Ice Age:  Collision Course


            This now the 5th installment of this very sucessful animated series, featuring the poor squirrel, Scrat, who is forever trying to bury one acorn, but the universe just seems to be against him.  And we root for him like we do the sad-sack Charlie Chaplin, at the same time we revel in his frustration.

            This time, Scrat manages to wedge himself into a crevasse that contains a spaceship, and he somehow dislodges it and gets it started, and away we go into outer space, where he continues to play with the controls until---our solar system is accidentally created?  Well, that's one theory not currently taught in our school systems.

            Meanwhile, in the Ice Age down below, our two favorite mastadons are raising their baby girl, who's not so little any more.  In fact, she has an irrepresible fiancee, whom grumpy ol' Dad just can't seem to get used to, despite the fact that the future son-in-law seems eager to please.

            But we've got bigger problems.  There's an asteroid headed toward earth, and it's the big one---the one that can destroy their whole einvironment, and the animals converge to try to deal with the problem together.  There's some enjoyable humor here, especially about the meditation guru who can't be bothered to rouse himself out of his determined introspection.  There are rodents looking for love and mischievous weasels and friendly saber-tooth togers---all anthropomorphized, complete with pop culture references.

            My 9-year-old grandson liked it.  So did I.  It's cute, it's harmless, and it engages the adults as well as the children.  It's a nice little cartoon escape, and it's a whimsical story about everybody working together for the greater good, which we fervently wish for all the humans, who haven't yet arrived on planet Earth.


Questions for Discussion:

1)                  What happened to the mastadons and saber-tooth tigers, not to mention the dinosaurs?

2)                  When have you seen everyone co-operating to reach a common goal?

3)                  What common goal would you like to see people work toward?


Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, DFW Film Critics Association