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"When the Earth falls apart, history's greatest heroes will keep it together."
Ice Age: Continental Drift
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Film Information
Director Steve Martino
Mike Thurmeier
Producer Lori Forte
John C. Donkin
Chris Wedge (executive)
Carlos Saldanha (executive)
Writer Michael Berg
Jason Fuchs
Mike Reiss
Lori Forte
Music John Powell
Release Date July 13, 2012[1]
Run Time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross $875,115,339
Rating PG
Preceded By Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
Followed By Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

Ice Age: Continental Drift[2] (also called Ice Age 4: Continental Drift or simply known as Ice Age 4) is an American 2012 computer-animated comedy adventure film, the fourth installment in the Ice Age franchise, and the sequel to the 2009 film Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The sequel was announced on May 5, 2010 and it was released on July 13, 2012. It is the second Ice Age installment that uses digital 3D.

The movie was produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox.[3]

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film became a massive box office success, grossing $877 million worldwide against its $95 million budget.


One of filmdom's most beloved trios – Ice Age's Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after a cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. And Scrat's reunion with his cursed nut catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.


The film opens with Scrat (Chris Wedge), sniffing an ice cap, looking for a place to bury his prized acorn. When Scrat hits the ice, it starts to crack, so to prevent trouble, Scrat pushes ice back into the hole. When Scrat merely touches the ice with the tip of his acorn, it ends up breaking the entire mountain below the ice cap. Scrat gets his acorn and falls into the rift, passing by the Dinosaur World, where Buck (Simon Pegg) is mounting his dinosaur nemesis Rudy while he goes, and ends passing through all of Earth's layers, eventually arriving at the metallic sphere, which composes the inner core. While pursuing his acorn, Scrat makes the core spin and breaks Pangaea into the contemporary continents, creating the continents of Australia, creating giraffes by making their necks stretch while Africa is being separated, and making the boot-shaped Italian Peninsula kick a nearby island (accompanied by a scream of "GOAL!") during its formation. Scrat eventually trips and starts bumping between the sphere and the solid outer core, creating a Scrat-like Moai, a Scrat Sphinx (which loses its nose when it falls off), and 4 Scrat faces on Mount Rushmore. Scrat later picks up balance and grabs his acorn, but ends up spinning in the core until he's thrown out of the rift into the upper atmosphere. While falling, Scrat positions his body as if he would fall into the sea, but ends up crashing on a piece of ice, which breaks in half, separating Scrat from his acorn. Scrat then proceeds to scream in frustration, showing the film's title card.

As in the previous films, the main protagonists are the mammoth Manny, the sloth Sid, saber-tooth cat Diego, and in a parallel storyline, the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat. Scrat's hunt for acorns triggers the break-up of the Pangaea continent into the continents as we know them today. In the meantime, Manny and his wife Ellie deal with their 16-year-old daughter Peaches who has a crush on a mammoth named Ethan. Peaches' best friend, a molehog named Louis, also appears to have a crush on her. When Manny catches Peaches hanging with Ethan after he told her not to, Manny and Peaches argue and have a falling out. Soon after, the breakup of the continent separates Manny from his family. Manny gets stuck on a floating ice raft together with Sid, Diego, and Sid's annoying grandmother Granny. A large moving landmass drives Ellie, Peaches, Louis, Ethan, Crash, Eddie, and a herd of other animals towards a land bridge, where they hope to reunite with Manny.

Meanwhile, Scrat, lost at sea also, finds an acorn-shaped map that a Deceased saber-tooth squirrel skeleton was pointing to, which leads to a mysterious acorn-filled island. Scrat decides to follow the map and find the island, but as he begins his journey, he is suddenly captured by a gang of animal pirates on a large ship-shaped iceberg, who are sailing the oceans.

Manny and his friends are captured also by the pirate gang, led by a giant ape named Gutt. Each of the jumps on the edge of their iceberg ship to see them Shira, a female saber-toothed tiger, who happens to catch Diego's eye. The herd is later tied up Gutt and his crew. Gutt and the pirate gang attempt to persuade Manny to leave family life and join the pirates, with a song, Master of the Seas, but he refuses. Gutt takes this as an insult, and attempts to make the herd walk the plank, but they (along with Scrat, who continues his journey) manage to escape, in the process destroying the pirate ship, and again float on the oceans on a small ice raft. They rescued Shira who had been left behind by the pirates. She reluctantly joins the group, though states that the pirates will come back for her.

The group reaches an island and encounters a group of hyrax, as well as the pirates, who are building a new ice ship elsewhere on the same island. The herd plan to steal the ship and use it to get back home. In the night Diego visits Shira which is held prisoner by the herd and gives her water. The next morning, as the herd is preparing their plan, Shira escapes and rejoins the pirates, but gets reprimanded by Gutt instead of being welcomed back, making Shira slowly realizing that Diego was right about Gutt not caring about her well been or well being after Gutt realized that she had been with the herd, and had not attacked them. The herd, along with the hyraxes, overtake the new ice ship and, with some help from Shira, who changed her mind after being reprimanded by Gutt, sail away. Gutt, in anger, quickly turns a new iceberg into a ship which he later calls Sweet Revenge, propelled by narwhals, and chases Manny's gang, determined to get revenge.

Meanwhile, Peaches has been still hanging with Ethan and a group of teenage mammoths The Brat Pack, but after realizing that they don't care about the danger and thinking that being a best friend with a molehog is ridiculous, she leaves them and returns to Louis. When Ellie, Peaches, Louis, Crash, and Eddie reach the land bridge, they find it to be destroyed. Meanwhile, Manny, Sid, Granny, and Diego encounter Sirens, depicted as sharp-toothed creatures who take the shape of loved ones and attempt to lure the sailors. Fortunately, Manny realizes this and manages to steer the ship away from the sirens. Later, Scrat meets a siren, which uses the shape of his former girlfriend from the third film, Scratte, to attempt to lure him. When this fails, the siren takes the shape of an acorn, causing Scrat to run up and hug it. The siren changes back and attacks Scrat, but he gets away.

