ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN: DVD
The ice age is coming to an end and the giant valley that's been home to Diego the saber toothed tiger (voice of Denis Leary), Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano) and Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) is going to be flooded when the ice dam surrounding it bursts. While the hapless Scrat chases his elusive nut in a series of escapades, the rest of the animals are heading for the safety of the far end of the valley, where a giant boat shaped tree bark will take them to dry land. On the way and to Manny's pleasant surprise, they meet the other remaining mammoth, Ellie (Queen Latifah) and her two manic possum buddies, the possums Crash (Sean William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck). Manny hopes to propagate his species now that he has found a female, but things don't go smoothly, either for the would be mammoth couple, nor for Scrat, nor for any of them.
Review by Louise Keller:
Global warming is a fact of life for everyone - even for the animated characters in Ice Age 2. The sequel is a good natured adventure targeted at the youngest members of the family aiming to combine a freezer full of visual humour, goofy characters and a lively voice cast. But where is the heart? I was ready, willing and able to let my heart be warmed, but there was no crescendo or mammoth emotional journey. My enjoyment was limited to an arm's length experience, watching the wizardry of 60 animators effecting a few innovative ideas.
The character that endears us most is the little squirrel battling frantically to secure his prized acorn. With not a single word of dialogue, Scrat the squirrel seesaws on the ice, pole-vaults over glaciers, saws a circle of ice with his claws before donning it like a Queen Elizabeth collar and dreams of an acorn-paradise in the sky. But his antics are a running gag, detached from the rest of the characters who are struggling with their own journeys and sense of identities. I enjoyed the incongruity of Queen Latifah's long-lashed mammoth who thinks she is a possum, and takes elephant jokes to the edge.
Despite the great efforts that obviously went into the making of the film, my emotions remained frozen and I was disappointed in the experience. I didn't chill, I agitated.
The DVD features may break the ice: there are audio commentaries, stunts and bloopers, features, a sing-a-long, news report, six lost historical student films on the Ice Age period; plus a Scrat short called 'No Time For Nuts'.
Published November 23, 2006
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ICE AGE 2: THE MELTDOWN: DVD (G)
VOICES: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Jay Leno, Josh Peck, Seann William Scott, Chris Wedge
PRODUCER: Lori Forte
DIRECTOR: Carlos Saldanha
SCRIPT: Jon Vitti
MUSIC: John Powell
RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: April 6, 2006
SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio commentaries, stunts and bloopers, meet the characters, sing-a-long, news report, No Time For Nuts Scrat Short, six lost historial student films on the Ice Age Period; making a scene; Ice Age Meltdown, set top games
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: November 22, 2006