Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (PG) (94 min)
Directed by Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier.
Starring Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah
The Ice Age format has endured surprisingly well: the fourth instalment in this lavish animation series is once again a buddy movie with a spectacular prehistoric disaster back-drop - the familiar mismatched team of a mammoth, a sloth and a sabre-tooth tiger joining forces to try to save their animal comrades as the ground literally shifts under their feet.
Fortunately, one of Ice Age's most welcome elements returns, skittering across the screen and bringing mayhem in its wake. This is the figure of the scrat, a Coyote-inspired, accident-prone, squirrelish rodent single-mindedly focused on the pursuit of an always just-out-of-reach acorn, whose obsessive desire has almost cosmic ramifications.
Ice Age 4 must fit characters into the narrative, alongside the physical comedy of the scrat, and the large-scale, 3D-enhanced sweeping drama of environmental catastrophe. This works pretty well, on the whole, and the travails of the sloth, Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), have a wry, comic touch.
A buccaneer yarn (with a villainous ape voiced by Peter Dinklage of Game Of Thrones) provides another storytelling element, an excursion into prehistoric Pirates of the Caribbean territory that is also used to underpin a moral about the importance of community.
To celebrate the DVD release of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift we have five copies of the DVD to give away.
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