Ice Age Continental Drift, 2012

For lovers of the Ice Age franchise, every new one that comes out can do no wrong, that’s all there is to it.  Because if you loved Scrat, the rodent, then, you’ll love him now just as much, right?  Well, no arguments there, except for the one inevitable one about whether this was any better or bigger than previous ones.  This was certainly bigger in terms of the sheer number of characters, but as to whether it was better than the others is highly questionable.

And the characters — with the heroic and necessary exception of Scrat, are warmed-over hash. Manny (Ray Romao) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) must deal with the adolescence of their daughter, Peaches (Keke Palmer), who must learn a lesson about family, friendship and being yourself. Diego, the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) falls into a love-hate romance with a feisty female named Shira (Jennifer Lopez), and Manny must rescue his family from disaster and fight off bad guys.

There’s not too much novelty in the plot, but perhaps that was never the point. Granny is outstanding as projected by Wanda Sykes in providing genuine comic relief from the at-times forced jollity.  All in all, its a busy set with too many talented actors lending their voices and personalities to this pre-historic drama.

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