Manny, Sid, Diego and families return for a fifth Ice Age adventure, but in this tale of a potentially deadly meteor strike, it seems that all the humour, fun and plot were left behind at the end of part four.
This time around, acorn-obsessed squirrel Scrat (given far too much screen time for such a one-joke character) is responsible for causing a meteor storm that sends our pals on a quest to divert an asteroid away from earth, with the help of weasel Buck (Pegg). There’s a forgettable subplot about mammoth Manny stressing that his daughter Peaches is going to leave home with her fiancé Julian, and another about some nasty dino-birds who are up to something not very thrilling, while the final plot strand has sloth Sid falling for a crystal-dwelling female sloth voiced by pop singer Jessie J.
Very young kids might be distracted by the bright scenery and return of their favourite woolly characters, and even the tiniest tot will have no trouble following the simple plot. But the over-7s (and their accompanying adults), used to slicker fare like Zootropolis and Inside Out, will miss the humour and emotion that was present in the previous Ice Age instalments but is sadly lacking here.
Is Ice Age: Collision Course suitable for kids? Here are our parents’ notes...
Very young viewers may find the dino-birds scary, especially when they are chasing Buck.
They may also be scared when the meteor shower starts.