The next morning, Manny, Sid, Diego, and Granny finally reach home, but, much to their horror, find out that Gutt and his pirate gang had beaten them to it and captured Ellie and Peaches. Diego also notices that Shira appears injured, possibly from Gutt due to her betrayal and change of allegiance. Manny attempts to turn himself in to Gutt in exchange for releasing his family, but Gutt doesn't keep his side of the bargain and prepares to kill the family. However, Louis come to rescue, starts a battle, during which Shira joins them, and Granny's presumed imaginary pet Precious, a large sperm whale (a Livyatan melvillei), appears, defeating the pirates. Peaches rescues Ellie, but as they are about to escape, Gutt attacks Manny again. Gutt and Manny engage in a final fight, but Manny manages to defeat him. Manny arrives in time to pick up Ellie and Peaches, who are caught between the moving landmass and the ocean at the location where the land bridge once existed. Meanwhile, Gutt is killed when he ends up being attacked by a siren, taking on the shape of a female of his species.

After sailing over the ocean, the herd and all the animals find a new home. Manny and Peaches embraced and reconciled, Manny finally admits that Sid is not the screw-up after all, but a hero, Shira joins the herd and becomes Diego's girlfriend, while Louis is finally allowed to still be with Peaches whenever she hangs out with Ethan's gang.

The film ends with Scrat finally reaching the island on the map, Scratlantis (a Scrat version of Atlantis), a floating city filled with other sabre-toothed squirrels and nuts. But because of his nut obsession, Scrat grabs many nuts in a frenzy and sooner or later, he tries to grab a giant one blocking a hole. He grabs it, despite the sabre-toothed squirrel leader's warnings, causing the city to sink to the bottom of the ocean, leaving Scrat in the middle of a newly-created land: the desert, (known as Death Valley). For the finale, Scrat's eyes burn, and he screams in pain and frustration, ending the film.

Voice cast[]

Additional voices[]

  • Michael Bell (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Brooks (uncredited)
  • Cam Clarke (uncredited)
  • Billy West (uncredited)
  • Bob Bergen (uncredited)
  • John Cygan (uncredited)
  • Jan Rabson (uncredited)
  • Jess Harnell (uncredited)
  • Jim Ward (uncredited)
  • April Winchell (uncredited)
  • Tress MacNeille (uncredited)
  • Jack Angel (uncredited)
  • Bill Farmer (uncredited)
  • Russi Taylor (uncredited)
  • Danny Mann (uncredited)
  • Tara Strong (uncredited)
  • Scott Menville (uncredited)
  • Carlos Alazraqui (uncredited)
  • Cathy Cavadini (uncredited)


The first details of the film were revealed on January 10, 2010 when The New York Times reported that Blue Sky was working on a fourth film, and was in negotiations with the voice cast. Fox later confirmed on May 5, 2010 that Ice Age: Continental Drift would be released on July 13, 2012.[9]

An early poster of the movie was revealed at the 2010 Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas.[10] On December 19, 2010, 20th Century Fox released the first screenshot of Ice Age: Continental Drift (pictured).[11]

Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier are the directors (according to IMDb) and John Powell is once again composing the musical score. The visual effects are done by Dan Cayer, who's the composting supervisor of Blue Sky Studios. Lori Forte also came back to produce the movie. Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs, and Mike Reiss are the writers of the movie. Ari Rubenstein is the lead compositor of the movie.

An official screenshot from the teaser trailer of Ice Age: Continental Drift was released January 6, 2011 on[12]

An official trailer was released on March 5, 2011.[13]


Critical Response[]

Reviews were generally mixed from critics. The film holds a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 49 "mixed or average reviews" on Metacritc.

Audience Response[]

Audiences were polarized by the film. They either love it for it's wit, heart, and impressive animation, while others thought it was an unnecessary sequel, due to it's recycled plot elements and an overabundance of underdeveloped characters.. It holds a audience score of 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film earned an "A-" from CinemaScore.


"The animated film industry is so big now, so secretive, competitive. It's become a huge multi billion dollar industry. And well, they won't tell me. I tried to get it out of them...and I found out some things, because I just keep talking till I get answers. It sounds like they're working on something. So hopefully the answer is YES, but I cannot say for sure."
―John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo, the voice of Sid, mentioned that 20th Century Fox may be planning a fifth Ice Age film, but hasn't gotten any definite news out of the studio.[14] On December 20, 2013, 20th Century Fox has scheduled the film for July 15, 2016.[15]


  • This is the first Ice Age film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the first three Ice Age films that were produced in 1.85:1.
  • The second Blue Sky Studios film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, after Rio.
  • This is the first Ice Age film to feature more than one of the species of the franchise's fourth main characters in the same movie.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift is the fifth Blue Sky Studios film to have non-human characters, after Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who!, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift is the last film to use the Blue Sky Studios shield logo. Starting with Epic, it will use the current Blue Sky Studios logo with Scrat.
  • John Leguizamo's children had provided the voices of mammal kids. Also, Ray Romano's children had played mammal kid in films.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift is the third animated sequel to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild and Shrek Forever After.


External links[]

Ice Age
Ice Age (2002) • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) • Ice_Age: Collision Course (2016)
Gone Nutty (2002) • No Time For Nuts (2006) • Surviving Sid (2008) • Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010) • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) • Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
Other clips
Falling for ScratteBuck: From Easel to Weasel
Video games
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