Ice Age: The Meltdown

20th Century Fox Released 2006


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Carlos Saldanha

Ice Age: The Meltdown is a computer-animated family comedy and the 2006 sequel to the computer-animated 2002 Ice Age. Everyoneâ��s favorite characters, the wooly mammoth, Manfred 'Manny' (Ray Romano); the giant ground sloth, Sid (John Leguizamo); the smilodon, Diego (Denis Leary); and the saber-toothed squirrel, Scrat (Chris Wedge) are back and ready to live it up in this prehistoric party zone. Unfortunately, the Ice Age that came in the first movie is just about ready to end in this movie, meaning massive flooding and with that flooding comes lots of danger and mysterious new water creatures. Manny and friends must leave their valley before the glaciers, the only block to its flooding, melt or give way to the water that will come pouring in to fill it. So the journey begins, sometimes dangerous, often exciting, and always comedic. Along the way, they meet some new friends, including another mammoth! Ellie (Queen Latifah), a female mammoth, believes she is an opossum like her adopted brothers, Crash (Sean William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck). In their journey of friendship, and maybe even love, self-perception is question and love begins to bloom. Watch Ice Age: The Meltdown for a family-friendly flick that leaves a satisfied smile on everyone's face.


Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is nice to look at, the colors and details are elegant, the animals engaging, the action fast-moving, but I don't think older viewers will like it as much as the kids.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    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 t...

  • 50

    The New York Times

    The animation is uninspired (with so much ice, the creatures need to be twice as good-looking), and the story is humdrum. (The saber-toothed tiger learns to swim!)

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Family Dramas, Grade Schoolers, Pre-Teens