902. Ice Age: The Meltdown

Title: Ice Age: The Melt Down
Director:  Carlos Saldanha
Year: 2006
Run time: 1hr 31m

“Everyone’s favourite sub-zero heroes are back for another incredible adventure in the super-cool animated comedy Ice Age: The Meltdown! The action heats up – and so does the temperature – for Manny, Sid, Diego and Scrat. Trying to escape the valley to avoid a floor of trouble, the comical creatures embark on a hilarious journey across the thawing landscape and meet Ellie, a female woolly mammoth.”

Live blog

1:07 – Traversing overhangs makes no sense in my head, the physics of it. Same happens in Shadow of the Tomb Raider
3:06 – Oh, that’s the solution to climate change, just make a water park out of the ice.
5:10 – “Manny, don’t squash their creativity.”
8:37 – The armadillo is the Del Boy of the ice age.
12:46 – “Ah, go suck air through a reed.” Like that as a putdown.
15:33 – Ooh, I didn’t see that coming. Cryogenically frozen scary monsters.
20:16 – How could they not have noticed all the summer grass and flowers and stuff?
21:24 – “Well don’t that put the stink in extinction.”
25:22 – “I don’t think her tree goes all the way to the top branch.”
31:29 – The mammoth that thinks she’s a possum is a fun sub-plot.
39:10 – “She’s not half bad. Crazy and confused, but sweet.”
42:45 – Baby Ellie is adorbz.
43:06 – I sense a ‘can you feel the love tonight’ moment coming on.
48:56 – Why do the ice age creatures need a fire?
56:50 – The sloth has the same crowd power as Freddie Mercury.
59:56 – When did the vultures get to see Oliver?
1:09:06 – “I’ll save you!” Bash, bangs his head. Ha.
1:19:41 – The mammoth is cute when it waddle runs.

Conclusions

We were medium happy with the first Ice Age movie, and having scooped up the rest of the pack in a Blue Sky bundle, we figured it was worth watching the sequel. I think I liked it more than the first, a serious situation about climate change lends itself to an interesting and funny story – animals on the move, alongside being the last of your species (or not), and believing you’re one thing when it turns out you’re another.

Good film but I was mostly distracted by the fact that the water looked amazing whilst the animation of the ice could still use some work.

Rating: 2/5.