August 25th, 2012, by Rob

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift (also known as Ice Age 4: Continental Drift or simply as Ice Age 4) is a 2012 American 3-D computer-animated adventure/comedy film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, starring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

It is the fourth installment of the Ice Age series, being produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox, and the first sequel not to be directed by Carlos Saldanha. It was the second Ice Age installment that utilizes Digital 3D. It was released in the US on July 13, 2012, three to six years after its predecessors The Meltdown and Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and ten years after the release of Ice Age. This was the first Ice Age film to be shot in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

Despite receiving generally mixed reviews from critics, the film became a box office hit, currently the 6th highest-grossing animated feature in history, and the 3rd highest-grossing film of 2012, with a worldwide gross of over $800 million.




Ice Age: Continental Drift Plot

Manny is becoming over-protective about his teenage daughter Peaches going to the falls to see a teenage mammoth called Ethan. Manny’s wife Ellie calms him down by telling him that: Peaches is not going to be his little girl forever. Peaches with her best friend, a mole hog named Louis were on there way to the falls, but Manny stops them and takes Peaches home so he can keep an eye on her. Meanwhile, Sid reunites with his family (who had abandoned him in the first film), who abandon him again, with his annoying and clueless Granny who wanders away. When Manny catches Peaches with Louis heading to the falls after he told her not to, he finds her with Ethan and embarrasses her in front of her friends. Manny and Peaches argue and have a fall out. Soon after, the separation of the continents separates Manny from his family. Manny gets stuck on a floating ice “ship” with Sid and Diego. A large moving landmass drives Ellie, Peaches, and a herd of other animals towards a land bridge, where Manny had told them to go.

After Manny and his friends survive a rough sea storm, they also find Granny, who was inside a tree trunk on the same floating ice shift the entire time. Manny and his friends are captured by a group of pirates, led by a Gigantopithecus named Captain Gutt along with his first mate, a female saber-toothed cat named Shira. Gutt and the pirate gang captures Manny and his friends on the ship, then telling them to join the pirates, but they refuse. Gutt then herd and attempts to make them walk the plank, but they manage to escape, destroying the pirate ship in the process. Gutt and the pirates are separated from Shira. The pirate crew worries about Shira, but Gutt leaves her for dead. Meanwhile Shira gets rescued by the herd, and held prisoner.

The herd reaches an island and encounters a group of hyraxes, as well as the pirates, who force captive hyraxes to build a new ice ship elsewhere on the same island. The herd plans to steal the ship and use it to get home. The next morning, the herd and the hyraxes plot to steal the ship and free the captive hyraxes. Shira escapes and rejoins the pirates. The herd puts the plan into action and successfully takes the ship and frees the hyraxes. Shira captures Diego. He tells her she should join Manny and the herd, and leave the pirates. She lets him go and buys them time to escape. As they depart, she is threatened to be killed, after Gutt realizes that she did not attack the herd, rather prevented Gutt from catching them. Gutt, in anger, quickly creates a new ship, by breaking off a chunk of ice from a nearby ice wall and uses narwhals to propel it. He sets out after the herd, determined to get revenge on Manny.

Later, Manny, Sid, Granny and Diego, were on there way home, Diego worried about Shira, and Manny and Sid figured out that Diego is in love. Soon enough, they encounter sirens, depicted as sharp-toothed creatures who take the shape of loved ones (Diego sees Shira, Sid sees an attractive female sloth, Granny sees a hunky surfer sloth, and Manny sees Ellie and Peaches. Fortunately, Manny realizes this and manages to steer the ship away from the sirens. Meanwhile back at the continent, Peaches visits an underground hideout with Ethan and his group. To be accepted, she says she is not friends with Louis. Louis overhears her, and he leaves heartbroken.

Ellie, Peaches, Louis, and the herd of other animals reach the land bridge, but find it to be destroyed. Manny, and the gang finally reach home, and find the land brige destroyed, but Manny happily finds Peaches. Much to their horror, Gutt and his pirates have beaten them to the bridge, and captured Ellie & Peaches. Manny attempts to turn himself in to Gutt in exchange for the release of his family, but Gutt prepares to kill Ellie and Peaches. Louis comes to their rescue, starting a battle. Sid and Granny are saved by Granny’s presumed “imaginary” pet Precious, a gigantic whale, and they defeat the pirate crew. Peaches defeats Gutt by using her half-opossum skills and saves Ellie, Manny discovers that he had been wrong about Peaches. Gutt recovers and engages Manny in a fight atop an ice raft. Manny manages to defeat him by moving to the edge of the ice raft, causing Gutt soar upward, and finally, smacks Gutt far away with a branch. Manny falls off the ice raft, about to land into the ocean but gets rescued by Precious, Sid and Granny. Meanwhile, Gutt recovers from being smacked but finds a siren disguise as a female Gigantopithecus, Gutt goes up to it and is killed. Diego and Shira become a couple and the herd and the other animals then find another continent (where the hyraxes have also gone) which they accept as their new home with new beginnings.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Scrat subplot

Scrat’s goal for storing his acorn triggers the break-up of the Pangaea landmass into the seven continents we know today, by falling in to the Earth’s inner core and chasing his acorn around it. This causes all the continents to break and separate.

