Everyone’s favorite prehistoric squirrel/rat, Scrat, returns for more cliff-hanging adventures in ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN.
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Release: March 31, 2006
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Written by: TBD
Producer: Lori Forte

Cast: Voices of: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott, Will Arnett, Josh Peck, Jay Leno, and Queen Latifah

ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN

In ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN, our sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster CGI film ICE AGE are back – Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and the hapless saber-toothed squirrel known as Scrat.

In the new film, from the Academy Award®- winning creators of ICE AGE and ROBOTS, the Ice Age is coming to an end, and the animals are delighting in the melting paradise that is their new world. Manny, Sid, and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: a huge glacial dam is about to break, threatening the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with a mammoth named Ellie (Queen Latifah) and her two “brothers” – possums Crash and Eddie – embark on a mission across an increasingly dangerous landscape towards their salvation.

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A New Ice Age

By Madelyn Ritrosky

The original Ice Age was a fun film, but I wasn’t counting down to the release of Ice Age: The Meltdown.  However, my six-year-old son was.  So when I got the advance screening ticket in the mail, I knew that he and I would be celebrating my birthday by going to see the new Ice Age installment.

And I’m glad we did. 

The second film, from Twentieth Century Fox Animation, has a cast comprised entirely of animals.  No early humans to be seen.  The story reminds me of Disney’s Dinosaur, where herds of animals have to make a fast and treacherous escape to avoid a natural disaster and reach safer ground.  And there’s the rag tag group of different species of animals bringing up the rear who form a “family” as they work together to survive. 

This type of family certainly reflects expanded contemporary definitions of what a family is and the ways in which conflicting personalities and ideas can be reconciled. 

The story of Noah’s Ark also informs this film, where the animals are escaping a deluge as huge ice dams break apart under the warming temperatures that herald the end of the ice age.  Most of the animals make their way to a gigantic shell of a tree that serves as an ark when the waters rise.

I was very happy to see the addition of a female group member, who took the form of Ellie (Queen Latifah), the mammoth who thinks she’s a possum.  Returning to delight us with their anxieties and arguments are Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), Diego the saber-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), and acorn sideshow extraordinaire, Scrat the squirrel.  

Not surprisingly, Scrat performs the same antics and wrecks havoc again through his single-minded pursuit of one acorn.  The slapstick humor in these bits as well as elsewhere in the film had the audience laughing out loud numerous times.

One running gag and plot line was Manny’s dawning realization that he might be the only mammoth left.  So when they find Ellie and her possum “brothers,” she at first does not recognize herself as a mammoth.  This twist allows for some romantic antagonism.  And there is poignancy in this plot line because we know that mammoths did, in fact, become extinct with the end of the ice age.  But don’t worry, kids, the film does not leave us on the sad note of inevitability.  

Ice Age: The Meltdown opens in theaters March 31, 2006.  Enjoy the slush.    

Jay Leno voices Fast Tony in ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN.

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Manny the woolly mammoth (voiced by Ray Romano) and Ellie (voiced Queen Latifah) in ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN.

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Ray Romano voices Manny in ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN.

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Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) taunts Diego (Denis Leary).

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John Leguizamo voices Sid in ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN.

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MOVIE SYNOPSIS

In ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, the sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster CGI film “Ice Age” are back – Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat. In the new film, from director Carlos Saldanha and the Academy Award® winning creators of “Ice Age” and “Robots,” the Ice Age is coming to an end, and the animals are delighting in the melting paradise that is their new world.

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary return to voice our three heroes: Manny, Sid, and Diego. New cast members include Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Seann William Scott (the “American Pie” trilogy), late night talk show king Jay Leno, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Josh Peck (“Drake and Josh”).

Our trio is still together and enjoying the perks of their now melting world. Manny may be ready to start a family, but nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; Manny thinks he may be the last one. That is, until he miraculously finds Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), the only female mammoth left in the world. Their only problems: They can't stand each other – and Ellie somehow thinks she’s a possum!

Ellie comes with some excess baggage in the form of her two possum “brothers”...Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck), a couple of daredevil pranksters and cocky, loud-mouthed troublemakers.

Manny, Sid, and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: A huge glacial dam holding off oceans of water is about to break, threatening the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with Ellie, Crash and Eddie, form the most unlikely family – in any “Age” – as they embark on a mission across an ever-changing, increasingly dangerous landscape towards their salvation.

The film also presents the continuing adventures, or misadventures, of Scrat, who has an even larger role this time.

ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN has everything you loved about the first movie with even more comedy, action, and spectacular visuals. Our three heroes’ unyielding friendship lives on with some memorable new characters thrown into the mix. The result will thaw hearts of all ages.

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