It’s incredible how inherently affecting a group of various foodstuffs can be when combined with fantastic voice-acting and sincere musical accompaniment, yet that’s what’s seemingly occurred with Dave Green’s film, Meltdown. So often, a director tries to make the mundane and inanimate plausible and most importantly, intoxicating. They fail for several reasons, but the most obvious is because their films don’t possess heart and soul, those indescribable duo of words used to depict the warmest and most eloquent of creations. What Green has done here is entirely simple in essence, but highly productive in its output. He’s taken the inhabitants of a fridge, fed them life through David Cross, Ryan Bradley Heine and others, and allowed us to indulge in a world borne of witty writing, smart direction and wonderful creativity.
The story takes place inside the refrigerator, or, at least the vast majority does. We’re introduced in powerful fashion to Orange, a simple fruit, being gradually and horrifically encased in ice, a product deriving from the faulty temperature of the fridge. What happens next is a process of adventure, a trial of determination and teamwork. Together, the food inside the giant ice box have to somehow climb upwards and reach the temperature settings, all the while discouraged by the cynical Celery. When he berates the company, he decides he better do it and makes the arduous journey to their Northern Lights equivalent.
There is bags of humour emanating from this piece. The voice acting is sharp enough that the writing is allowed to flourish, but the pièce de résistance comes to the fore when the old couple who own the fridge start to encroach on the food’s territory, casually making snide remarks to each other, whilst throwing out, or eating our new favourite fruit or dairy product. They act as antagonists to the plot, yet it’s testament to the actors and director that we come to loathe them towards the end when realistically they’re doing exactly what we do everyday. True, our food probably – note, probably – can’t speak, even though it’d be interesting if it did, but nevertheless, it’s full credit to Dave Green that he’s enforced this sense of nobility upon his characters and that we immediately react through emotional connection and attachment.
Meltdown is a fascinating film in many ways for it describes the actions of love, death, despair and teamwork within the confines of a big old white food storage tub. To even attempt to make the viewer sympathetic to the plight of everyday, inhuman objects you need to possess some considerable skill as a filmmaker and that’s something, based on the intelligence of this film, that Dave Green and his troop of fruits, condiments and half-opened milk cartons possess in abundance.