Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Finally got to see this follow up to the excellent Ice Age. We'd been off on a break in Oban when it was released and then I got a stinker of a cold last weekend but Orange Wednesdays won out in the end.

Sid, Manny and Diego are having an easy life in a pleasant valley, surrounded by lots of familiar ice, but the Ice Age is coming to an end and their idyllic way of life in the valley is threatened. So the three heroes must again unite to lead all the animals to safety before the oncoming deluge of meltwater destroys their home.

As sequels go this is one of the good ones. If anything it might well be better than the original. John Leguizamo is brilliant again as Sid the Sloth and we were in stitches through most of the movie. Ray Romano and Dennis Leary return as Manny and Diego and both are excellent again. However, there are a couple of new characters this time - Ellie (Queen Latifah), a mammoth that thinks she's a possum and her brother possums Crash and Eddie, played by Sean William Scott and Josh Peck.

Of course it wouldn't be the same without Scrat, the saber-tooth squirrel, and he's back in a much larger role here. Absolutely hilarious from start to finish!

Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
My Rating: 8/10

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