It's been nearly 14 years since 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios first introduced the characters of Sid, Manny, Diego and of course, Scrat, in Ice Age. There have been four installments in the franchise thus far, and all have done well, grossing nearly $730 million overall at the domestic box office.
While audiences enjoy all the characters and the humor that the Ice Age films deliver, Scrat is the one standout character that people have really taken to their hearts. The sabre-tooth squirrel and his relentless pursuit of the perfect acorn is a long running gag that still remains as funny today as it was when Ice Age first appeared. Now set to launch with a fifth Ice Age movie, titled Ice Age: Collision Course, 20th Century and Blue Sky have decided to make Scrat the main focus of its newest trailer - which can be viewed, above.
Ice Age: Collision Course, once again sees Scrat unwittingly causing a string of catastrophic events to take place, all because he is obsessed with his acorn. This time, his acorn pursuit accidentally lands him in outer space, where he sets off a whole load of cosmic happenings which in turn, threaten the Ice Age. Back down on Earth, Sid, Manny and Diego decide to leave their home to seek safety elsewhere, meeting lots of new characters in new lands along the way.
Some readers may recognize the above trailer as a condensed version of the Scrat short that played before another recent Blue Sky release, The Peanuts Movie. The short was well received, and this trailer has trimmed it down well; none of the humor or content is lost. You can watch the original short, below:
The original voice cast return for Collision Course, including John Leguizamo as Sid, Dennis Leary as Diego, and Ray Romano as Manny. 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 come on board to voice new characters. Mike Thurmeier, known for directing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift as well as various Ice Age shorts, directs Collision Course, along with another Ice Age stalwart, Galen T. Chu.
Scrat might have been chasing his acorn for the past 14 years, but his pursuit hasn't run out of steam - giving rise to plenty of visual gags in the Collision Course trailer, as well as some great jokes that will kids and adults alike can appreciate.
Ice Age: Collision Course will be released in U.S. theaters July 22nd, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox