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MOVIE REVIEW OF ...
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Animated;  Released: 2006
Voices by: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, et al

This Ice Age 2: The Meltdown review written by Mark Jeantheau, Grinning Planet.

DVD cover for Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Manny the Mammoth, Sid the Sloth, and Diego the Sabertooth Tiger return in this sequel to the 2002 hit Ice Age. This time around, the trio discover that the ice wall surrounding their valley is rapidly melting and will soon disgorge the massive body of water behind it. With their one chance of survival being a boat at the other end of the valley, the trio join the desperate exodus.

Viewers will likely perceive the main plot driver here to be a metaphor for modern-day global warming. But midway, the film takes the cheap way out by having one of the characters suggest the likely explanation for the melting ice is increased geothermal activity near the surface. (At that point, I half expected to see the characters wander past the Exxon-Mobil Tar Pits.) Regardless, the impact on animals of melting ice, rising waters, and flooding is show clearly enough here, albeit with the standard happy kid-movie ending.

But forget about the film's barely green creds; the slapstick action, funny dialogue, and lovable characters make Ice Age: The Melting very entertaining just as a movie. It's a worthy follow-up to the original.

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