Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Here we go gathering nuts dismayed.

Oh, it's a shame to see what Hollywood's doing to CG-animated movies these days. Back when Toy Story was released, it was a fresh, innovative and exciting genre of infinite possibilities. Today: a formulaic rehashing of the same wacky group of anthropomorphic characters wise-cracking the same tawdry jokes with a moderately serviceable wink to the grown-ups, and transparent parodies of modern-day culture. All tied up in some high-concept plot that tediously echoes the previous one on the production line. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Incidentally, here's a movie-licensed 3D platform game.

Where the two Ice Age movies, with their make up of wise-cracking anthropomorphic animals on a snow-filled adventure, broke out of the ever-restricting CGI cartoon framework was in their dazzling use of beautifully stark, minimalist backgrounds to frame the leisurely-scripted foreground action. Ice Age 2, the game, is about collecting nuts.

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