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Re: Ice Age

Postby James » July 23rd, 2016, 11:53 pm

Going to the theatre this weekend and trying to decide between Ice Age 5 and something else? Let me save you some money and aggravation. See something else!

Review coming soon.

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Re: Ice Age

Postby EricJ » July 24th, 2016, 3:29 am

Well, Ice Age is the Warcraft of CGI comedies--They stopped making them for the US audience, what, three sequels ago?

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Re: Ice Age

Postby James » July 24th, 2016, 3:04 pm

Review up:

http://animatedviews.com/2016/ice-age-c ... urse-film/

EricJ wrote:Well, Ice Age is the Warcraft of CGI comedies--They stopped making them for the US audience, what, three sequels ago?


I'm assuming they stopped making them for the over-preschool-age audience at this point!

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Re: Ice Age

Postby Dacey » July 24th, 2016, 3:12 pm

I'm not sure if I ever mentioned it here, but the original Ice Age became one of my favorite movies of all time as a teenager, and I developed a profound emotional connection to it. If I had heard at the time that there would be four sequels in my future, I almost certainly would've been ecstatic.

Too bad the best of the sequels they've made so far is easily the one with the dinosaurs (which was, to be fair, genuinely fun!). I will see this entry eventually, but with so much other stuff playing right now, it will probably be on disc.
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Re: Ice Age

Postby Bill1978 » July 24th, 2016, 4:39 pm

I haven't seen it yet, but my friend took her 6 year old to see it. She said that he absolutely loved it, but she was really disappointed in it. She said, this may sound silly based on previous movies but she felt #5 was realistic enough and thus was just too silly. I kinda checked out of Ice Age with the last one due to the inclusion of pirates and ships.

My main issue with the sequels is that the world is presented as a Zootopian world, a world without humans. Even though the first one made it clear humans existed. I keep hoping with every sequel that the little baby will make some sort of appearance even if it is a random one. I will see this one, eventually, but my expectations will be super low. And I hope they do not go down the path of a 5th sequel like the news has mentioned.

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Re: Ice Age

Postby EricJ » July 25th, 2016, 2:04 am

Bill1978 wrote:My main issue with the sequels is that the world is presented as a Zootopian world, a world without humans. Even though the first one made it clear humans existed. I keep hoping with every sequel that the little baby will make some sort of appearance even if it is a random one. I will see this one, eventually, but my expectations will be super low.


As discussed earlier, think the sentimental "baby" story thread was the cute-kid aspect Chris Meledandri took with him to Universal. That's why everyone loves the first one, and the others....not so much. (And why the "Studio that brought you Ice Age!" isn't, anymore.)
Now Fox is just stuck with their foreign-appeal piece of the wisecracking-sitcom-animal pie, fueled by audience's demand for More Scrat Shorts, which of course are mandatory previews to the next sequel story.

And I hope they do not go down the path of a 5th sequel like the news has mentioned.


Lately, with Franchises (and house-brand franchises at that, seeing as Fox hangs its entire animated shingle on Ice Age) being at such a priority, some have been suspecting that all the "Talks of a sequel in the works!" before any movie's big opening lately is a deliberate ploy to try and stake their "validated" claim on a franchise strategy before the audience even has their say--
Like the Justice League movie at Warner, or Fox teasing one more X-Men, they want to get the discussions of "Sequel in the works" established in industry/press discussion as such a pre-accepted fact, it almost overrules any discussion of whether US or even worldwide box office deserved it--"It's in the works, so there!"

Sony's Ghostbusters started the "Sequel and Sony tie-in" talk even before the movie opened hoping we'd be fooled, and...we weren't.

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Re: Ice Age

Postby Ben » July 25th, 2016, 5:09 am

I really liked the first Ice Age too, and think I wrote a fairly positive review of Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Dacey, even though the franchise had pretty much gone off track even by that third film.

I don't think there's going to be a sixth film. Even with international numbers they'll be hard pushed to make the figures work, unless they can churn out a stripped back "final adventure" at a lower budget just to wring the last few pennies out of the series.