Ice Age: The Meltdown

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Funny, but contains some crude humor and mild profanity.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 53 reviews

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Positive Messages

Heroes quarrel then come together to triumph over climate change (coming flood) and attendant dangers (underwater creatures).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroes use courage and teamwork to save the day. 

Violence & Scariness

Some potentially frightening imagery and music to show the threat of the melting ice (cracking ice, falls down mountainsides, plummets into water); two toothy creatures underwater hunt and grab at heroes periodically; a scene showing a mother woolly mammoth frozen as her child leans into the mother's now-abstracted form is sad; a group of vultures perform elaborate musical number about "" and "" tiger must jump into water that scares him to save his friends; flooding at end might be worrisome for young viewers with memories of recent Louisiana and Mississippi flooding.

Sexy Stuff

Manny seeks a mate, with some allusions made to preventing the extinction of the species.


Some comic phrases might inspire imiitation ("suck air"); film includes a fart joke, "ass," "crap," and "pervert".

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ice Age:The Meltdown is a sequel to Ice Age. Because of global warming, the heroes are in peril from rising waters and they are stalked by somewhat scary-looking underwater creatures. There is comic slapstick violence (the acorn-chasing muskrat is squashed, splatted, attacked by a vulture, etc.), a sad memory of a mother's death, and a flood, and the tiger's fear of water is rendered in a couple of "nightmare" images (his point of view underwater, with big music). The film includes some very mild language ("crap," "ass," "pervert").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCorrectingIdiots January 7, 2016

Great Family Movie

Unfortunately, There has been people that believe that the movie has profanity in it. First of all, it says "your breath smells like ants". Second of... Continue reading
Parent Written byCourtney W. January 4, 2014

Cute but Rude

We rented this movie, and I confess that I didn't see the first part. Our family watched it, including our 7 and almost 11 year olds. Overall the kids en... Continue reading
Kid, 5 years old April 4, 2021
Teen, 17 years old Written bySpider2003 February 20, 2021

Ice Age 2 The Meltdown movie review by Logan Strohl

A really great sequel to Ice Age as good as the first if not better great comdey score and cast a really great film for the whole family.

What's the story?

In ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, the multi-species family -- fretful woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), aggressive sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary), and friendly, lispy sloth Sid (John Leguizamo) -- are on the move due to global warming. Warned by a sideshow barker turtle, Fast Tony (Jay Leno), who predicts floods and devastation, they seek a legendary big-bark-boat large enough to handle hundreds of post-prehistoric creatures. Each animal has his own special role on the journey: Diego's afraid of water, Sid's trying to keep everyone's spirits up, and Manny worries he's the last of his kind. As they begin to philosophize about extinction, they meet Ellie (Queen Latifah), a pert green-eyed mammoth who thinks she's a possum. Between Ellie's delusion and various predators, Sid has his work cut out for him.

Is it any good?

Like the original film, this Ice Age sequel features appealing characters in recognizable, particularly familial situations. When Ice Age: The Meltdown runs low on plot, it cuts away to Scrat, the acorn-doting muskrat who keeps cracking ice walls and starting leaks in order to get at his prize, big eyes bulging and Wile E. Coyote-style limbs stretching. This bit was charming once and in a small dose, but might seem tedious after twice and three and four times.


For all mixing of fun and menace, the film is really about sincere, sometimes affecting, and decidedly alternative family connections.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the alternative family (here called a "herd") developed by the plucky heroes in Ice Age:The Meltdown . How do their different talents and interests help them to survive? How do they learn to support one another rather than argue or compete?

  • How does Sid, who shows a persistent faith in everyone's worth, become the "glue" that holds them all together?

  • How does the introduction of new members (Ellie and her possum brothers) temporarily disrupt the dynamic, as characters are jealous or afraid of being abandoned?

  • How does this movie compare to others in the series?

  • How do the characters in Ice Age:The Meltdown demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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