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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 82 | Rotten: 61

Despite its impressive animation and the hilarious antics of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown comes up short on the storytelling front.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 13

Despite its impressive animation and the hilarious antics of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown comes up short on the storytelling front.



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Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Denis Leary) may have made it through the big freeze, but when the ice begins to melt, the heroic trio must warn the other inhabitants of their peaceful valley of the coming flood in directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha's sequel to the computer-animated 2002 hit Ice Age. As the ice age winds to an end, the animals of the Earth have taken warmly to the melting paradise that surrounds them. Despite the false comfort of a lush valley teeming

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The storyline wanes towards the end and, from the kids' point of view, the whole package lacks momentum.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Watching this zoo of long-vanished quadrupeds, you're left with an eerie message for our own warming times: They fought the thaw, and the thaw won.

April 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[The film] has lots of energy, some decent animation and good voice-over work -- but no real story and few chuckles.

April 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A tad crasser and pushier than its predecessor, Ice Age: The Meltdown is still an entirely serviceable follow-up to the 2002 hit that will thoroughly amuse kids and get a rise or two out of parents as well.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Meltdown is at least faithful to its predecessor in the sense of being equally as underwhelming.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The film feels visually richer than its predecessor, but has the same brand of uncomplicated all-ages charm.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Ice Age: The Meltdown is a considerable improvement over its predecessor...As before, Scrat (again voiced by Chris Wedge, who this time did not direct) steals the show.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

As with the first "Ice Age" movie it is Scrat the acorn-obsessed rodent who bookends the movie and steals the most laughs with his hilarious attempts at obtaining an ever-elusive acorn.

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

I've seen cooked spaghetti with more tension.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

For as endearing as Scrat's antics are, even they can't sustain the lackluster jokes that pass for humor for the bulk of the ninety-minute running time.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

I'm not going to beat around the glacier. If you liked Ice Age, you're going to like this sequel.

July 28, 2007

Abounds in well-paced gags, both visual and verbal.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The animation is beautiful, with the flowing water and icy cliffs perfectly rendered.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

If the animation studio Blue Sky has proven anything so far, it's that they're big league visual artists, but frankly pedestrian when it comes to stories.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Revels in clever, complex set-pieces and lowbrow, big-rear-end humor, but falls somewhat short when it comes to character development and interpersonal warmth.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

It's all about Scrat, that plain-looking Every-squirrel who never gives up, and it's only a matter of time before he gets his own feature.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

nothing really grand

August 15, 2006 Full Review Source:

...missing the novelty of the first film, both in the imaginatively drawn prehistoric setting and the witty interaction between the characters.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

meltdown - indeed.

May 28, 2006 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

If you thought the original was a lifeless, forgettable bore, you'll find the sequel outdoing it on both counts.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Ice Age 2 works, if not as well as its predecessor, but it wants for that special something that makes Pixar's efforts such instant classics.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

...the film doesn't try to be too clever and hip for the kids, as have many animated movies of late in the endless attempt to sell attitude to credit-card wielding adults at the box office.

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source:

Adult fans of animation: don't bother. Parents taking their kids: Spare them. Use the money to beef up your home DVD collection of Pixar titles or even expand into the old Warner Brothers cartoons.

April 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinerina

L'Ère de glace : La Fonte ne vaut pas vraiment le déplacement, ni celui de la calotte polaire ni le vôtre.

April 24, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

This film is a major step down compared to how good the first film is and it just gets worse for the ice age series from here. The jokes range from almost tolerable to just okay but the film has a slow pace, not interesting new characters, John Leguizamo has gone from funny to annoying, the mini sloths are obnoxious as all hell, and the love story between Manny and Ellie is not interesting or compelling at all.
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on par with the first in the series. decent characters and a good concept, average humor and execution. overall, decent family fun.
December 27, 2012
danny d

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I like how they use the realtime events in Earth's ancient history as guidelines for the continuing adventures in this franchise. This time the nicely accurate problem of the Ice Age coming to a slow end and massive pending floods risking the lives of everything.

We are introduced to a whole bunch of mammal families in this film, all kinds of small to large creatures that now live and play with our original trio. The first impression you get instantly is this time its really aimed at the kids route. There are cute little furry things with big eyes running around with their parents looking after them, more silly childish little visual gags and of course the eventual introduction of female mammoth 'Ellie'.
The new mammoth also brings two little sidekick creatures with her that use modern slang with visual references from time to time, clearly to appeal to the whole spectrum of young people. By far the worst characters in the new film and always a mistake to go down that route.

The plot is simple again (kids film remember), all the creatures must escape their current home within a large valley because it will flood, not too original this time. Predictably this entails the same kind of japes that we saw in the first film but merely with new mammals to join in. The new mammoth voiced by Queen Latifah also predictably adds a nice cuddly romance into the fold which for myself (and possibly other male adults) kinda made things a bit lame.

The two sea reptiles that pursue the team are a nice menacing touch. They don't look too nasty obviously but its cool to see all various types of prehistoric creatures being used, factual or not doesn't matter here.

Voices are all the same which is good continuity. This mean we do get more greatness from Leguizamo as 'Sid' who is still easily the best character here. Latifah is a pleasant surprise as 'Ellie' with her quite soothing peaceful voice but all the other characters are more generic, annoying, forgettable and merely filler for the background.

Being made a good fours years after the first effects have gotten better also. The whole thing still has that nice minimalistic look to it (mainly backgrounds and ice), I still think it has the old Chuck Jones feel about it at times. Character rendering is much sharper this time, especially on fur, not that is was all that bad in the first film. All the characters look really good accept for 'Diego' whose design is much more static, he was the same in the first film. The really impressive moments are water animations and how they pull off wet fur, this impressed me, 'Sid's' fur looking real enough to reach out and touch.

More of a let down for me this one, its still a quality animated film but very much in favour for the youngsters this time. I'm still loving 'Sid' with Leguizamo's top voice and of course you still have 'Scrat' tearing around after his acorn in the excellent running gag/subplot throughout the whole film. Not tired of that lill saber-toothed squirrel yet, that one slither of humour keeps me coming back for more.
July 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

I am not a fan of the first "Ice Age" at all really, it just doesn't work for me. However, I do like the sequels. "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" takes the good from the first movie, builds on it by adding funnier characters and moving the story into a good direction. All the characters are back, Manny(Ray Romano), Sid(John Leguizamo), and Diego(Denis Leary) for a new adventure. Here, the ice begins to melt, and the group has to warn the other animals of the impending flood, and try to get them all to safety. Along the way, they meed a mammoth named Ellie(Queen Latifah) who thinks she is a possum with her 2 possum brothers Crash(Sean William Scoot) and Eddie(Josh Beck). The possums and scrat make this movie so much better than the original. Their humor is hilarious, especially Scrat who never gets old(his short movies outside of the full length features are pretty funny). The animation is better, it's more fluid then the first movie. I'm glad this franchise gets better, because franchises usually get worse. Here, they get better and better.
July 7, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Manny: Come on Diego! There's a entire continent moving faster then you.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Sid: We're gonna live! ...We're gonna DIE!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Ellie: What about me is attractive?
    2. Manny: Your butt?
    3. Ellie: What about it?
    4. Manny: It's huge!
    5. Ellie: That is very sweet!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Manny: I'm not going extinct!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Crash: Crash I love you.
    2. Ellie: I love you.
    – Submitted by Sicily S (3 years ago)
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