Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

<strong class="MovieTitle">Ice Age: The Meltdown</strong> (2006)

(On DVD, December 2009) Given my indifferent reaction to the first Ice Age, it’s not surprising that it took me years, a free DVD and a lack of other distractions to get to watch the sequel.  It’s not any more surprising that I still dislike the very things that I disliked in the original: The ugly character design, the voice actors, the lowest-denominator script… all of which are back in this installment.  This time, the ice is melting away and there seems to be a lot more animals, but this kid’s film offers little to the grown-up audiences.  Much of the film’s emotional beats are obvious, and the ending drags on far too long.  At least the animation seems fair, and Scrat’s nut-gathering antics are entertaining in-between the rest of the film.  It’s not enough to make Ice Age 2: The Meltdown any better, but it’s a bit better than nothing, I suppose.  The DVD contains a number of features aimed straight at younger audiences, although the pretty good bonus short film, “No Times for Nuts” has at least two unsettling Twilight-Zoneish elements that will resonate with older audiences.

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