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Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 2006 / Director: Carlos Saldanha / DVD released 23 October, 2006 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      13.09.2010 20:47
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      Entertaining for kids of all ages, a reasonable animated purchase

      Diego the cynical saber-tooth tiger, Manny the urbane mammoth and Sid, the most annoyingly cheerful sloth ever, return in this prehistoric sequel. The Ice Age is over, and just when everyone is beginning to have a really good time, they realize that this is bad news for everyone in the valley. Everything is melting, and if they can't get to a safely situated area before the glacial dam bursts, everyone's lives will be destroyed by the Meltdown!

      Manny (Ray Romano) is the only mammoth any of these creatures have ever seen, and parents pause in the great exodus to point him out to their kids. "Say buddy, not to cast aspersions on your survival instincts or nothin' but haven't mammoths pretty much gone extinct?" Sid's (John Leguizamo ) many misguided attempts to help Manny feel better about going extinct, and amuse himself during the long walk, do Not help Manny's worry over the fate of his people.

      Then they meet the 'Possum brothers, Eddie and Crash (Josh Peck and Sean William Scott), and their adopted sister, Ellie (Queen Latifah). Ellie is quite clearly, much to Manny's initial excitement, a mammoth, but she is firmly convinced that she is a opossum just like her brothers. While Manny tries to get on good terms with this exasperating 9 ton possum, Sid encounters a race of mini-sloths who believe he is the Fire King and sacrificing him will stop the meltdown!

      Sid: "Oh, no, no, no. Me fire-king. Why kill fire-king? A thousand years bad juju for killing fire-king."

      Female Mini-sloth: "Superheated rock from the earth's core is surging into the crust, melting ice built up over thousands of years."

      Sid: "You are a very advanced race. Together we can look for a solution."

      Female: "We have one! Sacrifice the fire-king."

      Sid: "That's not very advanced."
      Female: [pause] "Worth a shot!"

      All of which won't matter in the slightest if Diego's worst fears are realized and the water makes all of them its prey! Will Manny and Ellie fall in love and save each other from extinction? Will Sid survive his reign as Fire King? Will Diego get over his fear of water? Will all of them find a safe haven from the coming flood? Will Scrat ever catch that elusive acorn?! One thing is sure, the whole family will have fun finding out!



      My Thoughts:

      A truly enjoyable sequel, Meltdown has plenty to entertain any viewer. I actually watched this with three other adults, and all of us were highly entertained. We ooohed over the animation, laughed at most of the jokes, and wondered how it would all end. The dialog was free-flowing, lively and full of so many amusing moments that you can't really catch all the lines in the first viewing. Here's a few I missed the first time around!

      Traffic Vulture: "Parents- Please do not leave your children unattended. All unattended children will be eaten."

      Sid: "I just did something involuntary... and messy."

      Manny: "Okay. Thanks to Sid, we're now traveling together, and, like it or not, we're gonna be one big, happy family. I'll be the daddy, Ellie will be the mommy, and Diego will be the uncle who eats the kids who get on my nerves."

      Ellie: "You ain't savin' the species TONIGHT, or any OTHER night."


      Scrat, a virtually silent character, has been a highly effective diversion for viewers in both films. Here, he allows us to continue checking in with the status of the glacial dam while everyone else hightails it for the other end of the valley. Typical Scrat, he's so single-minded in his pursuit of the coveted nut that he doesn't even realize he's in mortal danger!


      I have to say that I am impressed how well Scrat's creators have been able to focus key attention on this small, silent, relatively unimpressive character so humorously throughout a feature length film, not only once, but twice! Young viewers really notice Scrat and find him laugh out loud funny! In a society that glorifies constant noise and ostentatious appearances, I really appreciate Scrat.

      He is a cartoon Charlie Chaplin amusing us with his antics while warning us of disaster. A true "every man", he lives, like so many of us in our real-life society, struggling day to day to obtain our elusive dreams. Like Scrat, many of us are often so focused on our immediate lives and concerns, narrowly dodging each crisis we find ourselves tumbling into, that we aren't seeing the bigger picture! Seen in this light, Scrat becomes more than an amusing or even effective device, and takes on the role of moral messenger in true suirrely fashion. All that, and he still makes me laugh! Yep, Scrat alone makes Meltdown well-worth watching.

      I was also highly amused by Ellie though. You simply have not lived until you've watched a 9 ton mammoth try to hide and generally react as if she were a opossum! The animation, which only took an amazing eight months, has greater definition in Meltdown. This really adds to the sense of reality for viewers, and gives the whole tale a feel of living vitality and movement. The voice work is seamless, and it's always fun trying to guess who's behind the animated characters. Keep an ear out for Jay Leno! I also found it interesting that John Leguizamo originally got ready to play Sid by learning everything he could about sloths. He hit upon the right voice for his character after learning that sloths store food in their cheeks. That explains a lot about Sid!

