Ice Age: Continental Drift
Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 computer animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Scrat's continuous pursuit of an infernal acorn has world-changing consequences for Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) when the continents split apart. The continental crack-up separates Manny and his friends from the rest of the herd, including Manny's mate, Ellie (Jennifer Lopez) and rebellious daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer). The pals are desperate to return home, but a pirate (Peter Dinklage) and his ragtag crew stand in their way.
- Diego and Shira's romance sub-plot seems pointless and serves no purpose to the actual story.
- It recycles most of the material it has from GMW.
- All of the adolescent animal characters are portrayed as cocky, popular-teenager stereotypes.
- A pointless blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-scene of Buck and Rudy from GMW, when Scrat is falling through the earth, which can be seen within the first 5 minutes.
- Several of the characters never got a proper introduction of how they became a part of the characters lives.
- Some of the humor can seem forced and nonsensical, like one hypocritical joke about mammoths going extinct and another mammoth claiming it as a ”double burn”.
- Manny's character has been flanderized in this, he went from a sophisticated, grumpy yet likable leader to a typical “overprotective father” with Peaches, making this similar To Hotel Transylvania, another animated film that came out in 2012.
- The film can run on several amounts of mean-spiritedness most of the time, like how Sid’s actual family, who is unlikable and pointless, abandon him and his granny because they’re screw-ups & “dead weights” and how Peaches is bullied by the Brat Pack (except for Ethan who is likable) at the beginning of the film.
- They brought in Drake and Nicki Minaj just so the film could appeal to the tween demographic.
- Scrat’s slapstick gag of failing to get his acorn went from funny to causing more conflict and chaos for our main characters. Which makes him the villain rather than Captain Gutt.
- The film feels like it's trying to juggle too much subplots.
- Manny trying to return to the Continent to reunite with his family.
- Diego and Shira's useless romantic sub-plot.
- Captain Gutt wanting revenge on Manny for destroying his ship.
- Shira's redemption arc.
- Peaches’ love triangle with Ethan and Louis.
- Sid trying to look after his grandmother.
- Scrat using a treasure map to find his acorn.
- The humor in this film made the franchise lose it‘s way as it relies on humor from the 2010s generation.
- On that topic, while the previous Ice Age films relied on its own humor while staying true to its era to make it seem more realistic. This film goes full fantasy with some of its scenes, like the ending scene with Scratlantis.
- Peaches is just a “bratty teenage daughter” stereotype.
- A few moments can portray as nothing but being filler, like the one with sirens trying to attract the Herd, heck it can even be an excuse to foreshadow the villain's defeat.
- Once it reaches its climax, the movie almost forgets who the main character is, juggling it between Manny, Sid, and Louis.
- The love triangle-story with Peaches, Ethan and Louis is incredibly pointless and feels clichéd.
- Overuse of movie clichés we’ve seen several times in other films.
- The scene where Sid and Diego's kiss is disturbing and unneeded.
- Questionable song choices for the Ice Age era.
- At Ethan's party in the beginning, the song "Chasing The Sun" by The Wanted was used, a 2012 song.
- In one scene, Manny sings "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr., a song that was released in 1971.
- The end credits song, "We Are", sung by the cast, while a good song, sounds too much like a 2010's pop song.
- Decent animation that’s a big stand-up for the previous Ice Age films.
- The voice acting is pretty decent.
- The only new characters that got a proper introduction were Captain Gutt and his pirates and they can actually be entertaining villains.
- Wanda Sykes' performance as Granny can get a good laugh once in a while.
- Louis is quite a likable character.
- Nice soundtrack, such as Captain Gutt's villain song, “Master of the Seas“, and the end credits song, ”We Are“.
- It has one good moral about never leaving a friend behind.
- Some funny moments like when Sid got sick from eating the berries, Sid drinking saltwater and the “Holy crab” Joke.
- Ethan (the leader of The Brat Pack) is likable, he doesn't bully Peaches, unlike his friends do.
Ice Age: Continental Drift received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 37% based on 134 reviews and an average rating of 5.09/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D has moments of charm and witty slapstick, but it often seems content to recycle ideas from the previous films.". At the time the movie was considered the worst movie in the franchise until Ice Age: Collision Course came out which got worse reviews.
- This movie would've taken place in the modern times with Manny, Sid, Diego, and Ellie being defrosted in a museum.
- Gutt was originally conceived as a tiny rabbit (which would later be transplanted to Squint), and also as a bear, but the designers had trouble designing the character. Someone hit on the idea that a primate would be right at home swinging through the rigging of a pirate ship, and thus Gutt became an ape.
- Jeremy Renner was originally cast as Gutt. He presumably exited the role due to scheduling conflicts with The Avengers (2012).
- Ray Romano's eldest daughter Ally voices Meghan one of the snobby teen girl mammoths, following suit of her younger brothers Matt and Greg (since at least one of Ray's kids have voiced a minor role in almost every sequel).
- John Leguizamo's kids Lucas and Allegra also provide additional voices (Like Ray, at least one of John's kids have voiced minor roles in the sequels).
- The idea for Ice Age: Continental Drift was actually partly inspired by the Odyssey, as where Manny gets separated from his family, he is stuck in the middle of the ocean, and his goal is to get back to his family.
- Peter De Seve, the character designer, had a lot of fun designing the new pirates. When making Captain Gutt he realized he could make him have a pirate outfit just by changing up his hair to make Gutt look like he is wearing a pirate hat.
- The team wanted to expand on Scrat, instead of him being to the side of the main plot, he would be the one to actually cause the main plot.
- In this movie, the Blue Sky Studios team decided Diego would have more focus and a bigger character arc than he did in the last two films.
- Steve Martino, who was a director along side Mike Thurmeier, actually went to Lain America and hiked up a glacier to see what it looked liked, and to see the textures of the glacier, for when they were making the film.