I have to admit, I put Ice Age 2: The Meltdown to the ultimate test. Along with my husband, I took my three girls to see it with me. It was the first “movie theater movie” my 5 and 3 year-olds had ever seen, and the 2 nd for my 6 year-old. And, it passed with flying colors, no meltdowns for my youngest. She didn’t have time between laughs.
Ray Romano (Manny), John Leguizamo (Sid), Denis Leary (Diego) headline the talented cast and are joined by Queen Latifah as Ellie (possum/mammoth), Seann William Scott (Crash) and Josh Peck (Eddie). Seann and Josh were hysterical as a team of two possum brothers.
The plot of the movie centers on the polar ice caps melting, which forces the valley’s inhabitants to flee before being drowned in the oncoming flood. Along the way they meet up with Ellie, who thinks she’s a possum, and her two “brothers.” Hilarity ensues, especially by Scrat (squirrel) played by Chris Wedge, who co-directed the original Ice Age, along with Carlos Saldanha.
The second installment was definitely funnier, packed with tons of sight and sound gags that kept the kids entertained; and enough adult humor thrown in to give parents more to enjoy.
Overall, there were plenty of moments you’d expect from a Hollywood movie: overcoming one’s fears, trying to fit in/belong, finding love or strength and beating the odds. What’s different about Ice Age versus some of the other kid flicks is that you actually care. Stranger still — you’re caring about animated characters. The plot lacked the urgency of similar end of the world movies, like Dinosaur. There were too many lackadaisical moments when they all should have been running for their lives.
I forgive them though, because at times I laughed out loud. I especially want to thank the young girl in the next row, whose laugh was contagious. I am very close to thinking that Ice Age 2 was better than the original. Definitely funnier, but the plot was not as good as Ice Age. For a kid movie, I’ll take funnier any day.
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