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YMMV / Ice Age 5: Collision Course

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  • Arc Fatigue: After the herd learns of the asteroid, they spend the second act simply marching from one set piece to another, and don't even reach Geotopia until the last 20 minutes of the film.
  • Ass Pull: The premise is that a herd of prehistoric mammals will save the Earth from an extinction-level-event, and it keeps going downhill from there.
  • Awesome Music: Buck singing a version of "Figaro's Aria" from The Barber of Seville.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: The Denser and Wackier approach to the series has seemingly reached its peak with the Shangri-Llama, a supposedly mystical shaman who will save the Earth from the asteroid. Is he a funny addition to the series or a stupid character already?
  • Broken Base: Any movie series will have one by the time it reaches its fifth installment, so it's expected for there to be some divisiveness.
    • Has the Denser and Wackier approach gone too far?
    • Whether ending the series here is a good idea or not; while some die-hard fans may want the series to continue, especially due to this film's less-than-stellar quality being considered a disappointing end to the series, others wish that the 14-year-old franchise with increasingly negative reception be put out to pasture.
  • Critic-Proof: At long last, the film breaks the franchise's established streak by averting this trope. Not only was it heavily panned by critics, but audiences were also less-than-impressed, causing the film to take in significantly lower profits than its predecessors and likely killing any chance of another sequel.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Despite Scrat's scenes still being regarded as the highlight of the film, many are losing interest fast since it seems Scrat's purpose is only to cause catastrophe and constantly fail to get his acorn.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: The Scratazons from the "Spaced Out" mini-movie have become rather popular because... well, just guess.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans prefer to pretend this film doesn't exist, perhaps even more so than the other sequels. The above and below mentioned issues certainly play a part in it.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The movie flat-out bombed in its native USA, but it grossed double its budget worldwide, making it a financial success.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the fourth film, Shira split the fandom due to many fans seeing her story as an inferior rehash of Diego's Character Development in the original film. The writers seemed to have unintentionally followed this path, as Shira is Demoted to Extra in this film, which upset many fans when this happened to Diego in the other sequels.
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  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: One of the chief complaints against the movie is that it's unoriginal and not creative at all, and several critics contended that it felt more like a Direct-to-Video film. Manny's domestic issues in particular are criticized for feeling like standard sitcom drama.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Buck returning is one of the main reasons fans went to see the film.
    • Also, Neil De Grasse Tyson. Some people just couldn't resist the chance to see him in a film like this one.
    • Nick Offerman as the feathered raptor Gavin attracted some viewers.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • For fans against the film, "let the asteroid hit" is a common response to the trailers.
    • "IT'S TIME TO STOP!!!"
  • Narm:
    • The Shangri-Llama is just... out there, even for this series.
    • Neil DeBuck Weasel wearing clothes, fully marking the transition of the series into one where the animals wear them. Though Neil is just a figment of Buck's imagination, meaning no actual animal wears clothes, it's still utterly ridiculous.
    • Even in a series as Anachronism Stew-laden as this one, the idea that the Solar System was created during the Ice Age is more than a little ridiculous, and the opening narration even admits as much. This genre mashing just comes across as a transparently desperate attempt to stay fresh instead of keeping with the timeless feel of the first film.
    • The animals are far more anthropomorphic in terms of movement in this movie than any other. For example, Julian hugs Manny by getting on his hind legs and wrapping his forearms around him like a human, when in past movies, the mammoths would just lock trunks and get close to another. The Shangri-Llama is able to contort his body around like a piece of taffy. At the end of the film, Shira sits down and waves her arms around like a human. Diego and Julian do a secret handshake. Peaches and Julian have a completely human-like wedding. Many viewers wonder why they don't just make the characters walk on two legs and wear clothes from now on.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When Scrat's body is dropping from -57 gravity. His skin drops out of his skeleton.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Widely considered to be one of the film's few improvements over its predecessors is that Peaches is much more tolerable and mature in this movie than in Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. If anything, she's more mature than either of her parents.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many critical reviews expressed a desire for the asteroid to actually hit to ensure no further movies will be made.
  • Sequelitis: Collision Course is nowhere near the quality of any of the previous films, according to the critics. The idea of it being an unnecessary sequel is a prevailing theme in many reviews. The film holds the lowest critical score on Rotten Tomatoes (16%), not just for the series, but for Blue Sky Studios as a whole. It was also far less successful at the box office than its predecessors (though still managed to be profitable). An interview indicates they have plans for a sixth film, but said interview also took place before the movie tanked.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Some fans feel that while this movie was a disappointment compared to the previous films, it isn't as bad as how others made it out to be.
  • Squick:
    • Sid and Brooke becoming a couple becomes this when you realize John Leguizamo is old enough to be Jessie J's father.
    • Eddie very nearly licking a turd.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Shira went from being a major supporting character in the fourth film to an extremely minor character here. She has a minor subplot in which she and Diego are discussing having children and wanting to gain acceptance from the other members of the herd, and a brief scene at climax where she and Diego are Manny's right-hand-men, but she's barely in the movie. Several people questioned why they even bothered hiring Jennifer Lopez to reprise her role that had barely any lines this time around.
    • Fans were disappointed that Louis, who was also a major supporting character in the fourth film, only got a mere, silent cameo here. To be fair though, they probably couldn't get Josh Gad back to reprise his role.
    • Buck's return to the film was widely well-received by fans of the franchise. Despite the character being brought back solely to please fans, these fans were frustrated when Buck made his grand return and didn't really do anything spectacular or important.
    • Some feel that since this film was hyped up to implicitly be the Grand Finale, they should've brought back characters from previous films like Roshan, Carl and Frank, and the remaining pack of sabers from the first movie, Fast Tony and Cholly from the second, Scratte, the T. rex family and Rudy from the third, or the surviving pirates from the fourth for a major case of Back for the Finale. Even more disappointing is the fact that this may never happen at all, due to this film's negative reception and low box office draws icing any chance of a sixth film.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This film came right after The Peanuts Movie, Blue Sky's most acclaimed movie to date, although it's not like there were very high hopes for this movie, anyway.
  • Ugly Cute: Roger can be seen as this.
  • Win the Crowd: The return of Buck was very well-received by fans.


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