Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!) and Michael Thurmeier (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs)

Starring:

Voices of Ray Romano as Manny; Denis Leary as Diego; John Leguizamo as Sid; Queen Latifah as Ellie; Keke Palmer as Peaches

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Scrat (the prehistoric squirrel) continues to chase his beloved acorn. But this time, he sets off a chain reaction in the earth’s core, causing the world’s landmasses to split apart.

For Manny (the mammoth), these earth-shaking changes couldn't have come at a worse time. He's dealing with his rebellious teenage daughter, Peaches, when BAM! Everything starts rumbling and crumbling. Manny, Diego (the sabre-toothed tiger), Sid (the goofy sloth) and Sid's Granny end up adrift on an iceberg, separated from the others.

They aren’t alone on the high seas for long. They soon meet a monkey pirate captain and his crew, who need prisoners to swab the deck and peel bananas. But Manny's determined to get back to his family. And at 11 tons, nobody is gonna stand in his way.

Throughout the film, the importance of family is reinforced over and over. Ellie (Manny’s wife) protects the clan of mammoths, opossums, molehogs and other critters and leads them to safety. Sid loves his oily, eccentric Granny. Even Diego, the former loner, works hard to reunite the group and reach out to a lonely pirate sabre-tooth.

The series continues to act out scientific theories in goofy ways. Although not fully explained, we see the ideas of Pangaea and continental drift onscreen.

Every single character is conked and bonked in one way or another, in swashbuckling conflicts with the pirate crew, or by the crumbling ice and earth of a shifting environment. Animals fall from great heights (though everyone survives). The captain has razor-sharp claws, and duels Manny sword-vs.-tusks several times. Scrat goes through his usual falling, thumping, stretching and crushing routine as he pursues his acorn. And, as in the other Ice Age movies, we get a heap of name-calling and gross-out jokes about body odor, “boogers” and someone’s “booty.”

The fourth Ice Age film trumpets the importance of family, self-sacrifice and teamwork with mammoth fervor. Compared to the first movie, the characters have traded their beastly edginess for a laid back, let’s-all-get-along attitude, making this one of the most kid-friendly adventures in the series.

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