Australian Council on Children and the Media

Ice Age : The Meltdown

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What’s it about?

Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the tiger are enjoying their life in a cosy valley protected from the freezing temperatures of the Ice Age.  Their valley though is under threat from being flooded due to global warming and the ice melting. They’ve been told they have only 3 days to move to a another area before they get flooded.

They set off and along the way they meet another mammoth called Ellie and her possum ‘brothers’, Eddie and Crash. Sid persuades Manny to let them join them and together they travel across the valley trying to escape the flood. They meet many dangers along the way, such as the vultures circling above waiting for them to die, and other nasty creatures below the ice. They have to work together as a team and use all of their combined skills and courage to survive.

What to look out for

There’s quite a lot of comic violence in this movie such as:

  • Scrat the sabre-tooth squirrel, often falls from great heights, flies into cliff faces, and is attacked by other creatures.
  • Sid is beaten with a stick when ‘mistaken’ for a piñata, hit repeatedly in the head with a log and knocked unconscious.
  • One of the possum brothers is shot like a sling-shot into a tree and knocked unconscious.

There are also some scary scenes which might frighten younger kids such as:

  • The sea creatures follow and attack Manny’s group two times and both times the friends are very scared.
  • Sid is captured by a group of sloths who want to throw him into a volcano.
  • As the valley starts to flood, all of the animals panic and rush to climb the logs at the end of the valley. Ellie is trapped in a cave that is filling with water and while her friends try to save her, they also have to fight the rising water and attacking sea-creatures.

Moral of the Story

You can get a lot more things done when you work together as a team.

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