Cinemark Movie Clubhouse:
Either there was another sequel lost in the mix or Ice Age: The Meltdown
’s creators just compressed roughly 50,000 years of polar ice caps to but a blip in time. Sketchy science aside, the original gang is back in action, leading a sort-of animal kingdom exodus to outrun the meltdown before it drowns them all. Scene-stealer Scrat (voiced by the original’s director, Chris Wedge) returns, too, as a half-squirrel/half-rat concoction forever foiled in his bid to reclaim an acorn, and once again, his bit part is the best thing going on here. The voicework is still tops, and a Busby Berkeley homage is a fun distraction, but neither dampens the feeling that this is an exercise in the superfluous. Still, much of the original film’s geniality – and all of its pro-environment stumping – has gone missing. What we have instead is a watered-down likeness that curiously turns disaster-flickish in its too-scary third act. Read a full review of Ice Age: The Meltdown.