Ice Age: Collision Course co-director Galen T. Chu reflects on Scrat, Blue Sky Studios and the record-breaking fifth film

14 years after the release of the original, the Ice Age series today embarks on an intergalactic, earth-shattering journey in what is the fifth feature film in the franchise – the first animated series to reach such a milestone. But it shouldn’t come as any surprise. In spite of lukewarm reviews, the last two instalments went on to make close to US$900 million worldwide a piece, buoyed by massive numbers outside the US. It’s no wonder they keep coming back for more.

One man who keeps coming back for more is the film’s co-director Galen T. Chu, who steps into the chair for the first time after working with Blue Sky Studios in the animation department since the first film. He was in Sydney recently for the film’s premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, and took time out to chat to The Iris about how they approached their fifth take on the characters, what we can expect from the film, the importance of Scrat and Sid, and exactly how he ended up in the Director’s chair after all these years…

Plus, we ask if there are already any plans for Ice Age 6! You can listen to our whole chat, a hear a few snippets from the film here:

Ice Age: Collision Course is released in Australian cinemas today.


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Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

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