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Scrat's nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he's been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences - a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny... read more read more..., Diego and Sid. In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home. -- (C) Official Site

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PG, 1 hr. 27 min.

Directed by: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier

Release Date: July 13, 2012

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DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012

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  • June 30, 2014
    Sure, the creator's are struggling more and more with adding even more supposedly quirky characters, when the first film worked so great with just four. The attempts to copy current youth culture are also quite annoying. But you know what? Some of the jokes and ideas are still re... read moreally funny and the film jumps from action sequence to action sequence in really brilliantly looking animation, you just can't dislike it.
  • March 4, 2013
    Ok, Dreamworks is flogging a dead Mammoth now. The franchise looks like it's had its day, there was a feeling of 'This is the last one' in the end credits and not a moment too soon in my opinion. I felt that the last film was only to redeem itself after the disappointing sequel a... read morenyway. Enough is enough, give us Scrat the movie or forget it!
  • February 4, 2013
    Well, this was cute, but not anywhere near as good as the first two. It had some really funny chuckle moments, but they were far and few between. Enough now. I will not be so anxious to watch another if they continue...
  • January 26, 2013
    Funny, cute, but very forgettable.
    Plus, I literally lost count if this is the 4th Ice Age or 5th. How many are there? Are they gonna continue to kill a dying franchise?
    Regardless, I had a good time, not great. Animation's superb though.
  • January 11, 2013
    Like all overused concepts this fourth installment doesnt by any means live up to the success of the first one however certainly isnt as rubbish as the third! Entertaining to a point and funny in places me personally they should make a prequel purely focusing on sid and his nan! ... read moreBut maybe they should now stop making movies!
  • November 3, 2012
    And the animated family films just keep on coming. Now we join the herd which is ridiculously huge by this point, just as the continents split and families are torn apart. I enjoyed this plot device as it separated our awesome trio from their annoying baggage. However, they soon ... read morecome across a bunch of animal pirates. Quite where this overuse of anthropomorphism came from is anyone's guess. Probably just lazy screenwriting. They'll probably be driving cars in the next installment. Despite my anger at turning the first sweet film about friendship and male bonding, into adventures with dinosaurs and pirates, at least this outing had the decency to be very funny at times, and it gives us the chemistry between Sid, Diego, and Manny that was missing from parts 2 and 3. The added characters are OK, and it's quite the enjoyable ride for the most part. Lord knows what will happen in the future. Probably genetically spliced animals/humans or something.
  • October 4, 2012
    Good as always.
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    August 13, 2012
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    Easily worse movie of the year. Not only is the story poorly written the humor constantly falls flat. It also recycles themes from the first 3 without so much as blinking.

    I almost feel sorry for the art/animation team that had the displeasure of working on this piece of shit. E... read moreesh.
  • July 29, 2012
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    The latest Ice Age flick with another top voice cast has a massive likeness to the previous installments in the series and that could prove to be excruciatingly tiresome if your already entirely aware of ... read morethe characters and humour that the series regularly contemplates. But overall, the film is only as good as what you bring to it and what makes Continental Drift work depends on whether you found the great chemistry between Manny, Diego and Sid, with a bit of Scrat at the side the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time round hilarious. I found the chemistry with the several other additions to the cast funny and engaging. That's not to say that it's one of the best computer animated films ever by far. A huge amount of elements are stolen from it's predecessors and the script is at times dull and predictable, but as the film unfolded I found it hilariously funny and a huge amount more entertaining than the first two sequels to the still superior "Ice Age". Contributing to that comedy includes jokes about family, pirates, offshore sirens, and the presence of Diego's love interest Shera, in which entertainment and hilarity quite regularly insues. It's that and the various one liners from Sid the Sloth, the conflict within Manny's relationship with his daughter and Scrat chasing that damn acorn that I found myself grinning at and loving about it. Also it's hilarious how the film knowingly references the fact that none of the films historically make any sense when it comes to the existence of the animals in it's time zone. I can imagine young kids will absolutely adore it in it's entirety but unless your an adult who finds some warmth in the franchise you wont like it as a whole with the possible exception of the first film. Many of the various plot elements seem quite familiar and consequently all of the storyline's ideas dont manage to clash into one narrative flawlessly. It's probably the franchise's most episodic and narrowly predictable venture, but i'm already an established Ice Age fan, and the first sequel aside, I enjoyed watching it the 4th time as much as, if not that much more than I did watching it the 1st, 2nd and 3rd time.
  • July 22, 2012
    The final installment? well maybe that would be best as this fourth film is somewhat lean on ideas and humour I'm afraid.

    The plot is getting a bit thin on the ground now, how can these guys have all this bad luck haha. The land on Earth is splitting up which by a series of unfo... read morertunate events separates the herd. Classic characters 'Manny' 'Sid' and 'Diego' are lost at sea, their mission (which they have no choice but to accept) is to get back to terra firma and find 'Ellie' and 'Peaches' (plus everyone else).

