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.

6/10

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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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) – 7/10 animated prehistoric adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Co-Director: Michael Thurmeier
Producer: Lori Forte
Producer: John C. Donkin
Executive Producer: Chris Wedge
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Berg
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Ackerman
Writer (Screenplay): Mike Reiss
Writer (Screenplay): Yoni Brenner
Writer (Story): Jason Carter Eaton
Ray Romano: Manny
John Leguizamo: Sid
Denis Leary: Diego
Simon Pegg: Buck
Seann William Scott: Crash
Josh Peck: Eddie
Queen Latifah: Ellie
Carlos Saldanha: Dinosaur Babies / Flightless Bird
Chris Wedge: Scrat

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

After falling through a hole in the ice, Sid discovers three large abandoned eggs and decides to adopt them. No-one recognises the creatures when they hatch but they’re large and like swallowing playmates whole. Then Sid discovers that the eggs weren’t as abandoned as they thought and Manny, Diego, Crash, Eddie and a pregnant Ellie go on an adventure to rescue him.

7/10

Another good outing for the Ice Age franchise with some good animated gags, plenty of pace, excitement and fun with more outstanding Scrat sequences to remind us of the Chuck Jones heyday of Wile E. Coyote. It’s also the kind of movie that sends you out of the cinema buzzing on a wave of positive energy. As with the first sequel The Meltdown, better than expected.

This movie contains peril.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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