Ice Age 2: The Meltdown and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The Ice Age is over, but the Meltdown has just begun! The gang from the first movie is back. This time around they need to escape the bowl they’ve been living in before it floods. This could spell the end of Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo), and Diego (Denis Leary). They start on the long trek to the escape boat and run into Ellie (Queen Latifah) a species-confused mammoth and her two possum brothers Crash (Seann William Scott) and Eddie (Josh Peck).
Sid, Manny, and Diego each have their struggle they have to work through. For Sid it’s struggling with what he feels is lack of respect. For Manny, it’s coming to terms with the fact that he could be the last of species. And for Diego, it’s confronting his fear of water.

The Meltdown is just as good if not better than the original. It’s funnier and the animation is improved, (Shoutout to the animator who animated the heck out of the grass! So realistic!). There’s a tiny bit of language typical of PG rated movies, but other than that it’s as family friendly as the first. All icy things must come to an end, but the franchise is far from over! (Because studios like to take a movie franchise and nail it into the ground!) You can stream it now on Disney Plus!

With the Ice Age nearing an end, the next natural step is to bring in the dinosaurs!
An overly anxious Manny (Ray Romano) and Ellie (Queen Latifah) are preparing to have their first child. Diego (Denis Leary) fears losing his edge and wants to head off on his own, and Sid (John Leguizamo) decides to become the adoptive mother of three dinosaur babies. When the real mother returns for her kids, she takes Sid with her! The gang is forced to travel belowground and team up with a danger-chasing, wisecracking weasel Buck Wild (Simon Pegg) if they ever want to see Sid again!

A side story runs throughout the entire movie featuring Scrat and a lady squirrel who’s only after one thing… his nut.

This movie is way better than I remember and is just as good as the previous two. Buck Wild is a great, funny addition to an already full cast of fun characters. There’s no language and a couple of adult jokes that hopefully fly over the heads of younger children. This would’ve been a good place to end it if they were smart. Maybe Continental Drift isn’t as bad as I remember.

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