As part of our London weekend adventure we were invited to a preview of Ice Age: Collision Course.
This was Adam’s first 3D cinema experience let alone his first preview. The event was held at Imax Empire in Leicester Square.
As we entered the cinema, Adam caught sight of Sid the sloth. This is the character he associates most with the Ice Age series. For the first time ever, Adam asked to meet a dressed up character.
After enjoying Ice Age biscuits and breakfast laid on at the event, Adam asked to return to see Sid and Scrat, the saber-tooth squirrel. Adam had a wonderful time interacting with both characters, giving them high fives, shaking hands with Sid and stroking Scrat’s nose.
This was a huge milestone for a boy who has always been scared of characters. He was certainly caught up in the Ice Age spirit.
Collision Course is the fifth film in the Ice Age series. It is hard to believe that the franchise is now 15 years old. We are huge fans of the first film but had felt disappointed by the subsequent films. However, they have upped their game for this film and would have to say Collision Course is better than the original film. It is funny, has a strong storyline and the characters are believable – despite having an unbelievable story!
Scrat is on his usual pursuit of that elusive acorn. He discovers a flying saucer, gets catapulted into space and eventually sends a giant meteor down to earth which threatens the planet. The story follows Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the herd as they attempt to save themselves from extinction.
There are several subplots going on throughout the story as well as trying to save the planet. Sid is concerned about getting a new girlfriend, Diego is contemplating starting a family and Manny has to come to terms with letting his daughter Peaches get married.
Adam, along with my husband, found the slapstick elements of the film hilarious and several times during the 1 hour 40 minute film they were both laughing out loud. The film captivated Adam and maintained his attention throughout – no easy task for a child who prefers running to watching a film.
My highlights included Bucks cliff diving introduction (which is spectacular in 3D) and the science fiction elements of the film, especially where Scrat knocks the planets like snooker balls to create the solar system.
To date, Ice Age has made $2.8 billion worldwide. This makes it the second-most successful series of animated films after Shrek. Fans will certainly not be disappointed with Collision Course and I hope extinction will still be a long way off for the series.
Ice Age: Collision Course is out at cinemas from today – 15th July 2016
Disclaimer: We were given three tickets to the Ice Age: Collision Course preview to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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