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9 reviews, 22 user ratings

Ice Age: The Meltdown
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by EricDSnider

"Fun and forgettable -- but that Scrat is a superstar."
4 stars

The inevitable "Ice Age" sequel, subtitled "The Meltdown," is as well-meaning and likable as its predecessor. Neither film is a classic, nor do they exactly brim with originality, but they serve up some laughs and do so without anyone getting hurt.

In fact, the light tone these films achieve is rather remarkable, given the heady subjects they deal with. "Ice Age: The Meltdown" has the mammals from the first film -- Manny the mammoth (voice of Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the saber-tooth tiger (Denis Leary) -- adapting just fine to the frozen-over world, only to discover that the ice is now melting. Everyone needs to leave the valley or risk drowning.

(This must be the shortest Ice Age in Earth's history. Are they sure it wasn't just, you know, winter?)

With a fast-talking armadillo-ish thing called Fast Tony (Jay Leno) sounding the alarm, all the animals begin the trek to dry ground. Manny and his companions are thrilled to meet another mammoth in their travels (Manny feared he was the last one), a sweet thing named Ellie (Queen Latifah); trouble is, Ellie thinks she's a possum, having been raised by a family of them. She's great at playing dead, and you should see her hang upside-down from a branch when she sleeps.

Ellie and her possum brothers, two high-energy little scamps named Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck), join Manny, Sid and Diego, and Manny tries to convince her of her true lineage. Sid, meanwhile, tries to cure the fearsome Diego of his one great fear: water.

The film's dialogue, by "Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" writer Jon Vitti, induces smiles but seldom laughter, and is often disappointingly weak. When Sid is contemplating going down an insane ice slide in order to earn the other animals' respect, Manny says, "You jump off that thing, the only respect you'll get is respect for the dead." Diego says, "Come on, Manny, he's not that stupid." Then Sid jumps, and Diego says, "Of course, I've been wrong before."

I'm sorry: Am I watching "Good Times"? Did someone carrying the "Ice Age" script bump into someone carrying a "Silver Spoons" script, and somehow the pages got mixed up? What is this crap?

But the so-so dialogue is balanced by the film's often hilarious physical humor, notably in the sequences featuring Scrat, the little squirrel-like fellow in search of an acorn. Some of what happens to him is as ingeniously executed as the classic Warner Bros. cartoons were. There are some very funny slapstick bits involving the other characters, too, suggesting it's the film's brawn, not its brains, that makes it a survivor.

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User Comments

4/14/13 Homo habilis I'd rather be mauled by a smilodon than watch this again 2 stars
9/29/12 roscoe A DROP OFF. tHE 3 new traveling partners are bad, and Diego/Sid roles were reduced. 3 stars
1/21/09 FlipperBoidSkua I wuv the movie, especially Cretaceous (the purple sea monster dude) and the vultures! 5 stars
1/13/09 Anonymous. almost as good as the first one. :D 4 stars
8/19/08 Shaun Wallner This movie is so funny! 5 stars
10/19/07 mb Not Life Changing 3 stars
8/19/07 Hollie mmm, better than i thought but quite gay. 3 stars
7/14/07 Vincent Ebriega Actually more energetic than the original, but not quite as funny. 4/5. 4 stars
12/30/06 Austin Wertman HILARIOUS 4 stars
12/20/06 Mary Too Funny, way entertaining, love the sub characters 5 stars
6/14/06 keri sanderfer it's more than a movie, it has a special message in it 5 stars
5/21/06 Darshana The best I have ever seen, simply the best 5 stars
5/15/06 chris f a good film 4 stars
4/28/06 Quigley visually stunning and great animation. not as good as #1, but scrat was hilarious as usual 4 stars
4/23/06 Mase Quick segual cash in, for children with no attention span and adults with low expectations. 2 stars
4/22/06 Pat Frederick I really liked the first one, but I wish there had been more scenes with Scrat. 4 stars
4/11/06 Justin This movie was ADORABLE. The animation was great and the storyline was cute. 5 stars
4/11/06 Anthony Better than the first one! 5 stars
4/06/06 Troy M. Grzych "Ice Age: The Meltdown" is simply better than the first film. 5 stars
4/05/06 Rune Andersen its better then the first one . more of everything 5 stars
4/04/06 BUMP Bump! 4 stars
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  31-Mar-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 21-Nov-2006



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Directed by
  Carlos Saldanha

Written by
  Jon Vitti

  Ray Romano
  Denis Leary
  John Leguizamo
  Queen Latifah
  Seann William Scott
  Will Arnett

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