Ice Age The Meltdown Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Ice Age The Meltdown by John Powell.
At a glance:
56 minutes of score
Geek Score: 77.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 6.83
Album Excellence: 12%
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In 2006, the sequel to Ice Age was released. I was surprised it took them 4 years to do it but I guess they weren’t happy with it and wanted to take it to another direction. Carlos Saldanha was still directing and onboard were the original cast Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Ray Romano. Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that the Ice Age is coming to an end, and join everybody for a journey to higher ground. On the trip, they discover that Manny, in fact, is not the last of the wooly mammoths. The composer is John Powell and this review is part of Composer Of The Month. David Newman did an excellent job on the original Ice Age, so Powell better be in top form or this will be a contest he can’t win.
The new Ice Age theme heard in ‘The Waterpark’ is pretty great, so we are immediately off to a great start. The score doesn’t take itself serious at all which can be fun, but it can also be a bit frustrating. It constantly mixes music with experimental percussion like in ‘Call Of The Mammoth’ and others. ‘Sad Manny And The Possums’ is way into crazy land with frantic and fun slapstick humor. Lots of mickey mousing if you will. It’s not that bad though. Powell seems to time it right, starting the theme at the right time etc. There’s a cute and fun love theme for Manny and Ellie in ‘Manny And Ellie Meet’. It’s interesting because I thought the native flute in the beginning was a reference to Ice Age when they met the humans, but I don’t think so since this cue is about Manny and Ellie. ‘Mammooths’ is a highlight for me, bold, inspirational and beautiful. ‘Into The Sunset’ is sort of a zen reprise of the main theme. Quite lovely.
I definitely prefer David Newman’s Ice Age at this point. It took itself more seriously and created a few lovely theme and the interactions with humans. This one has a bit too much silliness in it to properly enjoy. It’s still a decent score, but not as good as the original.
1. The Waterpark
28. Into The Sunset