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.