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Ice Age 2

Running Time: 90 min.
Release Date: March 31st, 2006
Rating: PG for some mild language and innuendo.
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Ray Romano, John Lequizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah
Director: Carlos Saldanha

When this film was first announced, and the trailer for it was released, there was a part of audiences that seemed thrilled at the idea of a sequel and another side that seemed disgusted. It looked like a re-hash of the first film by the teaser trailer alone. Would a sequel to one of the few good non-Pixar CG animated movies win any merit? The answer is actually a full-hearted ‘yes‘.

That is not the say the movie is perfect. It is not an amazing feat, yet it is undeniably a fun and entertaining time at the movies. When the original film was released there was something about the film that seemed wrong. It didn’t look right. It didn’t feel right. This was, of course, from the trailers alone. Yet there is something about a story told with such honesty and care – made for the children inside all of us – that is appealing and worth our time. The voice work is exceptionally good, with perfect top-notch casting. They could not have done any better. The animation looks prestine, fused in colors that wraps around the characters, bringing them to life, for the majority of the scenes. It is no secret why a sequel to Ice Age was made. The characters are lovable. Check. The plot is interesting. Check. The animation is great. Check. The squirrel after the acorn is absolutely hilarious. Check. The reasons could go on and on but that doesn’t explain for a second why the sequel actually works or deserved to be made. So, why then, did they make this feature, titled ‘The Meltdown’? For closure. When the first film was over it didn’t feel like it was time to end it. There was still time for the characters to shine. And boy oh boy… they ever do shine in the sequel.

While it may not be on par with the original this is one of the best animated sequels nonetheless. It brings back the whole cast while introducing some new and funny friends. Queen Latifah is perfect in her role, Ray Romano shines like always. They actually (dare I say it0 have a surprisingly huge amount of chemistry together. It was a shock to feel as though the film was (in part) a romantic comedy – something that feels like unfamiliar territory to a degree (not that it hasn’t been done before) in animation.

There are also plenty of new gags and tricks up the animators sleeves. Not everything is rehashed, a lot of it feels like brand new material. As far as entertainment goes: this film is worth the admission.

Final Grade: B+