In the past couple of decades animated feature films have become incredibly successful and have expanded to many studios instead of Disney pretty much having a monopoly on animation for decades before. In 2002 20th Century Fox got into the animated movie game big time with their huge hit Ice Age. The tale of a sloth, a woolly mammoth, and a saber-toothed tiger who become unlikely friends before an ice age hits was a funny movie with great characters that really connected with audiences. Now in 2016 Ice Age has had four sequels and has consistently kept the quality high. The newest film in the series, Ice Age: Collision Course, is out this month.
Saber-toothed squirrel Scrat’s pursuit of his elusive acorn has finally gone too far when he is catapulted outside of Earth’s atmosphere where is accidentally sets off a series of events that sends a potentially catastrophic asteroid towards Earth. To save themselves from peril Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), Diego (Denis Leary), and the rest of their friends must leave their home and embark on an adventure that will take them to new lands to find a way to stop the asteroid from impacting Earth and destroying them all.
The Ice Age series is great in that it never delves into anything too serious and it always keeps things on a level that is entertaining for every single age. While some Pixar stuff might be too boring for really young viewers, Ice Age has lots of activity all the time to keep even really young ones entertained while still keeping older kids and adults interested with the humor and characters. Ice Age: Collision Course expands the cast of characters to perhaps it’s most expansive yet with the main group expanding to include more characters and a great family of Dromaeosaurs (or “dino-birds”) led by none other than Nick Offerman to liven things up. Also added to the cast are Simon Pegg as Buck the weasel and a hilarious character named Neil deBuck Weasel voiced by Neil deGrasse Tyson, so fitting for a story concerning asteroids and pre-historic history. Ice Age: Collision Course is another solid entry in the series and anyone who has enjoyed them so far will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.