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The sound design in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ is essential to the movie-goers experience. Not only are the sound effects important but so are the songs within the film that continue the message on the importance of family.
As the animation neared completion, the film’s post-production team began its critical work. “Ice Age” veteran and Academy Award winning sound designer Randy Thom created the thunderous sounds of the Earth shearing apart, the concussive force of truck-sized ice chunks slamming into the water, the menacing palisades wall pushing toward the animals, Scrat rattling around inside the Earth’s core, and the charmingly incomprehensible vocalizations of the Hyrax.
John Powell composed the film’s score, reprising some of the themes from the previous “Ice Age” films, as well as creating beautiful new music highlighting the Manny-Peaches emotional dynamic and Manny’s longing to be reunited with his family. Concurrently, finishing touches were put on the songs, including “Chasing the Sun,” performed by the U.K. pop sensation band The Wanted; the the Gutt-centric sea shanty “Master of the Seas,” and “We Are (Theme from ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’).” Ester Dean, who wrote the latter and who made a dual appearance on the soundtrack for “Rio,” notes that the song “sheds a light on the fact that a family doesn’t have to be blood-related or look perfect. But family is family – and that is perfect.”
Indeed, the “Ice Age” extended family is far from conventional, and it’s certainly a distant relative of perfection, but the fact that it is a family is nothing less than ideal. “The message of the importance of family is integral to the ‘Ice Age’ movies,” says Martino. “Audiences around the world enjoy stories about families that work well together. Even though our characters are imperfect, and very different from one another, they always work things out and they’re the better for it.”
So what began in “Ice Age” as the world’s most unexpected herd/family – a prehistoric wooly mammoth, a sloth, and a sabre-toothed tiger – has grown and changed as new members, including a wife, daughter, a pair of “brothers” and a Granny joined the clan. Moreover, Manny, Sid, Diego and the members of their burgeoning group are changing. “They’re all evolving, and we’re along with them for the ride, physically and emotionally,” says Lori Forte. “But however much they change, they’re still the characters we know and love.”
But what of Scrat, whose only family seems to be the cursed nut he’s been after since… forever? “It’s always fun to see how he screws up,” says Steve Martino. “And his screw-ups in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ of which the global crack-up is only the first, are truly epic.”