Genre: Animation/ adventure
Director: Carlos Saldanah
Cast: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, Queen Latifah, Chris Wedge
Storyline: The buddies get back together to escape the meltdown and embark on yet another memorable journey together.
Bottomline: How can you not like this bunch?Thanks to Ice Age Meltdown, this summer will be cool.The weirdest herd ever seen in a movie, Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) the saber-tooth tiger, this time have regrouped on a journey to escape the meltdown.In Ice Age 2, the herd only gets bigger as they meet Ellie (Queen Latifah), a mammoth raised by a family of possums, grows up believing she's a possum too. The possums (Sean William Scott and Josh Peck) are incredibly awe-inspiring when they act all protective about their `sister' Ellie.If the first movie was about the unlikely friendship forged during a journey, this one's about love and relationships as Manny tries to romance Ellie during their journey together, the plot almost reminding you of Shrek. The lines are consistently funny throughout, and so is the visual humour and comic timing, well etched out through some first-rate animation by director Carlos Saldanah, who was incidentally, the co-director of the first part.Director of the first Ice Age movie, Chris Wedge, who lent his voice to the lovable Scrat, returns to anchor a parallel track similar to the one in the first part. This one too begins with Scrat's antics with the acorn. Soon enough there's another misadventure to have you roll on the floor. Don't be surprised if the next part of Ice Age features Scrat in the lead. His adventures with the acorn seems to be potent enough to generate a whole new series on the lines of `Tom and Jerry,' going by his interludes woven into the narrative.
Comparisons with ``Shrek" are inevitable with the chemistry between the talkative dimunitive Sid and the huge introverted Manny reminding you of that between Donkey and Shrek. But these guys have a charm of their own too.Sid's episode with the tribals who worship him and crown him as the `Fire King' and Scrat's visit to heaven have to be the two funniest scenes in the film packed with genuine laughs all through. The scenes with Manny trying to flirt with Ellie are a riot too.Hollywood has mastered the art of 3-D animation. The writing too always seems better in animation flicks and the `performances' are truly delightful. Ice Age Meltdown is the best ice-breaker this summer, ideal for a family outing, a must-watch for all ages. Guaranteed entertainment for the summer.