      Obviously, I found Ice Age 2: The Meltdown to be an enjoyable and well-delivered family film. I can't recall when I last enjoyed a sequel this much, actually. Fun, witty, entertaining, with lots of lively animation. Even if you missed the first one, you can still enjoy the characters and story found in The Meltdown.

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        10.05.2010 13:23
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        The Meltdown

        Movie: Ice Age 2

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        General information
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        Film Duration: 91 minutes
        Category: Comedy, Animation
        Year: 2006
        Director: Carlos Saldanha
        Language: English
        Country: United States
        Rating: All ages
        Extras: Yes

        Starring (voices):
        Ray Romano as Manfred
        John Leguizamo as Sid
        Denis Leary as Diego
        Chris Wedge as Scrat
        Queen Latifah as Ellie

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        The story
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        The story is a sequel to the first Ice Age Part 1 where Manfred, Sid and Diego met and become friends with each other. The Ice Age is ending and the ice begins to melt so now everywhere EW puddles all the animals gather here. It seems that everyone are having fun, but no one sees the danger. The place is liable to flooding by a huge amount of water, which is currently being blocked by 2 glaciers. But it seems that these two wont last for long. Now, the animals looking for a way to escape the water and they get told that they could use a tree as a boot to escape. When they are looking for a tree to use, they meet other animals. One friendlier than others, but especially for Manfred very interesting when he meets a female mammoth. Only she doesn't know she was a mammoth! How do you tell that to someone?! Will they find a safe place to stay?

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        The problem I normally have with a famous actor that does the voice of a character is that I always have him of her in my head while watching the film. Ray Romano does the voice of Manfred and of course Ray is known for the series Everybody Loves Raymond. Funny enough I didn't recognise his voice while watching the film. I had it once with Reese Witherspoon in a movie and it really takes you out of the story. The voice of Ray really fits the character of Manfred a mammoth. Denis Leary does Diego's voice and even there I find the voice choice again well done. Another actress who has a good voice is Queen Latifah as Ellie, it is just very natural and she sounds happy about what suits the character.

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        There are a number of extras on the DVD including commentary from director Carlos Saldanha, who talks about the film and the story lines, which he had to continue from the first film. But he also tells about working with actors who did the voices. Another commentary on the DVD is a more technical commentary with about 12 people who comment on the technical aspect of the film. Furthermore, there are three short films on DVD, including the character Scrat who is very funny to watch. Finally, you can find some trailers.

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        A fun sequel to the first part of movie and fun to see how the three continue in their lives. It always leads to very comical situations, especially of course the stupid Sid and large Manfred . It's just a nice relaxing movie with some real laugh moments. I think the quality of the animation is very sharp and nicely done and the voices fit the characters. I love the character Scrat, a squirrel, which throughout the movie again and again turns up with his almost impossible search for his acorn. He never gets the thing! But nice uplifting change during the movie. I think the film is very successful and a good sequel to the first part.

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          26.11.2009 15:39
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          A great sequel

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          It took all of two minutes for me to realise that Ice Age 2: The Meltdown was a trip worth taking. We reconvene with Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel who has been trying to keep hold of an acorn for the winter for the entire length of the first film, and here he seems to finally have bettered it, but of course, the story doesn't end there, and through another ridiculous set of circumstances, he is sent once again searching for that magical acorn.

          Meanwhile, it appears that the ice age is coming to an end, because everything around the loveable creatures appears to be melting. We watch up with the series' three protagonists, Manfred, Sid, and Diego, who are wondering what to do about what might be impending disaster. Believing that he is the last mammoth alive, Manfred is shocked and elated to meet Ellie, a female mammoth who has a body disorder and believes that she is an opossum. She joins the group, and along with the usual sidekicks such as Crash and Eddie, they travel to try and escape the melting tundra, to ensure that they do not succumb to the crumbling landscape around them.

          While the undoubted delight of the film is Scrat, the film also has a charming family story that's quite moving while also being gorgeously animated and well acted by its voice cast. The Meltdown is a surprisingly strong sequel that rises above the slew of uninspired, churned out animated films we get these days, and is a charming, heart-warming tale that still manages to deliver originality with its family story as well as the continuing adventures of Scrat and his acorn.

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          03.11.2009 20:11
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          Manfred, Sid, Diego and Scrat are all back, but something isn't the same..

          Well, how pleased was I to find that on our in-flight entertainment, the movies available included not just one, or two, but three Ice Age films! I love to watch things in sequence, so of course this was next on my list. By now we were flying from Doha to Jo'Burg, and to be honest after 6 hours plodding around in 30 degree heat, I was a bit tired. I really enjoyed the first film and was determined to see the second two. Sadly due to my tiredness I only just managed this one. Even then I had to keep replaying it! If you've not seen the first film yet, I'd strongly recommend you do before reading this review, because this one would be a spoiler of that film from the start and that I cannot help.


