"I'm going to be honest: I was a little worried about the 5th IceAge."
How much story is left after 4 films about talking pre-historic mammals? It's a film marketed for children, so they couldn't kill them, could they?
Although the crew came close to dying, the film was more about finding out who means the world to you, and knowing when to let go. It was a smart blockbuster--something the summer desperately needed. This film has already topped the foreign box office, and I bet it ties with Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory when it opens on Friday.
Manny, the patriarchal mammoth is grappling with the fact that his only daughter, Peaches, is about to marry and leave the nest. On top of that, there's a giant meteoroid coming to destroy mammals. There's a lot of action in this film, but it doesn't lose track of objectives for each story line. It's a textbook script: strong A and B and a fluid C story. Bad guys close in, the team regroups, and at the end, they save the day. There was even a Jessie J. song at the end.
The reason I think this film works is because it was tailored to the voice actors. There was humor every turn, and I highly suspect a little improv here and there. In some voice overs, actors are encouraged to steer away from their classic "sound." Not in this film. You're very aware you're listening to Wanda Sykes and Ray Romono. It was like a roll call when each character entered. I could feel the fun the actors were having on set.