Ice Age: Continental Drift (working title, and also known as Ice Age 4 and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift) is the fourth installment in the Ice Age franchise. The sequel was announced on May 5th, 2010 and is scheduled to be released on July 13th, 2012. It is the second Ice Age installment that uses digital 3D.
One of filmdom's most beloved trios – Ice Age's Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged like never before to become heroes and do the impossible, as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. And Scrat's reunion with his curséd nut catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.
As in the previous films, the main protagonists are the mammoth Manny, the sloth Sid, sabre-toothed cat Diego, and, in a parallel storyline, the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat. Scrat's hunt for acorns triggers the break-up of the Pangaea continent into the continents as we know them today. In the meantime, Manny and his wife Ellie deal with their 16-year-old daughter Peaches who has a crush on Ethan. Peaches' best friend, a molehog named Louis, also appears to have a crush on her. When Manny catches Peaches hanging with Ethan after he told her not to, Manny and Peaches have a falling out. Soon after, the breakup of the continent separates Manny from his family. Manny gets stuck on a floating ice raft together with Sid, Diego, and Sid's annoying grandmother Granny. A large moving landmass drives Ellie, Peaches, Crash and Eddie, Louis, Ethan, and a herd of other animals towards a land bridge, where they hope to reunite with Manny.
Meanwhile, Scrat, lost at sea also, finds an acorn-shaped map, which leads to a mysterious acorn-filled island. Scrat decides to follow the map and find the island, but as he begins his journey, he is suddenly captured by a gang of animal pirates on an large ship-shaped iceberg, who are sailing the oceans
Manny and his friends are soon caught up in a storm which gets the further from ellie and peaches..
Manny and his friends are captured also by the pirate gang, led by a giant ape named Gutt. Gutt and the pirate gang attempt to persuade Manny to leave family life and join the pirates, but he refuses. Gutt takes this as an insult, and attempts to make the herd walk the plank, but they (along with Scrat, who continues his journey) manage to escape, in the process destroying the pirate ship, and again float on the oceans on a small ice raft. They rescue the female pirate saber-toothed cat Shira, who had been left behind by the pirates. She reluctantly joins the group, though states that the pirates will come back for her. She and Diego slowly begin to fall in love with each other during the adventure.
The group reaches an island and encounters a group of hyraxes, as well as the pirates, who are building a new ice ship elsewhere on the same island. The herd plan to steal the ship and use it to get back home. The next morning, as the herd is preparing their plan, Shira escapes and rejoins the pirates, but gets reprimanded by Gutt instead of being welcomed back, after Gutt realized that she had been with the herd, but had not attacked them. The herd, along with the hyraxes, overtake the new ice ship and, with some help from Shira, who changed her mind after being reprimanded by Gutt, sail away. Gutt, in anger, quickly turns a new iceberg into a ship, propelled by narwhals, and chases Manny's gang, determined to get revenge.
Meanwhile, Peaches has been still hanging with Ethan and a group of teenage mammoths, but after realizing that they don't care about the danger and thinking that being a best friend with a molehog is ridiculous, she leaves them and returns to Louis. When Ellie, Peaches, Louis, Crash and Eddie reach the land bridge, they find it to be destroyed. Meanwhile, Manny, Sid, Granny and Diego encounter sirens, depicted as sharp-toothed creatures who take the shape of loved ones and attempt to lure the sailors. Fortunately, Manny realizes this and manages to steer the ship away from the sirens. Later, Scrat meets a siren, which uses the shape of his former girlfriend from the third film, Scratte, to attempt to lure him. When this fails, the siren takes the shape of an acorn, causing Scrat to run up and hug it. The siren changes back and attacks Scrat, but he gets away.
The next morning, Manny, Sid, Diego and Granny finally reach home, but, much to their horror, find out that Gutt and his pirate gang had beaten them to it and captured Ellie and Peaches. Manny attempts to turn himself in to Gutt in exchange for releasing his family, but Gutt doesn't keep his side of the bargain and prepares to kill the family. However, Louis, Ethan and the teenage mammoths come to rescue, starting a battle, during which Shira rescues Diego, and Granny's presumed imaginary pet Precious, a large sperm whale (a Livyatan melvillei), appears, defeating the pirates. Peaches rescues Manny, but as they are about to escape, Gutt attacks him again. Gutt and Manny engage in a final fight, but Manny manages to defeat him. Manny arrives in time to pick up Ellie and Peaches, who are caught between the moving landmass and the ocean at the location where the land bridge once existed. Meanwhile, Gutt is killed when he ends up being devoured by a siren, taking on the shape of a female of his species. After sailing over the ocean, the herd and all the animals find the hyrax island which they accept as their new home. Manny and Peaches reconcile, Manny finally admits that Sid is not the screw-up after all, but a hero, Diego and Shira become boyfriend and girlfriend, while Louis is finally allowed to still be with Peaches whenever she hangs out with Ethan's gang.
