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Ice Age: Collision Course
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Genre: Comedy
Adventure
Science-Fiction
Photography: Color
Running Time: 94 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 19, 2016 (Sydney Film Festival)
July 22, 2016 (United States)
Directed by: Mike Thurmeier
Written by: Michael J. Wilson
Michael Berg
Yoni Brenner
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Ray Romano
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary
Josh Peck
Simon Pegg
Seann William Scott
Jennifer Lopez
Queen Latifah
Previous film: Ice Age: Continental Drift


Ice Age: Collision Course is a 2016 American computer-animated film produced by Blue Sky Studios and released by 20th Century Fox, and the fifth film in the Ice Age franchise. Within its release, it was negatively panned by both critics and fans alike and is considered to be the worst Ice Age film ever made.

Plot

While trying to bury his acorn, Scrat accidentally activates an abandoned alien ship that takes him into deep space, where he unwittingly sends several asteroids en route to a collision with Earth. Meanwhile, Manny is worried about the upcoming marriage between Peaches and her fiancé, Julian. Diego and his wife Shira want to start a family, but their fierce appearance tends to scare kids. Sid is dumped by his girlfriend, Francine, just as he is about to propose to her, and he laments his solitude. During Manny and Ellie's wedding anniversary party, some of the asteroids strike the place and the herd barely escape with their lives. Meanwhile, at the underground cavern, Buck returns a dinosaur egg back to its rightful owner after it was stolen by a trio of dromaeosaurs. named Gavin, Gertie, and Roger. Buck discovers an ancient stone pillar and takes it to the surface, where he meets Manny and the others.

Buck explains to the herd that according to the pillar, the asteroids had caused several extinctions in the past and with a massive one still incoming, he believes that the only place they could find a clue to stop it is on the site of the impact of the previous ones, as according to its engravings, they always fall at the same place. However, the three dromaeosaurs overhear their conversation, and Gavin and Gertie decide to stop them, believing that they could be safe from the impact, as they can fly, thus not only getting their revenge on Buck but also killing all mammals and securing domination over Earth for their species. Roger is reluctant, but Gavin and Gertie strong-arm him into cooperating.

As the herd travels to the crash site, they discover that the asteroids have electromagnetic properties. Buck theorizes that if a huge quantity of smaller asteroids should be gathered and launched into orbit, they could attract the main asteroid as well and prevent it from falling on Earth. After facing several obstacles and the interference of the dromaeosaurs, the herd arrives at "Geotopia", a community of immortal animals formed inside one of the asteroids that have fallen long ago, where Sid meets Brooke, a female ground sloth who falls in love with him. However, Shangri Llama, the leader of Geotopia, refuses to cooperate with Buck's plan to send the city's crystals into space in order to prevent the imminent impact, as they are the key to the residents' longevity. Sid inadvertently destroys the entire city when he attempts to remove one of the crystals to present Brooke with, immediately aging them to their true ages and revealing their actual appearances.

Once Brooke convinces the Geotopians that preventing the asteroid's fall is more important than their lost youth, they and the herd help with Buck's plan, which is to fill up a geyser with the crystals so that the pressure launches them into space to draw the asteroid away. The dromaeosaurs attempt to intervene, but Buck convinces Roger that they will not be able to survive the asteroid, and he, in turn, convinces Gavin and Gertie to help. The plan works, and the asteroid is pulled back into space. The herd then departs back home, including Sid, who parts ways from Brooke, but just after they leave, an asteroid piece falls inside a hot spring, giving it rejuvenating properties and making the Geotopians and Sid's grandmother, who stayed behind with them, regain their youth. After the herd returns, Manny reconciles with Julian, Peaches, and Julian celebrate their wedding, Diego and Shira become heroes to the kids who were scared of them before, and a rejuvenated Brooke appears during the ceremony to reunite with Sid.

In the film's epilogue, Scrat keeps struggling to control the alien ship until it crashes on Mars, destroying all life on the planet.

In a mid-credits scene, Scrat finds his acorn and gets beaten by some doors.

Why It Sucks

Warning: Do not insert any points among the lines of "no one wanted this film" in this section.

