Ice Age: Continental Drift
|Ice Age: Continental Drift|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Steve Martino
|Produced by||John C. Donkin
|Screenplay by||Michael Berg
|Story by||Michael Berg
|Music by||John Powell|
|Editing by||James Palumbo
David Ian Salter
|Studio||Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox Animation
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Ice Age: Continental Drift (or Ice Age 4: Continental Drift or simply Ice Age 4) is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. It was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg, and features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Wanda Sykes, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Lopez.
It is the fourth installment of the Ice Age series, produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the first sequel in the series not directed by Carlos Saldanha, and the second Ice Age installment that utilises 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 the original Ice Age. This was the first Ice Age film to be presented in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film became a huge box office success, with a worldwide gross of over $877 million, marking it the highest grossing animated film of 2012.
Scrat (Chris Wedge) inadvertently causes the break up of Pangaea. Meanwhile Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) must deal with the trials and tribulations of their daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer), now a teenager desiring to fit in with her peers. Ellie is fine about that, but Manny becomes extremely over-protective. Peaches' only friend Louis (Josh Gad), a molehog, tries to protect her as she tries to approach a mammoth named Ethan (Drake) whom she has a crush on. Sid's (John Leguizamo) family returns, only long enough to drop off the elderly Granny (Wanda Sykes) before abandoning them both again. When Manny catches Peaches sneaking off to meet Ethan, they argue and fall out. Shortly afterward, a continental break-up separates Manny from the herd. Trapped on a moving chunk of ice with Sid and Diego, Manny has no choice but to ride out the current. Meanwhile a giant land shift encroaches on Ellie, Peaches, and those remaining on land, causing them to make their way toward the land bridge.
At sea, violent weather pushes the herd further away from land while Scrat, in a side adventure, finds an acorn that has a treasure map on it that directs him towards an island. Soon, after Manny, Sid, and Diego find Granny (who was sleeping inside a hollow tree stump, on the ice raft), they are captured by a band of pirates sailing on a floating iceberg as a ship led by a Gigantopithecus, Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage), who attempts to press gang them into his crew; when they refuse Gutt tries to make them walk the plank. Manny, Sid, Diego, Granny and Scrat (who was also taken captive) escape, but cause the ship to sink and Gutt's first mate, a female sabertooth named Shira (Jennifer Lopez) joins them out of no choice of her own.
They then find Switchback Cove, which has a current that would direct them home, but after washing ashore a remote island, Shira, still loyal to Gutt, warns him and the pirate crew (who are also on the island) of their whereabouts. Gutt, wanting revenge on Manny for sinking his ship, plans an attack. Along with the hyrax inhabitants of the island, Manny coordinates a plan to steal Gutt's new ship to return home. Shira decides to leave Gutt, when she and Diego begin to fall in love, but she stays behind to ensure Gutt doesn't catch the herd. Gutt and his pirates quickly make a new iceberg ship to sail after the herd, determined to get revenge. Meanwhile, Scrat, using one of the hyrax's leaf "planes", flies off the island, only to be swallowed by a shark.
Peaches finally begins to fit in with the mammoths her age, but accidentally insults Louis, who is referred to as a freak by the others, by saying they are not friends. When she sees the other teens' careless disregard to the danger, she turns her back on them, warning that their extinction will come sooner than they think.
As they are sailing back, Diego, Sid, and Granny encounter monstrous sirens taking the shapes of what the group finds most attractive. Fortunately, Manny realizes this after hearing a siren, disguised as Ellie tell him something she would never say and saves them at the last second. Later, Scrat encounters a siren, taking on the shapes of Scratte (Scrat's old flame from the third film), that Scrat ignores, then turns an acorn. Scrat immediately runs up and attempts to bury the "acorn", and kills the siren, but is attacked by other sirens and escapes unharmed.
Manny, Sid, Diego, and Granny soon return home only to find the land bridge destroyed in the earthquakes and Gutt and his crew made it there first. The pirates have captured Ellie and Peaches forcing Manny to face Gutt. Louis stands up for Peaches and a battle ensues between the herd and the pirates. Shira frees Ellie and helps fend off her former comrades, while Granny's "imaginary" pet whale, Precious, appears and turns the tables on the rest of the lot. Gutt then attempts to kill Ellie but Peaches, using her possum-like skills, manages to save her mother. Manny defeats Gutt in a duel on an ice floe and reunites with his family and friends. Later, Gutt encounters a siren taking on the shape of a female of his species and is eaten. With their home destroyed, the entire party and inhabitants then sail to an island that they found to settle down, while Louis becomes a hero among the teenage mammoths and Shira joins the herd and she and Diego become a couple.
At the end of his journey, Scrat discovers the island on the map, known as Scratlantis (a mock up of Atlantis), but his uncontrollable urge to hunt acorns in the acorn-rich city inadvertently causes the entire island to sink and Scrat is ejected into what is now known as Death Valley.
