Ice Age: Continental Drift
Itís not often that the 4th segment is as fresh and creative and fun as its
predecessors. But this series is a winner for the kids, and kinda fun for the
parents and grandparents, as well.
Scrat, the acorn fanatic, unwittingly causes the Pangeaís continental drift
by spinning randomly on the earthís core (hey, itís a cartoon). This also
causes a great upheaval in the earthís crust, which separates Manny the
Mammoth (the voice of Ray Romano) from his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) and
adolescent daughter, but he vows, from a distance, to reunite the family, and
thus begins the adventure.
Manny, together with his friends Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the
Saber-tooth Tiger (Denis Leary), set adrift on an ice floe, try to make their
way back to the land bridge, but are constantly thwarted by the presence of
pirates, and pestered by Sidís grandmother, irascible and toothless and
almost blind, but Sid canít bring himself to abandon her, like the rest of
his family has abandoned him. Grouchy olí Diego finds love, they all
discover their inner courage, and of course there is a happy ending where evil
is overcome and every animal lives happily ever after, in harmony with itself,
its own species, and all other species, with an even greater appreciation of
Of course there are politically correct overtones of respect for diversity and
the inclusion (rather than the banishment) of elders and the importance of
friends who are like family. But all that can be readily accepted because
itís so lighthearted, and light on its feet. Itís funny and warm and
playful, and the voice talents, being veteran comedians, all have a good sense
of comic timing. Itís a happy movie, eminently suitable for all.
And, as icing on the cake, the Simpson cartoon at the intro is LOL funny.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Minister, St. Stephenís Presbyterian Church, Irving,