Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ice Age: The Meltdown

So you thought I couldn't sink any lower than to watch Talladega Nights? Oh, how little you know.

This is, of course, the sequel to Ice Age. It's just about as funny, and the animation is better. The plot is simple: Anthropomorphic animals of the Ice Age have to deal global warming: flee the valley or die. This "plot" is just another excuse for a dysfunctional family road movie, the Ice Age version of Little Miss Sunshine.

Dad is Manny the melancholy mammoth (mouthed by Ray Romano). There's a female mammoth (Queen Latifah) who thinks she's a 'possum. There are the hyperactive, trash-talking kids (Ellie's 'possum brothers). There's the sabertooth tiger who harbors a secret fear that he must overcome. There's Sid the comedy-relief sloth. And for padding that has nothing at all to do with the rest of the movie, there's the irrepressible Scrat.

The two best scenes are Sid's encounter with the horde of Sid-worshiping mini-sloths and the Busby Berkeley-inspired dance number with buzzards.

'Possum fans (Terrill Lee Lankford, take notice) should definitely check this one out.


Anonymous said...

Ice Age: The Meltdown is the funniest movie I have seen in awhile. I found myself laughing harder than the kids in the theater and at one point I believe they were all staring at me. I highly recommend watching this movie. Queen Latifah was hilarious as the mammoth who thought she was a possum. Queen Latifah is actually hosting the People's Choice Awards on Jan. 9, 2007 on CBS at 9pm. Ice Age: The Meltdown was also nominated for favorite family movie. I work for the People's Choice Award Community and you can go to and leave a question for your favorite celebrity and it might be chosen to be answered LIVE during the broadcast. Check it out and leave a question!

Unknown said...

Queen Latifah should be great as the host. An animated movie's only as good as it's voices, and this movie has some great ones, including hers.