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Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)

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Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

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Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier (as Michael Thurmeier)

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Michael Berg (screenplay), Jason Fuchs (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aziz Ansari ... Squint (voice)
Joy Behar ... Eunice (voice)
Christopher Campbell Christopher Campbell ... Creature Siren / Various (voice)
Alain Chabat ... Silas (voice)
Ester Dean ... Female Siren (voice)
Peter Dinklage ... Captain Gutt (voice)
Karen Disher Karen Disher ... Scratte (voice)
Drake ... Ethan (voice)
Jason Fricchione Jason Fricchione ... Dumb Mammoth / Various (voice)
Nick Frost ... Flynn (voice)
Josh Gad ... Louis (voice)
Ben Gleib ... Marshall (voice)
George Jacobs George Jacobs ... Beaver (voice)
Queen Latifah ... Ellie (voice)
Denis Leary ... Diego (voice)
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Storyline

When Scrat accidentally provokes a continental cataclysm with a storm, Manny is separated from Ellie and Peaches on an iceberg with Diego, Sid and Granny but he promises that he will find a way to return home. While crossing the ocean, they are captured by the cruel pirate Captain Gutt and his crew. However they escape and Manny plots a plan to steal Captain Gutt's ship and return to his homeland in a dangerous voyage through the sea. But the cruel pirates seek revenge against Manny and his family and friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

This summer, the end of the world, is just a tip of the iceberg. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild rude humor and action/peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Spain] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Age 4 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,629,259, 15 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$161,321,843

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$879,765,137
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nathan Lane was considered for the role of Squint. See more »

Goofs

During the chase at switchback cove, Manny 'holds Sid higher,' and promptly hits him against three trees. In the next shot, they are on a ledge, and no trees are in sight. In earlier overhead shots of the area, there are also no trees seen along the path used. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Manny: [upon hearing an earthquake] What, what was that? Ellie, did you hear that?
Ellie: I heard it, Manny; whatever it is, it's miles away.
Manny: Peaches, you all right? Where is she, no teenager is ever up early.
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Like the previous Ice Age movies, there are no opening credits in the film, beyond the production logos and the title. See more »


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America the Beautiful
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Written by Samuel A. Ward
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Entertaining, but not so much as before
10 November 2012 | by ashfoxSee all my reviews

I have always liked the Ice Age series up to the third one. In fact, this is the first time that I thought I would watch it in theater rather than getting a DVD later. The 3D was spectacular in terms of visual appearance, but I would not rate it as good as the previous Ice Age movies.

The plot during this adventure is short and simple. There's no surprises, and everything is pretty much along the line of a typical friendship/family/hero type story. The whole story took place in 3, 4 "in-movie" days, much shorter than the previous ones which had a constant string of events. By the end of this movie, I couldn't believe the story's over. Not a lot happened before the villains are apprehended and the world returns to peace and harmony, as in any of the Ice Age movies. However, this probably means their target audience are younger than the ones before. I guess this is the biggest drag down for fans who have been watching since the first one.

They also did a sub-par job in the music. Despite having no improvement in quality, they recycled music from the second movie in the series, "the Meltdown". I bought the soundtracks after watching that movie thinking it was spectacular. After listening to it for years now, I could virtually name the tracks as they come up in the Continental Drift. From the title sequence to the Ending, pretty much everything without a vocal voice was identical to something I've heard before. It feels like they just copied and pasted from before - The soundtracks are awesome, but when it's used once too many, it just doesn't have the same impact anymore.

I still gave this movie a 6 because of, well, what Fox and Blue Sky has always been best at. The vivid colors and the "just right" graphical presentation is sure a feast on the eyes. And don't forget about Scrat, who's never involved but just somehow miraculously leads the story. This movie is definitely great for fun, there are many (supposedly deliberate) punch lines. Although some puns fail when I go "huh? that's lame", I can feel that they are trying to make it as funny as possible. I'd say that they are making this movie more like a feature-length, high quality TV cartoon special rather than a real theatrical movie. There's just not that much thrill to it.

The addition of the new characters seems only to provide a villain to the storyline. There doesn't seem to be much careful consideration - from what I see, it's perfectly fine to replace any of them with another animal or personality and the story stays valid. The characters' specialties just do not come together and contribute to the story, another reason why it feels like the story was written without the context of the movie. Not even the prolonged characters like Manny, Diego, Sid and Peaches.

Bottom line: This movie is mediocre. It could do as a really nice cartoon, but it lacks the punch in the planning.


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