Ice Age: The Meltdown

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Ice Age: The Meltdown is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Blue Sky Studios and released by 20th Century Fox. As the first sequel to the 2002 film Ice Age, it focuses on The Herd escaping an upcoming flood, during which Manny finds love. It was directed by Carlos Saldanha, co-director of the first film, with the music composed by John Powell. The original voice cast — Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Chris Wedge — is joined by Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott and Josh Peck.

Summary

Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the ice age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the woolly mammoths.

Why It Rocks

  1. Animation that’s a big stand-up for the first film.
  2. Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat are still the interesting characters they were in the first film.
  3. Well-done voice acting.
  4. It properly introduces us to new likable characters like Fast Tony (Jay Leno) and Ellie (Queen Latifah).
  5. Crash and Eddie are hilarious comic-reliefs.
  6. Nice soundtrack.
  7. Unlike the other sequels, Ice Age: The Meltdown is actually pretty enjoyable and the humor it delivers actually fits in the Prehistoric-era.
  8. Ellie’s backstory/flashback is really emotional and touching at the same time.
  9. Sid’s wish of wanting “global warming” from the first film pretty much foreshadows this film.
  10. Memorable scenes, such as how the vultures sing “Food Glorious Food” and when a group of sloths treated Sid as their king.
  11. Funny moments and running gags, such as how Ellie thinks she is a possum.
  12. Nicely done character and story development.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some toilet humor.
  2. Adult language in a kids film, such as the word "Wildass" is used in one scene.
  3. Some plot holes here and there, like in the first movie it ends with Scrat frozen in ice but in this movie he is seen fully unfrozen and back in the same location.
  4. Some of the jokes can be unpleasant.
  5. A continuity error showing Diego is afraid of water, yet he’s shown chasing Roshan's mother in the water in the first film.

Trivia

  • Family Guy promoted the film as a cutaway gag in "Sibling Rivalry