          Story

          The Ice Age had caused everything to be covered in huge glaciers of ice, but now, that ice is starting to melt. Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger realise that if the animals are to survive, they need to move away from the melting icebergs. Already, the vultures are gathering, sure to pick up any unfortunate creatures that do not survive the journey or get killed in the floods. They know a safer place to go, but will they make it?

          As with the first film, the story features a squirrel-rat called, funnily enough, Scrat, who is trying to keep his acorn. The acorn is bigger than him, and it is funny watching him struggle away with it and risk his life in all these crazy situations just to keep the acorn. There were a few of these scenes scattered among the main story, very much in the same way as the first film.

          This film seemed a lot more sombre than the first one for some reason. Also it didn't have the same interaction of characters, because this time they are all familiar with each other. To introduce more characters would have crowded the story a lot, but with just the same people in a new situation I felt more was needed. There was a school of naughty little animals, and this added a bit to the humour, but they only really featured rather than becoming something more significant. I also found that there was less humour than in the first film, and this would have helped to liven it up a bit. Still, it was worth watching just to know what happens and to see Scrat again.


          Graphics and voiceovers

          These are pretty much the same as the last film, but used differently. For those of you who don't know, Manny the mammoth was played by Ray Romano, Sid the sloth by John Leguizamo and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger by Denis Leary. I did find it odd that someone with such a light voice, like Ray Romano was chosen to play a mammoth. You might imagine a mammoth to have a very strong and deep voice, so this was a bit weird. I didn't really get used to that even by the second film, but still it was at least something original. There is one more addition to the strange tribe, that of Ellie, who is played by Queen Latifah. Now this seemed pretty random to me, but actually this character works quite well with the others and it is nice to have a female main character in there now.

          I felt that there was a lot less dialogue and more long dark scenes where it was hard to keep concentrating in this film. We did have those new animal children so that brought in a bit of variety, but for me it just wasn't enough. Still, the graphics were otherwise as effective as the last film with impressive cartoon expressions and some exaggerated detail. I'm quite fond of the appearance of the characters and might even try drawing a few soon. I did that with the Wallace and Gromit films - so these characters obviously impressed me!

          Classification

          This film is a PG, same as the first. As with the first film, I didn't see anything that should really not be shown to children of any age. There is a scene where a chicken walks over this minefield of hot steam bursts and one bursts on him, then he comes back down looking like a regular plucked and cooked chicken. It was too funny and unrealistic to be scary. The only thing is that the film as a whole may not be fun enough for the younger viewers this time.

          Conclusion

          As a movie in its own right, I didn't feel that this film was very good. At times I found it hard to still concentrate on what was happening, because there was little dialogue or it was too dark to see what was going on. I think, especially as this film is really aimed at kids first and foremost, it needed to be a lot more exciting and eventful. If you have seen the first film, though, it is nice to see what happens as the story continues. Just, remember, as always, sequels are rarely as good as, let alone better than the first film. Don't go out of your way to spend on this one, but if you've see the first and have a chance to see this on telly (or at 40 000 feet!), then give it a go.

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            10.04.2009 12:34
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            Overall a quality film that offers everything, laughs, excitement

            Ice age 2, the follow on from the hit movie Ice Age carries on the stories of four unlike ly friends. Manny the mammoth, Sid the slueth and Diego the sabor toothed lion.

            Ice age 2 is one of them films which is great to sit and watch and kids love it. Even adults enjoy as it is a great story and is very funny throughout.

            This time the film is about how all the ice is melting and the only chance of there and the other animals survival lies in a massive boat which is on the other side of the valley. The three set out on the journey to get to the other side of the valley before time runs out.

            In the film Manny the Mammoth believes he is the only mammoth left and is very sad and lonely until he meets another mammoth called Ellie. Theres a problem with Ellie though, she believes she is a possum. Ellie is followed by two little possums, Crash and Eddie. These two also pose a problem as they are troublemakers. Ellie believes that Crash and Eddie are her brothers.
            All of these then all travel together to the other side of the valley to get to the boat.

            On the way they meet obstacles and challenges that get in there way. After a while with Manny though Ellie soon starts to realise that she is infact a mammoth not a possum.

            I won't ruin the ending for you, but the film offers a great ending, laughs for the whole family and entertaining action. With a great story and a great cast of voice overs include Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano Ice age 2 is well worth watching.

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              08.03.2009 18:16
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              Follow the ice gang as they fight for survival as the ice begins to melt.

              Kiss Your Ice Goodbye

              Diego, Manfred and Sid return for another adventure, only this time they're in big trouble. The ice is melting and the valley they inhabit will fill with ice cold water over the next few days. Join them on their quest to find the boat that will drift them to safety.

              Like the original film, this film doesn't disappoint with a poor plot. It's edgy, with a little sense of urgency, but filled to the brim with laugh-out-loud moments during the gang's quest for safety. Not only is there the creative tale of survival, but Manfred is still looking for his herd, Sid becomes 'Fire-King' and Diego has a few possums to put up with, it's these additional elements that keep the plot alive and kicking. As a family movie, it ticks all the boxes of being fun, uncomplicated, and a little bit silly. This is definitely one for the kids, if a pack of small Sid's, dancing crazily can't get them laughing, I don't know what will; this scene was one of a favourites, as simple as it may be, I still had to gasp for air as I clutched my sore sides from laughing a little too much.

