For an animated film franchise about creatures on the verge of extinction, the Ice Age” show has had extraordinary survival skills. Crossing five films over 14 years, the show just keeps going, adding an increasing number of supporting characters and making the cartoon better and better.
But why? So it's with Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth movie,” a totally serviceable family film that walks as its four predecessors in an identical mammoth prints.
But there is an escape clause, courtesy of chipper weasel Buck (Simon Pegg). He is found the meteors wiped out invertebrates and the dinosaurs before the mammals, the meteors reaching every time to the exact same mountain. Trek to the mountain, discover what appears to be pulling the meteors and repair it, and there might be
In all these pictures, the glum Manny has some kind of private problem to work through; this time, it is separation anxiety over his daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) getting married to Julian (Adam DeVine).
This mental thread of the story feels totally disconnected in the quest, but a subplot is got by Manny. Sid is his self that is typically lovelorn, and Diego hardly gets anything to do; Leary sounds like he did, and could have recorded his lines over a lunch break.
And, as always in "Ice Age" films, you will find interludes with the hyperactive creature called Scrat, whose pursuit for a tasty acorn has now, somehow, taken him into outer space.
Collision Course” has some pleasure sequences, like Buck zipping around his subterranean world while singing Figaro.” And the animation is top notch this time - not only does the pelt on the creatures seem real, but you actually feel like they are taking physical space, even if you are seeing in 2D.
But when you are paying focus on the quality of animation in a movie, that generally means the storyline is not capturing you. This can be a franchise that believes just about out of ideas, uncertain what to do with the big cast of critters it is accrued over time. Sure, Ice Age” will live, but in an increasingly busy world of animated movies, merely living is not enough.