Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 2006.  Twentieth Century Fox Animation, Blue Sky Studios.  Story by , , Screenplay by Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Your favourite prehistoric pals Manny, Sid and Diego are back at it again in this beautifully animated, slightly superior sequel to the 2001 hit film. Mammoth Manny () has to deal with the possibility of extinction when he realizes that there are no other mammoths that he knows of. This is put aside, however, when the valley that he and his pals Sid the sloth () and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger () live in is threatened with flooding; the earth’s ice is beginning to melt and their lives hang in the balance. The film’s plot, a more humorous version of Disney’s Dinosaur, concerns itself with the animals’ trek to safety, compounded with hilarity when a female mammoth named Ellie (voiced adorably by Queen Latifah) shows up with her two “brothers”: a pair of possums hell bent on mischief. Ellie could provide Manny with some romance if she wasn’t convinced she was a possum herself. The kids will love it, and the grownups might even find themselves amused for a while.

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