Ice Age Collision Course Film Review

Film Review by Clayton Barnett
The Premise
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
The Review
Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the gang are back for a fifth outing, and while any plot may be extinct there’s plenty of prehistoric hilarity.

I took along my three girl cousins (aged 6-8) who’ve grown up with the popular franchise and they loved the Looney Tunes-style slapstick. They also took a shine to the new female character - and Sid’s sloth love interest - Brooke (voiced by Jessie J).

But just like the Shrek sequels this outing is weighed down by its (woolly) mammoth cast of characters. It feels like they’re rotated around to throw in a catchphrase just to stay relevant. The plot ends up slowing to a glacial pace and would have been far more entertaining without Sid’s grandma, amongst others. Plus for a kid’s movie the storyline is a little obsessed with getting all of the characters married with children.

Though the animation is gorgeous and there’s some entertaining stuff for the adults - if you know of US space guru Neil deGrasse Tyson you’ll have a good laugh at his brilliant weasel incarnation, and Buck, voiced by Simon Pegg, is a highlight especially in his operatic opening scene.

And let’s not forget of course the franchise’s mascot Scrat who’s as usual the most entertaining thing, providing a lot of painfully (for him) funny laughs as he chases his nut around a flying saucer.
The Verdict
While adults might find it’s time to put this franchise on ice, the kids are still lapping up the slapstick adventures of their prehistoric heroes.
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 7th July 2016
Rating: TBC
Duration: 94 minutes
Genre:  Animated
Starring: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes, and Jennifer Lopez. Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Director: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu
The Extras
The final film of the franchise.
An extended sneak peek of the movie in the form of a short film called Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe was attached to theatrical showings of Blue Sky Studios Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015) on November 6, 2015. The teaser poster of the film was revealed on the same day. The short film was released later on November 9, 2015, on 20th Century Fox's official YouTube page.
The fourth film from Blue Sky Studios, after Ice Age (2002), Epic (2013) and Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015), to not have John Powell compose the musical score.
This is the longest Ice Age Movie