The Ice Age franchise was on uncertain ground when Disney’s takeover of Fox saw the passing of Blue Sky Animation, but now The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild brings the prehistoric gang to Disney + for a new outing.
That Ice age franchise will make its debut under the Disney banner in January 2022 with The Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild coming to Disney + at the turn of the year. That Ice age films have previously been produced by Blue Sky Animation and were seen as their primary IP, having generated over $ 6 billion across five films, several shorts and merchandising, but with the studio folding after Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox, see it seems that Disney still believes there is life in the prehistoric series yet and has not wasted time putting together their first offering, which sees Simon Peggs return as one-eyed weasel Buck Wild.
While the Ice Age films have been successful since the original was released in 2002, recent contributions have continued to provide a reasonable return to the box office, but they have suffered from poor reviews and were generally a disappointment to the studio. With The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild branded as a Disney + exclusive, Disney clearly does not believe the film deserves a theatrical release, but they will be more than happy to have such a well-known brand on the Disney + platform.
There is currently only a brief synopsis available for the film, which reads: “The fearless one-eyed weasel Buck (Simon Pegg) joins forces with the mischievous possum brothers Crash & Eddie as they embark on a new adventure into Bucks home: The Dinosaur World. “A new trailer released for the film sees the return of some familiar faces from Ice age franchise, including the original characters Manny, Sid and Diego, who were once again voted by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary, respectively, along with Queen Latifah back to vote Ellie. The lead role is rounded off with Seann William Scott as Crash and Josh Peck as Eddie.
The idea of a Buck Wild spin-off was originally developed on Blue Sky as a TV series that once Disney stepped in, seemed like it was on its way to Disney + as an exclusive show. At Disney’s Investor Day stream in 2020, an update was given about the project, which confirmed that a new one Ice age spin off was in production and would come in the form of a new movie rather than the original idea of a TV series. A teaser trailer for the film was released as part of Disney + Day, and a release date is set for January 28, 2022.
The new film will be the first access to the franchise since the 2016s Collision course, which began to show signs of “jumping the shark” when it decided to include all sorts of outer space jokes for the prehistoric gang, where Scrat’s endless acorn hunt resulted in him blasting out into outer space in a UFO, triggering a series of intergalactic events that threaten to destroy the Earth. To save the planet, the group of friends must reunite with Buck and find a way to save the planet. From the trailer and synopsis, it looks like things are getting a little more grounded and certainly seem to contain lots of the humor that has become the series’ signature.
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