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Blu-ray Review: Ice Age: Collision Course

October 25, 2016

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

collision-course-blu-rayThe fifth film in the popular animated franchise, arriving fourteen years after the still-best original from 2002, Ice Age: Collision Course finds its characters dealing with the various entanglements of romance.

Manny (Ray Romano) is trying to keep his marriage to Ellie (Queen Latifah) from getting stale while also having a hard time accepting their daughter’s (Keke Palmer) new overly chill boyfriend (Adam Devine), Diego (Denis Leary) is getting ready to finally settle down with his partner Shira (Jennifer Lopez), and Sid (John Leguizamo) is looking for love that lasts past a first date.

But lest you think this is some sort of relationship drama, the ragtag group of animals also find themselves having to run from a giant meteor that is hurtling towards the earth.  The meteor is accidentally set in motion by Scrat, who is traversing the cosmos in a spaceship in search of the pesky acorn that keeps getting away, rearranging the solar system along the way.

Mixing elements of everything from romantic comedy, nonsensical sci-fi caper and doomsday adventure, while also working in a wacky fountain of youth subplot, none of this really makes much sense in terms of logic or plot.  By all rights, it could have easily felt like a train wreck that reeks of growing franchise desperation.  But I actually kind of enjoyed the ways that Ice Age: Collision Course embraces its own cartoonish lunacy, throwing everything at the wall just to see what sticks.  Although by no means a great film, it’s so loony and off the wall ridiculous that it actually kinda works for what it is.

By embracing the oddball and historically inaccurate timeline of the series, which has already seen them coexist with both cavemen and dinosaurs, Ice Age: Collision Course offers a surprisingly enjoyable and sometimes downright trippy ride.  There are enough amusing moments, mainly courtesy of one-eyed weasel Buck (Simon Pegg) and a fun cameo by none other than astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to make it mildly worth a look for those of us who grew up with the series.

The Blu-ray also includes Ice Age: The Story So Far, which edits together moments from the earlier films, as well as Scrat: Spaced Out, Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures, Mystery of the Scratazons, Star Signs of the Animal Kingdom, a Figaro Sing Along and a photo gallery.  The best of the bonuses is The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson deBunks, a fun little piece that features Neil deGrasse Tyson playfully pointing out the multitude of scientific inaccuracies in the film.

Ice Age: Collision Course is a 20th Century Fox release.  It’s 94 minutes and rated G.

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