Manny (Ray Romano) is separated from his family. The family rifts are brought to the forefront by a continental drift as Mannys daughter, Peaches, nears adolescence. She is making new little mammoth friends and by trying to fit in alienates her best friend Louis. The young lot uses colloquial slang, one even says: How sick was that? (sick=awesome). The father finds it difficult to accept her behavior. There are a few new characters that make this film worth a watch: Sids granny, Shira, the white tigress and Flynn the elephant seal. The sub-plot of Diego and his love interest works. What didnt work for me was the pirate, Captain Gutt. Although convincingly voiced by Peter Dinklage, the character needed serious rewrites. But then if there are pirates, there will have to be sirens. If there are sirens you can forget the negatives. My favorite new addition is the little cutesy rabbit-like things (a bit of research and I believe its a species called Hyrax). I feel every animated film must have little cutesy things. Their communication with Sid is absolutely hilarious. Not to mention the Braveheart homage. There is no way my trip to the cinema for family animation films will be complete if I dont point at the screen and say: I want to keep those things!
The kids will have a lot of fun watching it. Animated films this year, be it The Lorax, Madagascar 3 or even Brave, seem to be aimed at the kids more than the adults. Im not saying they should stop making movies for kids. But they should definitely add more fodder for the adults. Hollywood has done it wonderfully in the past. Im patiently waiting for another animated piece of beauty and I hope they havent reached a stage of complacency.
Ice Age: Continental Drift is indeed overkill. The Shrek series caved in with a fourth film. Madagascar should not have gone for a sequel let alone a third film. But Ice Age should have stopped at three. Although you may argue that it can go further, I would still say one more and then stop. It would be extremely agonizing if they make a film about each tectonic shift planet earth went through. Paleontology and seismological history have been revised, what next?
Sids granny steals the show from Scrat the squirrel. While the previous films garnered great laughs from this character, it was never the mainstay. Here he does become one. This is one of the few instances where you begin to realize that this film is not the high point of the franchise.
I wonder if I would have still come out smiling had it not been for the Scratlantis sequence at the end. Ice Age: Continental Drift is not as brilliant as the third film, not even as good as the first (which is the best). It is better than the second though. This isnt an amazingly appreciative statement but it isnt defamatory either. This is a clear case of a film made to rake in the cash. If the characters didnt already have their own quirks and histories, this film would have absolutely nothing to offer. I hate to say this as a fan of this franchise, and while the film is passable fun, it is also forgettable and mediocre.view less