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Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is the sequel to Ice Age, and the second film in the Ice Age franchise, released on March 31st, 2006.
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Manny, Sid and Diego are living in a large valley with an enormously high ice wall filling one end. The trio discover that the ice wall is actually barely holding a massive body of water that would flood the valley to nearly a mile underwater. A vulture tells them that there is a boat at the other end of the valley that may save them all, but they have only three days to make it or die. Manny is having trouble facing the fact that he may be the last mammoth left. Along the way, they meet Ellie, a mammoth who thinks she is a possum, and her opossum "brothers", Crash and Eddie.

The film received mixed reviews, but was warmly-received by the general public, and became a box office success, grossing $660 million worldwide against it's $80 million budget.

This film is followed by Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

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  • Accidental Truth: Fast Tony predicts a devastating flood to help his sales, which is confirmed to be actually happening.
    Manny: You guys gotta listen to Fast Tony! He's right about the flood!
    Fast Tony: [in genuine astonishment] I am? Er... I mean uh... [boldly] Yes, I am.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Everyone believes Manny is the last mammoth and needs to find another mammoth in order to save the species. Eventually he learns that he and Ellie are not the last mammoths and do not need to be together. They decide to be together not because they have to but because they want to, having fallen in love.
  • Affably Evil: The Lone Gunslinger, the vulture that tells the animals about the flood.
  • Appease the Volcano God: The mini-sloths try to sacrifice Sid for this purpose... even though they understand the science behind volcanic eruptions perfectly.
    Sid: You're a very advanced race! Together, we can look for a solution.
    Mini-Sloth Leader: We have one - sacrifice the Fire King.
    Sid: Well, that's not very advanced!
    Mini-Sloth Leader: Worth a shot.
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  • The Ark: The giant bark raft. Some of the animals getting on board (though not all) even do so in male-and-female pairs.
  • Artistic License – Biology:
    • A young aardvark is seen blowing bubbles in a pool of meltwater, by breathing out through its elongated snout and in through the mouth at its base. Real aardvarks have tiny mouths, and they're located at the tips of their snouts, not underneath them. Keeping the end of its snout continuously submerged should've drowned it.
    • Scrat the proto-squirrel has huge saber-like canine teeth. Being rodents, squirrels — even prehistoric ones — don't have canines at all. The authors have said in an interview that it was Played for Laughs. Later crosses into Accidentally Correct Writing since a prehistoric mammal discovered in 2011 was indeed squirrel-like, and did indeed have fangs. It was not a rodent though, and lived in the Mesozoic, not in the Cenozoic, much less the last ice age.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Flemish version features the song De Andere Kant (The Other Side) by X!NK.
    • The UK version has Real Love by Lee Ryan (who also provided the voice of Eddie for the Italian dub of the movie).
  • Big "WHAT?!": Ellie does one after Manny says that it's their responsibility to save their species. She later admits she overreacted.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Manny and Ellie, twice.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: A dodo gets hit by a geyser and roasted. Sid witnesses this and says, "I just did something involuntary and messy."
  • Bullying a Dragon: Crash and Eddie do this to Diego when they first meet. The worst result for them is getting chased by Diego.
  • Busby Berkeley Number: Vultures singing "Food Glorious Food" from Oliver!.
  • Cassandra Truth: Sid is kidnapped in his sleep by a tribe of mini-sloths who wish to sacrifice him to prevent the coming flood. When he stumbles back into camp the next morning, no one believes his story, insisting that he was just sleepwalking and dreamed the whole thing. Later the tribe reveals themselves to Diego when they ask Sid to return to them, but Diego turns them down in one of the film's more heartwarming moments.
  • Circling Vultures: Talking vultures circle the various creatures trying to escape the flood waiting for some to fail, leaving them with dinner. Later, a bunch of them are seen circling the migrating herds boarding the boat (albeit this time to manage the masses)
