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Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview for Ice Age 5: Collision Course

By July 28, 2016 ,

When we received the invite to attend an event hosted by 20th Century Fox & the American Museum of Natural History, of course we said yes. In one event we got a chance to mix dinosaurs and science!

Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview for Ice Age 5: Collision Course

Note: I was invited as media to the movie screening and AMNH partnered exhibits. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

Our day started with a screening for Ice Age: Collision Course, which is in theaters now. Being the 5th Ice Age movie, I wasn't sure if the movie would live up to our enjoyment of the last 4 movies. But it did and in a new and fresh way.

Ice Age 5: Collision Course

While the story-line of the Ice Age team trying to survive another disaster (again) has been done, they still make it thrilling (a meteor crashing into earth!). And funny (it all Scrat’s fault!). And educational (STEM lesson!)

Ice Age 5: Collision Course

Overall the movie will be enjoyed by both new and current Ice Age fans. So I suggest getting your tickets to see Ice Age: Collision Course in 3D.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview for Ice Age 5: Collision Course

After screening Ice Age: Collision Course, I had the chance to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson, well known American astrophysicist, who voiced Neil deBuck Weasel. Without giving to much away, I can say that deBuck offers some sciency feedback during one of Buck's conversations in his head.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview for Ice Age 5: Collision Course

During the meet and greet, Neil answered various questions including a very off topic from my son. Neil was still nice enough to answer it. LOL

Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview for Ice Age 5: Collision Course

But still, I HAD to ask Neil "Is it possible that magnetized rocks can be launched into space to avoid a meteor hurling to earth disaster?!" Cause come on, I need to know!

Neil's answer?

In short, yes it is possible that magnetized rocks launched into space can save us from meteor hurling to earth. But it would have to be very specific since magnet can either attract or repel. As for how we'd get that magnetized rock into space....

Well that part still needs to be figured out. LOL

Neil deGrasse Tyson as Buck in Ice Age 5: Collision Course

Besides talking about space rocks, Neil also shared about his character.

I was impressed that actual Neil deBuck Weasel...I’m way chubbier than Neil deBuck Weasel....is a skinny weasel. I like when you have creative illustrators. They look to see what you’re like, and they get the essence of you, and they put it in the character.

This is what any good artist will do. It’s one thing to just draw what you look like, it’s another thing to have your manner, how you behave, how you move your arms and so. I think they looked at some of videos I’ve been in.

So, when they animate the character, the character has some of my body gestures that I know that I have, So, it’s not just making him sort of look like me. It’s making him move and behave like me as well.

Neil was very nice and generous with his time. He was willing to share his knowledge with anyone as shown in this video clip

Ice Age: Collision Course | Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cold Hard Facts

While we could have stayed and chatted with Neil deGrasse Tyson for the rest of the afternoon, we had to head over to the American Museum of Natural History for a special tour!

Ice Age 5: Collision Course and American Museum of Natural History

We started at the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit. Of course my son and the kids love it here. If you read my post "Dinosaurs Among Us: Educational and Interactive Fun" then you know it's a great exhibit for families to check out.

After we hatched the kids. LOL. We went over to the Hayden Planetarium to see "Dark Universe", which was mind blowing. We learned about the expanding universe, how scientist are using telescopes and space probes to map the universe and what is Dark matter.

DARK UNIVERSE celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration. The Space Show is narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Being at the museum was a great way to tie in all we learned while watching Ice Age: Collision Course. What an amazing day!

Ice Age: Collision Course Movie Poster


Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

Stars 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.

Joining the herd are Stephanie Beatriz, Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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  1. How cool is this! I'm a big science nerd and movie fan so this looks like fun to me! I've never seen the Ice Age movies, but the kids have - I'll have to check this one out :)

  2. Great post. The movie looks like it is going to be a fun one!

  3. Wow! What an honor. Neil is amazing. This definitely looks like a movie that our family can enjoy! Looks like you and your kids had a great time.

  4. Now that looked like a fun event for everyone! I bet your kids had a blast.

  5. What an awesome event. I can't wait to take my nephews to see the movie.

  6. This is great! I'm so excited you were able to do this interview!

  7. This sounds cool, I remember watching the very first Ice Age when it came out. Over the years my children have remained a fan.

  8. Looks like some great quality family time. Glad that you guys enjoyed yourselves.

  9. Sounds like a great time for the whole family. The Ice Age movies are so cute and funny.

  10. I love the museum of natural history. I never get tired of it. Hayden Planetarium was always my fave to visit as a kid. Also, ice age movies are always the best IMO

  11. The museum of natural history was an is my favorite museum in DC. We used to go there all the time when i was in school. We can't wait to see Ice Age!