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Ice Age: Collision Course  (DVD)


Stars: Voices: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Adam Devine, Keke Palmer, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Seann William Scott, Wanda Sykes

Director: Michael Thurmeier, Galen T Chu

While Michael Wilson, Michael Berg and Yoni Brenner’s screenplay may lack a driving narrative, there is sufficient loony invention after squirrel-like Scat, wildly pursuing his elusive acorn into Deep Space, accidentally triggers off the possible destruction of prehistoric Earth and threatens the Ice Age, leaving the popular creatures led by Sid, Diego, Manny and the rest of the herd to leave home and seek safety from the impending disaster…

Fortunately the hardly groundbreaking storyline works well enough as a line on which to hang enough visual and verbal gags to please the target audience of youngsters while keeping accompanying adults from throwing themselves at the screen.

There is, of course, the regulation fart joke, by now a staple of the majority of juvenile-audience-aimed comedies, a character blows his nose on poison ivy with obvious results, along with mammoths playing ice hockey, vegetarian lions, unicorns, prehistoric flying creatures and the know-all Llama (“The master of meditation. The supreme sovereign. The Shangri Llama!”) among the attractively animated creations.

Alan Frank

USA 2016. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Colour.
90 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: U.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 05 Dec 2016