After several teasers, the Ice Age 4 : Continental Drift trailer is here ahead of its summer 2012 release.
“Does anybody care about Sid the Sloth?” poor Sid asked. The makers of Ice Age definitely think enough people care to bring out Ice Age 4: Continental Drift next summer. And the new trailer is here, starring in a predictable move – Scrat the Squirrel.
It feels like it was only last year that the original Ice Age enchanted audiences the world over. That was 2002 believe or not. The plot centred around Manfred (Manny) the mammoth, who comes across an abandoned human baby and sets out to return him to his family aided by the irritating, but loyal, Sid the sloth and a saber tooth tiger called Diego. Along the way the shy and lonely mammoth learns to open himself up to experiences again.
The film was a runaway hit, so of course they made a sequel. This introduced a girlfriend for Manny, a Mammoth named Ellie (Queen Latifa) who thinks she’s a possum, and focussed more attention on the popular, Scrat the squirrel, who provides a comedic break from the action.
In all honesty they probably should have stopped after Ice Age 2: The Meltdown which managed to be just as enchanting as the original. The third installment Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was not quite up to the same standard. Even the introduction of a bonkers one-eyed weasel voiced by Simon Pegg didn’t quite manage to give the film the same spark of the original.
Still, the humorous trailer shows promise, although a more accurate description of it would be as a Scrat the squirrel short than a ‘trailer’. The other main characters only show up at the end of the two and a half minutes. Yes, even after three films, he is still chasing after that nut.
The trailer only gives us a small clue of what is happening. So what is the plot?
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift focuses on Manny, Diego and Sid. Separated from their family when their continent drifts apart, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship and come across pirates and Sid’s long lost family who are determined that he won’t leave them again..
There’s promise of lots of new characters too, with Jennifer Lopez adding her vocal talents to proceedings.
We’re sure it will be a hit as usual when it arrives here in the UK on the 6th July 2012. For now here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure.