|An 'Ice Age' history
By Frank Paiva
The awkward conversation is coming. Your son or daughter will ask why he or she can't see real-life counterparts to "Ice Age" characters at the zoo: characters like Manny the kindhearted woolly mammoth, Sid the well-meaning ground sloth, or Diego the tough-acting saber-toothed tiger. Then you'll have to explain that Manny, Sid, Diego and all their friends are extinct; that they died millions of years ago and there's no way to bring them back.
But that heartbreaking conversation won't happen today, because today there's a new "Ice Age" movie to sate the prehistoric urge. The "Ice Age" franchise is now officially a decade old, and four films in, it's stronger than ever.
The latest release is "Ice Age: Continental Drift." This installment finds the gang sailing the high seas after the titular drift separates them from their families. Yes, there are pirates. Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary return as the voices of the lovable trio. Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari, Nicki Minaj and Drake join them as other soon-to-be-extinct animals.
To celebrate the film's release, here's a look at the past, present and future of the "Ice Age" bunch. Just be careful where you walk. Stepping on cracks in the ground may cause a seismic shift.
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