Ice Age 2: The Meltdown [2006] [PG] - 1.4.2

 
 

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Sequel to the popular "Ice Age": Three friends, a mammoth, a saber-tooth tiger and a sloth (voiced by Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo, respectively) try to escape across the melting ice plain, while vultures and newly thawed, hungry water animals are after them. Their unlikely herd is soon joined by a female mammoth (Queen Latifah) and her possum "brothers." Also with the voices of Josh Peck, Jay Leno, Will Arnett and Seann William Scott. Directed by Carlos Saldanha. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A male and female mammoth nuzzle and hold trunks.
 A female mammoth asks a male mammoth if it is "hitting on her" and they talk about being together because they are the last of their species (implying procreation).
 A male mammoth tells a female mammoth that she is attractive and talks about her backside.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A turtle swims in water, it is pulled under quickly, and then its empty shell is thrown out of the water.
 Large water animals with big teeth swim under a layer of ice, one breaks through the ice and snaps at animals on the surface.
 An animal falls into water and is chased by a carnivorous water animal with pointed teeth, the animal climbs out of the water just as the water animal reaches it and tries to chomp at it.
 A water animal jumps out of water and toward an animal that catches it in its tusks and flings it away; it crashes hard into an ice wall and slides down into the water.
 A land animal is pulled under water by a water animal, which swims, along with another water animal toward the animal chasing it; the animal kicks one of them, it is thrown into rocks, the rocks fall down and one large rock lands on top of the water animals (presumably crushing them).
 Geysers shoot up through the ground where animals need to walk, a bird lands on and is struck by a geyser and we see that it's been cooked and plucked of its feathers; three animals walk through dodging the geysers but become very nervous (they are OK).
 A sleeping animal is carried away by other animals, it wakes up, it is pushed over a ledge and toward a pit of lava, it is flung back up and crashes into a large rock (it's OK).
 A large piece of ice breaks from a dam and hits the ground where a young animal had been standing. An ice dam breaks apart, a wave washes through filling everything with water, an animal is trapped in a cave that's filling fast, and other animals stampede toward a large piece of bark shaped as a boat perched high on a rock formation; an animal slips under water, and another animal pulls it to safety.
 The ground begins to break up under several animals, they end up balancing on several pieces of rock that teeter back and forth: they jump to solid ground as the rocks crash, one animal jumps toward a ledge, does not reach it but it is snatched up by two other animals and put safely on the ground.
 Several animals roll down a hill on a large rock, they roll off a ledge, and rest on a tree limb.
 Young animals tie an animal around the foot, hang it from a tree (one calls out "torture the sloth") and hit it with a stick (like a piñata); the animal falls to the ground and the young ones bury it in sand up to the neck.
 A large piece of ice floats in water and we see the eye of a water animal with many pointed teeth move ominously. Two vultures negotiate over which one will eat something that is dead.
 Several sequences show a squirrel in peril while it is trying to retrieve and hold onto an acorn: The squirrel climbs up a sheer ice cliff, its tongue becomes stuck to the ice, it dangles from its tongue and then pulls itself up; the squirrel loses an acorn, which falls through a hole in ice, the squirrel cuts a hole in the ice, ends up with a circle of ice around its neck, and it falls off a ledge (it's OK); the squirrel falls into water and is surrounded by piranha, whereupon it jumps out of the water, the piranha follow, it grabs one by the tail and swings it hitting the others and knocking them out, and it stomps on one forcing an acorn to pop out of its mouth; the squirrel climbs into a bird's nest to retrieve an acorn, a baby bird hatches from an egg, they fight over the acorn, the bird eats it, the squirrel grabs it out of the bird's mouth, and the mother bird pushes the squirrel through the bottom of the nest and it falls to the ground (it's OK); the squirrel holds onto a wall as it breaks, it is stretched between wall sides, and falls into water below; the squirrel tries to pole vault between two very high peaks to retrieve an acorn, it jumps and misses and falls a great distance to the ground below; the squirrel finds itself standing presumably at the gates of heaven, the gates open, it sees many acorns and one large acorn floating in the air, it tries to touch it and is pulled back out of the gates and crashes to the ground, where an animal is performing CPR on its body -- the squirrel kicks and chases the animal in anger.
 An ice wall begins to sprout leaks, the squirrel plugs the holes with its fingers and toes, then its snout, it fills with water, is shot off the wall, it sails through the air, falls and lands on the ground and it is swept away by another animal sliding down a chute. Three animals walk along ice, it breaks and they fall a great distance (they are OK). An orphaned baby animal walks alone through a heavy snowstorm and shivers in the dark.
 An animal stands high on a ledge and threatens to jump, it does jump, another animal grabs it, they slide down a hill, they knock into another animal that slides onto ice, the ice breaks beneath it, and it scrambles to get back to land before sinking (it's OK).
 An animal is hit in the head twice with a log thrown through the air twice (it's OK). An animal is catapulted from a tree branch and crashes into a tree trunk, and it falls to the ground motionless (it's OK).
 A saber-tooth tiger growls and lunges at young animals and they run away. Two animals argue in several scenes. A turtle surfaces and scares an animal that's playing nearby. A saber-tooth tiger clings to a mammoth with its claws (not aggressively). Two animals roll down a hill in a tree trunk, one is on the outside and is flattened (it's OK) and the other crashes into a tree (it's OK too). Two animals tease two other animals popping in and out of holes in the ground and blowing pebbles at them through reeds.
 Several animals run into each other while sliding around on ice (no one appears to be hurt although when one animal falls on the head of another that happens to have horns, it groans). A mammoth falls out of a tree in a couple of scenes.
 An animal shoves a reed up another animal's nose and shoves it under water trying to prove that it will be able to breathe through it, but the straw is bent and it does not work (it comes to the surface and it's OK). Three animals run into things as they try to walk at night.
 A animal says, "I'm gonna kill you" to another animal. An animal says, "All unattended children will be eaten." A vulture tells animals what is going to happen to them and that they are going to die. An animal becomes very thoughtful and depressed when it thinks that it is the last of its species.
 Dung beetles push a large ball of dung up an incline. An animal flatulates loudly, and another animal makes a remark about the odor.

PROFANITY 2 - 1 sexual reference (pervert), 3 scatological terms (1 mild), 3 anatomical terms (starts out referring to a burro), 3 mild anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (idiot, fat, ugly, jerk, moron, stupid). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - None.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Global warming, extreme climate changes, extinction, family, doomsday, stubbornness, evolution, food chain, animal sacrifice, leadership, religious ceremony, hope, stalking prey, responsibility, facing fears, bravery, fear of water.

MESSAGE - Let go of the past so that you can have a future.

Special Keywords: S1 - V4 - P2 - MPAAPG

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