I have just been back from a special preview of "Ice Age: The Meltdown," the sequel to the hit animation "Ice Age." This time around the Ice Age is coming to an end. The ice is starting to melt and the flood will soon destroy everything in its way. The main characters from "Ice Age" are all back. These include Manny (the Mammoth), Diego (the Sabretooth) and Sid (the Sloth.) There are also new and notable characters including Crash and Eddie (the Possums) and Ellie (the female Mammoth with an identity crisis.) Together, the gang of these ice-age animals has to unite and survive the meltdown. Last but not least, Scrat the Squirrel and his quest for an acorn should never be forgotten. His hilarious attempts to get a hold of the acorn are one of the most enjoyable moments in the movie.
Even though I could notice a rendering effect in some "Meltdown" sequences, the animation in general is smooth and flawless. The storyline is straightforward and easy to follow, which is good for children, while there are numbers of clever lines and funny puns that would make you laugh through the movie. I really enjoy the sound effect and the music, especially a new version of the song "Food, Glorious Food."
All in all, the movie is enjoyable with some good morals suitable for children and adults alike. It’s no wonder why the movie opened at number 1 in North American on the first week with 70 million US$.
4 Stars out of 5 – recommend for family viewing session. If you like "Ice Age," you would probably love "Ice Age: The Meltdown."