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(2006), PG [PG*] (1hr 23min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios, Fox Animation Studios
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Carlos Saldanha
Producer(s): Lori Forte
Story and Screenplay by: Peter Gaulke, Gerry Swallow
Music: John Powell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Ice Age: The Meltdown (or Ice Age 2: The Meltdown by some sources, even 20th Century Fox) presents some of the most outstanding computer-generated artistry I have ever seen. The attention to detail in fluid mechanics in the water and flood scenes was magnificent. Even the change in hue between wet and dry sandstone is as perfect for film as can be. But, as is expected with a PG rating, there are some moral blemishes in the keystrokes of the artwork.
Three times a three-letter word is used in posterior humor. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17, Eph. 5:4] And one of the other of the three/four letter word vocabulary is used once. The film and story would not have lost any power without them. There is even a scene and dialogue of Manny (voice of Ray Romano) finding the posterior of Ellie (voice of Queen Latifah) attractive. Ellie is a female mammoth who thinks she's a 'possum since she was raised by an opossum family.
Diego (voice of Denis Leary) is much more polite and supportive this time. He still makes snide threats of eating Sid (voice of John Leguizamo), but when it gets down to who are his friends, Diego's true colors come through. Brilliantly. And Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge) has more screen time in this sequel. Does he catch and keep his acorn this time?
Sid has set up a theme park of water slides and other water recreation in the melting ice but without a thought as to why the ice is melting nor of the consequences.
Manny, Sid, Diego and a plethora of other characters are warned by "snake oil salesman" Fast Tony (voice of Jay Leno) that all the critters live in a bowl formed by ice walls that hold back oceans of water. Fast Tony tells them that they will soon be under water unless they get to a "boat" at the other end of the valley. The story is of the shenanigans of getting to the "boat" and of the perils and discoveries along the way.
There are a few instances of crude humor, typically about the posterior and/or fecal matter. One concern is the matter of one of the characters going to Heaven then being thrown out, back to Earth. This (like Dogma) is contrary to God's Word which promises that once we have Salvation it will not ever be lost unles we reject it.
There is also a rather clever allegory of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood. It is wrong, of course, and will require your wisdom and knowledge of the Truth to explain the errors, but clever nonetheless.
There was no mention of evolution noted in the entire film but neither was there any mention of Creationism.. However, the story, as was the first installment, is clearly a portrayal of favoring the theory of evolution.
Of strongest presence is the matters of violence. [Prov. 16:29] With an investigation area score of 56 in Wanton Violence/Crime, the magnitude of the total envelope of violence is equivalent to some PG-13 films. And as usual for "kid-rated" films with some measure of restriction (i.e., the PG rating) each individual instance of violence is not that severe but the total of them together weigh down the "big picture." See our CAP Rule of 1000 for more information.
However, only the Impudence/Hate investigation area found the area programming to be equivalent to PG films in the comparative baseline database. All four other investigation areas found the programming in those areas to be equivalent to G-rated films.
In keeping with the comparative utility of the CAP Analysis Model, below is a graphic comparative of the scoring distribution of the 2002 and this 2006 versions of Ice Age.
Of noteworthiness in particular is the evidence that this 2006 version is considerably less violent than the 2002 version. And other than the increase in the content revealed by the Impudence/Hate investigation area (due mostly to the four uses of foul language in the 2006 version), the two films are fairly close in morality. And that is where the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section (the heart of the CAP Analysis Model) becomes most useful. While the numbers are intensely useful, they do not reveal all that the listing can.
Please inspect closely the refreshingly short listing in the Findings/Scoring section before you make a decision of what age stratum for which this film is fit. I plan to get it for my family when it comes out on video but only if it is closed-captioned. Closed captioning is required for our curse filter to work properly.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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