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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Film information

Directed by

Carlos Saldanha

Produced by

Lori Forte (Producer)
Chris Meledandri (Executive Producer)
Chris Wedge (Executive Producer)

Written by

Peter Gaulke (story and screenplay)
Gerry Swallow(story and screenplay)
Jim Hecht

Music by

John Powell

Editing by

Harry Hitner


Blue Sky Studios
20th Century Fox Animation

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

March 31st 2006





Gross Revenue


Preceded by

Robots (2005)
Ice Age (2002)

Followed by

Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

This article is about the movie. If you are looking for the video game, see Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is a 2006 computer animated comedy drama film directed by Carlos Saldanha. The film is the third feature film released by Blue Sky Studios, the sequel to Ice Age and the second installment of the Ice Age franchise.

The movie was made by Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox and 2006.sed in theatres on March 13, 2006.

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Learyand Chris Wedge reprised their roles with Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck and Jay Leno joining them voicing new characters.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was warmly-received by audiences and fans alike.

The film was also a huge box office success, grossing $660 million worldwide against it's $80 million budget.


The Ice Age is coming to an end as the globe heats up.

But when Manny, Diego and Sid realize that their valley is going to flood, they must warn everyone and somehow find a escape route for survival.

Manny is ready to start a family but no one has seen a mammoth in ages making him think he is the last mammoth alive.

Until on the way, he meets Ellie who thinks shes an opossum now making them think they are the last of their kind.

2 Cenozoic reptiles an Kutchicetus called Cretaceous and a Ambulocetus called Maelstrom are thawed out of the ice and intended to devour the heroes.


In the opening scene, Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel climbs a glacier but accidentally opens a hole in it.

The world of ice is slowly melting.

The creatures of the Ice Age are all shown enjoying themselves on slides and pools made by the melting ice; among them the three protagonists of the first film: Manny, Sid, and Diego. Sid opens a day camp, where none of the younger creatures take him seriously, nor do Manfred and Diego, which leaves Sid seeking a daring deed.

Fast Tony, a local con artist is claiming that the earth will flood and that the bark and reeds which he sells are needed to stay alive.

Manfred dismisses the idea, but is distracted when he sees that Sid will try to high dive from a giant waterfall; as Manfred goes with Diego to the top of the waterfall to save Sid from his act of daredevilry, they see that the pleasant weather caused the ice of the valley to melt, and it is kept from destroying the valley only by the glaciers, which have formed a dam.

As the animals begin their journey, Sid sings three songs to tease Manny about Mammoths being.

The Lone Gunslinger tells the animals that a giant tree can act as a boat and save them; all soon set out to find it.

During the time that the masses of animals escape, a glacier which contains two sea reptiles from the Cenozoic era, Cretaceous and Maelstrom, breaks off.

The "boat".

Manfred is teased about being the last mammoth alive, but meets Ellie.

Sid invites her to tag along with the group to escape the flood, and she brings her brothers.

After a perilous ordeal with Cretaceous and Maelstrom, Sid finds out that Diego is afraid of water.

They discover an area which Ellie recalls as the place where she was adopted.

She finally realizes she is a mammoth but distances herself from Manny when he suggest.

Sid is kidnapped by a tribe of mini-sloths who believe Sid to be a god.

Sid lights a fire for them, and believes that he has finally found respect, but they plan to sacrifice him to a volcano.

Sid escapes. The next morning Sid tells them his experience but none are convinced.

They find a field of hot geysers, which separate Manfred, Sid, and Diego from Ellie and her brothers.

When the flood comes, Manfred saves Ellie from drowning as she is caught in some rocks, while Diego overcomes his fear of water to save Sid.

Cretaceous and Maelstrom arrive, but due to Manfred's quick thinking, they are finished off by a rock which falls on them, likely killing them both.

The other animals are at the mercy of the water currents.

Meanwhile, Scrat climbs up the glacier and at the top sticks the acorn he has into the ice.

This forms a crack in the glacier, which widens into a fissure, diverting the flood and saving the animals. Scrat is then washed away.

In the final scene, a herd of mammoths shows up, but Manny and Ellie decide to remain together anyway, taking Sid, Diego, and the opossum brothers along.

The epilogue shows Scrat having a near death experience after falling into the fissure.

He enters a heaven full of acorns.

Suddenly, he finds himself torn away.

He's waken up by Sid and, mad since he can't touch the big acorn, he starts to beat the sloth chasing him.

Voice cast

Ellie is stubborn about being a possum.

  • Ray Romano as Manny, the woolly mammoth.
  • John Leguizamo as Sid, the giant ground sloth.
  • Denis Leary as Diego, the saber tooth tiger.
  • Chris Wedge as Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel.
  • Queen Latifah as Ellie, the woolly mammoth, who is under the delusion that she is a possum.
  • Seann William Scott and Josh Peck as Crash and Eddie, the opossums, respectively.
  • Will Arnett as Lone Gunslinger Vulture
  • Jay Leno as Fast Tony, the giant armadillo.
  • Tom Fahn as Stu, the Glyptodon.
  • Alex Sullivan as James, the aardvark.
  • Alan Tudyk as Cholly, the chalicothere.
  • Clea Lewis as Female Mini Sloth / Dung Beetle Mom.
  • Debi Derryberry as Diatryma Mom.


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Carlos Saldanha strove to make the characters eyes appear alive and not mechanical.

in his own words.

The characters, despite being from the last movie, were remodeled for the sequel.[1]


Despite receiving mixed reviews from film criticsDespite receiving mixed reviews

General reception

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Metacritic 58
Rotten Tomatoes 57%
Review scores
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Entertainment Weekly B+

Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the film was positively welcomed from audience and fans which praised its story, humor heart, characters, action, character development, animation, John Powell's musical score and the ending.