              The voices of the entire main cast were again incredible. Sid's character is brought to life by John Leguizamo, filled with enthusiasm and silly antics. Ray Romano depicts a sad and lonely Mammoth, but with a hint of fun and friendship and Denis Leary doesn't fail to impress us with his version of scary but cuddly sabre-tooth tiger, Diego.

              The computer design team deserve tremendous credit for all of the characters and special effects. The comic and slightly realistic touch is just brilliant. I could watch the gang on many more adventures and not get bored - whoever thought of these characters knew they had something special.

              This is a perfect sequel to an already brilliant series. The gang are back with laughs and adventure, and some creative character developments don't go unnoticed. I have high hopes for the third installment in the series which hits cinemas summer 2009.

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              08.03.2009 17:01
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              A great film, best enjoyed as a youngster.

              I first watched this film way back in 2006, as me and a group of friends went to the cinema to see the sequel to the much loved 2002 hit, Ice Age. As a completely animated film, with quite a simple storyline, it is clear to understand that this film was initially intended for a younger audience. Even with this the case though, I can still say that this was an enjoyable film. Rather like my recent review on similar animation 'Madagascar', it is a good film, but I suggest it will probably be enjoyed more should you be a child.

              With this theory implemented, I found it quite alarming that I found myself to enjoy the movie, for the bulk. There were some very comical scenes, many of which caused em to laugh out loud following them.

              As with many child aimed animations, the storyline is not something which will blow your mind, though it could be said that simplicity relates to perfection. Baically, the prehistoric creatures must evacuate the valley for fear of drowning in the flood. The story follows their journey as they meet with certain comeuppances along the way.
              The story is easily understandable, although on occasions farfetched, however it still makes for fun easy watching for a nice sunday afternoon!

              Great actors were cast into the voiceovers for this film, two of the best being Ray Romano and Queen Latifah. These played the two lovebird mammoths, and actually, the way they were together, went as if they were a real couple, not just voices for animation. Their differences seemd to attract and it was very interesting to see how they worked and fit together so well.

              Sid the Sloth, the greatest chracter by far, was the extremely funny addition to the movie. His irrationalness and stupidity made up for his kind hearted warmth to complete this character as a very entertaining sloth. Forever attempting stunts that will have you bowled over with laughter, he added the craziness that such a young aimed film needed for the elders to enjoy!

              The next main character was Diego. I heavily linked him to that of Alex the lion from Madagascar, as they both seemed 'out there' characters who, before friends, had pretty much thought solely about themselves. Extremely tame for his species, he forms an unlikely friendship with the sloth, which turns out to be hilarious. If opposites are said to attract, you can be sure you will not find much more in the form of 'opposites' than these two!

              Scrat, the sabre toothed squirrel is the character who many will have seen on adverts or clips for the film. I can remember he has appeared in a few 'shorts' prior to the release of the movie. Although not linked with the main group of creatures, he seems to appear in scenes which are almost like cut scenes, yet still fit in with the story. Every now and then , the main focus is removed from the group, and focus turns to this acorn loving character. He will go to some extravagant depths for his beloved, the acorns. It is highly comical to see how he attempts to rescue the various pieces of food throughout the movie.

              As you may be able to work out, I think this was a great film overall, just is not really my perfect cup of tea. I could happily watch on occasion, but it isn't the sort of film I would wear out from repetition with.

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                A fantastic movie for the family.

                In Ice Age 2, the habitat is under threat from flooding caused by the end of the ice age from the first instalment, the friends Manny, Diego, and Sid go on a quest to travel to the bottom of the valley. The journey is full of danger with two carnivorous prehistoric fish have survived and follow the friends. While on their quest they meet some more animals who are all funny and provide a laugh.
                The film has a great cast with their voices keeping your entertained. It is also full of laughs and will keep you watching as you laugh off your seat. The sound is very good and the animation is amongst the best with superb attention to detail.
                The story is very easy to understand so everybody will be able to watch. I don't think it is as good as the first but it is still fun and great for the family. The script isn't really that good but the rest of the film makes up for it. The extras are very good with some informative commentary and some great deleted scenes.
                Overall, Ice Age 2, is a great movie for the whole family but it isn't as good as the first but it is still a great film.

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                13.08.2008 09:49
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                A perfect sequel and great for the entire family

                After watching the film 10,000 I though I would watch the other side of prehistoric animals in form animated form of Ice Age 2.

                The film stars Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat who were all in the first one. At the beginning of the film we again see Scrat who is still chasing his acorn, as he is trying to get hold of it the ice breaks and water starts coming through. Below where this is happening is a massive adventure area where Sid the Sloth has started up his own child care place.

