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‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ like the other Ice Age films will focus on the importance of family and will add even more new characters to develop this theme. In the first few Ice Age movies Scrat, the crazy squirrel who is just trying to get his acorn, plays a silent entertainer reminiscent of early Tom and Jerry cartoons. Although Scrat has played an important role in the past films, he will be more present and more of a central character in the latest of the Ice Age saga.
In ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences – a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all for Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo). In the wake of these upheavals, Sid reunites with his cantankerous Granny, and the herd encounters a ragtag menagerie of seafaring pirates determined to stop them from returning home.
This all-new chapter in one of the most successful film franchises of all time brings together the visually epic and the emotionally powerful; the humorous and the heartfelt – plus the world’s most beloved prehistoric squirrel-rat and the ultimate unconventional herd of this or any Age.
Joining our familiar “Ice Age” friends and family (Romano, Leguizamo, Leary, and Queen Latifah) for the new film are some of the entertainment world’s brightest talents, including hip hop sensations Nicki Minaj and Drake, and global crossover star Jennifer Lopez.
The magical ingredient of the franchise is its focus on family. This provides the stories’ rich emotional underpinnings, as well as much of their comedy and adventure. “‘Ice Age’ has always been about family,” says Lori Forte, who has produced the entire series and co-wrote the story for ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ “No matter what the plot is of a given ‘Ice Age’ film, it still comes down to family – and about how Manny, Diego, Sid and the now-extended clan look out for one another. That kind of storytelling and humor appeals to everyone, everywhere.”
“From the very beginning this was a franchise defined by its heroes – three animals from different species, with different experiences. They are strangers when they meet and family when we leave them,” adds co-screenwriter Jason Fuchs. “Each film explores what it really means to be a family. Is it just something you’re born into?
I think all our characters grapple with that question. And I think it’s Diego who has sort of the essential line of the film when he’s asked, kind of dismissively, what’s the difference between a pack and a family? Diego replies, ‘We have each other’s backs.’ And that’s what it means to be a family, and that’s the heart of this movie and of this franchise.”
Interwoven with these epic tales of family exploits are the continuing adventures of Scrat, whose sole purpose in life – whose very existence – revolves around an acorn as elusive as it is cherished. Scrat’s quest for the nut has had consequences; in the first “Ice Age” Scrat’s obsession triggered the Ice Age itself. In ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift,’ Scrat and the object of his pursuits are nothing less than the catalyst for a cataclysm.
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