Box art for Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

action & adventure, children & family


History's greatest heroes return for the most outrageously funny and entertaining Ice Age adventure in two million years.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    37%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Prehistoric pals hit the seas for an exciting adventure.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Age: Continental Drift is the fourth installment in Fox's popular prehistoric animal franchise. Even the youngest moviegoers will want to follow Manny, Sid, and Diego's latest adventures. Like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, this one's in 3-D and features some cartoonish violence, mild romance, a smattering of insults, and some scatological humor. On the plus side, there are a lot of overtly positive messages about family and friendship.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the franchise's defining message about the meaning of family. What defines a family? How is Sid's "biological" family a disappointment compared to his herd?
  • Is Peaches a believable teenager? Why are teens embarrassed by their parents? How do Peaches and Manny reconcile their difference of opinion?
  • Do the Ice Age movies feel complete now, or would you like to see another one? How does Continental Drift compare to the three others? Which one is your favorite?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "Continental Drift," like its predecessors, is much too friendly to dislike, and its vision of interspecies multiculturalism is generous and appealing.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rotten: The plot ... just barrels forward with very few surprises.

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

Fresh: 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 consistently likable, if not quite lovable.

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] 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 the 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.

- aquateen2, Sunday, July 29, 2012

3 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] 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 the 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.

- aquateen2, Sunday, July 29, 2012

1 star

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 unfortunate 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?.

- phubbs1, Sunday, July 22, 2012