  • Chekhov's Gun: Fast Tony, trying to make a last-minute sale before the animals start evacuating: "Try bark! It's so buoyant, it actually floats!" Three guesses as to what the ark's made of.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Sid's ability to light a campfire could be seen as one, considering that it's what leads the mini-sloths to kidnap him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Manny says after meeting Ellie he knew he wasn't the only one. Ellie agrees, saying not everyone admits falling out of a tree. Manny meant he knew he wasn't the last mammoth alive.
  • Darker and Edgier: While not as heavy and dramatic as the first film, The Meltdown has quite a bit more peril as now there is a threat to all of the cast, main and background, the threats ranging from being eaten by reptiles to being killed by explosive geysers.
  • The Dinosaurs Had It Coming: Manny claims that the dinosaurs "got cocky" and "made enemies," which is why they went extinct.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Sid gets this a lot in this film. He encourages Manny to pursue Ellie romantically, reminding him that they might be the only mammoths left (they're not, but they have no reason to know that at this point). He also tells Diego that since they're living in a land where the ice is melting, he's going to have to conquer his fear of the water to survive. A minor example is when he reminds Diego that even though the ice is melting it's still strong enough to hold up Manny and Ellie when they're crossing a frozen lake.
  • Ear Worm: In-Universe, the vultures sing a reworded version of "Food Glorious Food" regarding eating the main characters. Sid starts dancing along to it, then humming it, much to the other characters' irritation.
  • Epic Fail: Sid trying to save Crash and Eddie in the water near the end. He dives into the water to get to them, but lands headfirst on a piece of ice and is knocked out, forcing Crash and Eddie to have to try and save him. As a result, Diego is forced to save all three and conquer his fear of water in the process.
  • False Reassurance: The mysterious Lone Gunslinger vulture confirms that the upcoming flood is true and in order to escape it, they all must travel to the huge boat at the end of the valley, all in less than three days. He ends his warning with...
    Lone Gunslinger: There is some good news, though. The more you die the better I eat.
    Crowd: *gasp!*
    Lone Gunslinger: I didn't say it was good news for you.(flies off)
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Scrat's near-death experience with the giant golden acorn.
  • Happily Adopted: Ellie was unaware that she was adopted for most of her life but also seems to have a very close relationship with her adoptive family. Even after learning that she is in fact a mammoth, it doesn't change how she feels about them and still refers to Crash and Eddie as her brothers. Likewise, they still call her their sister.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Ellie gets stuck under a log because, having been raised by possums, she doesn't realize she's a mammoth and can simply lift the log out of the way.
  • Hollywood Natives: The tribe of mini-sloths who kidnap Sid. They claim that Sid is their Fire King, since he previously "discovered" fire, and virtually mimic everything Sid does. Afterward, the tribe attempt to toss him into a lava as a sacrifice, on the grounds that his discovery of fire is the reason behind all the ice melting and the impending flood. Only one mini-sloth (presumably the tribal chief, or some kind of head priestess) can speak fluent English.
  • Idiot Ball: Ellie calls Manny out on believing one of her brothers when he said he not only had done the tree catapult before, but could survive it easily. And then it turned out, he lied.
  • Ignored Epiphany: A humorous example. Upon discovering his assistant Stu was killed, leaving only his shell behind, Fast Tony is grief stricken... before promptly offering to sell the empty shell for "everyone to buy a new nice mobile home!"
  • Impact Silhouette: Crash makes one after smashing straight into a tree when Manny launches him through the air.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Mannie shoots for "you're pretty and we're the last mammoths alive, so maybe we could see how a relationship works out?" It comes out sounding like "You're obligated to have sex with me." Ellie is understandably furious.
  • Innocent Swearing:
    • People are treated to a double-dose in this movie; first, when Manny tries to tell Sid's daycare group a story:
    Kid: "Burro" is a demeaning name; technically, it would be called a "wild ass".
    Manny: Fine. The "wild ass" boy returned home to his "wild ass" mother.
    Kids start laughing
    Manny: See, that's why I called it a "burro"!
    • And later, when a prehistoric beaver notices the ice dam protecting them from flood waters is starting to break apart.
    Father Beaver: Dam!
  • Inflating Body Gag: In the opening scene, Scrat inflates like a water balloon when he's climbing an ice wall and he tries to plug a leak with his face.
  • Instant Roast: A dodo that was crossing over an area laden with geyser pits gets turned into a roast chicken after one such geyser goes off under it.
