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Review: "Ice Age: Collision Course"

Scrat, the acorn chasing squirrel, and his prehistoric friends Manny, Ellie, Peaches, Sid and Diego are back for “Ice Age: Collision Course,” This is the fifth movie in the Ice Age series, and it’s a fast-paced, suspenseful and colorful adventure that’s fun for families.

I watched the movie with my husband and two teenage boys. We’ve seen some of the previous “Ice Age” movies, and this is a fairly good sequel. Sometimes, my boys feel like they’ve outgrown films like this, and consider it babyish. However, they agreed to come along, and they liked the movie.

It’s a fairly clean film. I didn’t see anything that parents might object to. There are a few intense life-or-death moments, but they quickly transition to the next scene. Some characters are injured or harmed by meteorites. Scrat the squirrel endures some slapstick violence, such as being exposed to radiation which causes his skin to flop and show his skeleton. (This will probably fly over the heads of most youngsters.) There is no profanity or foul language.

The plot focuses on Scrat (voiced by Chris Wedge), whom we remember from the previous Ice Age films as the saber-toothed squirrel who is forever chasing after an acorn. This time, Scrat stumbles upon an abandoned spaceship buried under ice and snow. Curious about this strange object he has discovered, Scrat decides to investigate and accidentally activates the spaceship. He is launched into space, and sets in motion several asteroids, causing them to crash into the Earth.

Scrat is very similar to the Looney Tune’s Wiley E. Coyote, who chased after the Road Runner. In the same way, Scrat chases his acorn, regardless of what happens to him. Little does Scrat realize that chasing after his beloved acorn triggers a series of comic disasters that threatens the Ice Age world.

Meanwhile, on earth, Manny the woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) and wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) are worried about their daughter, Peaches (Keke Palmer.)  Peaches wants to marry a goofy mammoth named Julian (Adam DeVine.) Behind his back, Manny calls him, “Mister No Plans, Bouncy Walk.” Evidently, Peaches and Julian want to get married, leave the herd and roam, but this does not sit well with her parents.

Another member of the herd also wants to get married. Sid the sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) proposes to his sloth girlfriend, Francine (Melissa Rauch), but she rejects him. Not to worry, because Sid later falls in love with another sloth named Brooke (Jessie J) who is perfect for him.

At Manny and Ellie's wedding anniversary party, asteroids strike the earth and the herd barely escapes. Eventually, the herd crosses paths with a friendly one-eyed weasel named Buck (Simon Pegg,) who warns them more asteroids will soon strike the earth. He encourages the herd to work together to stop the asteroids from crashing and destroying all life on their planet.
Overall, the movie conveys friendship and working together to overcome obstacles. The herd must adapt to a world that is constantly changing, which is something we can all relate to. Ice Age is also a love story: Manny has Ellie, Peaches has Julian, Buck has his Pumpkin, and Diego the saber-toothed tiger has Shira, Even Sid the sloth finds love after being rejected. The characters realize that there is safety in the herd, and being with others is better than being alone.

"Ice Age: Collision Course" is rated PG for mild action, peril, comic violence and rude humor. It is currently playing in theaters.