                Manny and Diego bump into another of the animals who is warning everyone that the ice is melting and that they will soon be under water. Manny and Diego don't believe what he is saying. As they try to tell everyone it is not going to happen they hear Sid call down to them, he is standing on the to of the ice cliff and about to jump as no one thinks he is every any good at things so he wants to prove himself by being the first down the biggest water slide.

                Manny and Diego go up to rescue Sid but as they reach to top they look behind themselves and see that the ice is actually melting and that the dam will not hold for much longer. As they talk Sid into coming down the cliff they have a fall and we see all 3 of the animals go down the slide. At the bottom they tell everyone that the ice is in fact melting and that they must leave the valley straight away before they are all under water.

                The entire population of the valley leaves and starts making their way to the end of the valley in hope there is some higher ground do they can survive when the dam breaks. Along the way Manny discovers that he is not the last mammoth alive when he meats Ellie.

                As they make their way to the end of the valley Diego starts to show that he is scared of water and Sid takes it upon himself to try to make him overcome this fear.

                Ellie has been bought up by possums and she believes that she is in fact a possum and dismisses Manny when he tries to tell her she is a mammoth.

                The heard continue on their way with some fun adventures and mishaps and Ellie and Manny discover some woods where Ellie soon remembers how she came to be living with the possums and she finally accepts she is a mammoth. Manny tells her in a not so romantic way they as they are the last two of the species it is their duty to try and repopulate the planet with mammoth. She dismisses his words and starts to ignore him.

                The animals continue on their way but will they all make it to the end of the valley before the dam breaks and will there be any safety for them from the water?

                I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish despite it being a children's film. The animation is fantastic and the attention to detail which has been used is super.

                The story is very good and it has a good depth as it involves more than two central characters.

                The film has been made for children but there is also some slight adult humour in it which makes it for people of all ages to watch.

                The running time of the film is 86 minutes which I feel is just the right length. My 3 year old did get slightly bored about half way through and went off playing but my 6 year old did sit and watch it all. He even got some of the jokes and he thought Sid's antics were very funny.

                The favourite character of the film in my household has to be Scrat the squirrel as he never seems to be able to get his acorn!

                There are a few bonus features on this DVD which include:-
                Audio Commentaries by Director and Producer
                New Scrat short movie 'No Time for Nuts'
                Garfield 2 Trailer
                Meltdown Interactive Game

                The film has been produced by Lori Forte and Directed by Carlos Saldanha. It was released by 20th Century Fox.

                This DVD was a gift to us but I have seen it in the sale in Tesco for £5 so do shop around for a good bargain.

                I highly recommend this film for people of all ages and it is a great film to sit down as a family and watch together.

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                  This is a good mive thats easy to watch. Gve it a go

                  In recent years there have been some very good kids movies. Ice age is one of them. It brings new characters and new environments to childrens movies. The first movie was very good and sometimes you see a drop in quality with sequals. Thats thankfully isnt the case here. A new tiwst has been added to the events of the first one and now are unlikely heroes have a melting world to deal with. They encounter many memerable sub characters throughout their adventure and our favourite squirrel is stil after his acorn, with hilarious results. I cant recommend both of these movies enough. They are easily on par with the likes of toy story and will entertain adults and kids alike with definate replay value!. One thing I may say is that there is a slightly slow section to the middle of the film. It can be slightly frustrating but may not bother everyone. Also this being the dvd you get bags of extras including new short films!
                  - The story revolves around a mommoth a sloth and a sabertooth tiger as they try to escape the melting world around them.They are forced to move from their homes to find safety at higher ground! They encounter enemies and friends and ofcorse learn a lesson or two along the way!

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                    great film

                    Not only is this fun for the younger generation to watch and laugh but even the older audience raise a smile. I would happily watch this more then once and recommend it to all children and even some adults.

                    Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat they are all back for their second adventure.

                    Manny may be ready to start a family, but unfortunately nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; in fact, Manny thinks he may be the last one. Until he miraculously finds Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), the only female mammoth left in the world. There is one problem, they cannot stand each other. Ellie also thinks she's a possum as she has grown up with her two possum "brothers" Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck), a couple of daredevil pranksters and cocky, loud-mouthed troublemakers.

                    Manny, Sid, and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback and the waters are about to break, threatening the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with Ellie, Crash and Eddie, form the most unlikely family as they embark on a mission across an ever-changing, increasingly dangerous landscape so save themselves.


                    The features on the second disc are Multi-angle animation comparisons, Scrat's breaking story, Scrat news report, Scrat from head to toe, Music video from Lee Ryan, Outtake prank, Making A Scene' featurette, Crash and Eddie stunts.
                    Not only is this fun for the younger generation to watch and even the older audience raise a smile. I would happily watch this more then once and recommend it to all children and even some adults. This film had me laughing from start to finish.

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                    There is nothing better than a well written and produced family film. In the past decade computer animated films have taken a new role of keeping the families happy by producing quality films.

