‘Disney+ gets wild’
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild is a 2022 animated comedy film in which the fearless one-eyed weasel teams up with Crash and Eddie. Together they all head off on a new adventure into Buck’s home: The Dinosaur World.
Directed by John C. Donkin – making his feature directorial debut – (producer of Ice Age: Continental Drift; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Rio and sequel; Robots) and Marshall Fels Elliott (After Hours short). The screenplay was co-written by Ray DeLaurentis and William Schifrin. Produced by Denise L. Rottina.
The 20th Century Studios’ production features the voice talents of Simon Pegg (Slaughterhouse Rulez; The World’s End; Burke and Hare; Shaun of the Dead) and Vincent Tong (Marrying the Family; Sausage Party; They Wait), plus others to be announced.
“Running a scant 76 minutes minus end credits, the movie takes no time to explain Orson’s motivation in any kind of significant detail. Instead, we’re treated to a series of dull chase scenes and dumb, obvious jokes […]The script is so lazy that it almost feels like it was written by a computer that had analyzed the worst animated features of the past twenty years.” The Aisle Seat
“There are lessons for the kids about how the strong mustn’t dominate the weak, about independence and change, and new families that can be born of love not blood. But visually and storytelling-wise it’s not a cut above much of what kids can watch on TV these days. This is a franchise that looks like it’s slowly going the way of the dinos, while we drool.” Associated Press
” …it’s hard to imagine anyone outside of the single-digit age range having much fun with such an aimless adventure. Readers might reasonably ask whether it’s really such a big deal that Disney made a kid-friendly, streaming-only follow-up to a bunch of other kid movies. But it’s the extreme age-specificity and seeming low effort of Buck Wild that makes it more content than feature film.” AV Club
“While I can’t recommend The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, I also can’t ignore the kernels of promise that it holds. (One such joy is the absolutely lush score from Batu Sener’s debut as a solo feature film composer.) There’s still some warmth in reuniting with old friends and meeting new characters of mysterious origins.” Cinema Blend
“The film makes a larger point about the nature of authoritarianism and how devastating the fall can be. Unfortunately, like everything else in the movie, the message too is not explored in detail or with nuance. Power, in the end, is just transferred from one to another, and Crash and Eddie, who are otherwise so devoted to the cause of freedom, don’t seem to mind when others don’t have the same privilege.” 2/5, First Post
” …the script and storyline needed quite a bit of “tweaking” that it, sadly didn’t get. Halfway through the movie, one could practically recite the lines since you pretty much know what is coming next. Most of the jokes fall flat and become cringe-worthy after a while. If there is any saving grace, it is the new character, Zee (Justina Machado; The Purge: Anarchy), a sassy, female adventurer who goes toe to toe with Buck.” Flick Direct
“The story itself is juvenile and slapshot. The characters are flat and boring, the plot is predictable, and the messages are shallow and preachy. Overall, this film just feels like an excessively long episode of a cheap kid’s television show. Content-wise, it’s pretty harmless, but that doesn’t make it worth a watch, at least for anyone old enough to remember the previous installments in the franchise.” Parent Previews
“Despite a predictable narrative arc, the plot tries appealing ways to get through them. The late introduction of a new character Zee (voiced by Justina Machado), the zorilla, holds promise, especially with her wit but doesn’t get much room for development. The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild sadly doesn’t match up to the heart, depth, and finesse of the previous instalments but could be engaging enough for kids to sit through.” The Times of India
” …Donkin’s feature skews a lot younger, with kiddie-capturing pratfalls and the inclusion of dinosaurs. And, while there are sweet, heartening sentiments for adults watching, with underlying commentary centered on bigotry, co-existence and conflict compromise, it’s difficult to overcome its poor quality aesthetics and ill-conceived notions. This one should’ve remained on ice.” Variety
Disney will release The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild on Disney+ on January 28th 2022.
Voice cast and characters:
Utkarsh Ambudkar … Orson (voice)
Sean Kenin … Manny (voice) (as Sean Kenin Elias-Reyes)
Jake Green … Sid (voice)
Aaron Harris … Eddie (voice)
Dominique Jennings … Ellie (voice)
Justina Machado … Zee (or whatever her name is) (voice)
Simon Pegg … Buck (voice)
Skyler Stone … Diego (voice)
Vincent Tong … Crash (voice)
1 hour 22 minutes
Audio: Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1