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Scrat pays tribute to The Artist

New promo of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift pays a black-and-white homage to the silent movies era

hollywood Updated: Feb 24, 2012 12:55 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Fox Star Studios have come up with a cute trailer of the eagerly-awaited animated fantasy adventure, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, that opens in theatres on July 13. A video that is a take-off on Michel Hazanavicius’s French rom-com, The Artist, that with 10 Oscar nominations and is a strong contender for the Best Picture, will be out this week.

“It was decided as an innovative way of introducing fans to a new trailer of one of the biggest animation franchises as well as a way to pay homage to the silent era of movies in the context of the Oscars coming up on Sunday,” says a spokesperson from the studio. “We’re expecting a great response.”

Titled The Scratist, the trailer begins with a clipping from the previous series of Scrat, a saber-toothed squirrel, chasing an acorn. It ends with him falling on ice, causing it to crack and cause the continental drift.

The upcoming computer-animated action comedy is the second film in the Ice Age series to use Digital 3D and the first one to be shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier, it starts with Manny, Diego and Sid getting separated from the herd, and using an iceberg as a makeshift ship to go on a quest. On the way they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a new world and battle pirates, before Scrat is reunited with his cursed nut and reportedly, also his long-lost family.

Jeremy Renner is the ‘voice’ for Captain Gutt, Jennifer Lopez for Shira and Wanda Sykes for Sid’s grandmother. Keke Palmer (Peaches), Aziz Ansari (Squint), Ray Romano (Manny) and Queen Latifah and (Ellie) will also be seen in Part 4.

“Ice Age 3 showed the rise of the dinosaurs. The fourth installment will be a take on the next major change on our planet, continents drifting apart,” says a source. The video can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Um7JiL0uu4I