- Seann William Scott and Josh Peck as Crash and Eddie, a pair of possoum brothers and ellie's close friends.
- Chris Wedge as Scrat, an acorn-obsessed saber-toothed squirrel who always creates problems while trying to bury his acorn.
- Drake as Ethan, a mammoth that Peaches has a crush on
- Nicki Minaj as Steffie, a mammoth who is Ethan's girlfriend and makes fun of Peaches
- Aziz Ansari as Squint, is a Rabbit (Palaeolagus)
- Rebel Wilson as Raz, a Procoptodon
- Nick Frost as Flynn an elephant seal
- Kunal Nayyar as Gupta, a Bengali Badger (Chamitataxus)
- Alain Chabat as Silas, a Blue-footed booby
- Joy Behar as Eunice, Sid's mother
- Alan Tudyk as Milton, Sid's father
- Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo as Uncle Fungus, Sid's Uncle
- Ben Gleib as Marshall, Sid's younger brother
- Frank Welker as Dobson, a prehistoric wild boar who is part of Gutt's crew / Precious, Granny's gigantic pet whale / Hyraxes, little rat like creatures that Manny, Sid and Diego encounter / Rats, the little rats who were part of Gutt's crew / the Crab, the crab who is seen on the piece of ice with Manny, Sid, and Diego.
- Ester Dean as Sloth Siren and Gutt's Siren, forms taken on by the sirens to lure Sid, and later kills Gutt
- Alan Tudyk as Fabio sloth Siren, a form taken on by a siren to lure Granny
- Patrick Stewart as Ariscratle, a saber-toothed squirrel that lives on Scratlantis. His name is a pun on the Greek philosopher Aristotle.
- Heather Morris as Katie, one of Steffie's best friends
- Alexandra Romano as Meghan, one of Steffie's best friends
- Jason Fricchione as Gator, Ethan's dim-witted best friend
- Simon Pegg as Buck, a weasel that is in the third film is seen in a cameo with Rudy
- Karen Disher as Scratte, Scrat's love interest in the third film whom he hates now
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. Fox later confirmed on May 5, 2010, that Ice Age: Continental Drift would be released on July 13, 2012.
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.
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.
Ice Age: Continental Drift was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on December 11, 2012.
Ice Age: Continental Drift received generally mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 37% of critics have given the film positive reviews, with a rating average of 5.1/10 based on 131 reviews. The consensus statement reads, "Ice Age: 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, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film two stars out of four, calling the film: "Watching this film was a cheerless exercise for me. The characters are manic and idiotic, the dialogue is rat-a-tat chatter, the action is entirely at the service of the 3-D, and the movie depends on bright colors, lots of noise and a few songs in between the whiplash moments." 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 earned $161,321,843 in North America, and $715,922,939 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $877,244,782. Its worldwide opening weekend totaled $126.9 million. Worldwide, it is the 30th highest-grossing film, the fifth highest-grossing film of 2012 (making it the highest-grossing animated film of that year), and the second highest-grossing film in the series. Overall, it is the 6th highest-grossing animated film.
In North America, the film earned $16.7 million on its opening day and $46.6 million on its opening weekend; earning higher than the openings of Dawn of the Dinosaurs ($41.7 million) and the original Ice Age ($46.3 million), but falling far behind the opening weekend of The Meltdown ($68 million). In total earnings, it is the lowest-grossing Ice Age film in North America.
Outside North America, it is the eighth highest-grossing film, the second highest-grossing 2012 film, the second highest-grossing Fox film, and the highest-grossing animated film.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 opening-day records for an animated film in Russia and in Sweden 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. Its largest opening weekends were recorded in Russia and the CIS ($16.9 million), China ($15.7 million), and France and the Maghreb region ($12.8 million). It is the second highest-grossing film in Latin America with at least $181 million, only behind Marvel's The Avengers.
|Ice Age: Continental Drift|
|Film score by John Powell|
|Released||July 10, 2012|
|John Powell film scores chronology|
|4.||"No Exit Gutt"||5:37|
|5.||"Escape from Captivity"||3:02|
|7.||"Hyraxes / Prison Talk"||2:57|
|9.||"Pirating the Pirates"||4:37|
|12.||"Land Bridge Trap"||8:22|
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: Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Heather Morris, and Ester Dean, herself. Both songs play during the credits and are not available in the soundtrack.
In addition to the original score by John Powell, the film also features Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Powell explained his decision: "At the beginning of the film, the creation of the geographical world as we know it seemed just such an immense idea to musically convey, that I gave up entirely and used Beethoven's Ninth Symphony instead. With a bit of obscenely crass re-orchestration and blatantly cheap arranging tricks normally associated with strippers, we got it to fit the action perfectly. But the cost that I must now bear is having to live forever in hiding, since the "Beethoven Society" issued a "fatwa" on me."
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.
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