    Following on from the previous films the herd now consists of the usual members but now includes the young teen 'Peaches'. As expected the story does revolve around this new character slightly but not entirely thankfully. As also expected this character is pretty annoying and uninteresting as a teen. Unfortunately we also have to put up with other lame teen characters who all speak like either hip hop artists or spoilt princesses in that typical American youth way. Absolutely hate when characters are realised this way as I'm sure other non American's do too.

    On a little side note, why are all young characters in CGI films voiced by teen pop stars?. I realise they may be popular with the kiddies but surely there are better young actors that can used? young actors that can actually voice act properly that is.

    'Blue Sky' also deemed it fit to include another terrible character this time in the form of 'Sid's' granny. Yep it really has come down to this, we now gotta put up with ancient relatives. Might be me but I didn't find this inclusion remotely amusing or interesting or useful even, what was the point? A poor stereotype and completely unfunny.

    Of course its predictable but the plot just feels like the same stuff yet again. The inclusion of the pirate crew and their iceberg 'ship' is the only reasonable new offering that is worth some praise. A raggamuffin bunch of scurvy lily-livered misfits that look shabby and seedy much like the characters from 'Rango'. Their captain is the large ape 'Captain Gutt' which again does seem to be another rip from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise (much like 'Buck' from the last film).

    To me he comes across as a 'Captain Barbossa' copy to be honest, the deep voiced well spoken cad who doesn't really care about his own men. Not much humour given from this guy either, he's fun to watch but much more eerie looking for the kids if you ask me, a touch intimidating maybe?. Generally speaking this film does basically take a page out of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' book, no real originality or creativity from 'Blue Sky'.

    Lastly poor old 'Scrat' has finally run out of steam and ideas it seems here. The subplot is rather uneventful for him this time, I didn't really like how he is the cause of the continental breakup and I really didn't like the 'Atlantis' idea for him right at the end. The concepts for him are getting too far fetched really, it should be simpler, but hey this is just my opinion.

    I think this film goes back towards being a full on kids film again, just like the second. I really can't see how adults will enjoy it much with the inclusion of yet more small furry mammals, more love interests, teenage mammals and all the regular cliched visual gags that have been used before.
    I don't wanna be hard on the film as its a great little franchise that has always looked good including this one but this really feels like a rehash with more average characters stuck in to try and garner more kiddie support. The female version of 'Diego' is another obvious lure, another way to try and stretch out the franchise for more possible sequels, maybe they will have kids too *groan*.

    There isn't really too much outstanding happening here that's the problem, nothing I can look and say wow! about. The pirate crew maybe complete rips from else where but they are easily the best thing going despite not actually being that entertaining. The heroes are tired and nowhere near as fun, even good old 'Sid' has very little to say or do this time round.

    Personally I think this has gone as far as it can go now. Most prehistoric creatures have been utilized and we've seen the ice age, the great thaw, the dinosaur age and now the continental breakup. Where or what else is there to do before these guys should really be dying out?.

Critic Reviews


Christopher Orr
July 13, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Yes, this is the part where I outsource my critical role to my children. If you are the kind of person who (quite understandably) abhors this particular gimmick, you may wish to stop reading now. Full Review

Jonathan Kiefer
July 13, 2012
Jonathan Kiefer, Village Voice

The best bits are basic and all but voiceless: those Scrat-intensive set pieces, still inspiredly squirrelly if much too far apart. Full Review

William Goss
July 13, 2012
William Goss, Film.com

These films are generally good at being good enough, and the fourth installment, Ice Age: Continental Drift, doesn't deviate from that modest tradition. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
July 13, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

In the end, this latest "Ice Age" movie is about as surprising and unpredictable as a glacier. And not much more fun. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
July 13, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Whenever I watch an "Ice Age" movie, I understand how my mother felt whenever I zoned out in front of the television after school. Full Review

Kyle Smith
July 13, 2012
Kyle Smith, New York Post

Popping from one silly set piece to another is all that really concerns the screenwriters. Full Review

Sean O'Connell
July 13, 2012
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

Logic may be extinct, but, boy, do these movies whiz by like ice cubes zipping across a linoleum floor. Full Review

Betsy Sharkey
July 12, 2012
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

The dialogue is sometimes too sluggish and definitely too preachy, the ending is a little too sappy, yet somehow this strange collection of prehistoric critters and their completely illogical life are... Full Review

Claudia Puig
July 12, 2012
Claudia Puig, USA Today

This fourth installment featuring the computer-animated, prehistoric critters is aimless and derivative. While the first Ice Age movie in 2002 was inventive and cute, there's far too little here that'... Full Review

Amy Biancolli
July 12, 2012
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

The plot ... just barrels forward with very few surprises. Full Review

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    • Granny: So long, banana breath!
    • Sid: I know my berries!
    • Manny: Uh..ship, me want...
    • Shira: Yeah, nice try jungle jim
    • Shira: You want to pirate a pirate ship from pirates...
    • Sid: Granny? You're alive!
    • Diego: And can we say how thrilled we are to see you...
    • Sid: Aaah! Hold me!

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