Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Parent Guide
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Parent Movie Review
Global warming has hit the Ice Age and things are getting a little drippy. Most of the prehistoric creatures are basking in the weather change, but Fast Tony the turtle (voiced by Jay Leno) is predicting impending disaster.
When a hungry vulture (voiced by Will Arnett) confirms that a huge deluge of water is about to flood the valley, the animals all decide to head for higher ground. Among the migrants are Manny the wooly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) and his buddies, Diego the saber-tooth tiger (voiced by Denis Leary) and Sid the sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo).
Although the trio survived the cold spell, Manny’s grumpy temperament hasn’t softened at all. Worried about the reality of extinction, he is on the look out for others of his kind. Unfortunately, Sid only adds to Manny’s misery by singing parodies of popular songs where the changed lyrics detail the mammoth’s likely demise.
Still, when Manny finally meets Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), he’s not so sure his problems are over. The megaton mammoth has some quirky behaviors of her own. Adopted by possums, the orphaned Ellie has adapted to climbing trees and sleeping upside down. And among other things, she’s oblivious to the obvious size discrepancy between her and her brothers, Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck). Identity issues aside, however, the biggest disparity between Ellie and Manny is her fun-loving spirit and his stick-in-the-mud seriousness.
While these opposing attitudes don’t lend themselves to immediate sparks between the hairy creatures, Sid persuades Ellie and her brothers to migrate with them, hoping the friendly female will eventually melt Manny’s frosty heart.
Like the original Ice Age, this film is flush with slapstick violence played for comedy. When Sid opens a day camp for kids, he finds himself on the painful end of a pinata stick. Scat, the saber-tooth squirrel, gets more screen time, but his success rate for securing acorns isn’t on the rise, despite the increased amounts of personal injury he suffers.
Even though the innuendo may go over the heads of the youngest audience members, the script contains some sexual overtones when Manny and Ellie argue over his indelicate approach to wooing her. As well, the screenplay makes brief use of bathroom humor and mild exclamations.
Yet, in spite of the odd make-up of their herd, these critters manage to avoid the distinction of extinction by working together. Learning to appreciate individual peculiarities, they help one another face the fears and uncertainties of their changing world and ride out the rising tides in Ice Age: The Meltdown. Starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah.. Running time: 91 minutes. Theatrical release March 30, 2006. Updated September 15, 2014
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Rating & Content Info
Why is Ice Age 2: The Meltdown rated PG? Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is rated PG by the MPAA for some mild language and innuendo.
Cartoon violence is a recurring element in this film. While attempting to get his hands on an acorn, a prehistoric squirrel gets his tongue stuck on a glacier, falls from a cliff, and is stuck underwater. Amongst other mishaps, piranhas and an angry vulture also attack him. Manny and his companions face perilous situations when the dam threatens to break and flood the valley. On their journey to higher ground they are attacked by sea creatures, surrounded by hungry vultures, hit with rocks and tree trunks, and threatened by exploding geysers. When Manny meets Ellie, their conversation includes some mild sexual innuendo. The script also contains some brief language concerns and scenes of bathroom humor.
Page last updated September 15, 2014
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Parents' Guide
Even though Manny and Diego don’t give Sid much credit for his wisdom, how does the sloth help his friends face their fears? What is Manny worried about? What is Diego afraid of?
Several characters warn the animals about the impending danger of the melting ice dam. Why are some of these forecasters believed while others are ignored? How do you determine if a source is credible or not?
The most recent home video release of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown movie is March 4, 2008. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Ice Age: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 7 October 2014
The Ice Age franchise releases in a Complete Collection. Blu-ray copies of the following are included:
- Ice Age
- Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Home Video Notes: Ice Age: The Meltdown
Release Date: 4 March 2008
If your kids are having a Meltdown waiting for a chance to see Ice Age 2 again, then they are sure to give this DVD release a warm reception. But viewing the film is just the tip of the iceberg because there are a ton of other extra features as well. These include a commentary by director Carlos Saldanha, producer Lori Forte and the production team, a behind-the-scenes look at the animation process, an introduction to new characters and the marketing of the movie. There are also some bonus shorts (No Time for Nuts, Crash & Eddie Stunts, and Lost Historical Films on the Ice Age Period), a featurette (Silly Sid & John Leguizamoa), outtakes (Crash and Eddie Blooper), trailers and some cross-promotional trailers. Gamers will find some entertainment and web links for them too, and the party crowd can dance to the sloth sing-along. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital Surround (French and Spanish), with subtitles in English and Spanish.
Ice Age: The Meltdown is back! This time the DVD release includes a disc of bonus extras over and above the features listed on the back of the box. These new materials include: Meet The Modeler (learn how to create a model of Sid’s head), Scrat: From Head To Toe (a drawing tutorial), two featurettes (Breaking Story and News Report), Hot Is Cold / Cold Is Hot (a scavenger hunt and environmental trivia game), Migration Adventure and Whack-A-Possum. The Ice Age: The Meltdown is presented in either 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen or 4x3 1.33: Fullscreen. Both versions offer audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitle in English and Spanish.
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Fast Tony, the smooth-talking salesman in Ice Age: The Meltdown, isn’t the only character to predict impending danger. In Chicken Little, a young hatchling sets off the town’s alarm bell when he fears the sky is falling. In addition to voicing Diego, the saber-tooth tiger, Denis Leary lends his vocal talents to Francis in A Bug’s Life.