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Movie Review: The pack is back in ‘The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild’

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” begins streaming today on Disney Plus, reuniting prehistoric friends for a daring action-packed thrill-a-minute escapade in the Lost World.

Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild
Images courtesy of Disney

The last time we saw the Ice Age crew in “Ice Age: Collision Course” (2016), they were saving the earth from a catastrophic meteor with the help of the swashbuckling yet eccentric weasel Buck Wild (Simon Pegg) they met in the Lost World in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” (2009).

Buck Wild

“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” catches up with the self-proclaimed “nutty mixed-up herd full of loners and outcasts” — namely Manny (Sean Kenan Elias-Reyes), Ellie (Dominique Jennings), Sid (Jake Green), Diego (Skylar Stone), Crash (Vincent Tong), and Eddie (Aaron Harris) — living a happy (though somewhat routine) life in Snow Valley.

However, the rambunctious possum brothers have grown tired of Ellie’s strict rules that “smother them with reasonable advice,” so they decide it’s time to separate from the herd and “find their own destiny.”

Orson

Their search leads them back to the Lost World — the most exciting (and most dangerous) place they’ve ever been – where the two thrill-seekers are immediately caught up in a feud between Buck and his arch-nemesis Orson (Utkarsh Ambudkar), a power-hungry Triceratops who plans to take over the Lost World with the help of his raptor minions. Meanwhile, Manny, Ellie, Sid, and Diego are on a quest of their own to track down the missing brothers.

Buck explains that his team — basically a prehistoric superhero squad — wanted the Lost World to be a place where all species lived together in harmony, but Orson thought the strong (i.e., dinosaurs) should dominate the weak (i.e., mammals). The team managed to exile Orson to Lava Island, but now he’s back to finish what he started. Crash and Eddie realize this is the adventure they’ve been looking for and insist on joining their hero, but the accident-prone possums quickly become more of a hindrance than a help.

ice age - Buck and Zee

Thankfully, reinforcement arrives in the form of Buck’s former squad partner, a zorilla/not a skunk named Zee (Justina Machado) — and although Zee (a planner) and Buck (definitely not a planner) have had a hard time working together in the past, the new squad of unlikely superheroes nevertheless embarks on a journey to defeat Orson and save the Lost World.

Buck, Zee, Crash, and Eddie

Although Buck, Zee, Crash, and Eddie make it to Lost Lagoon to confront Orson, things don’t go exactly as expected, and Buck must trust Zee and the possums to come up with a plan (not to mention identify Crash and Eddie’s seemingly nonexistent superpowers).

Filled with all the heart and humor that has made the Ice Age franchise so popular, continuing its messaging about chosen family, and introducing an important lesson about finding courage in your “chest fur,” “The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” proves that Buck, Zee, Crash, and Eddie, along with Manny, Ellie, Sid, and Diego are the greatest superhero squad/herd in pre-history.

“The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild” begins streaming today on Disney+ along with the entire Ice Age collection.

Check out the official trailer below:


The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild | Official Trailer | Disney+
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1 comment

LouiB February 7, 2022 - 10:39 pm

Well I watched the original 5 movies right before watching this and was quite disappointed. Of course Blue Sky Studios is gone as they were part of Fox that Disney purchased and Disney got rid of them. 2nd I found the animation to be only ok, not even as good as the previous 5 films. Also we have characters missing without any explanation. 1st Scrat and his acron are totally missing and after being in all 5 films seemed kind of sad. Also Diego and Sid had picked up girlfriends/partners/wifes in the earlier films and they were totally gone. Once again no explanation. And the story was ok but nothing exceptional. So wouldn’t have been any big loss if I had missed seeing this film. Disney+ can do so much better with content.

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