While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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Police took the socialite into custody in April (11) after they were called to a nightclub in Hollywood to investigate allegations he had punched comedian Ben Gleib in the face.
Cops searched Davis and found cocaine in his pocket, according to reports.
Last month (May11) the 31 year old entered a not guilty plea to one misdemeanour count of battery and one count of felony possession of a controlled substance.
But in court on Tuesday (28Jun11) he pleaded guilty to the drug charge and no contest to the battery count, reports TMZ.com.
A judge has now ordered Davis to take part in a drug diversion program - and if he completes it successfully he will face no further punishment.
The socialite was taken into custody after police were called to the Roosevelt Hotel to investigate allegations the 31 year old punched comedian Ben Gleib. Cops allegedly found cocaine on Davis' person.
Davis entered a not guilty plea this week (08May11) to one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanour count of battery, according to TMZ.com.
He is due back in court on 19 May (11) and faces three and a half years behind bars if convicted on both counts.
Davis' latest court date came just days after his brother Jason pleaded not guilty to heroin possession following an arrest in January (11).
The socialite was taken into custody after police were called to the Roosevelt Hotel following reports of a bust-up between Davis and comedian Ben Gleib.
Davis is accused of punching the funnyman in the face after being denied entry to vaudeville show Beacher's Madhouse, which features David Arquette and Kelly Osbourne.
A cop search allegedly found drugs on Davis' person and he was taken to a local police station, where he was booked for battery and possession of a controlled substance, according to TMZ.com.