The Ice Age films are without a doubt some of the best animated films out there. There’s something golden in the mix of a woolly mammoth, a saber, and a sloth teaming up to deal with the perils of the Ice Age. Blue Sky and 20th Century Fox are at it again for a fifth time with Ice Age Collision Course 3D, so let’s dive in and see if they are able to keep the magic.
The Movie Itself (3.5/5)
Ice Age Collision Course 3D begins some time after we’ve last seen our prehistoric friends. Manny and Ellie’s daughter Peaches is all grown up now and her wedding day is near. This is of course causing troubles with Manny, who doesn’t want to lose his daughter, especially not to her goofball of a boyfriend.
As it turns out, his daughter’s impending wedding isn’t the only thing that will cause a rift for the crew. Scrat, our favorite little acorn obsessed rodent has commandeered a spacecraft and done a little space pool, sending a giant meteor hurtling towards the earth. Luckily Buck, the crazy one eyed weasel from Dawn of the Dinosaurs has stumbled upon an ancient prophecy and knows just what to do to save the day.
Collision Course spends a lot of time with each character’s struggles, which mostly revolve around love and being alone. Manny and Ellie want Peaches to stay close, Peaches wants to explore the world, Diego ponders having children, and Sid continues his search for true love. Throughout the film, each will eventually discover something about themselves in these regards, which is always nice.
Of course, the main draw to these films are their humor. Everyone knows Scrat, and Sid is definitely a crowd favorite. While Ice Age Collision Course 3D has a decent number of laugh out loud moments, for the first time in the series, I felt that there were more cringeworthy moments of failed attempts. Don’t get me wrong, this movie was far from bad, it just wasn’t as “classic” as others in the series.
I will say this, there is one particularly excellent cameo that made me both giddy and laugh out loud multiple times. So this film, is definitely worth the watch.
Visuals/Picture Quality (5/5)
As usual with CG animation, Ice Age: Collision Course looks fantastic on Blu-ray. Bright and vibrant colors are not new to the series, but I still can’t get over the range of them in this movie. The space scenes in particular were gorgeous and the detail on each character has improved greatly from the first couple in the series. Comparing this to the original Ice Age is night and day.
The 3D is done smartly and is a joy to watch. Of course, there are a couple of scenes that are thrown in just for the 3D effect, but considering this is a movie meant for children, I can forgive a little bit of the cliche.
Overall, this is a blast to watch and a visual treat.
Score/Audio Quality (5/5)
Featuring a 7.1 channel audio track, Ice Age Collision Course 3D makes really good use of all of the channels. Sound effects will be dispersed across the room in a way that is really fun to listen to. The dialog never gets lost in the fray and everything comes through crystal clear. The explosions are particularly satisfying.
Special Features (3.5/5)
- Scrat: Spaced Out Mini-Movie
- Ice Age: The Story So Far
- Scratasia: Scrat’s Solo Adventures
- Mysteries of the Scratazons
- The Science of It All: deGrasse Tyson deBunks
- Star Signs of the Animal Kingdom
- “Figaro” Sing Along
Featuring a pretty decent variety of content here, there’s a bit of something for everyone. Younger audiences will likely enjoy the sing along and Scrat pieces, whereas the older crowd will enjoy more Neil deGrasse Tyson time. These features don’t take up a lot of time to watch, but they were fun and entertaining; well worth your time.
20th Century Fox has released Ice Age: Collision Course 3D in a three disc package, including the 3D film on one disc, and then Blu-ray and DVD copies as well. The packaging comes with an attractive shiny slipcover that features the same art as the sleeve. Each disc has unique and very good looking art. Also included inside, are UV copies of this movie as well as the original Ice Age.
- Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
- English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
- Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
- French: DTS 5.1
- Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Runtime 94 Mins
Ice Age Collision Course 3D Overall (4/5)
Ice Age: Collision Course 3D may not be the best of the series, but it certainly still can make a grown man laugh several times and will no doubt entertain the younger audience. The visual quality is, as always, stellar, and the 3D is a lot of fun. I definitely recommend picking it up.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.