Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ice Age: Collision Course Adoption Movie Review

Earth’s future is endangered when several asteroids are directed to Earth. An adventurous weasel named Buck finds an ancient hieroglyph which reveals that the asteroids’ impact might be predictable and preventable. Buck must convince his peers to act, but they face a couple obstacles: preventing the asteroids’ impact might cost one community of animals their access to perpetual youth, and a group of flying dinosaurs want the asteroids to hit, believing that because of their ability to fly, they alone will survive.   (Spoilers ahead the rest of the way)

Meanwhile, a ground sloth named Sid is lamenting being single. Manny and Ellie, a wooly mammoth couple, are preparing for their daughter Peaches’ wedding to Julian and are upset when they learn that she intends to travel abroad after the ceremony.

The Adoption Connection

This movie isn’t about adoption. It’s possible that the concept of leaving home might connect with kids who have experienced instability of home (Peaches intends to head out into the world against her parents’ wishes; the whole herd of animals is threatened by the destruction of their global home). A trio of villains steal an egg from an expectant parent, but the villains are thwarted and the egg is returned.

Julian believes he is part of Peaches’ family, but Manny asserts that he is not part of the family yet. 
Although this conversation is about marriage rather than adoption, it could catch the ear of some kids who do not yet feel secure in their family.

Strong Points

A group of characters decide to put their individual interests aside in favor of saving the world.

One character convinces his father to do the right thing, when his father had planned to do something cruel.

In one scene, an elderly character becomes young again; it could be fun for young viewers to imagine what their parents must have been like as children.


It appears briefly that Sid’s grandmother has died, but later she is revealed to have survived.  

A saber tooth tiger couple feels that they cannot be parents because small animals are afraid of them; after they help to save the world, kids come to them freely, and they begin to believe that they would make good parents. It might be good to ask kids what makes someone a good parent; the tigers' thoughts are a bit oversimplified.

Weak Points

A father tells his son that, apart from having his mother’s eyes, he is “completely useless.”
Manny and Ellie scheme to manipulate their daughter, rather than telling directly telling her their wishes.

A father dinosaur encourages his son to kill a protagonist.


Ice Age: Collision Course seems most likely appeal to younger viewers, ages 4-9 or so. There are some rather clumsy and ill-fitting innuendo jokes that appear to be thrown in for parents, but I imagine that they’ll fly over most kids’ heads. There are a couple scenes that could be scary for some viewers, but the film also presents a few decent conversation starters. Most adults and teens will probably find the film boring, but younger kids might like it, and parents could use the film as a way to have conversations about selflessness, accomplishments, change, how parents and kids can talk to each other, and what parents were like as kids.  

Questions for Discussion

What was a time when you chose to do something for other people, even when you wanted to do something else?

When was a time when you did something that other people thought you couldn’t do?

One character says that it is important to embrace change, sometimes. What do you think?

What do you think your parents or grandparents were like when they were little kids?

One character convinces his dad to do the right thing. What would you do if you thought your parent was wrong about something important?

How should Ellie’s parents have told her about their fears? Should they have been more supportive of Ellie?  

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