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Ice Age: The Meltdown
(2006)
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Composed, Co-Programmed, Co-Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Bruce Fowler
Randy Kerber
John Ashton Thomas
Mark McKenzie

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

Co-Programmed and Co-Arranged by:
John Ashton Thomas
James McKee Smith
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(March 28th, 2006)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are invigorated by cute and sometimes explosive animation scores that rank high on energy meter.

Avoid it... if you shun parody scores in the genre, or expect the music to offer a memorable identity that lasts after it's finished playing.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #706
WRITTEN 4/29/06
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Ice Age: The Meltdown: (John Powell) Movies like this exist to remind all of us how expensive kids can really be, not to mention how much time you have to spend sitting with them through suspect kiddie sequel films. In its strengths and weaknesses, the original Ice Age film from 2002 exhausted the story it needed to tell, but that didn't stop Fox from resurrecting the same characters for a tired, but fiscally safe sequel. If it weren't for Scrat the sabertooth squirrel, Ice Age: The Meltdown would offer absolutely nothing of worth, but luckily for parents, the squirrel's role is expanded in the sequel as it continues to chase after that ever elusive acorn. Never mind that the original Oak tree is nowhere to be seen, not to mention the leap of logic that requires us to believe that the same mammoth, sloth, and tiger would see both the beginning and end of an ice age... animators might as well have hidden images of dollar bills into the frames of animation. As expected, though, despite unenthusiastic critical reviews, Ice Age: The Meltdown has grossed nicely for Fox, a studio still attempting to break into the blockbuster animation genre. These attempts in the modern age go back to Anastasia in the late 1990's, and through the first Ice Age, the composer of choice for the studio's animated division was the capable David Newman. Director Carlos Saldanha from Ice Age then worked with the more ambitious John Powell for Robots in 2005, and that collaboration has extended to Ice Age: The Meltdown. It's difficult to say whose style suits these films better, though it's much easier to declare both composers competent in the genre. Powell's music seems to be more flamboyant and heavier on the percussion, likely due to his graduation from the drum pad school of Media Ventures. Newman's score for the original doesn't stand out as anything memorable several years later, and Powell understandably establishes his own themes and styles for the sequel score.



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452 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.19 Stars
***** 76 5 Stars
**** 126 4 Stars
*** 116 3 Stars
** 76 2 Stars
* 58 1 Stars
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Ice Age 2 / Robots VS. Chicken Run
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Iceage2 3 stars and the wild 4?clemmensen you are the worst review on the net *NM*   Expand >>
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A worthy successor!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:58
• 1. The Waterpark (2:24)
• 2. The Vulture of Doom (1:19)
• 3. Migration (3:32)
• 4. Call of the Mammoth (1:52)
• 5. Sad Manny and the Possums (1:44)
• 6. Manny and Ellie Meet (3:44)
• 7. Traveling with Possums (2:00)
• 8. 12 Ton Mammoth & a 10 Ton Possum (1:55)
• 9. Attack from Below the Ice (2:04)
• 10. Extreme Possum (1:50)
• 11. Who Will Join Me on the Dung Heap? (0:44)
• 12. Log Moving (0:59)
• 13. Ellie Remembers (2:41)
• 14. Foggy Balance (3:53)
• 15. Goodnight Sweet Possums (0:48)
• 16. Kidnapped (0:56)
• 17. Sid's Sing-a-Long (2:08)
• 18. Food Glorious Food - written by Lionel Bart (1:34)
• 19. The Boat and the Geysers (2:40)
• 20. The Dam Breaks (1:54)
• 21. Ellie Gets Trapped (0:32)
• 22. Manny to the Rescue (2:08)
• 23. Rescues All Round (3:05)
• 24. Scrat to the Rescue (1:28)
• 25. The Water Recedes (1:52)
• 26. Mammoths (1:24)
• 27. With the Herd (0:25)
• 28. Into the Sunset (3:00)
• 29. The Pearly Gates ("Adagio" from Spartacus) - written by Aram Khatchaturian (1:32)
• 30. CPR (0:14)
• 31. Mini-Sloths Sing-a-long (2:13)
• 32. The Meltdown (4:24)

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