                    This is the second film in the series. Here you have a group of prehistoric and now extinct animals living happily in a valley. Manfred Sid and Diego are three animals in the centre of the story.

                    Manfred is a mammoth and he thinks he is the only one left in the world. Ellie the female mammoth comes in the story but she is convinced she is not a mammoth. In the early part of the story the animals are happy playing in the waters of melting snow. The blissful existence is threatened by impeding flood which will drown all of the creatures so they plan to leave the valley.

                    This is a nice funny and clean family film with hint of romance between two characters. Lot of funny stuff kept me laughing as well as caring for the animals and the global warming is also a warning. Nice film.

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                    21.04.2008 13:26
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                    Not as good as the original, but still worth a watch

                    Welcome back to our lovable trio of Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano - Everyone Loves Raymond), Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo - E.R.) and Diego the Sabre Tooth Tiger (Denis Leary - Rescue Me).

                    Things are slightly different in this film, the team are very much that, with the bonds that were formed in the first movie proving to be lasting, and the three creatures now forming a very solid, if somewhat unusual "herd".

                    Sid continues to make it his ongoing mission in life to push Manny and Diego to the brink of violence with his annoying antics and neverending dialogue.

                    Manny is grappling to come to terms with the fact that he seems to be the last mammoth alive, while the neighbourhood doommonger tells tales of great floods.

                    The unlikely threesome find out, to their dismay, that he is actually correct, the ice walls protecting surrounding them are melting, and that they, and everyone living in the valley are in danger.

                    When they warn everyone else, the animals all decide to make their way to the other end of the valley, to a boat they have heard is waiting.

                    It's another race against time, facing trials and tribulations as before, but hey, if the formula works don't knock it!

                    Along the way, Manny finds he isn't the only mammoth alive, when he comes across Ellie (Queen Latifah - Taxi, Last Holiday), a mammoth deluded into somehow thinking she is a possum! She travels with her hyperactive possum "brothers" Crash (Seann William Scott - Bulletproof Monk, Welcome to the Jungle) and Eddie (Josh Peck - Drake and Josh). The "herd" grows again as the two trios decide to travel together.

                    As they fight for survival, Manny and Ellie struggle to make a connection as the last two creatures of their kind.

                    Again, throughout this movie, we're treated to extras in the form of animated shorts featuring Scrat, the unlucky (really is an understatement!) squirrel, and his ongoing plight to save his acorn.

                    This edition is a two disc boxset crammed with extra features such as audio commntaries, deleted scenes, behind the scenes stuff. The only one I've watched is Scrat: No time for Nuts but I don't mind, the option is there, and the set only cost me £4.99 in Morrisons anyway (bargain!).

                    Once again this film serves up a great mix of fantastic animated scenery, lovable characters and an exciting story.

                    In my opinion, doesn't quite match up to the original, it's lacking some of the heartfelt moments and charm, but still a good movie, worth a watch. The voice performances are once again great in this sequel too.

                    Released in 2006 by Blue Sky Studios
                    Run time 86 mins approx
                    Rated Univeral - contains mild adventure peril, langage and innuendo

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                      12.06.2007 13:29
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                      Poor story but scrat is funny

                      Introduction
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                      I have wanted to see the sequel to Ice Age for some time and yesterday I finally watched the film and I wanted to share my thoughts with you but first a little about the film.


                      The Plot
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                      In Ice Age 2 The Meltdown we are reunited with Manny, Sid and Diego when they realise that all the ice is going to melt and flood their home, they must all find a way to survive.

                      On their adventure they meet Ellie (a mammoth) who believes that she is a possum she also has two brothers Crash and Eddie (who are actually possums). Will they all be able to get to safety in time before the valley floods?

                      I really can’t say anymore without giving the entire story away.

                      Characters
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                      Diego – Denis Leary (who stars in Rescue Me)
                      Sid – John Leguizamo
                      Manny – Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond)
                      Ellie – Queen Latifah
                      Crash – Seann William Scott
                      Eddie – Josh Peck

                      The whole cast are very good but I found that the addition of three extra characters a little too many. Though Crash and Eddie were amusing I did not really see the point of their role in the film with the exception of their affection for their adopted sister Ellie.

                      The three main characters were good and still have their bond from the first film. Scrat also makes more appearances in his quest to get the acorn before the valley floods.

                      Extras
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                      Since this was a rental disk I was surprised to find some extras on it.

                      Short film “No time for nuts” starring Scrat
                      Factoid Meltdown – a three level quiz about the film so make sure you watch carefully.

                      Not many but still the short film is defiantly worth it.


                      Overview
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                      Overall I was not too impressed with the film and think it is a sequel that maybe should have been left alone. The story was quite lame and extremely predictable and the film did not live up to all the hype.

                      When I watched the first film I was very impressed and really enjoyed it, which I why I thought I would enjoy the second one but the real lack of story made it very predictable. I found myself knowing what was going to happen from the beginning of the film. I know the title of this film might give away a certain amount of the story but not all of it, get ten minutes into the film then you will probably be able to guess the rest.

