A sequel too far, Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth animated episode in the Ice Age series, can’t match the wit and charm of some of the earlier instalments but still contains enough knockabout fun to divert younger viewers. This time those unlikely prehistoric buddies, Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth, and Diego the sabre-tooth tiger (voiced by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary), plus Sid’s plucky grandma (Wanda Sykes), find themselves dangerously adrift at sea following a landslide. Desperate to get back home, they find the way barred by a buccaneering gang of pirates led by prickly primate Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage), whose first mate is a feisty big cat (Jennifer Lopez) who quickly rubs Diego’s fur the wrong way. The swashbuckling stuff is boisterous, if dated, and proves far more engaging than a tedious sub-plot involving Manny’s rebellious teenage daughter (Keke Palmer), whose desire to get in with the cool kids (including hip-hop stars Drake and Nicki Minaj) leads her into danger. Much more welcome is the appearance of the familiar figure of the hapless Scrat, the squirrel-like critter whose latest attempt to bury his acorn here brings about the splitting of the continents. A lesson in geology might be in store for little ones after the film is over.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD & Triple Play by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on Monday 10th December.
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