Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: 5 out of 10: Global warming comes to the Ice Age clan. Now before you get any idea that this is An Inconvenient Cartoon, keep in mind that global warming in this case is presented as a fairly benevolent event (After all they are in an Ice Age) and by definition not man made (though with all the fart jokes I think Woolly Mammoth flatulence may be a contributing factor.)
Possibly controversial political hot potatoes aside, this is a very attractive and quite empty headed CGI cartoon.
The movie is simply drop dead gorgeous. The water effects alone are almost worth a view. The other highlight of Ice Age 2 is simply the finest English orphan vulture musical number ever put on film.
Other than that Oliver! twist, the jokes seem kind of flat. The characters have no spark (Denis Leary's Saber Tooth tiger in particular seems neutered.), and there is some Noah's Ark imagery that at best seems misplaced.
I'm sure the kids will love it and I have often felt the first Ice Age was under-appreciated compared to similar Pixar offerings. The sequel alas is a bunch of gags barely strung together with a go from point A to point B storyline occasionally interrupted by that scene stealing pre-historic squirrel, Scrat.
Most of the gags are pleasant enough but, except for the vulture musical number, there is nothing inspired in the whole film.
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