Ice Age 2: The Meltdown

Director: Carlos Saldanha
Year Released: 2006
Rating: 2.0

Kiddie movie loaded with Key Topics: aside from the poorly-thought out political angle (global warming is causing the ice to melt ... or not), it's also about the need for love, family, conquering your own fears and self-acceptance. All this moralizing - and its carefully-thought out main plot (with endless barrage of breaking platforms) - is markedly inferior, however, to the truly inspired part of the movie: the parallel storyline of the jittery squirrel, Scrat (also in the first picture), out to get his nut (Easy-motherfucking-E would agree, and no doubt add "You know it's real good / And nothing can resist it"). All the talk about Big Ideas is vanquished by Scrat's single-minded devotion to self-pleasure and self-preservation, and his endless supply of odd noises speaks more volumes - and are considerably funnier - than any line you can give to Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, etc.