The film ends with Scrat finally reaching the island on the map, Scratlantis (a Scrat version of Atlantis), a floating city filled with other sabre-toothed squirrels and nuts. But because of his nut obsession, Scrat grabs many nuts in a frenzy and sooner or later, he tries to grab a giant one blocking a hole. He grabs it, despite the sabre-toothed squirrel leader's warnings, causing the city to sink to the bottom of the ocean, leaving Scrat in the middle of a newly-created land: the desert. Scrat's eyes burn, and he screams in pain and frustration.
- Ray Romano as Manny
- John Leguizamo as Sid
- Denis Leary as Diego
- Queen Latifah as Ellie
- Seann William Scott as Crash
- Josh Peck as Eddie
- Keke Palmer as Peaches
- Chris Wedge as Scrat
- Karen Disher as Scratte
- Peter Dinklage as Gutt
- Jennifer Lopez as Shira
- Aziz Ansari as Squint
- Drake as Ethan
- Wanda Sykes as Sid's Grandmother
- James Belushi as Marco
- Matt Bennett
- Ester Dean as Sloth Siren
- Heather Morris as Katie
- Josh Gad as Louis
- Alan Tudyk as Milton (Sid's father)
- Kunal Nayyar as Gupta
- Alain Chabat as Silas 
- Joy Behar as Eunice (Sid's mother)
- Nicki Minaj as Steffie
- Nick Frost as Flynn
- J. B. Smoove as Boris
- Rebel Wilson as Raz
The first details of the film were revealed on January 10th 2010 when The New York Times reported that Blue Sky was working on a fourth film, and was in negotiations with the voice cast. Fox later confirmed on May 5th, 2010 that Ice Age: Continental Drift would be released on July 13th, 2012.
An early poster of the movie was revealed at the 2010 Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas. On December 19, 2010, 20th Century Fox released the first screenshot of Ice Age: Continental Drift (pictured).
Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier are the directors (according to IMDb) and John Powell is once again composing the musical score. The visual effects are done by Dan Cayer, who's the composting supervisor of Blue Sky Studios. Lori Forte also came back to produce the movie. Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs, and Mike Reiss are the writers of the movie. Ari Rubenstein is the lead compositor of the movie.
An official screenshot from the teaser trailer of Ice Age: Continental Drift was released January 6, 2011 on examiner.com.
An official trailer was released on March 5, 2011.
There will also be a video game based on the movie and is said to be released in July 2012.
- This is the first Ice Age movie to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and to use the new 20th Century Fox logo first seen in 2009's Avatar.
- It is also the very first Ice Age movie ever to feature more than one mammoth, more than one sloth, more than one saber, and more than one squirrel in the same movie.
- This is the 1st and only time when a saber-tooth squirrel can speak.
- Peaches is now a teenager, but she was only shown once in Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas; so it's unknown when Peaches will be featured as a small kid again in the future.
- ↑ Ice Age 4 Confirmed By Fox - Screenrush.co.uk
- ↑ Ice Age 4 Announces Title and Release Date - WorstPreviews.com
- ↑ Ice Age: Continental Drift is Coming Summer 2012 - ComingSoon.net
- ↑ Keke Palmer Plots Strong 2011 With TV, Film, Music, and-Animations
- ↑ http://www.christmas-bargains.us/?p=6495
- ↑ http://sdgln.com/news/2011/03/31/wanda-sykes-puts-celebrity-face-on-equality-california
- ↑ http://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/jeremy-renner-drake-jennifer-lopez-join-ice-age/
- ↑ http://www.zimbio.com/Jay-Z/articles/bYoyKmGGiGG/Roc+Nation+new+artist+ready
- ↑ Heather Morris, Josh Gad, ALan Tudyk, Kunal Nayyar, Alain Chabat, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Nick Frost and J.B. Smoove signed on to Ice Age: Continental Drift
- ↑ 
- ↑ Fox sets 3D 'Ice Age' sequel - Variety
- ↑ Hollywood hypes what it hopes will be its 2011 & 2012 hits at the Licensing International Expo - Jim Hill Media
- ↑ EXCLUSIVE: First image from ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ Blogomatic3000
- ↑ First Official Teaser Screenshot
- ↑ Official Trailer
- ↑ http://www.facebook.com/BlueSkyStudios/posts/286416494706693
- Ice Age: Continental Drift at the Internet Movie Database
- Ice Age: Continental Drift at the Big Cartoon Database
- Ice Age: Continental Drift at Box Office Mojo
- Ice Age: Continental Drift at Rotten Tomatoes
|Ice Age (2002) • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)|
|Scrat • Manny • Sid • Diego|
|Gone Nutty (2002) • No Time For Nuts (2006) • Surviving Sid (2008) • Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010) • A Mammoth Christmas (2011)|
|Lost Historical Films during the Ice Age period • Falling for Scratte • Unearthing the Lost World • Buck: From Easel to Weasel|
|Ice Age • The Meltdown • Dawn of the Dinosaurs • Continental Drift|