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by • December 17, 2012 • Blu-Ray, ReviewComments (0)7

Blu-ray Review – ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT
Rating: PG
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
MSRP: Amazon has the blu-ray combo pack, which includes a digital copy of the film, for $17.99.
Running Time: 88 minutes

What’s Going On?

In this FOURTH film in the ICE AGE franchise (which has gone on for a decade(!) now), Scrat, the spastic whateverheis, inadvertently breaks up Pangea and separates our friends Manny, Diego, and Sid from their family and friends and creates a whole lot of chaos. Set adrift on an iceberg, our trio must work together to get back home, and whole host of villians and roadblocks stand in their way, including a gang of prehistoric pirates!

Who’s In It:

The original voice cast, which includes Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary all return, and this film also includes the voice talents of…*deep breath*: Aziz Ansari, Joy Behar, Alain Chabat, Peter Dinklage, Drake, Nick Frost, Josh Gad, Ben Gleib, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Heather Morris, Kunal Nayyar, Keke Palmer, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Patrick Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Alan Tudyk, AND Rebel Wilson. Yup.

If You Like…:

The other ICE AGE movies, icebergs, pirates, primates, whales, mastadons, playing with scientific fact, spastic rabbits, very loose references to Homer’s THE ODYSSEY, crabs, sirens, or slapstick humor, then check this out.

Special Features:

For such a short movie, there’s SO MUCH extra stuff here.

The Party With A Pirate a sort of pop-up mode narrated by Aziz Ansari’s character Squint. It’s mostly pointless, but if you’ve got a tablet and children who need coloring pages, this feature adds coloring pages to the “Pirate Picasso” app, to encourage your children to not pay attention to two things at once.

The Story So Far goes over the events of this decade long franchise and you realize that not only have these movies gone on since the beginning of the second Bush Administration, but that science and time have been completely ignored in these films. There are also two deleted scenes put together with 2D storyboards.

Through a Pirate’s Spyglass is one of the most interesting features, which goes into fairly substantial interviews with every member of the pirate crew. There are some fantastic nuggets from Rebel Wilson and Peter Dinklage, both of whom seem to be having a lot of fun. There’s another making of featurette called Whale of a Tale: Drifts, Rifts, Beasties and Myths, which looks at the loose interpretation of science in this film, which is at odds with the passion with which the scientists in this film talk about it, as well as the connections between the story here and The Odyssey.

Lastly there are a handful of music videos and two Scrat-centric features including The Scratist a mash-up of THE ARTIST and Scrat, and a featurette making Scrat’s voice.

The Technical Gist

While the film looks pretty excellent, what’s actually more remarkable is how much the technology and the quality of the animation has progressed since the franchise started.

The Verdict

Courtney was much nicer to this film than I was and while I thought, based on the way the special features were structured to focus the members of the voice cast that comprised the pirate crew, I figured that the film would focus on these characters, but of course, I was wrong. The film focuses on the meaning of family and how important it is no matter what it looks like and, like The Odyssey, is made up of a bunch of disconnected episodes and hijinks and unlike The Odyssey, doesn’t have interesting enough characters to make this entertaining for anyone over the age of eight. QUEUE IT or if you’ve got to watch it to calm down your kids this holiday, then make sure you’ve got plenty of eggnog on hand.

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