Before I start this review – what’s up with the title? First it was supposed to be “ICE AGE 2”, then it became “ICE AGE: The Meltdown.” What happened to the “2”?
Anyway, the movie is the sequel to the 2002 hit and all the main characters are back: Sid the Sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo), Diego the saber toothed tiger (Dennis Leary) and Ray Romano is once again Manny the Mammoth. This time they have to save all of the animals on Earth because the Ice Age is ending and all the ice is melting and flooding the land.
Our trio meets-up with some new friends – two possums named Crash and Eddie and a lady mammoth named Ellie, who may become Manny’s girlfriend.
Meantime, Scrat is back as well. He’s still trying to get his hands on an acorn. His adventures are nicely inserted during the main story (until the surprise ending!).
“ICE AGE: The Meltdown” is full of exciting scenes and funny parts. It’s definately better than the first ICE AGE movie, and I liked that one a lot.
There are a few scary moments, which is why it’s rated PG. You moms and dads could be needed to hold the hands of the little ones during those scenes, but rest assured that everything works out o.k.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “ICE AGE: The Meltdown” gets a B+.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic/entertainment reporter in 2006 at the age of 7. Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases. All together he has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9.
LCJ appears every Friday morning on WGNA-FM . His movie reviews are also posted on his website, his YouTube channel and the popular website Cultjer.com. He is also a contributing writer for Jerry Beck’s AnimationScoop.com. Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET). And “The LCJ Q&A Podcast” features interviews with celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities since he was 6 years old. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest appeared in the first. Seacrest was a VIP guest at a local telethon. Jackson, a big fan of “Idol”, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since then Jackson’s collection of photos with stars from film, TV, stage and sports has grown to over 400. Every one represents a special moment in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson and includes its own unique backstory.