Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006) – 6/10 animated prehistoric adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Producer: Lori Forte
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Gaulke
Writer (Screenplay): Gerry Swallow
Writer (Screenplay): Jim Hecht
Writer (Story): Peter Gaulke
Writer (Story): Gerry Swallow
Ray Romano: Manny
John Leguizamo: Sid
Denis Leary: Diego
Seann William Scott: Crash
Josh Peck: Eddie
Queen Latifah: Ellie
Carlos Saldanha: Dodo
Lead Animator: Aaron Hartline
Lead Animator: David Torres

Ice Age: Meltdown, The (2006)

Our odd pack – Diego the sabre-tooth tiger, Sid the sloth and Manny the mammoth – have three days to get to the other end of the valley and the safety of a boat before the end of the world. Along the way they meet a trio of possums, one of whom looks suspiciously like a mammoth.


It’s not boring, there are some fun lines and nicely animated gags. Director Carlos Saldanha clearly has a talent in staging and delivering a gag. The sequences with Scrat are very well done and new characters Crash and Eddie (a pair of possums) are fun and, again, well animated. On a deeper level, though, the story is depressingly ordinary (two people fall in love despite being fakely antagonistic) and most of the dialogue is off-the-shelf weak. To be fair, it doesn’t dent the agreeable entertainment value and this is a quality child-friendly film.

This movie contains mild bad language and peril.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.


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