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Ice Age: The Meltdown
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by Doug Bentin

"Is it getting warm in here?"
4 stars

I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” because I did. I smiled at most of the jokes, but once again I regretted Ray Romano’s lack of vocal variety (Romano is Manny, the mammoth), and the fact that Denis Leary, as Diego the saber-tooth, wasn’t given much to do. I mean, if you don’t want a smirking, sardonic performance in a major role, don’t cast a comic who is known for being smirking and sarcastic to play it.

John Leguizamo, who seems to select his movies carefully so he can always be the best thing in them, saves the day as Sid, the annoyingly naïve sloth.

This trio sill constitute a three-person “herd,” one based on friendship rather than species. This time out, a vulture (Will Arnett) tells them, and the other fanciful pre-historic creatures of the valley, that the ice dam that has held back the water for thousands of years has been melting and will break apart in three days, drowning anyone who hasn’t crossed the valley and crawled into what he calls a “boat.”

Of course, the dead will provide a grand meal for him and his pals, so he hopes most of them won’t make it in time. One of the movie’s funniest moments comes when the vultures break into a chorus of “Food, Glorious Food” and director Carlos Salhanha parodies classic musical numbers.

On the way, Manny meets Ellie (Queen Latifah), a lady mammoth who thinks she’s a possum because she was raised by them. Her possum “brothers,” Crash and Eddie (Seann William Scott and Josh Peck), are about as much fun as a pair of cherry bombs down the toilet, and in the same way.

Along the way, several of the characters have life choices to make—selfishness or generosity, safety or adventure, self-preservation or courage—and, of course, they always make the culturally acceptable choice. Movies like this always teach that being accepted by the majority is preferable to traveling the road alone, but the plots stack the deck by presenting the dilemmas in pure black or white.

You’ll forgive me for giving away the ending when I tell you that Manny and Ellie end up together. I overheard some kids leaving the theater discussing the possibility of an “Ice Age 3” in a year or two. My guess is that it’s inevitable, and it’ll be the one that really melts my glacier because Manny and Ellie will have a child and this franchise will go the way of Disney animation, all cutesy and baby-talk. I like the fact that the characters in the first two Ice Ages have all been adults.

Oh, and Scrat, the saber-tooth squirrel is back, doing his best Wile E. Coyote imitation in his Sisyphean struggle with the world’s most elusive acorn. Scrat is essentially soundless, emitting only grunts, gasps, and growls in his pursuit in what appears to be the only acorn BCE. Chuck Jones would have been proud to be Scrat’s papa, which, in a way, he was.

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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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