                      However Scrat and his acorn kept me in laughter and if had not been for him I doubt I would have laughed at all during the film. I did enjoy his short film “No time for nuts”.

                      This film is rated U and even though I did not overly enjoy the film I would imagine children would. This DVD can be bought from Amazon for £8.97 (1 disk) or £16.48 (2 disks) which I would assume has lots more extras on it.

                      Thanks for reading.

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                        Great sequel with fun characters, adventure and romance

                        Im a big kid at heart and absolutely adored the first Ice Age movie, in fact I saw it several times in the cinema. When I heard they were making a sequel my first comment was "I have to see it" I had no idea what the film would be about but I simply had to see it, naturally there was a risk of being dissapointed but I was willing to take that risk. Sadly I missed it when it was released in the cinema(was busy having a baby at the time) and so had to wait until it was released on DVD, finally I have a copy in possesion and im not dissapointed.

                        ICE AGE-
                        Some people may not have seen the first movie so I thought it would be a good idea to give a little background information, otherwise you wont understand how the 3 main characters come to be travelling together.
                        Ice Age is set, you guessed it, in the ice age, after the dinosaurs have died out. The prehistoric mammals are migrating in order to avoid the impending ice age. Sid the sloth, who has been abandoned by his family for being totally useless, joins the migration upsetting most of the animals he encounters on the way. Manny the mammoth, who lost his family to human hunters, doesnt want to migrate and is heading in the opposite direction. Sid has upset a pair of prehistoric rhino like creatures and is at risk of serious injury from them until bumping into Manny by accident, Manny saves Sid and in return Sid tags along with Manny despite the mammoths protests. Meanwhile a pack of sabre tooth cats are planning a revenge attack on a human tribe, they plan to take the tribes baby and kill it, the attack goes wrong and Diego, the packs 2nd in command, is sent to find the baby. The 3 bump into each other, all finding the baby at the same time, Diego fools the others into thinking he can help them return the baby but he really plans an ambush. As they travel together Diego comes to see the others as friends and defends them against the ambush. The movie ends happily with the safe return of the baby. Oh and lets not forget Scrat! he's a sabre toothed squirrel, yes you heard right, a sabre toothed squirrel, he pops up regularly throughout the film getting into various scrapes in his attempt to aquire an acorn.

                        ICE AGE 2-
                        The 2nd movie starts with the group living amongst other prehistoric mammals in a valley. Sid has set up a kids camp and is not doing too well having become the target of the kids pranks. Life is good until one day a sales man, in the shape of a prehistoric armadillo called Fast Tony, claims that there is going to be a huge flood and all the animals living in the valley will drown, this starts off as a pitch for him to sell reeds to breath through but Manny, Diego and Sid quickly discover that it is actually true, the ice is melting. They try and warn the others but nobody believes them until a slightly threatening vulture confirms their fears and advises them all to leave the valley. And so another migration starts.

                        Naturally the main of the action follows the trio as they travel accross the valley. Along the way they aquire new friends in the form of Ellie, Crash and Eddy, 3 possums or at least 2 possums and a confused mammoth. Manny is relieved to see the other mammoth having been convinced he was the last of his kind and after getting around the fact that she is slightly confused starts to fall for the she-mammoth. The possums are reluctant to allow the blossoming romance as they want to protect their "sister"

                        The film shows the group facing many challenges including 2 evil marine reptiles, facing their own fear, learning not to be proud and learning to apologise, as well as the threat of the impending flood and the treacherous land they cross. You also get to see how Ellie came to be living with the possums.

                        Naturally I dont want to give away the ending, if I tell you too much then you wont need to watch it.

                        Oh, I almost forgot! Scrat, he's back and causing as much trouble as always. He's still in search of the ever elusive acorn, everytime he gets his hands on it the acorn is snatched away from under him. His exploits always seem to have an adverse effect on his surroundings, just like they did in the first movie.

                        THE CHARACTERS-
                        Sid, Manny and Diego are the same as they ever were. Sid is unaware of how clumsy, unpopular and insensitve he can be, he's incredibly annoying and yet very endearing, despite his faults he's always a good friend. Manny is stubborn and proud, he's unable to move on from tradgedies in his past, still he is strong and a true friend who risks his life for others. Diego is the tough guy, unwilling to admit his fears, he doesnt like to let others close, he always comes through in the end though and has a good heart.

                        Ellie is a sweet natured she mammoth. Having grown up with a family of possums shes has adopted their survival techiniques and even tries to sleep by hanging upside down in a tree! She is gentle and protective of her brothers. Ellie is a typical girl and manages to jump to conclusions and takes comments the wrong way, when she realises she was wrong though she is quick to apologise. She's a fun loving character and incredibly likeable.

