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May 17, 2006

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

It's unusual to encounter a children's movie that exhibits plotlessness, but the new Ice Age movie has managed it. Little more than a string of barely-connected jokes, the "story" is a trial of patience for even an adult audience.

The most enjoyable moments are the various Wile E. Coyote-esque escapades of Skrat, which take up a large part of the movie yet serve no purpose. Perhaps this is the reason why the other characters seem lackluster and unimportant. Then again, thinking back to the first Ice Age movie, the best character was the human baby. Replacing the emotional quality of that character with a highly argumentative Queen Latifah (providing the voice for a mammoth that believes she's a possum) sank the entire movie.

Which, in its way, makes the title somewhat appropriate.

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