Ice magic loses sparkle
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