  • I Will Show You X: "I'll show you something that floats!"
  • Kiss of Life: Sid revives Scrat this way in the epilogue. Scrat doesn't take it well.
  • Last of His Kind: Manny thinks he's this.
    • Proven wrong by meeting Ellie and not so much a herd, but a horde of them appearing at the end.
  • The Load: Ellie, Crash and Eddie fall into this for much of the film. Due to Ellie thinking she's a possum, she slows the group down a lot at first, before realizing she is a mammoth after all. Even after Ellie realizes and accepts this, it's her decision to go around the geyser field that gets her trapped and she almost drowns as a result, forcing Manny and the others to have to turn back and save her. If they had just gone through the geyser field as Manny insisted, they would have been more likely to make it to the boat and get on it with no problem.
  • Mood Whiplash: Manny launches Crash through the air. Cut to him singing in mid-air, then he suddenly smashes into a tree, knocking himself out. Cut an Oh, Crap! from Manny and Eddie.
    • The mini-sloths scene, as they go from seemingly worshipping Sid to tying him up and planning to sacrifice him.
  • Morton's Fork: Discussed in Manny and Ellie's argument as to whether or not they should go through the geyser field to get to the boat. If they go around it, they may not make it to the boat in time and drown. If they go through it, they may not make it at all and get blown to bits. Slightly defied by what Sid says after they split up: "I don't know, drowning sounds like a much gentler way to go. Blown to bits sounds so sudden."
  • Motivational Lie: When Sid figures out that Diego can’t swim and tries to teach him, he says something to the effect of "Some animals can swim as babies," which is technically true. But at the end when Diego has overcome his fear and saved Sid, Crash and Eddie, he responds to Sid's surprise over his swimming with the same line, only for Sid to tell him "Except Tigers, I left that part out"
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Eviscerator.
  • Nested Ownership: Invoked by Manny.
    Manny: (about Sid) He's not my kid. He's not even my dog. If I had a dog, and that dog had a kid, and the dog's kid had a pet, that would be Sid.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: All the herds head for a giant log that would serve as a boat when the flood waters come.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Ellie raised by possums of course. She eventually discovers the Captain Obvious truth when she encounters the same moss tree she encountered as a calf lost in a blizzard.
  • Oh, Crap!: Crash and Eddie get one when, after idiotically mocking Diego by making chicken noises, he angrily growls and charges at them.
    • Manny and Eddie after Manny launches Crash through the air and he smashes straight into a tree.
    • Sid when the mini-sloths tie him with ropes, and then again when he realizes they plan to throw him into a volcano.
    • Sid at the geyser pits after seeing a dodo get hit by a geyser and roasted. He also craps himself.
  • Opposites Attract: Manny and Ellie
  • Parental Bonus: Manny is quite frankly suggesting he and Ellie have sex since it's their "responsibility" to save their species. He tries and fails horribly to express that he meant "at some point in the future", but the damage is done. She bluntly informs him that he won't be "saving the species tonight or any other night."
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Stu is devoured by Cretaceous and Maelstrom to prove that they're now out in force.
  • Sea Monster: Cretaceous and Maelstrom, aquatic Mesozoic reptilesnote  freed from the ice by the thaw.
  • Shout-Out: Manny's daze after narrowly missing a full blast from a geyser evokes Saving Private Ryan.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Fast Tony...
  • Tempting Fate: Manny looking into a puddle and saying, "I guess it's just you and me now". Seconds later, Ellie falls out of a tree right in front of him.
    • Sid asking how bad the geyser pits could be, before seeing a dodo get hit by a geyser and roasted. Cue an Oh, Crap!.
  • Those Two Guys: Crash and Eddie.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: It happens to Scrat, as he scales up an overhang of a glacier.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Crash sticks his head in Diego's mouth at one point, saying he and Eddie are carrying diseases. After a rumble in the distance, Diego spits Crash out in disgust.
  • Wingding Eyes: Scrat's pupils become acorns for a moment when he sees the giant acorn in his own acorn heaven.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Manny tries to suggest repopulating the species in a way that doesn't sound like "let's have sex immediately, and by the way, you're totally obligated to." He fails miserably.

Alternative Title(s): Ice Age The Meltdown

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