Ice Age: Continental Drift
Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 computer animated comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Scrat's continuous pursuit of an infernal acorn has world-changing consequences for Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) when the continents split apart. The continental crack-up separates Manny and his friends from the rest of the herd, including Manny's mate, Ellie (Jennifer Lopez) and rebellious daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer). The pals are desperate to return home, but a pirate (Peter Dinklage) and his ragtag crew stand in their way.
- Diego and Shira's romance sub-plot seems pointless and serves no purpose to the actual story.
- It recycles most of the material it has from GMW.
- All of the adolescent animal characters are portrayed as cocky, popular-teenager stereotypes.
- A pointless blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-scene of Buck from GMW, when Scrat is falling through the earth, which can be seen within the first 5 minutes.
- Several of the characters never got a proper introduction of how they became a part of the characters lives.
- Some of the humor can seem forced and nonsensical, like one hypocritical joke about mammoths going extinct and another mammoth claiming it as a ”double burn”.
- Manny's character has completely changed in this, he went from a sophisticated, grumpy yet likable leader to a typical “overprotective father” with Peaches, making this similar To Hotel Transylvania, another animated film that came out in 2012.
- The film can run on several amounts of mean-spiritedness most of the time, like how Sid’s actual family, who is unlikable and pointless, abandon him and his granny because they’re screw-ups & “dead weights” and how Peaches is bullied by the Brat Pack (except for Ethan who is likable) at the beginning of the film.
- They brought in Drake and Nicki Minaj just so the film could appeal to the tween demographic.
- Scrat’s slapstick gag of failing to get his acorn went from funny to causing more conflict and chaos for our main characters. Which makes him the villain rather than Captain Gutt.
- The film feels like it's trying to juggle too much subplots.
- Manny trying to return to the Continent to reunite with his family.
- Diego and Shira's useless romantic sub-plot.
- Captain Gutt wanting revenge on Manny for destroying his ship.
- Shira's redemption arc.
- Peaches’ love triangle with Ethan and Louis.
- Sid trying to look after his grandmother.
- Scrat using a treasure map to find his acorn.
- The humor in this film made the franchise lose it‘s way as it relies on humor from the 2010s generation.
- On that topic, while the previous Ice Age films relied on its own humor while staying true to its era to make it seem more realistic. This film goes full fantasy with some of its scenes, like the ending scene with Scratlantis.
- Peaches is just a “bratty teenage daughter” stereotype.
- A few moments can portray as nothing but being filler, like the one with sirens trying to attract the Herd, heck it can even be an excuse to foreshadow the villain's defeat.
- Once it reaches its climax, the movie almost forgets who the main character is, juggling it between Manny, Sid, and Louis.
- The love triangle-story with Peaches, Ethan and Louis is incredibly pointless and feels clichéd.
- Overuse of movie clichés we’ve seen several times in other films.
- The scene where Sid and Diego's kiss is disturbing and unneeded.
- Questionable song choices for the Ice Age era.
- At Ethan's party in the beginning, the song "Chasing The Sun" by The Wanted was used, a 2012 song.
- In one scene, Manny sings "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr., a song that was released in 1971.
- The end credits song, "We Are", sung by the cast, while a good song, sounds too much like a 2010's pop song.
- Decent animation that’s a big stand-up for the previous Ice Age films.
- The voice acting is pretty decent.
- The only new characters that got a proper introduction were Captain Gutt and his pirates and they can actually be entertaining villains.
- Wanda Sykes' performance as Granny can get a good laugh once in a while.
- Louis is quite a likable character.
- Nice soundtrack, such as Captain Gutt's villain song, “Master of the Seas“, and the end credits song, ”We Are“.
- It has one good moral about never leaving a friend behind.
- Some funny moments like when Sid got sick from eating the berries, Sid drinking saltwater and the “Holy crab” Joke.
- Ethan (the leader of The Brat Pack) is likable, he doesn't bully Peaches, unlike his friends do.
The movie received mixed reviews from critics. At the time the movie was considered the worst movie in the franchise until Ice Age: Collision Course came out which got worse reviews.