Ice Age: The Meltdown Will Ellie, the talking animated woolly mammoth in Ice Age: The Meltdown , do for Queen Latifah what Dory, the talking animated blue fish in… Ice Age: The Meltdown Will Ellie, the talking animated woolly mammoth in Ice Age: The Meltdown , do for Queen Latifah what Dory, the talking animated blue fish in… 2006-03-31 PG PT90M Animation John Leguizamo Ray Romano Queen Latifah Denis Leary 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Movie Review

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG
I LIKE BIG BUTTS, AND YOU CANNNOT LIE, ALL YOU OTHER MAMMOTHS CAN'T DENY All sequels, all the time.... And look, one that's pretty good!
Image credit: ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN: Blue Sky Studios
I LIKE BIG BUTTS, AND YOU CANNNOT LIE, ALL YOU OTHER MAMMOTHS CAN'T DENY All sequels, all the time.... And look, one that's pretty good!
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 31, 2006; Rated: PG; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: John Leguizamo and Ray Romano; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Will Ellie, the talking animated woolly mammoth in Ice Age: The Meltdown, do for Queen Latifah what Dory, the talking animated blue fish in Finding Nemo, did for Ellen DeGeneres? It could happen. In providing the voice of a playful, full-figured gal with luscious eyelashes (maybe it's Maybelline?) and curvaceous tusks who, long story short, happens to think she's a possum, the Queen gracefully transfers her distinctive charms to one of the new principal characters who join the herd for this jaunty sequel to the popular 2002 CG family comedy. And her outgoing feminine touch sharpens the game of the boys around her — as well as the wits of the Ice Age writers.

Ellie's arrival on the Pleistocene scene, along with her two rambunctious real-possum ''brothers'' Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck), coincides with an emergency migration under way for the gloomy, self-aware woolly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), the snobby saber-toothed tiger Diego (Denis Leary), and the sloth with self-esteem problems, Sid (John Leguizamo): The Ice Age is ending, the glaciers are melting, and death by drowning is a distinct possibility. (Enlightened statement about global warming? Nah, this perky escapade says life is good once you get past a little water.)

Anyhow, just as in Michael Bay's Armageddon, what's a cataclysmic world event compared with personal growth? Until he meets Ellie, Manny mopes because he thinks he's the last of his species (and even after his pals assure him that ''she completes you!'' Manny's a pessimist). Sid, looking for respect, gets more than he bargains for in some marvelous mayhem with a species of mini-sloths. Diego is forced to admit weakness. And the tenacious prehistoric squirrel-rat thing called Scrat who ran away with the first picture is back to steal the second, still obsessed with his nuts.

There will be time after Manny and Ellie rub fur to worry about the fragile planet. Ice Age: The Meltdown blithely looks on the bright side of life, amassing a screen full of vultures to sing and dance ''Food Glorious Food'' and daring us not to get happy.

Originally posted Mar 29, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints
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