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Movie review: Latest ‘Ice Age’ bogs down when it returns to Earth

The herd sets off on a quest to save themselves from a Scrat-tastrophe. From left, Julian (voiced by Adam Devine), Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck) and Buck (voiced by Simon Pegg).
The herd sets off on a quest to save themselves from a Scrat-tastrophe. From left, Julian (voiced by Adam Devine), Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck) and Buck (voiced by Simon Pegg). Twentieth Century Fox

In space, all you can hear is screaming.

And wailing and squeaking. All wordless noises coming at you courtesy of Scrat, the bulgy-eyed hyperactive fang-adorned squirrel/rat with the acorn fetish who’s been a constant comic presence in the “Ice Age” movies. “Ice Age: Collision Course” is the fifth iteration in the seemingly endless animated series.

This time around, the movie’s makers have fired the gibbering rodent into space where, true to form, he causes chaos, this time on a truly cosmic scale. Planets are knocked about like billiard balls, worlds are destroyed, the solar system is thrown out of whack thanks to the caroming flying saucer carrying the cowering critter to and fro in the great void.

The frenetic to-ing and fro-ing is pretty funny frankly, but here, as in all previous “Ice Ages,” the makers know that the frantic antics of this comic character are not by themselves sufficient to carry a full-length movie. Eventually the action has to head for Earth.

At which point, the picture bogs down in the domestic doings of the mammoth named Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah), his slurry-voiced sloth buddy Sid (John Leguizamo) and his saber-toothed wingman Diego (Denis Leary).

Manny is suffering separation anxiety over the upcoming marriage of his daughter to a slacker-dude pachyderm; Sid, the goodhearted dolt, is bemoaning his single state and Diego is mulling starting a family.

Oh, and while all this dithering is going on, a massive meteor, set loose by the destructive doings of Scrat-in-space, is heading straight for Earth. Doomsday approaches.

Mammothkind must figure out some way to head off obliteration. Somehow yoga and magnetic crystals are worked into the effort to save the planet. There are even unicorns.

The result? A confused mishmash of plot elements featuring overwrought extraneous characters.

Kids likely will love it. Their parents will just have to grin and bear it.

Ice Age: Collision Course

 1/2 out of 5

Cast: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary.

Directors: Michael Thurmeier and Galen Tan Chu.

Running time: 1:40.

Rated: PG for mild rude humor and some action/peril.

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