Blue Sky Studios continues the journey of Manny, Sid, Diego and friends delivering a wildly adventurous tale of growing up and saving the world. The lovable and hilarious crew is back again, delighting us all as they stumble their way through changing relationships and natural disasters.
As the second-highest grossing animated franchise of all time, audiences around the world love the Ice Age series. Hosted by 20th Century Fox, we were able to interview the actors behind some of our favorite characters and learned 5 Fun Facts about Ice Age: Collision Course that we’re excited to share with you.
1. WHEN LIFE IMITATES ART
Ray Romano has voiced Manny since the origination of the films in 2002. Since then a lot of life has happened. Having kids of his own, he oftentimes finds his own life paralleling that of Manny’s.
It’s always fun to do and to see a new story and to see the family evolve because for me it’s fun because whatever is happening in the movie usually is happening in my family because my daughter had just moved out of the house about two years ago, and that’s what’s happening now to Manny and Ellie.” – Ray Romano
2. FINDING ANSWERS IN UNUSUAL PLACES
When John Leguizamo was cast as Sid’s voice in the first Ice Age he struggled to find the “right” voice, so he did his research which lead him to the voice we all know and love and love to imitate.
I looked up a Discovery Channel footage and I went to the zoo. And I found out that sloths stored food in their cheek pouches, and so I walked around with a sandwich. And I was like, ‘How am I going to come up with this voice? Oh, my God, this is the voice.’ I called the director, ‘Guess who this is?’ He is like, ‘Who is that?’ ‘This is Sid the sloth. I found myself.'” – John Leguizamo
3. ENJOY IT WITH THE KIDS
Max Greenfield, the voice of a new character Roger, appreciates how fun watching a film like Ice Age Collision Course can be with the family!
I have not seen it [Ice Age Collision Course] all the way through yet. I’m saving some of it because I want to see it with my daughter, and I want to do it… in the theater and with popcorn and some of her friends…” – Max Greenfield
4. FAKE IT ‘TIL YOU MAKE IT
The characters in Ice Age seem to have great chemistry, but they’re practically never in the sound booth together. In fact, sometimes they’re even on opposite coasts and never see each other until the film’s completion.
I get to see Queen [Latifah, voice of Ellie] every couple years because we never see each other when we record, believe it or not…I have never seen another actor in the recording studio in all five of them [Ice Age films].” – Ray Romano
5. COOL POINTS ON THE WAY
Many of the actors in the film have kids of their own who adore the series. However, sometimes their kids don’t believe them that it’s their parents’ voice they hear coming from their favorite characters!
My kids–they were like two…when the first the one that I did…was out. I took them to see that, and they didn’t believe it was me…They just didn’t understand, ‘No, you’re you. You’re not that character.’ But, now that they’re seven, and I think I’m going to become the cool mom after this, yes.” – Wanda Skyes
Don’t miss out on the continued fun and adventure of all your favorite Paleolithic characters. Ice Age: Collision Course is in theatres July 22nd!
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