. 

Scrat the squirrel returns, and causes a lot of trouble. As a result, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Diego (Dennis Leary), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Granny all end up on an ice floe while their continent breaks apart. Manny is parted from his wife (Queen Latifah) and daughter. He and the crew have to go through storms and giant crabs and more of Mother Nature’s horrors, and eventually they get to open sea and more trouble.

There are pirates, and you know just about every kid loves pirates. The pirate captain is a monkey who takes Manny and his friends prisoner to get them to join his crew. His first mate is a saber-tooth cat, Shira. Diego seems pretty interested in her. The second mate is an easter bunny. 

While Manny and  his friends are fighting the pirates with the help of some chipmunks they picked up along the way, Manny’s wife and daughter lead the way for of a bunch of wild animals to the land bridge, where they will be safe. But once they get there, the land bridge has been destroyed. 

There’s a lot of silly and funny stuff in this movie. One of my favorites was when Scrat made it to the island and he started to sit down and noticed that the skeleton of another Scrat was in the exact same position. I also really liked the chipmunks, who end up helping Manny and his friends. I can’t say how they help, because that would give too much away, but they do, and they’re funny.  

There are also some parts in the movie that I didn’t like. I did not like the part when Manny and the crew had to pass the sirens in the rocks, even though it was kind of funny. It was just a page filler. Luckily, there weren’t too many bad parts. My dad wasn’t there. He would have thought some of the humor was crude.   

Adults will mostly enjoy it (many laughed during the movie). Even if they don’t, their kids will, and the theater is cool. Those things are both good in the middle of July. 

I loved this movie. It is definitely a must see for all those movie lovers out there who are 12 or under. If you’re older, it’s still funny, unless you’re the sort who would rather go to a museum.

The movie lasts 1 hour and 34 minutes and is rated PG.  


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