Ice Age: The Meltdown

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Ice Age: The Meltdown
Ice Age 2 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Produced by Lori Forte
Screenplay by Peter Gaulke
Gerry Swallow
Jim Hecht
Story by Peter Gaulke
Gerry Swallow
Starring Ray Romano
John Leguizamo
Denis Leary
Seann William Scott
Queen Latifah
Music by John Powell
Edited by Harry Hitner
Production
  company
Blue Sky Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • March 31, 2006 (2006-03-31)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $80 million
Box office $655,388,158[1]

Ice Age: The Meltdown (also known as Ice Age 2: The Meltdown or simply as Ice Age 2) is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2002 computer-animated film Ice Age. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox, and premiered in Belgium on March 1, 2006. It was eventually released in 70 countries, with the last release being in China, on June 9, 2006.[2] It was directed by Carlos Saldanha, co-director of the original Ice Age, and the music is composed by Robots composer, John Powell. The working title was Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, but for the film's final release, the creators decided to remove the number 2, calling it Ice Age: The Meltdown. However, in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, and Australia, its title is promoted as Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Also, most of the sponsors of the film had the 2 in their packaging after the name change (they however did edit the 2 out of their TV ads). The Blu-ray Disc and DVD were released in the United States and Canada on November 21, 2006 according to the official web store.[3] They were released in the UK on October 23, 2006, and both include a new Scrat short, No Time for Nuts.

Plot

In the opening scene, Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel climbs a glacier to bury his acorn, but accidentally opens a hole in it, causing water to spurt out.

The world of ice is slowly melting. The creatures of the Ice Age are all shown enjoying themselves on slides and pools made by the melting ice; among them the three protagonists of the first film: Manny, Sid, and Diego. Sid opens a small day camp, where none of the younger creatures take him seriously, nor do Manny and Diego, which leaves Sid seeking a daring deed. Fast Tony, a local con artist is claiming that the earth will flood and that the bark and reeds which he sells are needed to stay alive. Manny dismisses the idea, but is distracted when he sees that Sid will try to high dive from a giant waterfall; as Manny goes with Diego to the top of the waterfall to save Sid from his act of daredevilry, suddenly the ice under Diego's feet was breaking, causing him to bolt in fear,this also made Sid figure that Diego is afraid of the water. The herd figure that the pleasant weather has caused the ice shelves to melt, and it is kept from destroying the valley only by the glaciers, which have formed a dam.

A lone vulture warns the animals that a giant tree can act as a boat and save them if they make it to the end of the valley within three days time, and all soon set out to find it. As the animals begin their journey, Sid sings three songs to tease Manny about Mammoths being "extinct". During the evacuation, a glacier which contains two sea reptiles from the Mesozoic era, Cretaceous and Maelstrom, breaks off.

When Manny briefly is separated from them, Diego and Sid encounter two mischievous opossums named Crash and Eddie who drive them nuts by playing whack-a-mole with them. Manny is depressed about being the last mammoth alive and his family, which has been killed in by humans, but is surprised when he encounters Ellie, a female mammoth who believes she is an opossum and Crash and Eddie's adoptive sister. Sid invites her to tag along with the group to escape the flood, and she brings her brothers. After a perilous ordeal with Cretaceous and Maelstrom while crossing a pond, Sid prompts Diego to encourage him to admit and face his fears - Diego insists that "fear is for prey", so Sid points out that Diego is behaving as if he is the water's prey. They discover an area which Ellie recalls as the place where she was adopted. She finally realizes she is a mammoth and also expresses her suspicions about how different she was from other opossums. Despite this bonding moment with Manny, she distances herself from him when he suggests "saving their species". Ellie and Manny ultimately make up when they must co-operate to save the group when the ground cracks under their feet. Sid is kidnapped by a tribe of mini-sloths who believe Sid to be a god. Sid lights a fire for them, and believes that he has finally found respect, but they plan to sacrifice him by tossing him into a volcano. Sid narrowly escapes. The next morning, Sid tells the others his experience but none are convinced. They find a field of hot geysers, which separate Manny, Sid, and Diego from Ellie and her brothers when they argue about which way to go through it.

