Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Poster


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Originally, the story was rumored to involve Manny, Sid, Diego, Ellie, and Scrat frozen solid and accidentally defrosted in a museum in present day. The movie was going to be called "Ice Age: Th4w".
Captain Gutt is a Gigantopithecus Blacki, a prehistoric orangutan, which based on fossil evidence may have stood 9.8 feet (3 meters) tall and weighed 1,190 pounds (540 kg).
The Earth's Core information screen (seen when Scrat is falling to the center of the Earth) reads "Fig 4.1: The inner core is 6,000 kilometers below the earth's surface and composed primarily of molten lava. It is often drawn in textbooks to look like a floating pinball. Fun fact: It's near 7,000 C down there, so bring your oven mitts! Blue Sky Studios takes no responsibility for the scientific accuracy of the information presented here."
When on the iceberg ship, Sid the Sloth says "water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink". This is from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798. The actual line from the poem, however, is "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink."
Initially in production Gutt was designed as a bear, but in the end, Peter DeSève, the film's art director, settled on an ape, due to the ape's flexibility and four hands, which seemed more fitting to have him swinging on the ship's rigging.
Squint was at one point designed as having a peg leg and was initially intended to be the leader of the pirates.
Peter DeSève designed a number of animals for the film that never made it to the final cut: eohippus (prehistoric horses), a large horselike animal that Sid would have ridden, a giant squid and a number of prehistoric sharks that would have nearly eaten Granny in the scene in which she takes a bath in the ocean.
Jeremy Renner was originally cast in the movie as Captain Gutt, but he dropped out because of scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Peter Dinklage.
The kangaroo character Raz is probably Procoptodon, aka: "Short-Faced Kangaroo", a 7-10 foot tall extinct member of the kangaroo family.
The knife Squint throws to Louis is Buck's knife from Ice Age 3.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

When the waters surrounding the island of Scratlantis sink into the earth, forming North America, a snippet of Samuel A. Ward's "America the Beautiful" sounds.

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