Set after the events of Continental Drift, Scrat’s epic pursuit of his elusive acorn catapults him outside of Earth, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save themselves from peril, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd leave their home and embark on a quest full of thrills and spills, highs and lows, laughter and adventure while traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
Toward the end of Ice Age: Collision Course, while attempting to divert the path of an incoming killer asteroid, Ray Romano’s woolly mammoth Manny sighs, “This isn’t working.” It’s a sentiment likely to be shared by many enduring this disappointing chaotic fifth installment of the wildly successful computer-animated franchise.
While the Ice Age movies have increasingly tended to place shtick ahead of substance, there had always remained a certain sweetness at their core, manifested through the various milestones taking place in the main characters’ prehistoric lives. Sadly, 15 years in, even the domestic developments surrounding Manny and his brood have been relegated to the sidelines, displaced by too many shrill characters frantically attempting to pad the emaciated plot.
Given the films’ track record, there’s still sufficient distraction for younger fans to allow Fox to handily build on the more than $2.8 billion they’ve amassed in worldwide grosses to date (it had its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival), but others can’t help but notice the vast emptiness of it all.