For whatever reason, my nephew never got into the Ice Age animated films, so I’m unfamiliar with them. I was a bit surprised to find out that in the fifth installment – premiering this weekend in the United States – Neil deGrasse Tyson has a small part. As a fictional weasel.
OK, all of the weasels in the film are fictional, but Tyson’s weasel is doubly so, as he appears solely in the imagination of another character. Regardless, Neil deBuck Weasel appears in the mind of the weasel Buck (voiced by Simon Pegg, who coincidentally is in the Star Trek movie that premiered this weekend) to help Buck figure out a possible solution for the major crisis facing him and his friends.
Tyson apparently offered scientific advice while recording his part, and has complimented the movie on having some basis of scientific fact in some of its depictions of talking fauna. Take from that what you will, or just see the film for yourself.