Ice Age: Collision Course parents guide

Ice Age: Collision Course Parent Guide

Only diehard fans of Sid the sloth, Manny the mammoth and Diego the saber-tooth tiger (voices of John Leguizamo, Ray Romano and Denis Leary) may want to sit through this tiring fifth adventure.

Overall C+

In an out-of-this-world adventure, Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge) accidentally sets Earth on a cosmic collision course, and the herd (voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo) is left scrambling to save themselves and the planet from total destruction.

Release date July 22, 2016

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B+
Substance Use A-

Why is Ice Age: Collision Course rated PG? The MPAA rated Ice Age: Collision Course PG for mild rude humor and some action/peril.

Run Time: 100 minutes

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Parent Movie Review

In 1988, Don Bluth directed an animated dinosaur movie called The Land Before Time. The production company behind it went on to produce over a dozen films in the series. Blue Sky Studios hasn’t quite reached the double digits with their Ice Age franchise but they are inching steadily closer with this fifth instalment: Ice Age: Collision Course.

However it may be only diehard fans of Sid the sloth (voice by John Leguizamo), Manny the wooly mammoth (voice by Ray Romano) and Diego the saber-tooth tiger (voice by Denis Leary) that will want to sit through this latest endeavor. The production tosses together prehistoric mammals, flying dinosaurs, space ships and a weasel of questionable sanity (voice by Simon Pegg) in what feels like a desperate attempt to squeeze one more script out of this growing cast of characters.

This time the herd discovers a meteor hurtling toward Earth, thanks to Scrat and his obsession with acorns. Now they have to find a way to keep the burning rock from rearranging the planet—a pretty big job for a bunch of antediluvian creatures that have barely mastered writing on stone and managing fire. Like the previous outings, this is a road trip story and their quest takes them to the site of an old meteor crash. Along the way, they encounter a trio of revenge-seeking dinosaurs, a hippy commune that lives inside a youth-preserving geode and an opera singing daredevil. Yet the action bounces so quickly between various storylines and characters that it’s hard to know what the point is. The journey is also punctuated with name-calling and potty jokes, in large part from the two opossum brothers Crash (voice by Sean William Scott) and Eddie (voice by Josh Peck).

Unfortunately, the overabundance of sidelines distract from the usual messages we’ve come to expect from this franchise. The Ice Age films have always had family and friendship at heart. And while some of those families have been a little unconventional, they always learned to pull together when things get tough.

In Collision Course it is Manny who is facing a crisis. He and Ellie’s (voice by Queen Latifah) daughter Peaches (voice by Keke Palmer) is getting married. But Manny has serious doubts about his soon-to-be son-in-law Julian (voice by Adam Devine). It’s a classic Father of the Bride plot. Sadly, what could have been a tender tale about letting your children grow up and move on gets lost in a jumble of detours that often aren’t funny or even entertaining.

The last Ice Age movie, Continental Drift, saw a slump in ticket sales, earning the lowest lifetime gross of the four releases. What waits to be seen is if this galactic adventure can revive the brand, or if these creatures are headed for extinction.

Directed by Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu. Starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release July 22, 2016. Updated

Ice Age: Collision Course
Rating & Content Info

Why is Ice Age: Collision Course rated PG? Ice Age: Collision Course is rated PG by the MPAA for mild rude humor and some action/peril.

Violence: Characters experience moments of peril when meteors strike the planet causing damage and fire. Diego and his wife mistakenly scare two young children. Dinosaurs steal an egg and later attempt to capture and kill other characters. Some characters are slapped, punched, smashed and shocked.

Sexual Content: A couple of suggestive jokes and potty humor are included. Characters embrace.

Language: The script includes some name-calling, insults and some rude humor.

Alcohol / Drug Use:Characters drink in a bar-like setting.

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Ice Age: Collision Course Parents' Guide

Why is Manny hesitant to accept Peaches’ boyfriend? What does he dislike about Julian? What changes his attitude? Why can it sometimes be hard for parents to watch their children leave home?

Friendship is an important element of the Ice Age stories. How do the characters demonstrate their friendship in this story? What things are they able to accomplish together that they would not be able to do on their own?

News About "Ice Age: Collision Course"

This movie was formerly called Ice Age 5.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Ice Age: Collision Course movie is October 11, 2016. Here are some details…

Ice Age: Collision Course releases to home video (3D/Blu-ray or DVD) on October 11, 2016.

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This is the fifth movie in this franchise. The proceeding films are Ice Age, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, Ice Age: The Dawn of the Dinosaur and Ice Age: Continental Drift.

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