Ice Age: Collision Course Hits Theaters Just in Time for Summer!

Are you ready for the exciting new installment in the Ice Age series? Ice Age: Collision Course is out in theaters July 22 and it may just be the funniest one yet.

All of your favorite characters are back as Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World.  To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

I sat down to interview some of the stars of Ice Age: Collision Course and got some inside info from the actors behind the voices themselves. After Ray Romano joked with us a bit and Queen Latifah sat down to join us, we got to hear how they felt about taking part in the 5th (for Ray) and 4th installment (for Queen) of the Ice Age series. Romano mentioned how much he enjoys revisiting the films every few years because he recognizes a correlation between Manny's life and his own. In this film, Ice Age: Collision Course- one of the challenges that Manny faces is dealing with his daughter Peaches leaving the herd. As a Father himself, Romano can definitely relate to Manny. 

Latifah mentioned how much she enjoys the quieter scenes that take place between Manny and Ellie. Latifah says,"... Moms can relate. After you have worked a day, put the kids to bed, the house is asleep, and you all can just have a moment to just be human again and just lock in with each other.  I like those moments in this film..." 

John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes reprise their roles as Sid and Granny Sloths. Leguizamo has been with the series since day one and when asked what message he hopes the audience will take away from the film, he said:

"What I’ve always loved about the series, especially being a Latin man and person of color, was the different species coming together and accepting each other and working together.  We saved a planet.  I love that message always and I always found it very strong, and it was something I loved my children to hear and see.  So, I’ve always loved it.  It’s not blood, it’s loyalty and acceptance."

As you prepare for the upcoming release of Ice Age: Collision Course. Get your facts ready and learn more about our history and the real Ice Age at one of LA's best museums the La Brea Tar Pits. We recently had the opportunity to sit down and watch Titans of the Ice Age 3D. A new 3D film experience that shares theories into what really happened during the last Ice Age.  

The La Brea Tar Pits also has Ice Age Encounters, a multimedia experience that uncovers the mysteries of some of the extinct creatures that roamed Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. This dynamic, 15-minute show features a life-size adult Saber-toothed Cat puppet and film projections that bring the distant past to life.

What's cool about The La Brea Tar Pits is that it is an active Ice Age dig site and Museum. As you walk the beautiful outdoor perimeter of the Tar Pits, you can watch as the employees make daily discoveries.  When you have finished exploring the tar pits, you can check out the Museum to see what has been found right here in Los Angeles.  Inside is also where you can buy your timed tickets for the Titans of the Ice Age 3D movie and Ice Age Encounters. 

Before you take the kids to see Ice Age: Collision Course this Summer, plan a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and have the kids learn a little history about the real Ice Age that took place right here. 

Catch the trailer for Ice Age: Collision Course below and just for fun, you can follow Scrat on Facebook too. 

Disclosure: Thank you to 20th Century Fox for hosting me and my girls for the screening, a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits and the cast interviews in order to help facilitate this post.