If you have seen the other Ice Age films then you basically know the story and Ice Age 4 is a very safe sequel.

Our three heroes, mammoth, sabre-tooth tiger and a sloth, have struggled to bring together their herd or family. Each film has extended the family with new loved ones and characters.

Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano) is happy with his wife (Queen Latifah) and daughter (Keke Palmer).

Sid the Sloth gets a visit from his senile grandmother (Wanda Sykes).

And Diego the Sabre-tooth is getting ready to settle down.

When Earth’s supercontinent starts to split the happy herd is separated and once more our heroes have to bring their family back together.

This time they face iceberg pirate ships, ocean sirens, rambunctious rodents and a snarly ape pirate named Captain Butt (Peter Dinklage).

Oh, and there is also a love interest for Diego in Shira (Jennifer Lopez).

This is a typical sequel as the characters never really evolve just an excuse is made to mess up their happiness. Dinklage’s evil pirate is definitely a standout but is almost too evil and vengeful for a kids film like this. He almost reminds me of Little Mermaid’s Ursula or the classic villainess Cruella de Vil.

If you liked the third Ice Age then you are gonna love the fourth. But really how many more of these can they make?

3 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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