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I was a fan of the first two ‘Ice Age’ films, and after the third film being a misfire, will the fourth film improve and join the ranks of the first two films or will it be another misstep in the franchise? Unfortunately, it’s the latter, as ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’ feels tiring and joyless.

‘Ice Age 4’ is about the gang  that we all know from the previous films, as Manny and Ellie’s daughter Peaches is now all grown up and is a rebellious teenager, attracting the attention of Ethan, her crush. However, when Scrat causes the continents to drift apart (title puns) the family must out run the end of the world (seems familiar?), however Manny, Diego, Sid and his grandmother (don’t ask) get drifted away from the herd, and must reunite with the family before it’s too late. Ahoy matey, pirates straight ahead!

The film’s plot device is very similar, and a bit of a rehash of the second film ‘Ice Age: The Meltdown’ which is why this film feels tiring because the franchise has done this plot device before, however it is now the side plot, instead of the film’s main focus, like it was in ‘The Meltdown’.

Scrat’s scenes are basically filler, like previously, and doesn’t change or alter the main story, except causing the continents to drift. Yeah, I’m not kidding, that’s the film’s opening scene and is the film’s plot device. At this stage, the character of Scrat is becoming tiring and annoying, and will be better off as shorts instead.

Even the humour from this film is mostly absent, providing a dull experience with the absence of good jokes, and while you may find a joke or two that gets a giggle, but for the most part it isn’t consistent and just becomes old like Sid’s lines. While the animation can be fun to look at, the rest of the film is a mess, providing less on story, and more on random elements appearing just to keep the film chugging along, with uninteresting characters, absence on jokes and a rehash on ‘Ice Age 2’.

The ‘Ice Age’ series continues to “drift” apart from its enjoyable first two films.