Scrat, lost at the sea, comes across an island and finds a skeleton of a sabre-toothed squirrel. The skeleton points towards an acorn-shaped map at the bottom of the ocean, which leads to a mysterious acorn-filled island. Scrat decides to follow the map and find the island. As he begins his journey, he is captured by the group of pirates that capture Manny, Sid, Diego, & Granny but manages to escape when the ship breaks in two.

Later, after the herd escaped the sirens Scrat meets a siren, which uses the shape of Scratte, an old flame of his from the third film, but Scrat turns away and ignores it. Then, the siren takes the shape of an acorn, causing Scrat to hug it and attempt to bury it (which aggravates the siren). Scrat is then attacked by the other sirens, but is able to get away alive.

Finally the film ends with Scrat completing his journey and reaching the island on the map, Scratlantis (a parody of Atlantis); a floating city filled with other sabre-toothed squirrels and acorns. However, Scrat, filled with excitement and glee, grabs many acorns in a frenzy and eventually attempts to grab a giant one blocking a hole. He grabs it, despite the sabre-toothed squirrel leader’s warnings, causing the city to sink, leaving Scrat in the middle of a desert in North America. Scrat’s eyes burn from the sun, and he screams in frustration as the film closes to the end credits.




Ice Age: Continental Drift Cast

Ray Romano as Manny
John Leguizamo as Sid
Denis Leary as Diego
Queen Latifah as Ellie
Seann William Scott as Crash
Josh Peck as Eddie
Chris Wedge as Scrat
Karen Disher as Scratte
Keke Palmer as Peaches, Manny and Ellie’s teenage daughter
Jennifer Lopez as Shira, a saber-toothed cat (Smilodon) Diego’s love interest and part of Gutt’s crew.
Peter Dinklage as Captain Gutt, a prehistoric ape (Gigantopithecus) and the main antagonist
Wanda Sykes as Granny, Sid’s 80-year-old grandmother
Josh Gad as Louis, a molehog and Peaches’ best friend, who has a crush on her
Drake as Ethan, a woolly mammoth Peaches has a crush on
Aziz Ansari as Squint, a prehistoric rabbit (Palaeolagus) and part of Gutt’s crew
Nicki Minaj as Steffie, a woolly mammoth
Ester Dean as Sloth siren
Rebel Wilson as Raz, an Australian prehistoric kangaroo (Procoptodon) that is part of Gutt’s crew
Joy Behar as Eunice, Sid’s mother
Nick Frost as Flynn, a 4000 pound English elephant seal that is part of Gutt’s crew
Heather Morris as Katie, a woolly mammoth
Ally Romano as Meghan, a woolly mammoth
Alan Tudyk as Milton, Sid’s father / Fabio sloth
Kunal Nayyar as Gupta, a Bengali Badger (Chamitataxus) and part of Gutt’s crew and used as the ship’s impearl flag
Alain Chabat as Silas, a Blue-footed Booby from the south of France that is part of Gutt’s crew
Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo as Fungus, Sid’s uncle
Ben Gleib as Marshall, Sid’s brother
Jason Fricchione as Dumb mammoth / Various / Crab / Announcer
Patrick Stewart as Ariscratle, a sabre-thoth squirrel who is the leader of Scratlantis
Simon Pegg as Buck (cameo)
Christopher Campbell as Creature siren / Various
George Jacobs as Beaver

Non-speaking characters include:

Boris, a prehistoric Wild Boar (Metridiochoerus) that is part of Gutt’s crew
Precious, Granny’s “imaginary” pet Giant whale

Jeremy Renner was originally set to voice Captain Gutt, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Bourne Legacy, and Jennette McCurdy was originally set to voice Peaches, but dropped out due to focusing on iCarly.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Production

The first details of the sequel were announced on January 10, 2010, when The New York Times reported that Blue Sky was working on a fourth film and was in negotiations with the voice cast.[17] Fox later confirmed on May 5, 2010, that Ice Age: Continental Drift would be released on July 13, 2012.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Release

