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Ice Age: The Meltdown

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In this computer-animated sequel to ICE AGE, prehistoric creatures face a new problem: their icy world is melting. Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), seemingly the last woolly mammoth on Earth, and his pals--a saber-toothed tiger named Diego (Denis Leary) and a sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo)--are perfectly content in their ice-covered valley. When con artist Fast Tony (Jay Leno) claims that their home will soon be underwater and the world is about to end, they think he's kidding. But to everyone's surprise, the shady fast talker is right. Manny, Diego, and Sid soon discover that the valley will flood in days. Following the advice of a vulture (Will Arnett) who is hoping for the worst, a bevy of animals begin to make their way to the end of the valley in search of a boat that will save them from the flood. En route, sad sack Manny is startled when he encounters another woolly mammoth, Ellie (Queen Latifah). As happy as Manny is to see another one of his kind, there's a problem: Ellie is convinced that she's a possum like her hyperactive brothers, Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck). And to make matters worse, the melting of the ice has released some ferocious sea creatures that had literally been frozen in time. Will Ellie finally realize that she's a gigantic woolly mammoth and not a pint-sized possum? Is it really the end of the world? Can Manny and the rest of the animals in the valley survive the impending flood? And will Manny be able to leave the past behind now that he knows he's not alone? Saber-tooth squirrel Scrat and his quest for an acorn once again provide additional comic relief throughout the film.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202862782
UPC 024543377832
UPC 14 00024543377832
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Romano,Ray
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Directors
Name Carlos Saldanha
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Cast & Crew
Carlos Saldanha - Director
Denis Leary - Voice Of
Gerry Swallow, et. al. - Writer
Jay Leno - Voice Of
John Leguizamo - Voice Of
John Powell - Original Music By
Lori Forte - Producer
Queen Latifah - Voice Of
Ray Romano - Voice Of
Seann William Scott - Voice Of
Stephen Root - Voice Of
Thomas Cardone - Art Director
Will Arnett - Voice Of
Reviews
ReviewSource eFilmCritic.com
Review I can't say that I didn't enjoy "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" because I did. I smiled at most of the jokes, but once again I regretted Ray Romano's lack of vocal variety (Romano is Manny, the mammoth), and the fact that Denis Leary, as Diego the saber-tooth, wasn't given much to do. I mean, if you don't want a smirking, sardonic performance in a major role, don't cast a comic who is known for being smirking and sarcastic to play it...Scrat is essentially soundless, emitting only grunts, gasps, and growls in his pursuit in what appears to be the only acorn BCE. Chuck Jones would have been proud to be Scrat's papa, which, in a way, he was.
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Reviewer Doug Bentin
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Only Scrat, the ferocious little sabre-toothed squirrel, retains his magic from the original "Ice Age" (2002). Most of the other characters are back in "Ice Age: The Meltdown," but their story is more of a slog than a sprint. Remarkable, that they're still around although tens of thousands of years must have passed since the previous film...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. The first "Ice Age" movie more or less exhausted these characters and their world, and the meltdown doesn't add much. Most of the conflict involves personalities: Can these species co-exist? Well, of course they can, in a cartoon.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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...Style and approach of the sequel are of a piece with the original picture, on which present helmer Carlos Saldanha was co-director (to Chris Wedge, who's now exec producer). Lori Forte remains as producer. New writers Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow and Jim Hecht supply plenty of decent jokes that Romano, Leguizamo and Leary deliver with every bit of drollery they can summon, but there's a small new anxiety to please that differentiates the tone somewhat from the first outing. Not that the small fry will notice.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Denis Leary / Drea de Matteo / John Leguizamo / Josh Peck / Queen Latifah / Ray Romano / Romano,Ray / Seann William Scott / Will Arnett
Composer John Powell
Director Carlos Saldanha
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Claudia Puig, USA Today Should warm viewers' hearts globally.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News A good-natured, gag-filled sequel.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post The rare sequel that is better than the original.
Luke Sader, The Hollywood Reporter Raucously fun, fluid follow-up with ecological message.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune ...a good movie (especially for kids) with top-of-the-tech CGI.

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