Fourth Time and Still Charming: “Ice Age: Continental Drift’

IceAgeContinentalDrift.jpgThe Ice Age cometh again. The fourth in 20th Century Fox’s franchise, Continental Drift, is rolling its way through communities throughout the world and opened in U.S. theaters last weekend. The characters are as endearing as ever, with the familiar voices of Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid) and Denis Leary (Diego), among others. New to the cast of characters this time out is Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes), who makes a big hit with KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Cheyenne Nguyen, age 8: “My favorite character in this moive is Granny. Everything about her is funny and unpredictable.” On a more technical note, KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Julianna Noone, age 12, observes, “The animation is so well done that the characters appear life-like as you can see the details in the the sheen of their fur and the muscle movements. Also, the 3-D is well placed and not overdone, so it doesn’t take over the film.”

Ice Age: Continental Drift
Reviewed by Julianna Noone
(See the full review by Julianna Noone and Cheyenne Nguyen on video.)

HOLY CRAB! What a great movie! This film really kicks some pirate booty.

From Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox comes Ice Age: Continental Drift. This fantastic film is about a group of different families that come together to form their own herd, and together they overcome obstacles to stay together.

Once again, Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo) and Diego (voiced by Denis Leary) set off on another wild adventure caused by Scrat’s continued chase of that elusive acorn. Along the way, they overcome pirates, sirens and many other life-and-death obstacles.

While I love all the characters and they are voiced by a terrific and funny set of actors, my favorite character is Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes), who is a new addition to the cast. Granny is so hilarious and a little zany and crazy. Everyone thinks Granny has an imaginary friend, but as the movie goes along, we find out that the friend is not so imaginary. It’s a very precious moment in the movie.

My favorite scene is when Manny, Sid, Diego and Granny are having hallucinations that are unique to each of them. Sid’s is about a female sloth; Diego sees Shira, a female pirate and also a sabertooth tiger; Granny sees a muscular sloth; and finally Manny sees his wife, Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), who says to him, “Manny, you were right, you’re always right.” Manny hears that and he snaps out of his hallucination because he knows that Ellie would never say that to him. It’s such a funny moment in the film, but also saves them all from dying. Julianna.jpg
The music is very catchy and fits the movie well. My favorite song is at the very end, because it’s about family and it is an adorable song. The animation is so well done that the characters appear life-like as you can see the details in the sheen of their fur and the muscle movements. Also, the 3-D is well placed and not overdone, so it doesn’t take over the film. Well done.

I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars as it is funny, well written and has a great message for the audience. It is a perfect movie for everyone in your herd. Look for this film in theaters everywhere starting July 13th.

Always remember, stick with your herd because they always have your back, no matter what.

Ice Age: Continental Drift
Reviewed by Cheyenne Nguyen
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See the full review by Julianna Noone and Cheyenne Nguyen on video.)

Ice Age: Continental Drift is an adventure and comedy animation.

Ice Age 4 picks up where Scrat still does not catch that acorn, and the result of his chasing after the acorn is the continent drifts apart.

Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) is an over-protective father trying to keep his teenage daughter, Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), from hanging out with the bad group of mammoths. However, Peaches is desperate to prove that she is cool so she can hang out with the cool kids.

Manny and his daughter have a fight in front of her friends, and the last thing Peaches says to her father is, “I wish you were not my father.” This is when the earth shakes; Manny, Diego and Sid are separated from the rest of the pack. They encounter ice pirates and many different sea creatures.

They all are homesick and want to find a way home. However, the ice pirate wants to capture them as prisoners. Manny and his gang have to come up with a plan to escape from the pirates and use his ice ship to go home.

This movie has a lot of jokes that make me laugh throughout the movie. The love story between Diego and the white tiger Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez) is so cute. The 3-D is totally awesome.

The message of this movie is the importance of family and we do not have a choice to pick who is in our family.

My favorite character in this movie is Granny. Everything about her is funny and unpredictable. CheyenneNguyen.jpg

One thing that I did not like is there are too many new characters. I would like to see more of Granny.

I rank this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it’s exciting, funny and all the characters are so strong and different.

I recommend this movie for ages 3 to 18.

This movie will be released July 13 to theaters near you.

Photos: Ice Age: Continental Drift poster (top), Julianne Noone (middle), Cheyenne Nguyen (bottom)

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