2012 Summer Movie Guide

Journey at Sea

The herd is back for an all-new adventure in Ice Age: Continental Drift, in theaters July 13

July 13, 2012
BLUE SKY STUDIOS / 20TH CENTURY FOX

Manny (voiced by Ray Romano) and Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah) get separated when the continents start breaking up. Will they find their way back to each other?

Scrat has really done it this time! In Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film of the popular series, the prehistoric squirrel’s never-ending hunt for acorns puts the gang at risk. The land has begun to break apart into the continents of today. When a piece of ice cracks off and drifts away to sea—with Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the saber-toothed tiger trapped on it—the three heroes must find their way back to their herd before they are separated for good. But with sea monsters and mean pirates standing in their way, getting home won’t be easy.

With Manny gone, it’s up to his mate Ellie to lead the rest of the herd to safety, including their now-teenage daughter, Peaches. Queen Latifah returns as the voice of Ellie. The actress spoke to TFK about getting back into character.

TFK:

This is the third time you’ve played Ellie now. What was it like to step back into the role?

QUEEN LATIFAH:

It’s always fun. It’s a challenging process to create animated films because you’re in a recording studio alone and you don’t have the luxury of the other actors to perform with. You just have to trust yourself and the director. It’s been a lot of fun to watch the movie grow and grow and get bigger and better, and to see the characters come to life. I love Ellie. She gives me points with my nieces and nephews.

Actress Queen Latifah greets fan while promoting Ice Age: Continental Drift. The actress returns to the animated film as the voice of Ellie the mammoth.
DONNA WARD—GETTY IMAGES
Actress Queen Latifah greets fan while promoting Ice Age: Continental Drift. The actress returns to the animated film as the voice of Ellie the mammoth.

TFK:

Each sequel has been so different from the next. What do you think sets this one apart from the others?

LATIFAH:

There are a bunch of new characters, and the animation is incredible. Peaches is a teenager now, so we get to have lot of fun showing what teenagers go through. There are also new enemies, of course.

TFK:

What will Ellie do while Manny is off battling pirates on the high seas?

LATIFAH:

She’s trying to keep everyone else safe. Ellie becomes the leader of the group and tries to get everyone to safety. You see her really step up and become stronger in this movie. And obviously, there are lots of twists of turns along their path as well.

TFK:

How are Ellie and Manny dealing with being parents to a teenager?

LATIFAH:

Ellie is doing great. She’s the voice of reason. She’s young at heart, so she really understands her daughter. Manny is a dad, so he’s always going to overreact because he loves his baby. Ellie usually has to talk him off the ledge.

TFK:

Does Peaches take after Manny more or Ellie more?

LATIFAH:

Probably Ellie. You know, Ellie thought she was an opossum for quite a long time! Once she figured out she wasn’t, she was still just a big kid, just young at heart and adventurous. Manny has always been more safe than Ellie. So Peaches probably takes after her mama a little more.

TFK:

Over the years have you put any of yourself into the character?

LATIFAH:

As much as possible, I guess. Whatever I can bring to it to keep the character fresh and fun, I do. But I also have to follow the program, if you will. I don’t think anyone gets to have as much fun as John Leguizamo [who plays Sid]. The directors let him go to town! But they keep the rest of us in check.

TFK:

Keke Palmer voices Peaches. She played your niece in Barbershop 2 and your daughter in Joyful Noise. Do you think it’s fitting that she plays your daughter again in this movie?

LATIFAH:

It’s so crazy! We didn’t even know we were playing mother and daughter again until recently. It’s funny that we wound up doing two movies together where she plays my daughter. I think she’s amazing. She is so super talented, and she’s got her head on straight. She’s just a good kid, so I’m honored to play her mom again. I think it’s perfect.

TFK:

If you could voice any other character in the series, who would it be?

LATIFAH:

Hmm... Maybe Scrat. But that might be too hard. I better stick with Ellie! Scrat has so much fun. Scrat goes nuts, but voicing him might be tougher than it looks.

TFK:

In one of your interviews for the previous Ice Age movie, you predicted everything that happens in the fourth film. You said you wanted to see Peaches grown up and a story set at sea. So, if a fifth film were made, what would you like to see happen?

LATIFAH:

Wow. That’s a good one. Maybe we somehow wind up in space? Ice Age: Space? Maybe we get sent into the future? Maybe we end up in the desert? I have no idea!

TFK:

If the next Ice Age movie is set in space, we’ll know where the idea came from! Do you have any final thoughts on Continental Drift?

LATIFAH:

It’s going to be really, really great. The story is really good. I love the new characters. It’s really funny. The animation is incredible. It’s going to be an exciting ride. I’m hoping that this one is the best one yet.

 

Ice Age: Continental Drift is not yet rated. The movie is also playing in IMAX 3-D theaters. Also starring Ray Romano as Manny, Denis Leary as Diego and John Leguizamo as Sid.


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