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Ice Age: The Meltdown (U)
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Here's some good news for parents – if you want to give your kids a treat, take them to see this animated film at the cinema. It's complete rubbish, but kids will watch anything and like it. And that's precisely what shoddy animation houses like Blue Sky Studios rely on when they put hours of effort and shedloads of money into creating run-of-the-mill sequels to mediocre children's films.

Sid attempts to emulate the success of Finding Nemo
Sid attempts to emulate the success of Finding Nemo

When computer animated films were at their peak, a slew of memorable films were released in a few short years: Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Shrek, Shrek 2, The Incredibles and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. In the middle of that, was Ice Age, which might be politely referred to as "not one of the good ones". However, it was released far enough apart from the others to do some business.

With the release of Pixar's Cars still some months off, Blue Sky have pulled off the same trick again, and the Meltdown has stood proudly at the top of the US Box Office for more than enough time to secure another inevitable follow up.

For the record, the simplistic story of this conventional kids' film is as follows: the mammoth, the sloth and the sabre-toothed tiger are back, and their idyllic valley is about to be flooded, because the Ice Age is over. They have to race through the valley to catch the last boat, encountering all kinds of crazy adventures along the way. Of course, it all turns out alright in the end.

That was probably how the initial pitch went, but it's just a shame they didn't bother to develop that idea much before making the film. Each character is clearly supposed to have their own story arc, but unfortunately they don't hang together as a complete story and the film instead comes across as a transparent attempt to, well, give each character their own story arc.

As if that's not bad enough, the makers have clearly padded the film out shamelessly by including events that are completely unrelated to storylines and other events in the film, and have even stooped so low as to include two back-to-back random musical numbers. Shame on you Blue Sky.

So, the bottom line is: this film is lame, but your kids will still love it.

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Length: 91 minutes
Certificate: U
Official Site: http://www.iceagemovie.com/
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0438097/
Release Date: 7th April 2006

Top Five Rating: 50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0%50.0% (50.0%)
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