  1. Lack of continuity, as it ignores the events from the first four films, with the possible exception of the third installmentGMW.
  2. It has over eighteen main characters, which is way too much for a movie to handle, which is why the plot constantly sidetracks with each individual character arc.
  3. Apparently, this movie completely rips off a scene in the original Ice AgeGMW movie where the main characters discover a spaceship encased in ice while walking through an ice cave, meaning that this film is really unoriginal. Seriously, if PixarGMW did the same thing, then they would be criticized for unoriginality.
  4. It is filled to the brim with so much unfunny, unoriginal, and even forced humor that takes away all of the suspense and tension within the movie, since it practically doesn't even take itself seriously.
  5. Forgettable antagonists with extremely lame motives. In fact, the movie didn't really need a real villain, since the asteroid is basically the "villain".
    • In fact, there is even a moment where the film is self-aware of how stupid the villain's motives are.
  6. Even though the animation is nice and an improvement over the previous four films, the pacing of the film is way too fast and usually acts and feels like something from a Hotel Transylvania film. In fact, there is even a moment where the film is indirectly self-aware of this, when Manny is mocking the way Julian walks.
  7. Peaches has now been changed into a Mary Sue character who easily beats Manny in a hockey game twice.
  8. It overuses lots of 2010's pop culture references, which feels very out-of-place in an Ice Age movie.
  9. Like the previous film, it lacks a lot of the wit and charm from the first three Ice Age movies.
  10. The plot and morals are highly predictable, involving romance too much and even use of a certain plot point from Ice Age: Continental Drift again.
  11. The new characters don't have any personality and are forgettable, unfunny, bland (especially Brooke), and in Roger and Julian’s cases, extremely annoying. In addition, the new characters like Julian, Francine and the Dino-Birds never have a proper introduction of how they came into the story or the other characters' lives; we just randomly start off with them from beginning to end, making them incredibly useless.
    • Speaking of Francine, Sid's former girlfriend, she is completely pointless, as she doesn't do anything to progress the main plot and serves as a filler character. Also, after the scene with Sid and Francine, she is never seen again.
  12. Crash and Eddie do the hashtag in one scene to get a pathetic laugh.
  13. The film overuses too much cartoon-ish sound effects, even inappropriately plopping them in a scene where a group of asteroids are killing a bunch of birds.
  14. Diego, Shira, and the Dino Birds barely appear in the film and don't do anything to progress the plot.
  15. Manny, Sid, Diego and almost every other character act barely anything like they previously were.
  16. Scrat's subplot is pointless and mean-spirited. He seems to be the villain since he makes the catastrophe, causes a storm on Jupiter to go to Earth, pushes the asteroid headed toward Earth further when he is about to go back and even literally eradicates all life on Mars, effectively ruining the character altogether.
    • In addition, the scale of Scrat's antics are upped to such an absurd degree, their comedic nature is tarnished, as they also affirm Scrat as a god.
  17. Some scenes, characters and concepts steal elements from other animated movies:
    • The fact that the movie ends with a popular song sung by a famous singer ("My Superstar" by Jessie J, who provides the voice of Brooke) is exactly like how ZootopiaGMW, another film released in 2016 featuring talking animals, ends with "Try Everything" by Shakira.
      • The fact that the movie ends with a wedding and everyone happily dancing to the aforementioned song is a pretty generic ending.
    • The story-line of Manny being overprotective of his daughter and seeming to despise and not want anything to do with her fun-spirited lover who is reasonably nice is just ripping off Hotel TransylvaniaGMW, to the point where Julian can be considered a carbon copy of Johnny.
    • The scene where Buck has three other Bucks living in his brain is an obvious rip-off of Inside OutGMW.
    • Gavin, Gertie, and Roger are just dumb rip-offs of Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed from The Lion KingGMW.
    • Crash and Eddie being dressed as babies and acting like ones in one scene is an obvious rip-off of Top Cat Begins.
  18. Buck adopting and raising a baby pumpkin as his own is rather stupid, forced, pointless, nonsensical and even unfunny.
  19. A very out-of-place and unneeded cameo by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who also serves as a scientific consultant for an Ice Age film.
  20. Some of the dialogue in this movie is cheesy and inappropriate, especially the "That however is a turd!" line.
  21. The running gag of the dino-birds failing miserably to capture Buck feels like something out of a bad Tom & Jerry cartoon.
  22. Many of the other side characters from the previous four movies (such as Louis, Ethan, and Roshan) are never mentioned or seen in the entire film without any given reason at all, as if they never even existed.
  23. Very poor character development, especially with characters such as Manny.
  24. There is an awkward and disturbing scene where the low gravity of the UFO causes Scrat's skin to fall off, leaving his skeleton exposed, before he pulls it back up again, along with an even more disturbing shot where Scrat's nipples are turned into acorns.
  25. The subplot about Diego wanting to have kids with Shira goes nowhere and is never brought up again until the end of the film.
  26. Several stereotypical clichés we've seen in many other films:
    • Manny has the "overprotective father" cliché yet again.
    • Peaches has the "I'm grown up and want to see the world" cliché.
    • Sid has the "Loser who gets the girl" cliché.
    • Julian has the "future son-in-law who is trying his best" cliché.
    • Gavin, Gertie, and Roger have the "redeemed villain in the end" cliché.
  27. Ray Romano pulls Manny's annoyed tone towards Julian in a very clichéd, childish tone, which is unfunny and annoying.
  28. The romance subplot between Sid and Brooke feels very rushed and useless.
  29. The film can't decide who the main focus is supposed to be; therefore, the film suffers an unfocused, dragged-out, lazy plot due to the many characters who serve no purpose in the movie except to be a comic-relief or filler.
  30. A few scenes are pointless and don't do anything to progress the plot or explore the relationships between characters, one instance being when Buck saves a dinosaur egg and sings "Figaro", which has nothing to do with the actual plot.
  31. It has the same problem as Shrek the Third, as it has to change most of the stuff that made the previous films so popular, just to fit in new things that are pointless or mediocre.
  32. The characters barely share the same bond they had with each other in the other films.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Nice animation that is an improvement the other Ice Age movies, as stated before.
  2. A few funny scenes here and there.
  3. Buck returns in the film and is still his old self.
    • Ellie is also her old self in this film as well and isn't heavily flanderized, unlike the others.
  4. The Scratazons went over well with fans.
  5. The soundtrack is decent.
  6. Louis has a brief cameo in a shot during the scene where Manny discovers the asteroids during the anniversary party.
  7. Decent voice acting, thanks to the cast reprising their roles from the previous four movies.
  8. The Snoopy short preceding it. Two more would later preceded Ferdinand and Spies in Disguise respectively.