When the flood comes, Manny saves Ellie from drowning as she is caught in a cave (due to falling rocks), while Diego overcomes his fear of water to save Sid. Cretaceous and Maelstrom arrive, but due to Manny's quick thinking, they are finished off by a rock which falls on them, killing them both. The other animals are at the mercy of the water currents. Meanwhile, Scrat climbs up the glacier and at the top sticks the acorn he has into the ice. This forms a crack in the glacier, which widens into a fissure, diverting the flood and saving the animals. Scrat is then washed away. In the final scene, a herd of mammoths shows up, but Manny and Ellie decide to remain together anyway, taking Sid, Diego, and the opossum brothers along. Sid encounters the mini-sloths again - they believe Sid stopped the flood and invite him to be their leader. Diego, surprised to see the mini-sloths are real, convinces Sid to stay with the others, reluctantly admitting that Sid is a vital part of their 'herd'. The epilogue shows Scrat having a near death experience after falling into the fissure. He enters a heaven full of acorns. Suddenly, he finds himself torn away. He unhappily wakes up, having been resuscitated by Sid, who he proceeds to viciously attack.

Voice Cast

Production

Carlos Saldanha strove to make the characters eyes appear alive and not mechanical. “You want the facial expressions to work. I wanted it to be so that if you looked into their eyes, you would know what they were thinking.” in his own words. The characters, despite being from the last movie, were remodeled for the sequel.[4]

Promotions

  • As an additional marketing ploy a special "anti-cell" spot was created with Sid complaining to the audience about a ringing cellular phone. The same was done for Brother Bear, I, Robot, Kung Fu Panda, and Robots.
  • On Family Guy's episode "Sibling Rivalry", Scrat is shown trying to take three nuts out of the side of a glacier; Peter shows up and tries to stop him, admonishing the squirrel for stealing, which drives Scrat to subsequently attack Peter. Apart from Peter, the scene was rendered in 3D (Family Guy is normally drawn in 2D), and Scrat was voiced by Chris Wedge who voices him in the films. The episode originally aired the week before the film opened. Fox aired promotions for the film throughout the evening. During the same evening of this cameo, Sid was hosting the entire FOX line-up, showing up in intermittent times between commercials.
  • Re-edited scenes of Ice Age: The Meltdown were shown in Airhead candy commercials on several kids' channels and programs, such as the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, ABC Kids on ABC, and more. It shows, in part, that after Scrat defeats a school of piranha, he proudly displays an Airhead packet (replaced by an acorn in the actual film), when suddenly an eagle comes over and swipes it from him.
  • One of the posters for the film was a parody of an iPod advertisement, with "iAge" replacing "iPod" and an acorn replacing an iPod.

Reception

Critical reception

Ice Age: The Meltdown received mixed to average reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a "rotten" rating, with 57% of reviews positive. The consensus statement reads: "Despite its impressive animation and the hilarious antics of the saber-toothed squirrel Scrat, Ice Age 2: The Meltdown comes up short on the storytelling front."[5] Another review aggregator, Metacritic, calculated a score of 58, placing it at the high end of the site's "mixed or average reviews" category.[6] Roger Ebert gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, stating "the first Ice Age movie more or less exhausted these characters and their world, and the meltdown doesn't add much."[7]

Box office

The film exceeded expectations by opening with an $68,033,544 in its first weekend. This was the second biggest opening for a non-summer, non-holiday release, after the $83,848,082 of the The Passion of the Christ. But the record for highest grossing weekend for March only lasted a year, due to the $70,885,301 weekend of 300. The film grossed a total of $195,330,621 at United States and Canadian box offices, making it the first film in 2006 to pass the $100 million mark. The film has grossed $655,388,158 worldwide and it is the 66th highest grossing film of all time.[1] Ice Age: The Meltdown was the highest grossing animated film worldwide of 2006, but lost to Cars for being the highest grossing animated film in North America.

Soundtrack

The score is by John Powell; the soundtrack also features the song "Food Glorious Food" from the musical and film Oliver!. Powell composed brand new music for the film that replaced the theme songs from the previous film. Aram Khachaturian's Adagio from Spartacus is featured during Scrat's Heavenly vision.

