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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 filmâs post-production team began its critical work. âIce Ageâ 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 Earthâs core, and the charmingly incomprehensible vocalizations of the Hyrax.
John Powell composed the filmâs score, reprising some of the themes from the previous âIce Ageâ films, as well as creating beautiful new music highlighting the Manny-Peaches emotional dynamic and Mannyâs longing to be reunited with his family. Concurrently, finishing touches were put on the songs, including âChasing the Sun,â performed by the U.K. pop sensation band The Wanted; the the Gutt-centric sea shanty âMaster of the Seas,â and âWe Are (Theme from ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’).â Ester Dean, who wrote the latter and who made a dual appearance on the soundtrack for âRio,â notes that the song âsheds a light on the fact that a family doesnât have to be blood-related or look perfect. But family is family â and that is perfect.â
Indeed, the âIce Ageâ extended family is far from conventional, and itâs certainly a distant relative of perfection, but the fact that it is a family is nothing less than ideal. âThe message of the importance of family is integral to the âIce Ageâ movies,â says Martino. âAudiences 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 theyâre the better for it.â
So what began in âIce Ageâ as the worldâs most unexpected herd/family â a prehistoric wooly mammoth, a sloth, and a sabre-toothed tiger â has grown and changed as new members, including a wife, daughter, a pair of âbrothersâ and a Granny joined the clan. Moreover, Manny, Sid, Diego and the members of their burgeoning group are changing. âTheyâre all evolving, and weâre along with them for the ride, physically and emotionally,â says Lori Forte. âBut however much they change, theyâre still the characters we know and love.â
But what of Scrat, whose only family seems to be the cursed nut heâs been after sinceâŠ forever? âItâs always fun to see how he screws up,â says Steve Martino. âAnd his screw-ups in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ of which the global crack-up is only the first, are truly epic.â