Despite an all-star voice cast, Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth instalment of the franchise, fails to get off the ground.

It's a frantically-paced but wholly unfunny caper which falls down at the first hurdle of any animated movie worth its salt – providing a few laugh-out-loud moments.

The much-loved sabre-toothed squirrel Scrat it up to his usual tricks - desperately trying to keep his prized acorn in his clasp - to increasingly catastrophic results.

One such repercussion is inadvertently causing a blazing meteorite to hurtle towards Earth, where a heard of animals led by mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), saber-tooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) and slovenly ground sloth Sid (John Leguinzamo) are peacefully going about their business and dealing with their own issues.

Manny and his wife Ellie (Queen Latifah) are wrestling with letting their daughter Peaches (Keke Palmer) go, as she plans to go exploring with her adorably over-enthusiastic beau Julian (Adam Devine) after they tie the knot.

Diego and his wife Shira (Jennifer Lopez) want to have kids but are troubled by the fact that young children are terrified by them, while Sid is trying to find himself a life partner.

Their old friend Buck (Simon Pegg), the high-octane weasel, returns to try and alter the course of the meteorite and save the day, but he's being chased by bad-guy flying dinosaurs Gavin (Nick Offerman) and his son Roger (Max Greenfield).

If you think it sounds like a bit of a confusing ride, then you’d be right. The over-wrought plot and lack of genuinely funny one liners let down this limp addition to the hugely popular franchise.

To its credit, the film at least looks very nice and the 3D is well realised, but its hard to become truly invested in this badly thought through follow-up.

By Sarah McIntyre