Ice Age: Continental Drift had its premiere on June 20, 2012, at the CineEurope film distributors’ trade fair in Barcelona. It publicly premiered on June 27, 2012, in Belgium, Egypt, France, Switzerland, and Trinidad, and was released on July 13, 2012, in the USA. The film is accompanied by the short animated film The Longest Daycare featuring Maggie Simpson.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Marketing

As a promotion for Ice Age: Continental Drift, Fox released two 3-minute short segments from the film, titled Scrat’s Continental Crack-up and Scrat’s Continental Crack-up: Part 2. The first part premiered as a theatrical release attached to Gulliver’s Travels in 2010, and it was released on-line on January 6, 2011, on iTunes Movie Trailers. The second part was released on November 16, 2011, on iTunes, and debuted in theatres with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The first part shows how the Scrat’s actions lead to split of the continents, while in the second part, Scrat’s underwater pursuit of acorns leads him to a pirate ship.

The film was featured on Tommy Baldwin Racing’s #10 car driven by Tomy Drissi for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 held on June 24, 2012.
Home media

Ice Age: Continental Drift will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on December 4, 2012.




Ice Age: Continental Drift Reception

Ice Age: Continental Drift Critical response

Ice Age: Continental Drift has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 39% of critics have given the film positive reviews, with a rating average of 5.1/10 based on 124 reviews. The consensus statement reads, “Continental Drift 3D has moments of charm and witty slapstick, but it often seems content to recycle ideas from the previous films.” Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 49 based on 29 reviews, or “Mixed or average.”

Megan Lehmann of The Hollywood Reporter said: “It’s familiar, drawn-out shtick, and the humor lacks the subtlety of the first and best Ice Age, but there are some visually inventive high points.” Simon Brew, writing for Den of Geek, gave a very positive four-star review, saying that “not only is Ice Age 4 arguably the best in the franchise yet, it’s also, a little surprisingly perhaps (given that it’s a fourth movie in a franchise, turned around on a strict cycle), turned out to be thoroughly, thoroughly entertaining family blockbuster.”

Ice Age: Continental Drift Box office

As of August 20, 2012, the film has earned $150,581,536 in North America, and $649,732,132 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $800,313,668.

Outside North America, Ice Age 4 had a two-day (Wednesday-Thursday) opening of $11 million from 12 markets. On its opening weekend (through Sunday), it earned first place with $80.3 million from 34 markets, opening #1 in all of them. The film set an opening-day record in Nicaragua and a Thursday-opening record in Guatemala. In Peru, it earned the second highest-grossing opening day and the highest for an animated film. It also set an opening-day record for an animated film in Sweden[36] and achieved the second highest-grossing opening day for an animated film in France ($4.5 million), Colombia, Argentina and Chile. The film set opening-weekend records for any film in Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Central America and Chile, and opening-weekend records for an animated film in Norway, Sweden, Ecuador and Bolivia.

In North America, the film earned $16.5 million on its opening day, and $46.6 million on its opening 3-day weekend. It was higher than the openings of Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($41.7 million), and the original Ice Age ($46.3 million), but was far behind the opening weekend of The Meltdown ($68 million).




Ice Age: Continental Drift Soundtrack

Ice Age: Continental Drift
Film score by John Powell
Released July 10, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Score
Length 57:57
Label Varèse Sarabande
John Powell film scores chronology
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
(2012) Ice Age: Continental Drift
(2012) Carrie

Ice Age: Continental Drift is the soundtrack of the film scored by John Powell and was released on July 10, 2012.
No. Title Length
1. “Morning Peaches” 2:22
2. “Schism” 2:28
3. “Storm” 3:50
4. “No Exit Gutt” 5:37
5. “Escape from Captivity” 3:02
6. “New Loves” 4:50
7. “Hydraxes / Prison Talk” 2:57
8. “Diversion” 3:57
9. “Pirating the Pirates” 4:37
10. “Teen Cave” 4:42
11. “Sirens” 2:35
12. “Land Bridge Trap” 8:22
13. “Herd Reunion” 3:08
14. “Scrat’s Fantasia” 5:30
Total length:

Featured in the film was “Chasing the Sun”, performed by The Wanted the film’s first theme song, and the second theme song We Are Family written by Ester Dean, performed by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Keke Palmer and Ester Dean, herself. Both songs play during the credits.

Ice Age: Continental Drift Video games

Ice Age Village is a mobile video game, developed by Gameloft, and was released on April 5, 2012 to iPhone, iPad and various Android devices.

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games, a video game based on the film, published by Activision Publishing, and developed by Behaviour Interactive, was released on July 10, 2012, on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Kinect for Xbox 360.
Possible sequel

John Leguizamo, the voice of Sid, said of the fifth installment in the Ice Age franchise: “It sounds like they’re working on something. So hopefully the answer is YES, but I cannot say for sure.”





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