Box office

The movie was a major success in the box office, grossing $660,940,780 worldwide.

This marks it as the highest grossing animated movie in 2006 and the seventh highest grossing computer animated film, behind Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and the sequel, Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Awards and Nominations[3]

Main article: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown/Awards

Ice Age: The Meltdown received 13 nominations, including Annie Awards for Best Animated Effects, Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production, Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production and Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production.

It was nominated for Kid's Choice Awards' Favorite Animated Movie and Favorite Voice from Animated Movie from which it won the later.

Video Game

Main article: Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (video game)

A multi-platform game based on the movie was released by Vivendi Games on March 14th, 2006, 17 days before the movie.


Main article: Ice Age: The Meltdown (soundtrack)

The scores were done by John Powell. He composed brand new theme music replacing the original ones.

DVD Release

The DVD was released in the U.S. in November 21, 2006.


  • Ice Age is the first Blue Sky Studios film to become a franchise, followed by Rio.
  • Ice Age: The Meltdown is the second Blue Sky Studios film to have non-humans cast, after Robots.
    • This is also the first Ice Age film that have animals with no humans.
      • Thus is also Fox's third animated film to become a franchise after FernGully: The Last Rainforest and Anastasia, followed by Space Chimps and Rio.
  • The third computer-animated sequel after Toy Story 2 and Shrek 2.
  • This is the 1st blue sky film have Jason Fricchione in it.
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to feature TV star, Jay Leno, who voices Fast Tony.
  • This is the first Ice Age film, where Scrat isn't voiced by Chris Wedge (Chris Wedge is replaced by Josh Peck).
  • This is the second Blue Sky Studios film to use bloopers reels, after Robots.
    • This is also the first (so far), and only Ice Age film to end with a blooper reel.
  • This is the first Ice Age film to come out the same year as a Pixar movie, Cars.
  • Ellie and the opossum brothers were infants at the same time, and that Ellie is now an adult, the opossums should have been long gone.
    • This was done deliberately. Obviously, Crash and Eddie were never supposed to be exactly like opossums in real-life, as with most other prehistoric mammals.
  • When Manny introduces Ellie to Diego and Sid, he calls her by her name, however, she never told him her name, it is possible he heard it as it was said once but Ellie was whispering to her and Manny wouldn't have been able to hear them.
    • Ellie wasn't exactly whispering. she was talking normally.
    • Manny could have heard her with good enough hearing.
    • However it could be possible that the film editor accidentally edited out the characters introducing themselves.
  • Condors don't eat acorns.
    • This was also done deliberately. These condors are not supposed to be like in real-life.


  • Manny's blurry vision on the hot geysers field refers to Normandy beach landing scene in the movie Saving Private Ryan.
  • Manny mockingly refers Sid as a platypus as a reference to one of the three mascots of the 2000 Summer Olympics, Syd the Platypus.
  • Scrat's fight with the piranhas is a direct parody of the 2000 film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
  • The song the vultures sing is a parody of from the musical and the movie of the same name.
  • In the first Ice Age, Sid says : The second movie is, in fact, about global warming.
  • Scrat has a bigger role in this film and from here he started to become a more important character in the franchise.
  • Animation of the movie only took a speedy eight months.
  • The movie was originally going to be released November 4, 2005, After the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans and they thought it would be similar to 911 Terrorist Attacks, so they delayed the film to be released on March 31, 2006.
  • Prior to its release, the film was once mistaken to be rated G by the MPAA all over the internet. However, when the production was finished, the film was officially given a PG rating by the MPAA for some mild language and innuendo.
  • It is the first Ice Age film that contains mild language.


Following the success of Ice Age The Meltdown, three more sequels to Ice Age were produced and released in 3D:

  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs was released July 1st 2009.
  • In The film Manny and Ellie are married and are excepting a baby and Sid starts a family of his own.
  • He steals dinosaur eggs and their real mother a Dodorex kidnaps him.
  • The gang goes to recuse their friend and discover an underground world of Dinosaurs.
  • There they meet a weasel named Buck who agrees to help them find and save Sid.
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift was released July 13th 2012, ten years after the release of the first movie.
  • In that film, Manny, Sid and Diego are sent adrift on an Iceberg.
  • A fifth Ice Age movie Ice Age: Collision Course was released July 22nd 2016, ten years after the release of this movie.
  • There the gang faces comistic adventures.


References to Ice Age

  • When the Cretaceous is on Manny's tusks, Manny throws the Creteacous up in the air wh
  • hich is kind of similar when he tCarl hino up in the air In the first film.
  • When the Kid Bird asks Manny where is his happy family he becomes sad because he remembers what happened to his family.
  • When Sid looks at the flower,he seems kind of smiling, which his kind of similar when Sid looked at the dandelio in the first film.
  • Also, the dandelion is the same one, but in a different size.
  • Both the first film and this one end with the herd walking by the sunset.
  • Manny uses his quote from the first film, Although,he said that quote in the third and fourth film.
  • When Scrat is climbing on the ice wall when the flood is happening,loud cracks start to move around w
  • hich is kind of similar to the very beggining of the first film.
  • The animals walking to the end of the Valley is kind of similar to the great migration in the first film.
  • In the end of the movie, when Scrat is being pulled out of Acorn Heaven, he makes the same scream from the first film, when he falls down to the ground.
  • When Sid is sleeping, he sleep talks and sucks his thumb which is similar to when he's sleeping on a rock in the first film.
  • nd he sucks his thumb.
  • Which is kind of similar when he was trying to sleep on the rock.
  • When Manny is going to the cave to save Ellie, he walks the other way. I
  • It's kind of similar when he walked the other way during the great migration.
  • The film is a continuation of Manny's storyline after his family got killed in the first film.

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