Magnets, How Do They Work? – Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Can this be done now?  A fact that is not known to many people is that it was actually Scrat that was responsible for the formation of our solar system, and in his hunt for his elusive acorn in a spaceship, he sets a meteor on a collision course with Earth, threatening an extinction level event… unless our rag tag band of talking animals can figure out how to divert it.  When I think of the term “cash grab,” this series is one of the first ones to immediately pop into my brain.  If you track this franchise through the years, it went from mediocre to lacking to just lame.  We’ve reached a new low with Collision Course as we barrel through the animation floor.

1I don’t have any kids, but if you do, will you please let me know if they care about a single one of these characters?

Here’s the thing though: comparatively speaking, these movies are cheap, especially next to a Disney product.  The animation is not anything fancy, and they have a bunch of B-list celebrities that they don’t have to spend a lot of money on.  The budget clearly isn’t going to the writers, because it is plain to see that they had no solid core concepts going into this, and I am sure that they had actors improvise as much as possible in the recording studio.  When you get right down to it, most of these characters don’t have a whole lot to do.  The biggest plot line involves Manny’s emotional attachment to his daughter, but both Diego and Sid have next to nothing to do in this, and they are still being touted as main characters.  I have to give Simon Pegg a lot of credit, because so much of the heavy lifting in this movie rests squarely on his shoulders as the crazy weasel named Buck.  He is very much giving it an earnest try, but there is just so little here to work with.  If you look at the cast list, you will quickly see that there are too many characters because these movies don’t ever work animals out of the story, they just have them stick around until they finally decide to stop making these movies.

2They even manage to waste Nick Offerman, which is criminal.

Speaking frankly, I would a have newfound respect for this series if they decided to kill a couple of characters, or at least send them off into that dusty horizon.  They could potentially make a leaner narrative, and the story would be stronger for it.  This is strictly hypothetical, because they’re never going to do that.  I’m about finished with Scrat, which is a shame.  He used to be the strongest part of the movie because his bits played out like Looney Tune shorts in the midst of a story that I never cared about, but at this point he has overstayed his welcome, and it is just tired.  They brought no new ideas to the table with Collision Course, the interest has clearly disappeared stateside if you check the domestic box office returns, and this series should pump the breaks.

Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) *1/2

– Critic for Hire


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