Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

2006

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Critics Consensus

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.

57%

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Total Count: 144

71%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 854,341
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Movie Info

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 with vegetation, however, great danger looms just over the horizon. When Manny, Sid, and Diego realize that the miles of liquefying ice overlooking their valley will soon turn from a gentle trickle to a violent force of nature capable of destroying anything and everything unfortunate enough to be in its path, they quickly set out to spread the word and get their endangered friends out of harm's way. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Josh Peck
as Eddie
Jay Leno
as Fast Tony
Will Arnett
as Lone Gunslinger Vulture
Peter Ackerman
as Dung Beetle Dad
Joseph Bologna
as Mr. Start
Caitlin Rose Anderson
as Glypto Boy Billy/Beaver Girl
Connor Anderson
as Rhino Boy/Beaver Boy
Peter DeSève
as Condor Chick
Nicole DeFelice
as Start Girl
Debi Derryberry
as Diatryma Mom
Tom Fahn
as Stu/Male Ox
Jason Fricchione
as Molehog Grandpa/Shovelmouth Male
James Edmund Godwin
as Traffic Vulture
George Jacobs
as Beaver Dad
Clea Lewis
as Female Mini Sloth/Dung Beetle Mom
Jansen Panettiere
as Shovelmouth Boy
Gregory Romano
as Start Boy No. 1
Matthew Romano
as Start Boy No. 2
Stephen Root
as Aardvark Dad
Manoela Scarpa Saldanha
as Molehog Kid No. 1
Sofia Scarpa Saldanha
as Molehog Kid No. 2
Reyna Shaskan
as Diego's Bird Girl
James Sie
as Freaky Male
Cindy Slattery
as Aardvark Mom
Mindy Sterling
as Female Ox
Renée Taylor
as Mrs. Start
Alan Tudyk
as Cholly
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Critic Reviews for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (35)

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Carlos Saldanha's mix of race-against-time action and eco-friendly propaganda is actually an improvement on the original, not least for giving its funniest character -- acorn-hunting rodent Scrat -- a lot more to do.

    Apr 11, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • In its untouched-by-human-hand way, it's not bad and, as in the first film, the funniest moments involve the half-rat, half-squirrel Scrat.

    Apr 8, 2006 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 4, 2006
  • [The film] has lots of energy, some decent animation and good voice-over work -- but no real story and few chuckles.

    Apr 3, 2006
  • 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.

    Mar 31, 2006

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

  • Dec 18, 2015
    The Scrat moments kept me up through the entire movie.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    An interesting sequel dealing with a different array of social issues than the first one did, entertaining, but Scrat steals the show, hands down.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2012
    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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    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.
    Everett J Super Reviewer

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