“Ice Age 2”: Freezingly Funny

2 out of 5 stars (has some good moments, but is overall bad)

The gang from “Ice Age” is back in an all new adventure-”Ice Age-The Meltdown.” The Ice Age is beginning to end, and the animals are pretty happy until it starts to get too melted.

Sid the sloth and his pals start to notice that the valley is melting and will eventually flood, so Sid, Manny and Diego hit the road again. When a villainous vulture tells them about a boat he knows of, they decide to go along with all the rest of the animals. As you might expect, they get lost in their own path and meet up with Ellie (Queen Latifah) who is another mammoth but thinks she’s a possum like her “brothers.” One of the brothers is played by Josh Peck of “Drake and Josh.” Later, Manny tries to impress Ellie by hanging from his tail on a tree limb. Now there’s something you don’t see every day!

Before he meets Ellie, Manny thought he was the last mammoth on earth. When he takes Ellie on a date he starts telling her that they should save their species, or better known in this day and age as “innuendo.”

I really liked the scene where Sid is kidnapped by a bunch of other sloths who worship him. However, there were too many musical numbers for my taste. For instance, the vultures start singing “Food, glorious food! and it takes up too much of the movie. In another scene, which is one of the best parts of the movie, Skrat, Mr. “OOH, I will never give up trying to get my acorn even when it keeps getting taken away from me” Squirrel, has a near death experience. When he gets to heaven he sees the Pearly Gates, or in his case, “The Squirrelly Gates”

Too bad I didn’t get the same good feeling as I got from the first “Ice Age.”

I give this movie two stars because I didn’t think it was as good as the first one. It is rated PG for some mild language and innuendo.

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