Age: The Meltdown
Directed by: CARLOS SALDANHA
Starring: RAY ROMANO, JOHN LEGUIZAMO,
DENIS LEARY, QUEEN LATIFAH, JAY LENO, JOSH PECK,
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT
Released by: 20th Century
Short: The unlikely "Ice Age"
trio of sloth, tiger and mammoth return in a
sequel that just might be better than the original.
Saber-tooths and Mammoths—
to the "Ice Age"
the sound of giggling children is music to your ears,
then "Ice Age: The Meltdown" is not to be missed.
The animated sequel to the 2002 smash hit "Ice Age,"
this merriment-inducing meltdown continues the adventures
of three extremely unlikely animals – Sid the sloth,
Diego the saber-tooth tiger and Manny the mammoth. As
voiced by John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Ray Romano,
these fast friends find themselves in big trouble as the
film begins, for the ice that characterizes the world
they live in is melting.
a mass exodus from their soon-to-be-flooded valley home
(and following a similar basic theme of the first film,
that of a journey of self-discovery), the trio meets up
with an unexpected threesome along the way. Manny thinks
he's the only mammoth left on earth, only to discover
Ellie (Queen Latifah), a female mammoth who thinks she's
actually a possum, like her two rambunctious brothers
Crash and Eddie (Josh Peck, Seann William Scott). The
sequel continues the "Ice Age" life lesson about
what really makes up a true family.
hilarity ensues, which is when the kids in the crowd will
go crazy with laughter – and adults will find jokes
aimed right at them as well. Plus, there's some danger
thrown in (it can't all be easy, of course), in the guise
of two very scary underwater creatures hoping to eat our
heroes for dinner. There's even a Busby Berkeley-influenced
musical number starring vultures, a real showstopper that
has to be seen to be believed.
there's Scrat. This acorn-chasing rodent stole the show
in the first flick, and he's back at it again in the sequel.
His adventures are interwoven throughout the story, and
are even more clever and side-splittingly funny than before.
This character alone proves that director Carlos Saldanha
and the rest of the folks at Blue Sky Studios really understand
how to use animation to its fullest, for Scrat never speaks,
but he's still the star of the show.
Age: The Meltdown" proves once again that mining
the world's very distant past is a perfect way to entertain
both young and old in today's present.