Ice Age 2
The Meltdown

Starring (voice): Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
RRP: 24.99
Certificate: U
Available 23 October 2006

Everyone's favourite prehistoric creatures are back. Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat return for more subzero adventures. As the ice age is coming to an end, our heroes soon realise that their habitat is under serious threat and decide to head for a new, safer environment...

Manny may be ready to start a family, but nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; in fact, 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 problem: they can't stand each other. Oh, 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, loudmouthed troublemakers.

Manny, Sid, and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: a huge glacial dam holding back 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 as they embark on a mission across an ever-changing, increasingly dangerous landscape.

For those of you that have seen the first Ice Age movie, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is a worthy sequel. While it's not quite up to the standard of the first film, it's still a great family movie - with something for everyone.

This time around added comedy is injected by the introduction of the possum twins Crash and Eddie who get up to all kinds of mischief. I for one was glad that this due was introduced as I was starting to get a little bored of Scrat to be honest. In fact Scrat was beginning to seem like a poor man's Wile. E Coyote from the Roadrunner cartoons - although, oddly enough, I really enjoyed the additional time travelling Scrat animated short No Time For Nuts, which is included on this DVD.

On the main disc you get the movie as well as an audio commentary from director Carlos Saldanha; audio commentary from Producer Lori Forte and the production team; No Time For Nuts short film featuring Scrat; and Factoid Meltdown which is a multiple choice game.

The two disc collection has loads of extras. Disc two includes multi-angle animation comparisons; Scrat's breaking story; Scrat news report; Scrat from head to toe; Music video from Lee Ryan; Meet The Modeler featurette; Outtake prank; Making A Scene featurette; 6 Student films on the ice age period; Set-top games; Musical montage; Sound effects lab; Crash and Eddie stunts; Voices Of Ice Age 2 featurette; Ice Age 2 international TV special; Trailers; and TV spot.

At the end of the day this is an enjoyable movie which will keep both adults and children entertained for its duration.

Pete Boomer

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