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Movie Review – Ice Age: Continential Drift

Available now on Blu-ray and DVD is the latest installment to the Ice Age movie franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift.

I have seen all of the Ice Age movies and I would have to say that this film, and the original, are my two most favorite movies of the franchise.

Ice Age: Continental Drift leaves off where the last movie left off (to some extent). Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie’s (Queen Latifah) daughter Peaches (Nicki Minaj) is now a typical teenager who has a crush on a boy and goes against what her father tells her to do.

One day when Manny and Peaches are having an argument over Peaches sneaking off and going to a place she was told not to the ground starts shaking and literally splitting apart right before their eyes. Manny, Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid ( John Leguizamo) are on one side and Ellie and Peaches are on the other side. Manny tried to get back to his family but it was too late. The ground he was on plunged into the ocean. Before drifting away he told Ellie and Peaches to make their way to the land bridge and cross it. They will be safe on the other side.

Manny, Diego, Sid and Sid’s crazy grandmother (voices by the always funny Rhonda Sykes) find themselves a drift at sea where they meet up with some scary sea creatures.

While they are trying to find a way to get back home the gang crosses paths with a mean pirate ship captain, Captain Gut and his mean (and some what goofy) band of misfits. Captain Gut’s first mate is a female Saber Tooth tiger, Shira (Jennifer Lopez), who doesn’t get along with Diego at all.

All the gang wants to do is get back to their families, however Captain Gut is not happy about sharing “his” sea with anyone, so he sets out to stop them and destroy the friends.

Meanwhile Ellie, Peaches and the rest of the creatures are trying to make it to the land bridge before it’s too late. The mountain range is rapidly advancing towards them.

Will Manny make it back in time to save his family? Will any of the creatures survive the Continental Drift? To find out you’ll have to pick up a copy of Ice Age: Continental Drift, available on Blu-ray and DVD December 11, 2012. Look for it where ever films are sold.

I forgot to mention that throughout the movie you’ll see Scat, the acorn crazy squirrel. He also has some crazy misadventures during the continental drift. Will that poor little guy ever get the acorn?

This was a fun movie. As I mentioned earlier I think this film and the original tie for my favorites of the franchise.

I really liked the part where the land was breaking apart. Visually I think it would have been cool to see on the big screen. It was still pretty awesome on the TV but a theater screen would have really made you feel like you were a part of the movie.

I loved the part of Sid’s Grandmother. She was funny! She made me laugh throughout the movie.

My kids and my husband enjoyed the film too. My daughter actually saw it in the theater but she was happy to watch it again. She’s a teenager and it’s “uncool” to like an animated film but she willingly told us that she really liked the movie the first time we saw it, so that should tell you something. :-)

I’m giving the film two thumbs up. It’s a fun family film.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment. You can also find the trailer here, http://bit.ly/UOZDoa. This is the theater trailer so disregard the July 13th comment. The Blu-ray/DVD comes out December 11, 2012.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.