Rated: PG for some violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: July 13, 2012 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) returns as the serious, steady-as-you-go woolly mammoth in the fourth film of this animated series.
The story starts off with the ever-hungry squirrel in search of a treasure trove of acorns. His eagerness sets off a series of events that results in the earth's landmass dividing into continents. Manny and his friends, Diego the Saber-toothed tiger (voiced by Denis Leary) and Sid the goofy sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo) are separated from the rest of the animals on an ice floe that drifts out to sea. Manny's wife (voiced by Queen Latifah) and daughter Shira (Jennifer Lopez) are left behind as he yells back to them that he'll soon be home.
The movie gives us a couple of laughs involving Sid and his toothless grandmother (voiced by Wanda Sykes), but not enough of them to satisfy. Also, there's a few action scenes when a large, mean ape pirate (voiced by Peter Dinklage) and his ragtag group of misfits capture Manny and his small crew, but not enough to keep little ones entertained.
There are some things to recommend the film, a couple of good messages about being true to your friends and respecting your elders is a seamless part of the story. Also, the opening sequences where the continents are formed and also the pirate ship made out of a large chunk of ice are quite creative. That said, the theme of the film should be "not enough", as there's not enough lively music, not enough action and most importantly, not enough fun.
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