Ice Age: Continental Drift is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the fourth installment of the Ice Age series and the sequel to Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009). The film was directed by Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier from a script by Michael Berg and Jason Fuchs, and stars the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, and Chris Wedge reprise their previous roles alongside Keke Palmer, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage voicing new characters. The plot focuses on Scrat sending Manny, Sid, and Diego adrift on an iceberg with Sid's Granny and causing them to face a gang of pirates led by Captain Gutt.
While Scrat (Chris Wedge) inadvertently causes the break up of Pangaea, Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of their teenage daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer), who has trouble fitting in with her peers. Ellie tries to support her daughter, but Manny becomes exceedingly over-protective. Meanwhile, Sid's family (Joy Behar, Ben Gleib, Alan Tudyk, Ester Dean) returns, but only long enough to drop off the elderly Granny (Wanda Sykes) before abandoning them both. Shortly after, a sudden continental break-up separates Manny from The Herd. Trapped on a moving chunk of ice with Sid (John Leguizamo), Granny, and Diego (Denis Leary), Manny has no choice but to ride out the current. Meanwhile, a giant land shift encroaches on Ellie, Peaches, and those remaining on land, causing them to make their way towards a land bridge.
Meanwhile, Scrat, in a subplot, finds an acorn that has a treasure map on it that directs him towards an island. After violent weather pushes them further away from land, Manny's group is captured by a band of pirates (Aziz Ansari, Nick Frost, Kunal Nayyar and Rebel Wilson) sailing on a floating iceberg led by a Gigantopithecus, Captain Gutt (Peter Dinklage), who attempts to press them into his crew. When they refuse, Gutt tries to execute them, leading to their escape, which inadvertently cause the ship and food supplies to sink. Gutt's first mate, a female sabretooth named Shira (Jennifer Lopez), joins them after she is left for dead.
The Herd washes ashore on Switchback Cove, which gives a current back to their home. Manny coordinates a plan using a group of hyrax to steal a new iceberg ship that Gutt is planning to use, and they are able to escape using the ship. Just before that, Diego, who has fallen in love with Shira, tries to convince her to leave the pirates and join The Herd so she can have a better life, but Shira, while initially accepting, instead stays behind and slows Gutt down so The Herd can escape. Gutt then forms another ship and plans to seek revenge on Manny.
After narrowly escaping a pack of sirens, Manny, Sid, Diego, and Granny return home only to find the land bridge destroyed and that Gutt has beaten them and taken Ellie, Peaches, and the rest of The Herd hostage. A fight ensues, as Granny's pet whale, Precious, arrives and fends off Gutt's crew. Manny defeats Gutt in a final duel on an ice floe and reunites with his family and friends. Gutt subsequently encounters a siren that assumes the shape of a female Gigantopithecus, and is eaten alive. With their home destroyed by the land shift, Precious takes the entire Herd (including Shira, who becomes a couple with Diego) to a lush island where the hyraxes from earlier have already started rebuilding their civilization.
In the film's epilogue, Scrat discovers the island on the map, known as Scratlantis (a parody of Atlantis), but his uncontrollable urge to hunt acorns in the acorn-rich city inadvertently causes the entire island to sink when he unplugs an acorn drain holder; Scrat is then ejected into a newly created desert landscape, through which he screams as his tears boil from the heat.
- Ray Romano as Manny, a Woolly Mammoth who is Ellie's husband and Peaches' overprotective father
- John Leguizamo as Sid, a lazy, but caring Ground Sloth
- Denis Leary as Diego, a saber tooth tiger that is in love with Shira
- Seann William Scott as Crash, an opossum, Eddie's brother, and Ellie's close friend and adoptive brother
- Josh Peck as Eddie, an opossum, Crash's brother, and Ellie's close friend and adoptive brother
- Peter Dinklage as Captain Gutt, a Gigantopithecus. Jeremy Renner was originally announced to voice Gutt
- Wanda Sykes as Granny, Sid's 80-year-old grandmother
- Jennifer Lopez as Shira, a saber tooth tiger, and Gutt's first mate, until she is separated from her crew and falls in love with Diego
- Queen Latifah as Ellie, a Woolly Mammoth who is Manny's wife and Peaches' mother
- Josh Gad as Louis, a molehog and Peaches' best friend who has a crush on her
- Keke Palmer as Peaches, a teenage Woolly Mammoth and Manny and Ellie's daughter
- BD Tayo as Fuzzy, a Hyraxes
- Nick Frost as Flynn an elephant seal
- Aziz Ansari as Squint, a rabbit (Palaeolagus) who is part of Gutt's crew
- Drake as Ethan, a mammoth that Peaches has a crush on
- Nicki Minaj as Steffie, a mammoth who is Ethan's girlfriend and makes fun of Peaches
- Alan Tudyk as Milton, Sid's father and Hunky Siren
- Ester Dean as Sloth Siren and Gutt's Siren
- Kunal Nayyar as Gupta, a Bengali Badger (Chamitataxus)
- Rebel Wilson as Raz, a kangaroo (Procoptodon)
- Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo as Uncle Fungus, Sid's uncle
- Joy Behar as Eunice, Sid's mother
- Alain Chabat as Silas, a Blue-footed booby
- Heather Morris as Katie, one of Steffie's best friends
- Chris Wedge as Scrat, a sabre-toothed squirrel
- Patrick Stewart as Ariscratle, a saber-toothed squirrel from Scratlantis
The first details of the sequel were announced on January 10, 2010, when The New York Times reported that Blue Sky was working on a fourth film and was in negotiations with the voice cast. Fox later confirmed on May 5, 2010, that Ice Age: Continental Driftwould be released on July 13, 2012.
