Ice Age: the Meltdown

  • U
  • Carlos Saldanha (2006)
  • US
  • 87 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The heroes of 2002's Ice Age return in this sprightly CGI family comedy. A rare sequel that's actually better than its predecessor, this is colourful, inventive and laugh-out-loud funny. The race-against-time plotline sees global warming melting the glaciers, leaving valley-dwelling animals - among them Sid the sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo), Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary) - facing extinction as the floodwaters rise. Cue a fast-paced and frequently exciting exodus to higher ground, during which the mismatched trio swap witty banter and encounter new friends, including a female mammoth (a sassy Queen Latifah) and her two possum "brothers". Visually, the tale excels, with the diverse natural environments allowing original co-director Carlos Saldanha to show off his technical prowess. But as in the first film, it's acorn-hunting squirrel/rat Scrat who's the biggest treat - a fact acknowledged with greater screen time and an intensified slapstick vigour that's frankly hilarious.

Plot Summary

Sequel to the 2002 animated comedy, featuring the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary. With global warming having melted the Ice Age glaciers, the valley-living critters - among them Sid the sloth, Manny the mammoth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger - face extinction from flooding. Their only chance of escape is a race to make it to higher ground.

Cast and crew

Cast

Manny
Ray Romano
Sid
John Leguizamo
Diego
Denis Leary
Ellie
Queen Latifah
Crash
Seann William Scott
Eddie
Josh Peck
Fast Tony
Jay Leno
Lone gunslinger vulture
Will Arnett
Scrat
Chris Wedge

Crew

Director
Carlos Saldanha

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 Apr 2006
Certificate U
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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