Ice Age: Collision Course is a 2016 American computer animated film produced by Blue Sky Studios and released by 20th Century Fox. It was also the 5th film in the Ice Age franchise. Within its release, it was negatively panned by both critics and fans alike and is considered to be the worst Ice Age film ever made.
Scrat, trying to bury his acorn, accidentally activates an abandoned alien ship that takes him into deep space, where he unwittingly sends several asteroids en route to a collision with Earth. Meanwhile, Manny is worried about the upcoming marriage between Peaches and her fiancé, Julian. Diego and his wife Shira want to start a family, but their fierce appearance tends to scare kids. Sid is dumped by his girlfriend, Francine, just as he is about to propose to her, and he laments his solitude. During Manny and Ellie's wedding anniversary party, some of the asteroids strike the place and the herd barely escape with their lives. Meanwhile, at the underground cavern, Buck returns a dinosaur egg back to its rightful owner after it was stolen by a trio of dromaeosaurs. named Gavin, Gertie, and Roger. Buck discovers an ancient stone pillar and takes it to the surface, where he meets Manny and the others.
Buck explains to the herd that according to the pillar, the asteroids had caused several extinctions in the past and with a massive one still incoming, he believes that the only place they could find a clue to stop it is on the site of the impact of the previous ones, as according to its engravings, they always fall at the same place. However, the three dromaeosaurs overhear their conversation, and Gavin and Gertie decide to stop them, believing that they could be safe from the impact, as they can fly, thus not only getting their revenge on Buck, but also killing all mammals and securing domination over Earth for their species. Roger is reluctant, but Gavin and Gertie strong-arm him into cooperating.
As the herd travels to the crash site, they discover that the asteroids have electro-magnetic properties. Buck theorizes that if a huge quantity of smaller asteroids should be gathered and launched into orbit, they could attract the main asteroid as well and prevent it from falling on Earth. After facing several obstacles and the interference of the dromaeosaurs, the herd arrives at "Geotopia", a community of immortal animals formed inside one of the asteroids that have fallen long ago, where Sid meets Brooke, a female ground sloth who falls in love with him. However, Shangri Llama, the leader of Geotopia, refuses to cooperate with Buck's plan to send the city's crystals into space in order to prevent the imminent impact, as they are the key to the residents' longevity. Sid inadvertently destroys the entire city when he attempts to remove one of the crystals to present Brooke with, immediately aging them to their true ages and revealing their actual appearances.
Once Brooke convinces the Geotopians that preventing the asteroid's fall is more important than their lost youth, they and the herd help with Buck's plan, which is to fill up a geyser with the crystals so that the pressure launches them into space to draw the asteroid away. The dromaeosaurs attempt to intervene, but Buck convinces Roger that they will not be able to survive the asteroid, and he in turn convinces Gavin and Gertie to help. The plan works, and the asteroid is pulled back into space. The herd then departs back home, including Sid, who parts ways from Brooke, but just after they leave, an asteroid piece falls inside a hot spring, giving it rejuvenating properties and making the Geotopians and Sid's grandmother, who stayed behind with them, regain their youth. After the herd returns, Manny reconciles with Julian, Peaches and Julian celebrate their wedding, Diego and Shira become heroes to the kids who were scared of them before, and a rejuvenated Brooke appears during the ceremony to reunite with Sid.
In the film's epilogue, Scrat keeps struggling to control the alien ship until it crashes on Mars, destroying all life on the planet.
In a mid-credits scene, Scrat finds his acorn and gets beaten by some doors.
Why It Sucks
- Continuity abuse.
- Very unfunny, unoriginal, even forced humor.
- Forgettable antagonists.
- It wastes money and many talents.
- It overuses 2010s pop culture references.
- The plot and morals are highly predicable.
- On that topic, it uses a certain plot point from Ice Age: Continental Drift again, and speaking of that film, there are a lot of new characters that come out of nowhere and they barely have any personality. They are forgettable, unfunny, and so bland (especially Brooke). Also, the new characters like Julian, Francine, and the Dino-Birds also never had a proper introduction of how they came into the story or the other characters' lives, we just randomly start off with them from beginning to end, making them incredibly useless.
- Crash and Eddie do the hashtag in one scene and they put in cartoony sound effects to get a pathetic laugh.
- On a side note, the other side of the story involves romance too much.
- Diego and Shira barely appear, almost making them pointless.
- Germán Garmendia, the famous YouTuber of Chile, was wasted in this film.
- Manny, Sid, Diego, and every other character are barely anything like they previously were.
- The movie didn’t really need a bad guy, since the asteroid is basically the “villain”.
- It overuses cartoonish sound effects.
- Scrat's sub-plot is pointless and mean-spirited. He seems to be the villain since he makes the catastrophe, causes a storm going to Earth, speeds up the asteroid headed toward Earth when he's about to go back and literally kills all the life on Mars.
- Some scenes that are just clichéd and unoriginal rip-offs:
- The fact that the movie ends with a popular song sung by a famous singer (My Superstar by Jessie J, the voice of Brooke in the movie) is EXACTLY like how Zootopia, another 2016 talking-animal film, ends with the song Try Everything sung by Shakira.
- The story of how Manny is overprotective with his daughter and seems to despise and not want anything to do with her fun-spirited lover who is reasonably nice is just ripping off Hotel Transylvania.
- The scene where Buck has three other Bucks living in his brain is an obvious rip-off of Inside Out. Speaking of which, there's literally a robot version of him, and it makes no sense because robots do not exist during the prehistoric ice age.
- Gavin, Gertie and Roger are just dumb rip-offs of Shenzi, Banzai and Ed from The Lion King.
- Buck’s story of adopting and raising a baby pumpkin as his own is rather stupid, pointless and nonsensical.
- Several stereotypical clichés.
- Manny has the “overprotective father” cliché yet again.
- Peaches has the “I’m grown up and want to see the world” cliché.
- Sid has the “Loser who gets the girl” cliché.
- Julian has the “son-in-law who’s trying his best” cliché.
- Gavin, Gertie and Roger have the “redeemed villain in the end” cliché.
- A very useless cameo by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
- None of the events from the other four films were mentioned.
- On that topic, none of the other side characters (Louis, Ethan, Roshan) are never mentioned nor seen in entire film, like they never even existed.
- Nice animation that's a stand-up for the other Ice Age movies.
- Good voice acting.
- A few funny scenes.
- In this film, Buck is back and is still his old hilarious self.
- The Scratazons went over well with fans.
- Great music.
The film was heavily panned and criticized by both critics and fans alike with many thinking it killed the franchise, as it is the last movie in the Ice Age series. It is also considered to be the worst Ice Age movie ever made.
After this movie, Blue Sky Studios has stated that there were some ideas for the sixth installment, but it is unknown if the sixth film will be actually made or not due to the fifth film's poor reception.