A soundtrack album of music by John Powell was released on July 10, 2012 by Varèse Sarabande.  In addition to Powell's original score, the film also features Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Powell explained his decision: "At the beginning of the film, the creation of the geographical world as we know it seemed just such an immense idea to musically convey, that I gave up entirely and used Beethoven's Ninth Symphony instead. With a bit of obscenely crass re-orchestration and blatantly cheap arranging tricks normally associated with strippers, we got it to fit the action perfectly. But the cost that I must now bear is having to live forever in hiding, since the "Beethoven Society" issued a "fatwa" on me."
Track listing Edit
|4.||"No Exit Gutt"||5:37|
|5.||"Escape from Captivity"||3:02|
|7.||"Hyraxes / Prison Talk"||2:57|
|9.||"Pirating the Pirates"||4:37|
|12.||"Land Bridge Trap"||8:22|
Featured in the film was "Chasing the Sun", performed by The Wanted the film's first theme song, and the second theme song "We are (Family)" written by Ester Dean, performed by Keke Palmer. Both songs play during the credits and are not available on the soundtrack. "Chasing The Sun" can be found on The Wanted's 2012 American debut extended play, The Wanted EP, while an alternate version of "We are (Family)" sung only by Keke Palmer is available for download.
Ice Age: Continental Drift had its premiere on June 20, 2012, at the CineEurope film distributors' trade fair in Barcelona. It publicly premiered on June 27, 2012, in Belgium, Egypt, France, Switzerland, and Trinidad, and was released on July 13, 2012, in the USA. The film is accompanied by the short animated film The Longest Daycare featuring Maggie Simpson.
As a promotion for Ice Age: Continental Drift, Fox released two 3-minute short segments from the film, titled Scrat's Continental Crack-up and Scrat's Continental Crack-up: Part 2. The first part premiered as a theatrical release attached to Gulliver's Travels in 2010, and it was released on-line on January 6, 2011, on iTunes Movie Trailers. The second part was released on November 16, 2011, on iTunes, and debuted in theatres with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. The first part shows how the Scrat's actions lead to split of the continents, while in the second part, Scrat's underwater pursuit of acorns leads him to a pirate ship.
The film was featured on Tommy Baldwin Racing's No. 10 car driven by Tomy Drissi for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesToyota/Save Mart 350 held on June 24, 2012.
Ice Age: Continental Drift was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D on December 11, 2012.
Ice Age: Continental Drift earned $161,321,843 in North America, and $715,922,939 in other territories, for a worldwide total of $877,244,782. Its worldwide opening weekend totaled $126.9 million. Worldwide, it is the 47th-highest-grossing film of all time, the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2012 (also, the highest-grossing animated film of that year), and the second-highest-grossing film in the Ice Age series. Overall, it is the eleventh-highest-grossing animated film of all time.
- North America
In North America, the film earned $16.7 million on its opening day and $46.6 million on its opening weekend, which was the second-largest opening weekend in the Ice Age series, only behind The Meltdown ($68 million). The film closed from theaters on February 7, 2013 with $161 million, thus standing as the lowest-grossing film in the series, until Ice Age: Collision Course would gross less than $100 million in 2016.
- Other territories
Outside North America, it is the twelfth-highest-grossing film, the third-highest-grossing 2012 film and the second-highest-grossing film distributed by Fox. It set an all-time record among animated films, until Disney's Frozen surpassed it. Ice Age 4had a two-day (Wednesday–Thursday) opening of $11 million from 12 markets. On its opening weekend (through Sunday), it earned first place with $80.3 million from 34 markets, opening No. 1 in all of them. The film set an opening-day record in Nicaragua and a Thursday-opening record in Guatemala. In Peru, it earned the second-highest-grossing opening day and the highest for an animated film. It also set opening-day records for an animated film in Russia and in Sweden and achieved the second-highest-grossing opening day for an animated film in France ($4.5 million), Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The film set opening-weekend records for any film in Argentina (first surpassed by Iron Man 3), Colombia, Peru, Central America, and Chile, and opening-weekend records for an animated film in Norway, Sweden (surpassed by Frozen), Ecuador, and Bolivia. Its largest opening weekends were recorded in Russia and the CIS ($16.9 million), China ($15.7 million), and France and the Maghreb region ($12.8 million). It is the second-highest-grossing film in Latin America with at least $181 million, only behind Marvel's The Avengers.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the film was well welcomed from audience who praised its animation, story, humor, emotional weight, the characters of Granny and Shira, character development, the villain Gutt, soundtrack and the climax, despite that they criticize it for Scrat being the cause of the disaster, the Peaches subplot and for being inferior to the first three films.
Main article: Ice Age: Collision Course
A sequel, titled Ice Age: Collision Course, was released on July 22, 2016.
- This is the first Ice Age film to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, unlike the Ice Age films were produced in 1.85:1.