“Ice Age: Collision Course” (Fox)
By Catholic News Service
Weak fifth installment in the animated franchise for children finds the good-hearted but overprotective father (voice of Ray Romano) of a family of wooly mammoths leading his levelheaded wife (voice of Queen Latifah), sunny daughter (voiced by Keke Palmer) and soon-to-be son-in-law (voice of Adam Devine) on an unlikely quest: They’re out to use magnetic rocks to divert a giant asteroid that’s headed for a potentially cataclysmic collision with the Earth. Their guide on the journey is an eccentric, British-accented weasel (voice of Simon Pegg).
Directed by Michael Thurmeier and Galen Tan Chu, the scattershot proceedings also take in the outer-space adventures of an acorn-obsessed squirrel and a lonely sloth’s (voice of John Leguizamo) search for love.
While the slapstick comedy around which the shaky plot is built is aimed at kids, some of the vocabulary and humor is inappropriate for them. Parents may also be concerned by a vaguely anti-religious undertone that seems to exalt science at the expense of faith. Occasional peril, mildly scatological and anatomical humor, a single crass term.
The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.