5 Things That Make Us Hungry for ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2′
The directors, talent, and food friends of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2." (Photo: Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures)
When the first "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" film was announced, some people were skeptical about how the revered children's picture book would translate into an animated feature film. But after it whipped up a deliciously clever visual feast, naturally, folks clamored for a second helping.
In the first film, inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) banded together with a group of oddball characters — meteorologist intern Sam Sparks (voiced by Anna Faris), super cop Earl (voiced by Mr. T), Chicken Brent (voiced by Andy Samberg), jack-of-all-trades Manny (voiced by Benjamin Bratt), and Steve the Monkey (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) — to take down his ersatz, tidily-named FLDSMDFR machine, which was causing giant food to rain down from the sky.
Watch the theatrical trailer for 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs' here:
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" is set "literally 60 seconds after the first film ends," according to the film's directors, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. The sequel takes the characters on a madcap adventure from Swallow Falls to San Fran Jose (wonder where that's supposed to be?) and then back to Swallow Falls again, this time to destroy the FLDSMDFR for good.
Among the film's new faces (or rather, voices) are Will Forte as Flint's childhood science idol, the hologram-loving genius Chester V, who offers Flint a job at the tech think tank Live Corp; Kristen Schaal as Chester's assistant/creation Barb, an orangutan with a human brain; and Terry Crews stepping in for Mr. T as Earl.
So, what can we expect from the new film? We visited Sony Pictures Animation this past Monday (alongside a handful of other journalists) and got a sneak peek at some sweet new footage. We also got the opportunity to speak with several members of the voice cast and crew, including the film's directors, and voice actors Hader, Farris, and Bratt.
Here are the five tastiest tidbits we picked up from our trip:
1. Whereas "Cloudy 1" took its cues from disaster movies, "Cloudy 2" takes on a different genre.
"Cloudy 2" opens up a whole new world of strange (and probably tasty) beasts. (Photo: Sony Pictures Animation/Columbia Pictures)
The first "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" dealt with some mouth-watering, destructive weather, but the second film is a take on a different kind of destruction — monsters. Says Cameron, "Well, 'Jurassic Park' was the big [influence], obviously, because we have like a watering hole, with the Richard Attenborough of Chester's beard, and Laura Dern outfit that Sam [Sparks] is kind of wearing." But the filmmakers also took cues from classic '80s movies like "Return of the Jedi," "E.T.," "The Goonies," "Gremlins," and there's "definitely some 'Teen Wolf' in there."