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In ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN, the sub-zero heroes from the worldwide blockbuster CGI film “Ice Age” are back – Manny the woolly mammoth, Sid the sloth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger, and the hapless prehistoric squirrel/rat known as Scrat. In the new film, from director Carlos Saldanha and the Academy Award® winning creators of “Ice Age” and “Robots,” the Ice Age is coming to an end, and the animals are delighting in the melting paradise that is their new world.

Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary return to voice our three heroes: Manny, Sid, and Diego. New cast members include Academy Award® nominee Queen Latifah (“Chicago”), Seann William Scott (the “American Pie” trilogy), late night talk show king Jay Leno, Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) and Josh Peck (“Drake and Josh”).

Our trio is still together and enjoying the perks of their now melting world. Manny may be ready to start a family, but nobody has seen another mammoth for a long time; Manny thinks he may be the last one. That is, until he miraculously finds Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), the only female mammoth left in the world. Their only problems: They can't stand each other – and Ellie somehow thinks she’s a possum!

Ellie comes with some excess baggage in the form of her two possum “brothers”...Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott and Josh Peck), a couple of daredevil pranksters and cocky, loud-mouthed troublemakers.

Manny, Sid, and Diego quickly learn that the warming climate has one major drawback: A huge glacial dam holding off oceans of water is about to break, threatening the entire valley. The only chance of survival lies at the other end of the valley. So our three heroes, along with Ellie, Crash and Eddie, form the most unlikely family – in any “Age” – as they embark on a mission across an ever-changing, increasingly dangerous landscape towards their salvation.

The film also presents the continuing adventures, or misadventures, of Scrat, who has an even larger role this time.

ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN has everything you loved about the first movie with even more comedy, action, and spectacular visuals. Our three heroes’ unyielding friendship lives on with some memorable new characters thrown into the mix. The result will thaw hearts of all ages.

Ice Age wasn't funny the first time, and though I didn't expect the jokes to improve I'd hoped that for the sequel the animation would at least get better. If the trailer is any indicator it hasn't. Full of odd angles it looks like a videogame cut scene gone awry, and I keep expecting to see it fall prey to a bad case of clipping.

This is just another in the long line of give-ups in the computer animation genre that started out so proudly with Toy Story. Pixar continues to produce masterful work, and to a lesser extent, so does DreamWorks Animation. But if it's made by anyone else, forget it.

Of the big batch of crappy computer animated films, I guess the Ice Age franchise is at least better than Shark Tale. It's probably about as good as Chicken Little or Robots, only without as much effort put into the animation, or the voice casting, or the script. If it works at all it's only because of that poor, tortured squirrel they keep shoving in all the trailers. Were he actually the star of this thing, maybe they'd have something in a sadistic, Tom & Jerry sort of vein. He isn't, so live for the moments when he does pop up on screen.

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