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Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  31 March 2006 (USA)
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Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the ice age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the woolly mammoths.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manny (voice)
Sid (voice)
Diego (voice)
Crash (voice)
Eddie (voice)
Ellie (voice)
Fast Tony (voice)
Scrat (voice)
Peter Ackerman ...
Dung Beetle Dad (voice)
Caitlin Rose Anderson ...
Connor Anderson ...
Rhino Boy / Beaver Boy (voice)
Mr. Start (voice)
Jack Crocicchia ...
Elk Boy (voice)
Peter DeSève ...
Condor Chick (voice)


Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat are still together and enjoying the perks of their now melting world. Manny may be ready to start a family, but nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; Manny thinks he may be the last one. That is, until he miraculously finds Ellie, the only female mammoth left in the world. Their only problems: They can't stand each other--and Ellie somehow thinks she's a possum! Ellie comes with some excess baggage in the form of her two possum "brothers"-- Crash and Eddie, a couple of daredevil pranksters and cocky, loud-mouthed troublemakers. Manny, Sid and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: A huge glacial dam holding off oceans of water is 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 ... Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Age 2  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,176,639 (Chile) (31 March 2006)


$195,329,763 (USA) (1 September 2006)

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Did You Know?


The flashback in the movie was originally going to focus on Manny's conflict with his first family. However, Queen Latifah pitched the idea of the flashback in the film to center more on Ellie's origins. See more »


The two sea reptiles (Cretaceous and Maelstrom) were frozen in the ice, but in the era that they lived in, there was no place on Earth cold enough to generate ice. See more »


[first lines]
Mr. Start: Oy, this global warming is "killing" me!
Mrs. Start: This is too "hot", the Ice Age was too "cold", what will it take to make you happy? Aahhh!
[the ice that she is sitting on cracks and she falls into the water]
Mr. Start: "This" I like!
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Crazy Credits

The names of Blue Sky Production Babies - who were born during the production of the film - are listed towards the end. It is similar to the babies' names who are listed in Disney/Pixar movies. See more »


Referenced in Mad: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus/Adjustment Burro (2012) See more »


Food Glorious Food
Written by Lionel Bart
Performed by Monique Donnelly
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User Reviews

Quite an enjoyable adventure
1 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are several aspects of this film that I found to be very enjoyable: Its terrific animation, the delightful vocal performances of all the actors involved, and its irresistible imaginative charm. John Leguizamo shines as the heart of the movie, the sloth that inspires all of us to have a good time and gives us hope that there is still some imagination left in Hollywood. His creation and very talented vocal turn perfectly interacts with the other actors' styles. Romano's deadpan delivery this time has found the heart that it sorely missed last time, when it was a just boring attempt to leave his character with no personality. Romano has now found the essence of Manny and has some fun with it. He compliments Queen Latifah's lovely and goofy Ellie. Leary's Diego is not the showiest turn, but he also has some great moments.

In addition to the principals, the possums and the mini sloths are welcome arrivals, and there are some wonderful moments of nutty entertainment, as now computers can portray some truly wacky moments, such as the Berkeley-inspired moment in the sacrificial fire pit and the vulture "food" numbers.

This film is a throwback to what made classics such as "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and The Beast" work: solid acting and a good writing base. It's a commendable and admirable effort.

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