We spent an exciting day in Los Angeles for the Ice Age Collision Course cast interviews. The early press day began with a family friendly trip to the La Brea Tar Pits followed by cast interviews where we learned more about how Sid found his voice, who Wanda Sykes compares Granny to, and what Queen Latifah's favorite scene in the movie is. (It's a really touching tribute.)
Plus, in celebration of Ice Age: Collision Course opening in theaters this Friday, July 22nd, we're sharing a collection of fun, free printables like the one below from the official Ice Age Movies site.
Ice Age Collision Course Early Press Day
We kicked off the early press day for Ice Age: Collision Course at the La Brea Tar Pit in Los Angeles, where we learned all about the tar pits and fossils that lie within them, including how the fossil got there, which is actually a pretty sad story.
Plus, we even found a life-size Manny and Diego for a fun family photo op! Our littles were a little skittish of the animatronics Sabre Tooth Tiger, but our big kids couldn't wait to jump at the chance for their photo.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to the Ice Age: Collision Course cast interviews featuring Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes, John Leguizamo, Max Greenfield, and Josh Peck to learn more about the film.
The highlight of the interview for me, besides learning all about our favorite prehistoric pack, was chatting and laughing with Ray Romano about having twins. He's a parent of twins as well, but stopped there. (He did have a single child first, for a total of three kids.) He thinks we're CRAZY for having two more children after our twins, but of course, we wouldn't have it any other way.
Ice Age Collision Course Cast Interviews
Q: What was it like coming back to reading for characters for a fifth film?
Ray Romano: It’s fun. It’s every couple of years. I get to see Queen every couple of years because we never see each other when we record, believe it or not. I don’t know if you guys know that, but I have never seen another actor in the recording studio in all five of them. Somebody is on the East Coast, West Coast, whatever.
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. My daughter had just moved out of the house about two years ago, and that’s what’s happening now to Manny and Ellie.
Q: John, tell us what your trick to the voice of Sid is.
John Lequizamo: I gave them a lot of different voices for Sid the sloth because sloths are slow. I thought it was going to be like a Southern– I started talking a little bit like Bill Clinton. They didn’t like it, so I tried a Southeastern– maybe something will a little more flavor, and they didn’t like that either.
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. 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.” That’s how we came up with that voice.
Q: Wanda, you are so vivacious, and you’re so energetic. Tell me about Grandma. I mean, you have played Grandma forever, so how do you feel? How do you relate to her?
Wanda Sykes: Granny is, she’s Groucho. She’s Groucho Marx, basically. She just comes in the room, tells jokes and rips on everyone, and then she’s out. That’s it. That’s a joy to play. Who wouldn’t want to be able just to speak their mind and not care, with no repercussions at all? It’s a joy.
Q: When Granny transformed into the younger version of herself, is that how you pictured her?
Wanda Sykes: I’m glad they went with the ‘70s fro. I thought it was going to be like some Beyoncé hair, the blowing in the hair and all. I thought I was going with the fan and all that, but, no. I was very happy because it shows like more of the strength. I liked that.
Q: For Max and Josh, when you see yourself animated for the first time, and your character, is there something that you automatically recognize of your personality or your walk or your talk that they put in the movie?
Max Greenfield: We discussed this a little bit over there. You hear your voice, and you start to remember everything that you did in the booth. But, I think what happens is, and you spoke to this a little bit– the animators will hear your performance and see your performance, and any little nuances or little things that you’re putting on it, they will try to put in. When you watch it, you certainly see things that you go, “Oh, yes, all right. Yes, that’s what we were doing.” Or it’s usually a little bit better because then it’s like how you would walk but how you would walk as an animation.
Josh Peck: When they approached me to be in the movie, and they said, “We want you to play an animal.” I’m thinking about handsome animals, “What–are we thinking a cheetah, like a dragon?” They’re all, “You’re a possum.” I’m like, “Oh, a rodent, got it.” You definitely see elements of your face in there for sure.
Q: What is your favorite scene from the movie?
Queen Latifah: I tend to like the quieter scenes between Manny and Ellie, when everything is going crazy and they are stressed out with Peaches leaving, and then they find a little moment to sort of snuggle up. You moms can relate.
After you have worked a day, put the kids to bed, the house is asleep, and you all can just have a moment to just be human again and just lock in with each other. I like those moments in this film as well as these films. I mean, I always love the Scrat stuff, and city is crazy, and Granny cracks me up, but because it’s so much happening I like when it settles down more so.
Ray Romano: Yes. 90 percent of it is big and yelling and moving. I like when it gets quiet, especially the emotional stuff between me and the daughter. Where you can really talk like a person to a person. Most of the other time the director is telling me, “No, Ray, you’re falling off a cliff.” I say, “But, I did it.” He says, “No, but you’re far away, so you got to scream.” And there’s a lot of that going on. The softer moments are the better ones for me.
Q: Ray was saying these films are so compelling for a family. Now we’re at number five, but yet, audiences still want to see these films. What do you as a cast think is the draw?
Max Greenfield: I think they balance really well the comedy and the drama. I think that’s a really hard thing to do, too. Sometimes you hit the comedy too hard and the drama feels like its unearned, and sometimes you hit the drama too hard and the comedy is kind of at a place. I think they thread the needle really well. I think the family element and, Josh has been in so many of these and he was talking about this earlier, how they have added these characters in each movie, so the series evolves, but you’re still with your main crew. At the end of that, I think they are just great movies. They are done really well.
Lori Forte, who has produced all of them, was in the other room with us. When she talks about these movies she knows every detail of every character and every inch of every land. It’s almost unbelievable, and you find that the best people to work with are the people who are that invested. They have been invested from day one and continue to be invested in five movies and however many TV series later. They genuinely really care about all this stuff on a level that’s so inspiring and great to see. I think that’s what makes the movies really great because it’s like talented people who really care and know what they’re doing.
Q: What are some of the important messages that you hope people will take away from this film?
Wanda Sykes: You got this.
John Lequizamo: What I’ve always loved about the series, especially being a Latin man and person of color, was the different species coming together and accepting each other and working together. We saved a planet. I love that message always and I always found it very strong, and it was something I loved my children to hear and see. It’s not blood, it’s loyalty and acceptance.
About Ice Age: Collision Course
Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.
Portions of this material have been provided courtesy of 20th Century Fox.