At the start of “Buck Wild’s Ice Age Adventures,” the sixth feature in the animated series that evolves further with the movie, you sense something is amiss. Maybe it’s dinosaur paradise peacefully preserved beneath alpine glaciers? It can’t be: That particular backwardism was codified in some parts of the “Ice Age”.
Instead, the weirdness stems from the lack of a well-known cast, including Ray Romano, who has made more than five films for the mammoth Manny, and John Leguizamo, the source of the failed glamor usually of the lazy Sid. Neither of them appear in “Buck Wild” (on Disney +), instead choose a set of close proxies. Replacing actors in a sequel is not unheard of (Robin Williams is particularly absent from “The Return of Jafar”), but adults may find themselves drawn to the film’s voice selection. this to gauge how faithful they are to the original – at least it’s distracting from the dialogue.
And there’s a lot of dialogue. Directed by John C. Donkin, “Buck Wild” highlights two motivated marsupial brothers, Crash (Vincent Tong) and Eddie (Aaron Harris), who in the previous films have acted only as like-minded friends. Looking for adventure, they reunite with the one-eyed ferret Buck (Simon Pegg, the only actor to take on the role) and together pursue a quest to rescue the underground Mesozoic jungle from the Protoceratops. Utkarsh Ambudkar). It’s simpler than it sounds.
Controlling the chaos is a rational zorilla named Zee (Justina Machado) who saves the boys from trouble while teaching us that courage comes from within. Being held with this zoology crew can melt a person’s brain faster than ice during a heatwave. And where is Scrat, the squirrel that relentlessly pursues an acorn that is often the franchise’s saving grace? Almost non-verbal, Scrat won’t even ask for a positional tenet; Of all the sins of the film, his omission is unforgivable.
Buck Wild’s Ice Age Adventures
Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 21 minutes. Watch on Disney +
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