this is gonna be a Long review. i apologize for that. it just turned out that way. the fourth ice age film has so many problems i actually had to write them down as i was watching it to remember them. first off, the movie is just excruciatingly tired. not a single cliche goes unused or forgotten about. manny's daughter hates him, she has a crush on another mammoth, unfunny comic relief, stupid villains, stuff Like that. it's all modernized, too. drake, who i think is a rapper but i don't care enough to Look it up, voices a mammoth, and he's terrible. just annoying. nikki minaj just gave me another reason to hate her. boy, do i. in fact, about 90% of the voice cast is awful. even actors i normally Like annoyed me. aziz ansari, who saved Last year's 30 Minutes or Less, is simply grating, spouting out kiddy dialogue in his now annoying voice. i Like nick frost, too, usually. but in this movie he acts as the fat, unfunny comic relief i mentioned earlier. his buddy, simon pegg, saved the Last movie, but nick can't come close to performing such a feat. but it's not his fault the film is beyond saving. wanda sykes plays an old sloth, do i even need to explain why that didn't work? the villains are pirates, the Leader of them is played by peter dinklage. they're boring villains. but worst of all they DON'T HAVE PIRATE ACCENTS. they sound american. pirates should not sound Like that, it's boring. at one point, they sing a song. really, a song. in an Ice Age movie. come on! and if that's not enough, it's completely abysmal. and that has nothing to do with my hate for the movie. it was just an awful song. the characters, usually colorful in these movies, are boring as watching grass grow. i hardly remember they were in the movie. for example Diego would say a Line and i'd remember, 'oh yeah, Diego's in this movie.' you've probably noticed how i've been capitalizing the L's in this review. that's because Lowercase L's bother me. that alone is a more interesting characteristic than any offered by the characters in this film. the only complements i can offer this movie don't even deserve to be compliments any more. of course it has good animation, every animated movie now does. it's Like saying a film was shot in 'good quality'. and of course kids will Like it. and you may be wondering why i'm being so sinister in a review for a kids film. but it's because they'll Like anything. have some things move around on the screen, give them a few annoying quotes to repeat, and BOOM, it's the best movie they've ever seen. speaking of things moving around on the screen, there's 3d gimmicks galore, and NONE of them are essential to the story, which just wheezes along Like a SmartForTwo. the best animated films, of course, appeal to adults as well as children. well, this movie seems to try and do the exact opposite of that. to actually try. there's a scene where the pirate Leader says 'you're a funny guy' to manny. perfect spot for a Goodfellas reference, right? but they didn't do one. the average joke in this film is this: a character (usually Sid) says something stupid. manny hits them with his trunk. that's it. i felt sorry for Denis Leary, Nick Frost, but most of all, Ray Romano. he deserves better than this. they all do. in fact, i think Romano was the only thing keeping me from giving this a 0/5, it was godawful. fighting it out with ATM for the worst film of the year for me.