The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild Parent Guide
This pointless production feels like an overlong episode of a low budget kids' TV show.
Parent Movie Review
Crash (Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris) are feeling a bit smothered by their older sister, Ellie (Dominique Jennings), so they decide to strike out on their own. While looking for a new bachelor pad, the possum pair stumble back into the Lost World, a place where dinosaurs still live under the ice. They are soon reunited with their old friend, Buck (Simon Pegg), who needs their help in stopping an old foe.
One of the most important questions that should be asked when analyzing any art is “what was the point?” In this case, I don’t think there is one. The first Ice Age came out in 2002, putting it right in the nostalgia window for people currently in their 20s and 30s. I suspect that Disney is trying to capitalize on that potential nostalgia and an Internet meme from about two years ago. I suppose this project gave a group of interns something to do since I don’t get the sense there were a lot of professionals working on this project. Perhaps they just wanted to remind people that they own this franchise? I’d call this movie a soulless cash grab, but since we can watch it for free on Disney+, I really can’t figure out why this project got the green light.
On that note, none of the original voice actors came back to their roles, with the exception of Simon Pegg. Some of the sound-a-likes do a fine job, but a lot of them are noticeably different. Even Crash and Eddie, the two main characters, are being played by different actors, which brings me back to my question: why? The animation also has a noticeable dip in quality, and the original series isn’t known for its visuals so that’s really saying something.
The story itself is juvenile and slapshot. The characters are flat and boring, the plot is predictable, and the messages are shallow and preachy. Overall, this film just feels like an excessively long episode of a cheap kid’s television show. Content wise, it’s pretty harmless, but that doesn’t make it worth a watch, at least for anyone old enough to remember the previous installments in the franchise.Directed by John C. Donkin. Starring Simon Pegg, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Vincent Tong. Running time: 81 minutes. Theatrical release January 28, 2022. Updated May 31, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild rated PG? The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is rated PG by the MPAA for some action and mild language.
Violence: Some slapstick violence including falls, smacks, kicks, punches, and fighting. Characters are knocked out by noxious gas and by getting hit in the head. Some mild peril as characters are hunted by dinosaurs.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: Some mild insults such as “morons” and “imbeciles”.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.
Page last updated May 31, 2022
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild Parents' Guide
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Young readers looking for prehistoric stories will enjoy the rhyming lines in Lucy Volpin’s We Love Dinosaurs. More adventurous is The Girl and the Dinosaur. Written by Hollie Hughes this picture book features a dinosaur skeleton that comes to life and becomes a young girl’s pet. Young readers will also enjoy the mix of fact and fun in How to Catch a Dinosaur. Has your youngster ever wondered how Tyrannosaurus Rex functioned with such tiny arms? Jonathan Stutzman and Jay Fleck take on that question in Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug. Readers who want more fact-based fun can read Dinosaurs Can’t Roar by Layla Beason.
Older kids who want more information about “thunder lizards” will be intrigued by The Age of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte. Chapter book readers who love dinos can start with Dinosaurs Before Dark, part of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse series and can then move on to Valley of the Dinosaurs. Rex Stone’s Dinosaur Cove series sends two boys on adventures in a world of dinosaurs. The series begins with Attack of the Lizard King. The sci-fi series Astrosaurs by Steve Cole combines dinosaurs with outer space and beings with Astrosaurs: The Claws of Christmas.
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Struggling to deal with their own climate change challenges, a group of prehistoric creatures come together to help a lost human child in Ice Age. Warming climates pose threats to the critters in Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Our prehistoric friends find their way to an underground world that houses dinosaurs in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Adventures become increasingly extreme in Ice Age: Collision Course and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Kids who just can’t get enough prehistoric adventure will want to find Dinotopia and settle in for four hours of exciting visuals and a much better storyline. The Land Before Time series also provides young viewers with the opportunity to watch their favorite dinos in brightly colored animation.