Let’s just be frank, shall we? The Ice Age animated franchise is no Toy Story. Heck, it’s not even one of those charming shorts that plays at the beginning of every Pixar animated feature. And nothing proves this point more than the frenetic, off-the-wall, louder-than-all-hell movie that is the third Ice Age animated misadventure.
Consider this: of the six movies that have been out-and-out blockbusters so far in 2012, three of them are animated features: The Lorax, Madagascar 3, and Brave. Clearly, audiences the world over enjoy the romp of a studio cartoon. If there is any justice in the world, Ice Age 3 will not be joining the list simply because it is quite plainly a very bad movie. At the screening I went to, there were a few dozen kids present and even they seemed to only laugh at a few moments (like when giant icicles fall on villains’ heads or things of that sort) while the adults in the crowd seemed genuinely disengaged, checking their clocks and cell phones throughout and asking the little ones if they needed to go to the bathroom. Not a good sign.
Though it has the voice talents of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes, Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari, and Patrick Stewart, there is remarkably little character in the story: it’s all pratfalls and high speed chases, especially with the main cast of acorn-hunting creatures being hunted themselves by a generic band of ragtag pirates. Strictly Saturday morning stuff here, folks.