Ice Age: The Meltdown

 
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Funny, but contains some crude humor and mild profanity.
  • Review Date: November 20, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 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").

What's the story?

This time out, the multi-culti 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?

QUALITY
 

Like the original film, ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN features appealing characters in recognizable, particularly familial situations. When the film 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the alternative family (here called a "herd") developed by our plucky heroes. 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 31, 2006
DVD release date:November 21, 2006
Cast:Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Ray Romano
Director:Carlos Saldanha
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Wild animals
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for some mild language and innuendo

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Educator and Parent of a 6 year old Written bytrcruise July 1, 2009
 
Surprised by the some dialog in the movie. For example, "Your breath smells like ass."
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Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
 

Aimed for kids, huh?

Sex, any kind of swearing, covered-up crude words (butt, shut up) are never acceptable. I loved the first Ice Age. Call it the clean CGI movie. The second, however....it seems Blue Sky began to think like the other movie compatnies and try and stick in as much innappropriate material as they could. Blatant innuendo and a couple "donkey jokes." (Which aren't even funny.) What makes them think this improves sells? All I know is I'm not buying any more of Ice Age 2's products now. They just lost a customer. Parents should realize that these movies can be just as dangerous as "adult" movies, since they're teaching kids at a young age that certain things are acceptable. To cap it all, the story itself was not a tenth as good as the first. No cute baby.
Kid, 10 years old July 13, 2012
 

Why do people make movies like this?

How come they made the only girl character in the movie DUMB? And why did they give her an African American accent?

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