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Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

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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.

Director:

Carlos Saldanha

Writers:

Peter Gaulke (screenplay), Gerry Swallow (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Romano ... Manny (voice)
John Leguizamo ... Sid (voice)
Denis Leary ... Diego (voice)
Seann William Scott ... Crash (voice)
Josh Peck ... Eddie (voice)
Queen Latifah ... Ellie (voice)
Will Arnett ... Lone Gunslinger Vulture (voice)
Jay Leno ... Fast Tony (voice)
Chris Wedge ... Scrat (voice)
Peter Ackerman Peter Ackerman ... Dung Beetle Dad (voice)
Caitlin Rose Anderson Caitlin Rose Anderson ... Glypto Boy Billy / Beaver Girl (voice)
Connor Anderson Connor Anderson ... Rhino Boy / Beaver Boy (voice)
Joseph Bologna ... Mr. Start (voice)
Jack Crocicchia Jack Crocicchia ... Elk Boy (voice)
Peter DeSève Peter DeSève ... Condor Chick (voice)
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Storyline

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

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Trivia

In the original 2002 film Stephen Root and Alan Tudyk have voiced so many minor characters especially two main characters such as Frank the Rhino and Lenny the Scimitar Toothed Jaguar in that film now they're both voicing one character at a time such as a male aardvark who has one son known James and Cholly the Chalicotherium both Root and Tudyk have not made an appearance in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) although Tudyk alone appeared in Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) originally Stephen Root alone was going to have a role in Ice Age: Collision Course (2016). See more »

Goofs

When Scrat passes through the golden gates, he picks up two acorns. When he does this, you can see five acorns at the bottom of the screen. When he picks them up, there are no more acorns left and he's now holding six acorns. He should be holding seven. See more »

Quotes

[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 credits are very similar, if not the same as the credits in the first Ice Age. Drawings of various creatures are shown with their respective character. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK version, Lee Ryan is the voice of the Elk Dad and the song 'Real Love' is played during the credits. Also, the credits and drawings are rendered in blue instead of white. This version, however, did not end up in the UK DVD release, even though Lee Ryan and his song were credited. See more »

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A Nutshell Review: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
29 March 2006 | by DICK STEELSee all my reviews

Similar to the first Ice Age, the promotional material for the sequel was out in the theatres way in advance, and courtesy of the Scrat character too, up to its usual antics of getting to that elusive acorn. Here, Scrat opens the movie, and emulating the style of the first, he provides most of the laughs, also as an intermission from the actual scenes from the main cast.

Our gang of prehistoric animals are back - Manny the Mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano), Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego the Sabre-tooth Tiger (Denis Leary). We learn that Sid has gone into the early childhood business, educating the young minds of pre-historic brats. However, I felt that this movie was somehow darker in tone than the original. While the original was one which dealt with hope, this one had its setting in extinction, disaster and death.

The valley which they live in is threatened by the melting ice, no thanks to global warming. So all the animals embark on a journey to salvation, to that rumored ark which will save them from the massive floods to come. Along the way, our trio meets up with another trio of characters, who were added to expand the cast, featuring 2 Possums Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck), and another, but female, mammoth (Queen Latifah).

Needless to say, Manny's still anti-social, and Diego can't get along with those rascal possums who get on his nerves, and Sid's the "philosopher" ever providing the laughs. Various themes like romance (hey, we got 2 mammoths here), friendship, trust, and believing in oneself to overcome one's phobia get covered. Pretty wide scope, but they manage to fit in place nicely.

The villains in this sequel are pretty nasty, besides the looming natural disaster, we have two sea creatures with nasty teeth and attitude, as well as menacing vultures ever ready to pounce on the flesh of animals who have fallen.

But it's not all that bleak. Keep a lookout too for that mad sloth song-and-dance sequence, which has potential to become the next ear worm ala Madagascar's zany "you-got-to-move-it" song. The animation is as usual, top notch, and I just can't get enough of the photo-realistic ice and water landscape.

This is one piece of animation that doesn't rely too much on sight gags, of spoofing current affairs, but one filled with more witty dialogue and kept on an even keel with its interesting storyline. Though at times it might feel clichéd, somehow it excelled in its execution.

And that makes this sequel, as enjoyable as, if not better, than the original. Recommended stuff this week!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,033,544, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$195,330,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$667,094,506
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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