Ice Age and Peter Rabbit 2

With The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild right around the corner, I decided to rewatch the original Ice Age. In part in preparation for yet another unnecessary sequel but also to remind myself of the time when the now stale franchise was fresh and actually good.

The animals are in a rush to migrate before the Ice Age hits. Unfortunately for Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), his family has left him behind. After being rescued from two angry rhinos by Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano), the two become unlikely travel buddies and friends. They save a human baby from drowning and are determined to reunite him his herd. The unlikely duo becomes an even more unlikely trio when scheming sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) joins the pack with only one thing on his mind: bring the baby and Manny home for dinner!

The original movie is still great. It’s funny, emotional, and heartwarming in all the right places, but shows its age when it comes to the animation. It feels like you’re watching an old computer game. Animation has advanced spectacularly since 2002! And who can forget that wacky squirrel Scrat? Any scene involving him is hysterical. Will he ever get his precious acorn? Maybe if does, they can stop making sequels!! Please?! Disney, it’s time to move on!

Stream Ice Age now on Disney Plus.

🎵Here comes the completely unnecessary sequel to Peter Rabbit hopping down the bunny trail.🎵🎤 Oops! That’s not how the song goes!

Bea (Rose Byrne) and Thomas (Domhnall Gleason) are married and Peter (James Cordon), his sister, and cousin complete their family. Bea’s best selling book centered on Peter and his family has chance of being a full blown franchise, but a greedy publishing executive wants to change everything about Bea’s charming little story, including marketing Peter as the “bad seed,” to appeal to a wider audience. Peter decides to embrace his bad bunny persona and runs away. He joins forces with a shady gang of characters who wind up putting him and his family in danger. In order to save them, Peter must decide what kind of rabbit he’s going to be.

This sequel pales in comparison to the original. While it has its comedic moments, it’s not as funny as the original. The soundtrack feels over-dramatic and more angsty than a movie about CGI rabbits calls for. (Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day?! Why?! I like the song, but it feels like a bit much!) And why doesn’t Thomas remember Peter talking to him the first time around? That didn’t make sense!

Despite it not being as good as it’s predecessor, and being a completely unnecessary sequel (Really, who asked for this?!) it still manages to be fun to watch. But please, for the love of carrots, don’t let there be a Peter Rabbit 3! Just because it was successful the first time, it doesn’t mean you have to do it again.

COMING SOON: 2¢ Valentines Romcoms and Fairy tales. YES! My favorite event. Hopefully i can do all 14 days this time!

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