                        Crash and Eddie are 2 possums wise cracking possums, they are fearless dare devils and even take on Diego. They are fond of playing tricks and always seem to get into trouble. They're the 2 brothers who every little sister hates, causing trouble and getting into mischief, embarrasing her.

                        CAST-
                        There are many people providing voices for the characters in Ice Age 2, I am only listing the main characters below.

                        Ray Romano ... Manny
                        John Leguizamo ... Sid
                        Denis Leary ... Diego
                        Seann William Scott ... Crash
                        Josh Peck ... Eddie
                        Queen Latifah ... Ellie
                        Will Arnett ... Lone Gunslinger Vulture
                        Jay Leno ... Fast Tony
                        Chris Wedge ... Scrat

                        CREDITS-
                        As with the cast there are a vast number of crew members who helped make the movie, below are listed a few.

                        Directed by-
                        Carlos Saldanha

                        Writing credits-
                        Gerry Swallow
                        Peter Gaulke
                        Jim Hecht
                        Sean M. Murphy
                        Gerry Swallow

                        Produced by-
                        Lori Forte
                        Christopher Meledandri
                        Chris Wedge

                        Original Music by-
                        John Powell

                        Peter Clarke .... conceptual designer
                        Mike Defeo .... head of modeling
                        Heather M. Shepherd .... model maker
                        Wim Bien .... character animator


                        ANIMATION-
                        Ice Age and Ice Age 2 are both created with 3d computer graphics, the graphics are stunning giving the animals fur a realisitic look, natural surroundings like grass, water and ice also appear realistic, moving as they would in real life. The characters have a cartoony edge, they arent too realistic to life allowing you to believe in them. If they had been made historically and physically correct you would never believe they would become friends and have such adventures, they are appealing in their cartoony forms. The animals do move as close to how they would have done in real life, Manny for example moves just how you imagine a mammoth would(just like an elephant)

                        THE DVD-
                        The movie has a run time of 86 minutes and is rated U, it has subtitles and is suitable for the hearing impaired.

                        Language:English
                        Color:Color
                        Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1 more
                        Sound Mix:Dolby Digital

                        The dvd cost £12.95 from HMV and is available from most entertainment stores as well as online. Prices can start from as little as £5.

                        "Ice Age", "Ice age/Ice age 2" box set and a special 2 disk edition of "Ice age 2" are also available.

                        DVD EXTRAS-
                        The dvd has several features, there is a scene selection option, director and producer commentary, "Factoid Meltdown" a quiz on the movie, trailers for Garfield 2 and the Ice Age 2 video game. "Coming soon" features titles soon to be released on dvd and includes Robots, Magic roundabout and more.

                        There is also "No time for nuts" a mini movie starring Scrat. It is in the same 3d animation as the movie. Scrat is, as usual, trying to get his paws on an acorn, however he has come into contact with a time travel device and his quest for the acorn is made even harder by being ransported to different eras.

                        MY OPINION-
                        I really enjoyed this film, the characters have lost none of their charm and the addition of Ellie and the possums is genius. I love that they kept scrat in the movie, causing chaos as he always did and even encountering the other "stars" at points throughout the film. The story and animation doesnt dissapoint and I was really pleased as sequels are often dissapointing.

                        Particular highlights for me, which you should watch out for, are the hilarious tribe of midget sloths, the singing vultures and scrats visit to heaven. There were definately some laugh out loud moments in the movie. Naturally the group are involved in some "mild peril" and I actually felt some concern for the characters, despite the fact that im a grown up and know there will be a happy ending.

                        It is a great movie for kids although really young ones might need a little supervision, the 2 marine reptiles are really quite nasty and might be frightening for a little one. It teaches great lessons on friendship and loyalty. It shows you that its ok to be afraid but also that you can face your fears and conquer them, it also teaches that it does no good to be too proud and sometimes you just have to say sorry.

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                        The love life of a woolly mammoth - handled with U-rated delicacy - drives this sequel to the first computer-animated romp in the age of prehistoric mammals. While the first Ice Age took a delightful premise and suffocated it with a formulaic plot - in which a mammoth named Manfred (voiced by Ray Romano, Everyone Loves Raymond), a sloth named Sid (John Leguizamo, Moulin Rouge!), and a sabre-tooth tiger named Diego (Denis Leary, Rescue Me) helped an abandoned human infant return to its tribe (basically, Three Mammals and a Baby) - the sequel takes the now-familiar setting, gives it a shapeless, episodic storyline, and yet somehow becomes pretty darn entertaining. Faced with the threat of a flood from melting ice, our heroic trio are on the run to escape from their blossoming valley. On the way, they meet a female mammoth (Queen Latifah, Bringing Down the House) who thinks she's an opossum and get menaced by some freshly defrosted carnivorous fish. Add into the mix a herd of lava-worshipping mini-sloths, some Busby Berkeley-style vultures, and more ingenious slapstick featuring the acorn-crazed Scrat, and Ice Age: The Meltdown will amuse even jaded adults. --Bret Fetzer