After five major movies, multiple short films, and even television spinoffs, the Ice Age franchise is moving to Disney+. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the first movie in the franchise since Disney merged with 20th Century Fox, and while it might make you wonder if the film lost anything in the transition – it’s streaming on Friday, so you won’t have to pay a ticket fee for your kids to see this one!
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild only brings back some of the original cast to reprise their roles. Namely Simon Pegg as the voice of Buck Wild. But the characters we all have come to love and know through the past movies are in for a new adventure. The voice actors of the main characters like Manny may not be the original voice cast, but the differences aren’t that big that you will notice. It should be noted as well that the usual main cast are secondary or even tertiary characters in this movie, so having them played by different voice actors isn’t as impactful as you would think.
What about the animation style? Has it lost anything from going direct to streaming? Not really. While I’m not completely sure that The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild wasn’t originally slated for a theater release and pandemic-related issues pushed it to stream, the movie doesn’t look like they cut corners. Sure, we’re not seeing it on a giant screen, but the quality on the screen is actually decent for a kid’s movie that is streaming. Remember, this is done by Disney and they’re still doing 3D animation, not the quick animation that Disney Jr spin-offs usually get.
The scenery is still beautiful creating a different world that we haven’t experienced before. Although some of the background may be a digital version of the still plate method – it’s nothing that kids will notice and doesn’t take away from the movie at all.
If there really is anything we can complain about The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is the name itself. The story revolves around Eddie and Crash as they go out on their own seeking independence and adventures of their own. Sure, Buck Wild is there, but it’s more their story than his. Maybe The Ice Age Adventures of Eddie and Crash just didn’t have the same weight to it?
The movie is a lot of fun, one that kids of all ages are going to enjoy. And since it’s going to be available on Disney+, you can stream it over and over again. It’s a fun addition to a franchise that a lot of kids and adults have fallen in love with, and we can see more of these direct to Disney+ additions coming in the future.
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is streaming on Disney+ today.
About The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild:
The all-new animated adventure, “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild,” continues the hilarious escapades of the beloved sub-zero heroes from the wildly successful global “Ice Age” franchise as they create more prehistoric pandemonium. The thrill-seeking possum brothers Crash and Eddie have grown restless in Snow Valley. They need plenty of wide-open space to practice their extreme stunts and are eager for a bit of independence. Their older sister, the woolly mammoth Ellie, is over-protective and worries too much. Still, Eddie and Crash are like sons to Ellie and Manny (her woolly mammoth husband), whom they met following a devastating flood, and they have bonded to become a make-shift family.