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ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT 3D

SYNOPSIS:
Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift, using an iceberg as a ship. Along the way, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Review by Louise Keller:
Like the previous three films in the popular animated franchise that has delighted youngsters everywhere, Ice Age: Continental Drift retains its central theme of the importance of family in a brand new colourful, happy adventure in 3D. Sid the goofy, buck-toothed Sloth (John Leguizamo) remains my favourite character; he believes there is a rainbow around every corner and that bad news is actually good news in disguise. Not one nasty thought crosses his uncluttered mind and watching his flexible body contort and flop is amusing in itself. His doddery, toothless granny (Wanda Sykes), who makes a habit of innocently wandering into precarious situations, is one of the new characters to join the group, along with colourful orang-utan pirate Captain Gutt (wonderfully portrayed by the voice of Peter Dinklage), so-named on account of the potential his long claws offer to an enemy's insides.

The earth has been shaken to its very core by Scrat (Chris Wedge), the long-snouted, fluffy-tailed squirrel rat, whose adventurous pursuits chasing his prized acorn, makes the continents split and the ice to separate. Adrift on an iceberg which they use as a ship, Sid, Diego the sookie, saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) and Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano) who is separated from his family, literally run into Captain Gutt's ice pirate ship and his motley crew. The fact that Granny is inadvertently concealed in a tree on the ice as she chats to her imaginary friend Precious, offers countless humorous opportunities.

The film offers non stop frivolity and fun coupled with endearing side-plots including Diego discovering love in the attractive form of J-Lo's white kitty-kat tiger Shira and a budding romance with teenage Mammoth Peaches (Keke Palmer). The scene in which Sid performs a ridiculous dance to try and entice an army of little guinea-pigs to help them conquer the pirates is very funny, and I like the storyline involving the little mole hog called Louis, endearingly portrayed by Josh Gad, star of the Broadway hit The Book of Morman.

The sequences involving the sirens, who morph to embody their prey's desires, are comical and wonderfully executed. The voice cast including Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Rebel Wilson (as a prehistoric kangaroo), is first rate as is the use of music.



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CRITICAL COUNT
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Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT 3D (PG)
(US, 2012)

VOICES: Peter Dinklage, Sean William Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost, Kunal Nayyar, Alan Tudyk, Heather Morris, Keke Palmer, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Rebel Wilson, Josh Peck, Aziz Ansan, Denis Leary, Ray Romano

PRODUCER: John C. Donkin, Lori Forte

DIRECTOR: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier

SCRIPT: Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Renato Falcao

EDITOR: James Palumbo, David Ian Salter

MUSIC: John Powell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Nash Dunnigan (art director)

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 28, 2012







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