The Ice Age movie franchise is seemingly unending; after four successful installments, which together have pulled in over $730 million at the domestic box office, the trio of Manny, Sid and Diego are back, along with the crazy sabre-toothed squirrel, Scrat, for a fifth adventure, Ice Age: Collision Course.
The now familiar Ice Age voices are back for Collision Course, including John Leguizamo as Sid, Dennis Leary as Diego, and Ray Romano as Manny. There are many newcomers, too; Stephanie Beatriz (You’re Not You), Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect 2), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield (Veronica Mars), Jessie J, Nick Offerman (Fargo), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory), and Michael Strahan all join to lend their voices to various characters along the way. There's a familiar creative team in place as well; Collision Course is directed by Mike Thurmeier, known for also helming Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift, along with Galen T. Chu. The second official trailer for Ice Age: Collision Course has dropped online. Give it a watch, above.
Having carved out a place in viewers hearts in the previous four movies; the events of Collision Course can largely be attributable to Scrat who is still in pursuit of the perfect nut to call his own. His desperate attempt to keep hold of his acorn catapults him into space, where he unwittingly sets into motion a series of cosmic events, resulting in a massive meteor shower. Back on Earth, Sid, Manny and Diego are forced to leave their home to seek shelter elsewhere - and in doing so, meet a whole host of new characters and, from the looks of the trailer above, love interests.
This trailer contains a lot of previously seen footage; not least the beginnings of the Scrat short that played in front of The Peanuts Movie, but this trailer also introduces some of the newest characters, too. The Shangri-Llama, voiced by Simon Pegg, seems to think yoga is the answer to all life's worries, much to the consternation of Manny and Diego.
The movie looks to be a whole heap of fun, and definitely one for families to enjoy over the summer. Once again, the main bulk of the comedy seems to come from Scrat's adventures and the wry wit that Manny and Diego share at Sid's expense. It's a tried and tested formula for the Ice Age crew, but it's a successful one. As the saying goes; if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ice Age: Collision Course opens in U.S. theaters on July 22nd, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox