Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 31 mins

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Directed by Carlos Saldanha, this film follows Manny, Sid, and Diego as they discover that the Ice Age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground.

Cast: Ray Romano

Crew: Carlos Saldanha (Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Release Dates: 19 Apr 2006 (India)

Tagline: Kiss Your Ice Goodbye

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Did you know? Some of the Scrat sequences (e.g., the fight with the piranha, the encounter with the baby bird) were originally conceived for the opening sequence of this film, but were cut for time. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat), 2.35 : 1
Kiss Your Ice Goodbye
He Never Thaw It Coming
The Ice age is coming to an end
The meltdown
The Ice age is melting away
Chill out with some friends!
Get Ready For The Heatwave
The Pack Is Back.
The Chill Is Gone
Kiss Your Nuts Goodbye
Factual Mistake
When Manny looks into the pond at his reflection right before meeting Ellie, a leaf lands in the water creating a ripple. Manny's reflection does not distort when the ripple goes through it.

Factual Mistake
When Crash jumps onto Diego's shoulders, as he is reaching the ground, slow motion of the film reveals that part of his face disappears.

Factual Mistake
When Scrat sniffs for his acorn, submerged under the ice, his saber teeth are clearly not modeled before he sinks them into the ice.

Given the implied size of he bowl, water would not have drained out of the crack so quickly at the end.

Factual Mistake
Opossums have a lifespan of 2-4 years. In the scene where Ellie meets the opossum parent and two clinging offspring assumed to be Crash and Eddie, she is an infant. If our related mammals the elephants are any clue, Ellie could not have possibly reached adult maturity before age 18. Her opossum brothers should have been long gone.

In the end, Sid and Diego see the tribal mini-sloths and speak to them. In the next scene when the herd of new mammoths enter the valley, the mini-sloths have completely disappeared.

When Sid first starts singing the Food song, Crash and Eddie are sitting on Ellie's tusks. In the next shot, they emerge from behind her ears.

At the beginning of the movie, Sid is standing at the top of the huge ice wall ready to jump down the waterfall. Sid starts counting "1,2.." and by the time he counts "2 and 4/1000" Manny and Diego reach near him. A few minutes later when the camera zooms out (showing that all the ice is melting), we see that there was no way any of the 3 animals could have climbed such a high mountain at all.

When Scrat passes through the golden gates, he picks up two acorns. When he does this, you can see five acorns at the bottom of the screen. When he picks them up, there are no more acorns left and he's now holding six acorns. He should be holding seven.

When Scrat's finished fighting the piranhas, he gets his acorn out of the one on the bottom of the screen. Yet the one that actually swallowed the acorn was smacked off-screen to the right.

When Sid is tossed from the branches to the ground back at his camp, one of the young animals that watches him fall, a Macrauchenia (the trunked, long-necked animal), is gone in one shot, and then instantaneously appears on the other side of the screen.

Character Error
Sid is wrong. Tigers, and all cats, do have the ability to swim, and at an early age, too.

Character Error
Condors don't eat acorns (but nobody ever told that to this condor).

Character Error
When Fast Tony is talking to the animal about how he can help her lose a thousand pounds she clearly has ears that even flop around when she moves her head but when her mate walks into the shot to tell her she is "already as thin as a twig" her ears are completely gone.

The two sea reptiles (Cretaceous and Maelstrom) were frozen in the ice, but in the era that they lived in, there was no place on Earth cold enough to generate ice.

As with the first film, many of the animals shown did not live either in the same period or place.
As an additional marketing ploy a special "anti-cell" spot was created with Sid complaining to the audience about a ringing cellular phone. The same was done for Brother Bear (2003), Robots (2005) and I, Robot (2004).

Animation took a relatively speedy eight months.

Some of the Scrat sequences (e.g., the fight with the piranha, the encounter with the baby bird) were originally conceived for the opening sequence of this film, but were cut for time.

Improvements in fur simulation made since the first film required subtle changes in the original character models. Sid, in particular, look fatter with the more natural fur.

In designing Crash and Eddie, Peter de Sève looked up other small mammals, among them prairie dogs and meerkats.

The flashback in the movie was originally going to focus on Manny's conflict with his first family. However, Queen Latifah pitched the idea of the flashback in the film to center more on Ellie's origins.

Originally this film was set for a November 2005 release but was moved to March 2006, due to the events of Hurricane Katrina.

The two sea reptiles that chase the Herd throughout the film are named Cretaceous and Maelstrom: Cretaceous, an ichthyosaur, is the purple crocodilian, while Maelstrom, the stout green reptile, is a pliosaur. There was initially going to be a third predator, who appeared in some early designs as a small axolotl-like creature, but it was cut out. The back story for the villains is that they were frozen millions of years ago and kept in suspended movement.
Movie Connection(s):
Follows: Ice Age (English)
Followed by: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (English)
Followed by: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (English)