Ice carving festival could host 'Ice Age 2' premiere

Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2005

ANCHORAGE - A festival that attracts the world's elite ice sculptors to Alaska's frigid interior each year may feature another draw in the next event: the star-studded premiere of "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown."

Organizers of the World Ice Art Championships said Wednesday they're in talks with 20th Century Fox, the studio distributing the sequel to the hit animated film.

"This would be the greatest opening of any film ever. I know what we can create with ice," said Dick Brickley, chairman of Ice Alaska, sponsor of the March event in Fairbanks.

By coincidence, the theme of the 2006 ice championships just happens to be "Ice! Camera! Action!"

Under plans being discussed, Ice Alaska would oversee the carving of colossal blocks of ice to tie in with the movie, scheduled for a March 31 release. A 50-foot ice statue of "Ice Age" rodent Scrat would be illuminated like an aurora borealis. The studio's logo would be displayed under waving search lights at the entrance to the festival grounds.

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