ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE (U)
D: Mike Thurmeier
20th Century Fox/Blue Sky (Lori Forte)
W: Michael J. Wilson, Michael Berg & Yoni Brenner
Mus: John Debney
Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Denis Leary (Diego), Simon Pegg (Buck), Adam DeVine (Julian), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Shangri Llama)
It may well be time for 20th Century Fox animation studios to give up on this. It's clear that all avenues have been exhausted when this fifth Ice Age movie opens with Scrat the Squirrel finding a spaceship and launching himself into outer space, subsequently creating the Big Bang (don't think about it too much, the writers obviously didn't.)
The opening mischief sets up a domino effect, causing a deadly meteor to career towards planet Earth, and it's down to Manny the Mammoth and his chums to stop it.
The horse is being well and truly flogged here. There isn't even any ice in this movie. Even the target audience of the under-sixes might become restless by this one. Unfortunately, it was a hit at the box office, so it's likely that a sixth will be scraped from the barrel. Some things really need to be extinct at this point.