Ice Age: The Meltdown
Film score by John Powell
Released March 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
Genre Score
Length 62:58
Label Varèse Sarabande
John Powell film scores chronology
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Ice Age: The Meltdown United 93

Ice Age: The Meltdown was composed by John Powell and was released on March 28, 2006 by Varèse Sarabande Records.[8]

No. Title Length
1. "The Waterpark"   2:24
2. "The Vulture of Doom"   1:19
3. "Migration"   3:32
4. "Call of the Mammoth"   1:52
5. "Sad Manny and the Possums"   1:44
6. "Manny and Ellie Meet"   3:44
7. "Traveling with the Possums"   2:00
8. "12 Ton Mammoth & a 10 Ton Possum"   1:55
9. "Attack from Below the Ice"   2:04
10. "Extreme Possum"   1:50
11. "Who Will Join Me on the Dung Heap?"   0:44
12. "Log Moving"   0:59
13. "Ellie Remembers"   2:41
14. "Foggy Balance"   3:53
15. "Goodnight Sweet Possums"   0:48
16. "Kidnapped"   0:56
17. "Sid's Sing-A-Long"   2:08
18. "Food Glorious Food"   1:34
19. "The Boat and the Geysers"   2:40
20. "The Dam Breaks"   1:54
21. "Ellie Gets Trapped"   0:32
22. "Manny to the Rescue"   2:08
23. "Rescues All Around"   3:05
24. "Scrat to the Rescue"   1:28
25. "The Water Recedes"   1:52
26. "Mammoths"   1:24
27. "With the Herd"   0:25
28. "Into the Sunset"   3:00
29. "The Pearly Gates"   1:32
30. "CPR"   0:14
31. "Mini-Sloths Sing-A-Long"   2:13
32. "The Meltdown"   4:24
Total length:
62:58

Sequels

The third film in the Ice Age series, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was released on July 1, 2009. It was again directed by Carlos Saldanha, and it tells a story of Sid being taken by a female Tyrannosaurus rex after stealing her eggs, leading the rest of the protagonists to rescue him in a tropical world inhabited by dinosaurs.

The fourth film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, was released in 3-D on July 13, 2012. It was directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier — the first time without Carlos Saldanha. The film takes place a few years after the events of the third film, with Peaches in her teenage years. Scrat's never-ending pursuit of acorns has world-changing consequences, separating Manny, Sid and Diego from the rest, forcing them to stand up to a pirate gang, led by Captain Gutt.

Video game

A 2006 video and computer game based on the film was developed and published by Vivendi Games, and the Wii version was released shortly after the launch of the system. It is notable for being Fox Interactive's last title.

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Ice Age 2 Wii.jpg
North American Wii cover art
Developer(s) Vivendi Games, Eurocom, Amaze Entertainment
Publisher(s) Vivendi Games, Sierra Entertainment
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Windows, Xbox, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Wii
Release date(s)
    • NA March 14, 2006 (2006-03-14)
    Wii
    • NA December 6, 2006
    • EU December 8, 2006
    • AUS February 15, 2007
Genre(s) Adventure Game
Mode(s) Single-player

Game plot

In this game, Scrat is caught up in the events of the film, Ice Age: The Meltdown and is trying to pursue acorns while interacting with some characters, some of whom help him in his quest. The game starts off by showing the icy areas where it began in the film and moving on to the woods, as well as exploring regions in the games such as the bowels of the sea reptile, Maelstrom, and swampy lands. In the game, Scrat occasionally allies himself with some of the main characters, and the player sometimes can play as either Sid or Diego, though not Manny. Characters which were shown as bit parts in the film are shown usually as adversaries or (in the case of one, a songbird) a guide to the next nut, though a select number of foes were not shown in the film at all.

Game Voice Cast

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Ice Age: The Meltdown (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) - International Box Office Results
  3. ^ Ice Age: The Meltdown DVD: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott
  4. ^ Dunlop, Renee (April 10, 2006). "Carlos Saldanha, Director of Ice Age 2: The Meltdown". CGSociety. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ice Age: The Meltdown". Metacritic. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (March 31, 2006). "Ice Age: The Meltdown". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ice Age: The Meltdown". Varese Sarabande. Retrieved June 18, 2012. 

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Video game