Director: Carlos Saldanha
Voice Talents: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo,
Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Will Arnett, Josh Peck,
Jay Leno, Queen Latifah
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day : 30 March 2006
In "Ice Age: The Meltdown," our sub-zero
heroes from the worldwide blockbuster CGI film "Ice Age"
are back – Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth,
Diego the saber-toothed tiger and the hapless saber-toothed
squirrel known as Scrat. In the new film, from the Academy
Award®- winning creators of "Ice Age" and "Robots,"
the Ice Age is coming to an end, and the animals are delighting
in the melting paradise that is their new world. Manny, Sid,
and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major
drawback: a huge glacial dam is about to break, threatening
the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the
other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with a
mammoth named Ellie (Queen Latifah) and her two "brothers"
– possums Crash and Eddie – embark on a mission
across an increasingly dangerous landscape towards their salvation.
with, there are at least 6 CG animation movies in the release
pipeline this year and the sequel to the 2002 hit, “Ice
Age” is the first to hit the theatres. In “Ice
Age 2: The Meltdown”, our heroes Manny, Sid and Diego
is heading for new ground as the warming climate is breaking
a huge dam. Talk about global warming. Along the way, new
friends are bond including another mammoth named Ellie (voiced
distinctly by Queen Latifah) and her 2 mischievous possum
“brothers”. One of them named Crash which is voiced
by Sean William Scott (American Pie Trilogy).
you have it, a brand new adventure, new characters with the
original cast and crew back in tow. And yes, the lovable acorn-obsessed
part rat-like, part squirrel-like creature, Scrat is back
to tickle you with its slapstick antics. Well apparently,
this silent creature always has a way with audience. Oh, if
you hate the song routine in “Madagascar”, there’s
one in “Ice Age 2” that rivals the jungle tribal
MV in the latter. Think vultures and food.
the sequel has a livelier feel in terms of pacing minus the
awkward caveman and mushy children stuff as compared to the
first, the sequel however still lacked the soul and layers
of good storytelling. There’s too much reliance on the
slapstick factor and our main heroes “sound” a
bit bored with little to do except helping Manny the mammoth
falls in love. While you might urge that this movie is primarily
targeted at preteens audience with it’s digestible wholesome
story, but hey the adult group needs to be entertained too.
has always been the leader of the pack with their state of
the art technology and a way with genuine story plotting.
DreamWorks scored mainly on the CG technology side. Guess
Fox/Blue Sky who produced the “Ice Age” series
has to settle for the third spot, as their productions are
neither advanced nor outstanding in both areas at this point
credit still has to be given to Fox/Blue Sky for their improving
CG technology, just pay close attention to the highly photo-realistic
fur on the creatures although it’s hard to imagine the
hard work behind those “fake” fur. With the increasing
popularity of CG movies and the fast setting up of animation
effects houses, it’s advisable for Fox/Blue Sky to quickly
establish a further permanent foothold in the arena. To start
with good storytelling might be a feasible suggestion.
(Have a furry fun time with our prehistoric friends especially
the acorn-obsessed Scrat!)
by Linus Tee