Ice magic loses sparkle

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies - LEIGH PAATSCH

CON­TI­NEN­TAL DRIFT ( PG)

Di­rec­tors: Steve Martino, Michael Thurmeier

Stars: the voices of Ray Ro­mano, De­nis Leary, John Leguizamo, Peter Din­klage, Jen­nifer Lopez

All set to make an­other chill­ing

WITH the first three Ice Ages hav­ing grossed more than two bil­lion bucks at the global box- of­fice, the fourth is not about to hand in what is clearly a li­cence to print money.

Look­ing at it in the most pos­i­tive light, par­ents of pri­mary school­ers can con­sider this mod­er­ate an­i­mated ad­ven­ture a safe choice for the hol­i­days.

Se­ries reg­u­lars Manny the mam­moth ( voiced by Ray Ro­mano), Diego the sabre-tooth tiger ( De­nis Leary) and Sid the sloth ( John Leguizamo) dom­i­nate as usual on the story front.

In a wel­come change of lo­ca­tion, much of the ac­tion takes place on a brand new ocean, freshly formed af­ter re­cent in­ter­fer­ence with the Earth’s crust.

The cat­a­clysm was caused by none other than Scrat, the fran­chise mas­cot who is still chas­ing af­ter that elu­sive nut.

While the main play­ers are scrap­ping it out on the high seas with the vil­lain­ous orang- utan pi­rate Cap­tain Gutt ( some en­joy­ably sharp work from new re­cruit Peter Din­klage), some snoozy sub- plot busi­ness in­volv­ing Manny’s trou­bled teen daugh­ter ( Keke Palmer) is oc­ca­sion­ally cov­ered back on dry land.

Oh, and Jen­nifer Lopez purrs up some vo­cal love in­ter­est for Diego, play­ing a con­flicted lioness hench­woman sid­ing with the pi­rates. So it’s bright and bouncy babysit­ting fare as far as the eye can see in 3D at most lo­ca­tions, nat­u­rally for the all­new, same- old Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift. But wait! There’s more! Men­tion must be made of the fact the best part of the show oc­curs be­fore the main fea­ture.

A short pre- film fea­turette ti­tled The Long­est Day­care, star­ring baby Mag­gie from The Simp­sons, dis­plays all the wit and cre­ativ­ity miss­ing from Con­ti­nen­tal Drift.

Sev­eral of the finest be­hind- the- scenes names to have worked on The Simp­sons have chipped in to com­plete the short, which is styled as a di­a­logue- free ( it is Mag­gie, af­ter all!) bat­tle of the babies in a crummy Spring­field creche.

Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas

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