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Ice Age: Continental Drift
Ice Age Continental Drift logo.svg
Directed by Steve Martino
Michael Thurmeier
Produced by Lori Forte
John C. Donkin
Screenplay by Michael Berg
Jason Fuchs
Story by Michael Berg
Lori Forte
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Renato Falcão
Editing by James Palumbo
David Ian Salter
Studio Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox Animation
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 13, 2012 (2012-07-13) (North America)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $95 million
Money made $877.2 million

Ice Age: Continental Drift (also known as Ice Age 4: Continental Drift or simply as Ice Age 4) is a 2012 American 3D computer animated adventure and comedy movie. It was directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. It was written by Jason Fuchs and Michael Berg. It stars the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Peter Dinklage, Wanda Sykes, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

It is the fourth Ice Age series. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios. It was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is also the first sequel of Ice Age not to be directed by Carlos Saldanha. It was the second Ice Age movie that is in Digital 3D. It was released in the United States on July 13, 2012. This was the first Ice Age movie to be shot in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

The movie was welcomed well from audience: they praised its story, the cast's performance, the villain, its new characters, the humor, the emotional weight and the animation but was criticized for the siren scenes and for having Scrat as the cause of the events of the movie. The movie became a box office hit. It is currently the 6th highest-grossing animated movie in history. It is the 3rd highest-grossing movie of 2012 with a worldwide gross of over USD$800 million. Ice Age: Continental Drift was released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on December 4, 2012.


News of another Ice Age sequel were announced on January 10, 2010. The New York Times reported that Blue Sky was working on a fourth movie. They were also developing plans on who would be voice acting in the movie. Fox later confirmed this on May 5, 2010. They released the title as Ice Age: Continental Drift. They said it will be released on July 13, 2012.


Non-speaking characters include:

  • Boris, a prehistoric Wild Boar (Metridiochoerus) that is part of Gutt's crew
  • Precious, Granny's "imaginary" pet Giant whale

Jeremy Renner was supposed to be the voice actor of Captain Gutt. He later dropped out because of scheduling conflicts with The Bourne Legacy. Jennette McCurdy was originally set to voice Peaches, but dropped out because of her schedule on iCarly.


Ice Age: Continental Drift
Film score by
John Powell
Released July 10, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Score
Length 57:57
Label Varèse Sarabande
John Powell film scores chronology
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Ice Age: Continental Drift
Rio 2

Ice Age: Continental Drift is the soundtrack of the movie scored by John Powell and was released on July 10, 2012.

No. Title Length
1. "Morning Peaches"   2:22
2. "Schism"   2:28
3. "Storm"   3:50
4. "No Exit Gutt"   5:37
5. "Escape from Captivity"   3:02
6. "New Loves"   4:50
7. "Hydraxes / Prison Talk"   2:57
8. "Diversion"   3:57
9. "Pirating the Pirates"   4:37
10. "Teen Cave"   4:42
11. "Sirens"   2:35
12. "Land Bridge Trap"   8:22
13. "Herd Reunion"   3:08
14. "Scrat's Fantasia"   5:30
Total length:

Video games

Ice Age Village is a mobile video game. It was developed by Gameloft, and was released on April 5, 2012 to iPhone, iPad and various Android devices.

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games, a video game based on the movie, was published by Activision Publishing. It was developed by Behaviour Interactive and was released on July 10, 2012, on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, and Kinect for Xbox 360.


A sequel, titled Ice Age: Collision Course, was released on July 22, 2016.

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