When I was invited to attend a special screening of the film “Titans of the Ice Age,” and interview La Brea Tar Pits’ chief paleontologist, Dr. Luis Chiappe and get a selfie with a giant prehistoric sloth – how could I resist! I love L.A.! Read my review of the new film from the Ice Age franchise opening in the U.S. in 3D on July 22nd, 2016. See the film, I liked it!
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
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 had fun on my summertime “play day” in the city. My first stop was the La Brea Tar Pits, in Los Angeles, CA. The museum is currently running a film about the Ice Age in 3 D – which ties in perfectly with the Movie, Ice Age: Collision Course coming out this summer!
After seeing the film at the museum, paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe spoke to the audience concerning the historical truths about the Ice Age compared to what is portrayed in the animated movies. The kids in attendance asked great questions and I thought that the producers were being socially responsible to give us the opportunity to learn the realistic value of what is in the movie.
The tour of the museum included a presentation about the tar pits that existed there in Los Angeles millions of years ago. Now surrounded by an “asphalt jungle” that left behind millions of fossilized bones and artifacts, the area continues to be excavated by archaeologists.
These paleontologists work in a glass windowed area inside the museum, sorting and documenting tiny bones and fossils. They are so gracious to work in front of a stream of onlookers.
Before leaving the La Brea Tar Pits museum, I spied Josh Peck, who plays Eddie in Ice Age, filming a promo for the movie. He is so cute! I talked to him and told him to add me on Snapchat. (Josh – if you see this – I am still waiting! snapchat.com/add/mizbizevents )
Josh Peck was the first one in the room at the press junket that I attended the following day. I could tell he loves playing voice parts, that bright smile and lighthearted energy said it all. I just read that Josh landed a role as the lead character in the upcoming animated film, “Gnome Alone” with singer-songwriter, Becky G.
Max Greenfield is new to the Ice Age franchise portraying a new character in the series. Roger plays an integral part in the film and was probably my favorite. Max is a nice guy and he said he really loved the experience of being the voice of Roger.
I have met Queen Latifah a few times before this press junket and I always enjoy seeing her! She is talented, beautiful and a total sweetheart! I was in the audience for her talk show and had a blast! She really seems to love the character she plays in Ice Age and identifies with being a mom like Ellie.
Meeting Ray Romano was awesome! Ray is great as the voice of Manny, the dad in Ice Age. He is funny and quite personable. He spoke to everyone in the room at the press junket as though he knew us and was very genuine. I enjoyed ribbing him a bit about what is yet to come in future Ice Age films and if he would enjoy being “Grandpa Manny!”
Meeting John Leguizamo and Wanda Sykes was a hoot! They are both funny separately – and together they were hilarious! As Granny and Sid in Ice Age Collision Course – they steal the show with their dynamic wit!
I just had to get a selfie with John Leguizamo since my friend, Suzette Valle sent me her selfie with him when she found out I would be going to the press junket. I actually showed him the picture of her above and he remembered her. He said, “Oh yes – I have her book!”
Ice Age is one of the 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up, the book by Suzette Valle. An expert in film and entertainment, Suzette is a big proponent of family films. If Ice Age made the cut in her book – you know it’s a good one!
See Ice Age: Collision Course when if first comes out – the 3D animation is fantastic – and I don’t usually care for 3D. Sometimes the 3rd or 4th film in a franchise doesn’t have the best quality animation – but this is an exception. This film is top quality with a wonderful story and message.
ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE
Release in US: July 22, 2016, in 3D
Director: Michael Thurmeier
Co-Director: Galen Tan Chu
Producer: Lori Forte
US/English-speaking Voice Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Latifah, Adam Devine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Strahan, Melissa Rauch, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
HASHTAG: #IceAge #CollisionCourse
Tags: Adventure, Collision Course, Denis Leary, Ice Age, Ice Age Movie, Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Josh Peck, LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM, Lori Forte, Mike Thurmeier, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano, Scrat, Simon Pegg, Suzette Valle, the Herd, Wanda Sykes