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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)

“Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” features the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, and John Leguizamo as the eclectic herd of creatures that starred in the first film, “Ice Age” (2002). Introducing Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, and Queen Latifah to the group adds a brand new style of humor. In this movie, the world from Ice Age is beginning to melt. The herd, as well as all of the other creatures living with them, must trek across the melting world to find the boat that will help them survive. Full of humor for children as well as a few jokes and popular references for an older audience make this a good family film.”Ice Age” (2002) was a successful comedy about a strange assortment of creatures trekking through the ice age. In the 2006 sequel, their world is falling apart as the ice age comes to an end, and Manny (Romano), Sid (Leguizamo), and Diego (Leary) are forced to search for a way to survive. Jay Leno cameos as a fast-talking salesman who directs the creatures towards a boat that will keep them afloat when their home is flooded. The longer the herd walks, the greener everything becomes. Grass flourishes, trees blossom, and the ice divides into rivers and streams. Manny is convinced that he is the last surviving mammoth, but the herd runs into a pair of possums (Scott and Peck) and their sister Ellie, a mammoth who thinks she is a possum (Latifah). As the trio becomes a sextet, Manny tries to convince Ellie that she is a mammoth. As they continue their journey, they encounter characters and situations that make for a lot of entertaining moments.

What makes this story work so well is the dialogue between the characters. Sarcasm abounds, and conversations are believable. Manny is the self-pitying responsible leader of the pack, while Sid and Diego are the bickering younger brothers. Sid is upbeat and positive, though misinformed and annoying, and often stands as the voice of (sometimes ill) reason. This highlights the stark contrast in Diego’s cynicism and gives him perfect opportunities to fling biting comments at Sid and Manny. When discussing how Ellie is not completely normal, Sid tells Manny that “the brink of extinction is a bad time to be picky.” He also teaches Diego to swim, explaining that “All animals fear. It’s what separates us from the rocks!” Each character has a distinct way a speaking, allowing all viewers to relate to a character, or at least recognize a friend in one of the characters.

What makes this movie worth watching for older viewers is the cultural references. In the opening scene one character makes the comment that “This global warming is killing me.” Whack-a-mole between Sid, Diego, and the possums as well as a quote of the song “I believe I can fly” speak to the older audience. There are also quotes of other movies such as “The Little Mermaid”, “The Fellowship of the Ring”, and “Fantasia”.

Overall, this film is a good one to see with a family or when you want something light and entertaining. As seems to be the trend, the sequel is not as good as the original, but it was made in the same spirit and humor. I strongly recommend watching “Ice Age”, and if it happens to be on TV, “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” is a good one to spend a couple of summer hours on.

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