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.


Ice Age and Peter Rabbit 2

With The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild right around the corner, I decided to rewatch the original Ice Age. In part in preparation for yet another unnecessary sequel but also to remind myself of the time when the now stale franchise was fresh and actually good.

The animals are in a rush to migrate before the Ice Age hits. Unfortunately for Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), his family has left him behind. After being rescued from two angry rhinos by Manny the Mammoth (Ray Romano), the two become unlikely travel buddies and friends. They save a human baby from drowning and are determined to reunite him his herd. The unlikely duo becomes an even more unlikely trio when scheming sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary) joins the pack with only one thing on his mind: bring the baby and Manny home for dinner!

The original movie is still great. It’s funny, emotional, and heartwarming in all the right places, but shows its age when it comes to the animation. It feels like you’re watching an old computer game. Animation has advanced spectacularly since 2002! And who can forget that wacky squirrel Scrat? Any scene involving him is hysterical. Will he ever get his precious acorn? Maybe if does, they can stop making sequels!! Please?! Disney, it’s time to move on!

Stream Ice Age now on Disney Plus.

🎵Here comes the completely unnecessary sequel to Peter Rabbit hopping down the bunny trail.🎵🎤 Oops! That’s not how the song goes!

Bea (Rose Byrne) and Thomas (Domhnall Gleason) are married and Peter (James Cordon), his sister, and cousin complete their family. Bea’s best selling book centered on Peter and his family has chance of being a full blown franchise, but a greedy publishing executive wants to change everything about Bea’s charming little story, including marketing Peter as the “bad seed,” to appeal to a wider audience. Peter decides to embrace his bad bunny persona and runs away. He joins forces with a shady gang of characters who wind up putting him and his family in danger. In order to save them, Peter must decide what kind of rabbit he’s going to be.

This sequel pales in comparison to the original. While it has its comedic moments, it’s not as funny as the original. The soundtrack feels over-dramatic and more angsty than a movie about CGI rabbits calls for. (Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day?! Why?! I like the song, but it feels like a bit much!) And why doesn’t Thomas remember Peter talking to him the first time around? That didn’t make sense!

Despite it not being as good as it’s predecessor, and being a completely unnecessary sequel (Really, who asked for this?!) it still manages to be fun to watch. But please, for the love of carrots, don’t let there be a Peter Rabbit 3! Just because it was successful the first time, it doesn’t mean you have to do it again.

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Prep and Landing Shorts and Christmas Ice Age Special

Wayne is passed by for a management position at Prep and Landing and must continue to play the field prepping homes for Santa’s safe arrival. Much to his chagrin, he’s paired with rookie Lanny. Wayne’s sour mood threatens the entire Prep and Landing operation. Because of this, Timmy’s house is almost skipped. Wayne has to pull his big elf pants up to work together with Lanny and save Timmy’s Christmas!

I love this short! Grumpy elf in office sitcom style show is up my alley. I wish they’d done a full blown episodic show with this. It would’ve been awesome. A new 4 episode season every December would’ve been nice!

Wrong Poster supposed to be Secret Santa

Wayne and Lanny are sent on a mission by Mrs. Claus to retrieve a gift for Santa. The gift is in his office. They need to get in and get out without being caught or risk being put on the Naughty List.

A sweet and funny elf-sized short. It’s amazing how a complete story can fit in only 8 minutes. See it on Disney Plus.

Wayne and Lanny must save Christmas once again. They team up with a Coal Brigade elf, Wayne’s brother Noel, to keep a Fruitcake Conduct Calculator out of the hands of jinglesmell1337. Noel and Wayne don’t get along, and need to find some way to work together before they ruin Christmas for everyone!

I haven’t come across a Prep and Landing short I haven’t enjoyed. My only complaint is that there’s not more of them! Watch now on Disney Plus.

An Ice Age Christmas Special? Count me in!

When Sid breaks Manny’s sacred family Christmas Rock, he lands himself on Santa’s Naughty List. Peaches, Crash, and Eddie convince Sid to join them on a mission to find Santa to:

  1. Prove to Manny that Santa exists
  2. To get Sid off the Naughty List

This short was so funny! It’s classic Ice Age Christmas Style. The entire cast from the movies returns in this laugh riot of a short TV film. Don’t miss it! I’m sorry I didn’t watch it sooner. Available now on Disney Plus.