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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 April, 2006, 12:00am

Ice Age: The Meltdown

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Voicers: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary

The film: The animation is a sequel to Ice Age (2002), which took viewers 20,000 years back in time to an era when Earth was freezing over. Manny the mammoth (voiced by Romano), Diego the tiger (Leary) and Sid the sloth (Leguizamo) are back for another fun adventure in The Meltdown, which takes place at the end of the Ice Age. The dawn of a new era has Earth's animals rejoicing, but Manny, Diego and Sid see the potential danger of rising sea levels. They embark on a dangerous journey to save the planet's creatures from drowning.

Why bother? The action-packed film should be a visual delight for children and adults alike. It's a reminder of the dangers of global warming and also poses a question: if a sabre-toothed tiger and furry mammoth can work together to prevent a catastrophe, why can't humans join together to do the same?

The Shaggy Dog

Director: Brian Robbins

Starring: Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr, Kristin Davis, Danny Glover

Prelude: The original 1959 Disney film was about a boy who turns into a dog. The popular - and peculiar - theme was revisited in made-for-television movies during the '80s. A slight variation on the story, The Shaggy DA, about a lawyer who turns into a dog, was released in 1976.

The film: Allen (above) stars as a workaholic lawyer who spends little time with his family. After he is bitten by a mysterious 300-year-old dog, he develops a tendency to turn into a sheepdog - often at untimely moments - before reverting back to human form.

The star: Actor and comedian Allen is best-known as the star of hit television series Home Improvement, which ran for eight seasons until 1999. He provided the voice for astronaut Buzz Lightyear in computer-animated blockbuster Toy Story and starred in the sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest as an actor-turned-space commander. Allen's success is proof that it's never too late to turn over a new leaf. In the late 1970s, he was arrested on drug charges and spent two years in prison.

Cantonese voicer: Popular comedian Jim Chim Shui-man is the voice of Allen's character in the Cantonese version. Given his versatility and comedic talent, Chim will likely give the film a distinct local flavour.

Why bother? Watching a man turn into a dog while trying to lead a normal life is a comedic treat.