With a clever wink at Gravity, the new trailer for this summer’s Ice Age: Collision Course sets the stage for the end of an era, with those pesky asteroids we all knew were coming finally dropping by. This look at the fifth pic in the pre-human franchise opens with Scrat the (mostly) silent sabre-toothed squirrel chasing an acorn — gasp! — having a close encounter of the third kind and inadvertently kicking off the great melt. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego and the gang set out for new lands — and new characters, like the Shangi Llama, voiced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Is it just me, or does the Llama sound like an affectionate nod to Robin Williams? You can decide by watching the trailer above.
The past two installments of the franchise — 2012’s Ice Age: Continental Drift and 2009’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs — each grossed north of $875 million worldwide, though neither topped $200 million domestically.
From Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, Collision Course hits theaters July 26, with returning cast members Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes and Jennifer Lopez joined by newcomers Ferguson, Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yes, that Neil deGrasse Tyson (couldn’t have a science lesson without him, could they?) The animated comedy is directed by Mike Thurmeier, with Lori Forte producing.