Ice Age 4: Continental Drift has a strong Indian connect. After creating waves online with a funky Sid rap video, which featured children dancing in front of the Gateway of India, the Hollywood franchise is now hoping to bring more cheer to the sub-continent through two actors of Indian origin.
Kunal Nayyar and Aziz Ansari have done the voice-overs for two important animated characters in the film. The latest installment takes Manny, Diego and Sid to new islands and the high seas aboard a rogue pirate ship.
The Big Bang Theory’s popular character, Raj, is the voice for a pirate beaver called Gupta, who is a prehistoric badger whose back is patterned with the skull and crossbones of the pirate flag, the Jolly Roger.
Popular stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari is the voice of fellow pirate, a prehistoric rabbit named Squint, who is the smallest member of the crew and believes he is Napoleon.
“Nothing ticks this pirate off more than surrendering. I was good at it because I have an innate ability to over-act, so the stuff came naturally to me,” says Kunal, talking about his recording experience.
Aziz, who recorded for Squint, says, “He’s always ready for a fight, but unfortunately, thanks to his size, never gets to chop up anybody.”
Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, with voiceovers by Hollywood stars like Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah, Ice Age 4 is gearing up for a big Indian release on July 27.
“We will open in around 270 3D screens and it will be dubbed in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi,” says Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios. “India is currently around nine per cent of the overall market so we decided to incorporate these Indian elements. Besides the actors, Ice Age 4 also had several Indian animators on board.”