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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Completely computer generated movies are slowly coming of age. The first few examples of this new genre were far from successful, especially the early ones that tried to reproduce the human form. The CGI films that stay strictly in the world of fantasy have often times been more successful but visual imagery aside, it’s still down to a good storyline to keep the viewers happy (the adult viewers at any rate).


The original Ice Age looked great and its on-line trailers were a real revelation but the storyline was so slight it was a disappointment. The sequel tries to address those inadequacies by adding characters and by including a redeeming message of sorts.

All of the major characters have returned (including Scrat) and the voice acting is very accomplished with the exception of Ray Romano (Manny) whose nasal voice always sounds contrived. The actual look of the film is of the standard of the original and the filmmakers have resisted updating it too much, it was charming then and it’s still so.

The story revolvers around the global warming at the end of the Ice Age and the usual plea for social acceptance, topics that are extremely relevant in this day and age. Wisely those messages are submerged effectively in a story that is bound to entertain the young ones. Taking the kids to the movies doesn’t have to be a mindless affair and there are even a few adult jokes thrown in to make sure you enjoy yourself as well.
Rob Hudson

Check out the Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinasaurs  review here

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