Reception

The film was heavily panned and criticized by both critics and fans alike, with many believing that it killed the franchise, as it is the last movie in the Ice Age series. It is also considered to be the worst Ice Age movie ever made. It currently holds a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.1/10, with the site's critical consensus reading, "Unoriginal and unfunny, Ice Age: Collision Course offers further proof that not even the healthiest box office receipts can keep a franchise from slouching toward creative extinction." It also has a 34 out of 100 on Metacritic and a 5.7/10 on IMDb.

After the release this movie, Blue Sky Studios has stated that there were some ideas for the sixth installment, but it is unknown if the sixth film will be actually made or not due to the fifth film's poor reception by critics, especially considering Disney's recent purchase of 21st Century Fox and its assets.

Trivia

  • Although the film's tagline "Kiss your ice goodbye" led to speculation that the fifth Ice Age installment would be the last film of the series, this was denied by Blue Sky Studios.
  • PopWrapped commented on the subject of a sixth film in February 2017, pointing out the fifth film's poor reception and how the franchise was moving further into absurdity and further away from leaving any lasting emotional impact on the audience, and suggesting that the sixth film could "redeem" the franchise by going back to its roots and reintroducing the humans from the original film, particularly the little baby named Roshan, and thereby bring the audience to remember why they loved Ice Age so much in the first place, and maybe end the series on a high note.

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Comments


 

ItsaDrake2001

4 months ago
Score 1
And no news i heard of of ice age 6. guess Disney made the right call to not continue it
 

NostalgiaCriticFTWMichaelBayFTL

4 months ago
Score 1
KISS THE FILM GOODBYE
 

Hayden B.

3 months ago
Score 1
KISS YOUR FRANCISE GOODBYE
 

Seanbuscus2600

one month ago
Score 2

Honestly, I think it should've ended with the 3rd film as it would've been a great conclusion to the franchise along with a spin-off show, not this. Looking back on the day I went to the theater to watch this movie, I should've read reviews of it first. Out of all films, this is actually the one that encouraged me to always read reviews.


This "film" is nothing more than an example of a franchise being milked dry, and this franchise is more dry than Death Valley.

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