*We were invited to a special screening hosted by 20th Century Fox & the American Museum of Natural History. All opinions are my own!*
Gabby and I recently attended a special screening of Ice Age: Collision Course hosted by 20th Century Fox & the American Museum of Natural History. My daughter actually ended up ditching me in the theatre and sat with her friend, well I sat alone (behind them) and enjoyed the movie very much all by myself! I think everyone in the theatre genuinely enjoyed the movie. It’s honestly my favorite in the Ice Age franchise so far!
“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.”
Check out some of the Q&A below:
Mr. Zachary Kaplan: Did you crack up when you found out what you, Neil deBuck Weasel, looked like?
Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: Yes, I was impressed that actual Neil deBuck Weasel… I’m way chubbier than Neil deBuck Weasel. He 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 good artists–any good artist will do this, 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.
Ms. Lambeth Hochwald: Can you share with the audience what is it like to be a scientist?
Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: Well, I think it’s like the funnest thing ever. You know why being a scientist is fun? I’ll tell you why. For some of the kids in the audience, how old are you, any seven-year-old’s here? Seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, over 13? Okay. A scientist is a kid who never grew up. When you’re kid everything is interesting to you. What is that? What happens if I do this? What happens if I roll it? Okay, well then, you know, let me roll it faster, even faster. That’s kind of cool. Does this unscrew? I don’t know. What happens if I put–kids do this, that’s what grownup kids do who are scientists.
Everything that we don’t know and understand is a target of our curiosity. We care about what we don’t know, just like kids. Kids ask way more questions than grownups do, and something happens between being a kid and being a grownup. We no longer ask questions. We are no longer curious. There’s an old saying for grownups. We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching to walk and talk, then the rest of their lives telling them to shut up and sit down.
Mr. Zachary Kaplan: Do you hope Neil deBuck Weasel comes back in another Ice Age?
Mr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: If the story needs it, then yes, it should come back, but I will not require of the writers that they must script me into it. I thought what role my character played was kind of fun, because it’s inside the head of Buck Weasel. I was inside his head, that meant that it’s an easier acting job, because I don’t have to interact with all the other zany characters. I don’t have to be joyous or sad or–you have to act that. I am just inside his head, trying to solve a problem.
Now that that’s committed that way, if whatever subsequent Ice Age movie, whatever next Ice Age movie it’s going to have to get inside his head, unless somehow I pop out of his head and show up on the ground, I don’t know. It’d be hard to script that one.
Gabby & Neil deGrasse Tyson
We then had a delicious catered lunch before heading to the American Museum of Natural History! It had been a while since Gabby and I had been there, so we were very excited to go! Plus, we were with all our blogger friends and their kids!
The American Museum of Natural History so much fun! We explored their latest exhibit Dinosaurs Among Us, watched Dark Universe and saw a whole bunch of different dinosaur fossils! Gabby and I can’t wait to go back and visit again soon!
What a fun day overall! Since we were right by Central Park, we ended the day with some running around at the playground, before parting ways with our friends. It was a long day, but so much fun!
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