It’s a shame that some still feel like animated films are primarily made for children. The advent of Pixar and films like Shrek and The Fantastic Mr. Fox have more than proved otherwise, and in 2009 directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller delivered a wonderfully goofy animated take on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs that appeals to adults and kids alike. That film reveled in its offbeat sense of humor, and while Lord and Miller stepped back into executive producer roles for the sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a worthy follow-up that delivers a hefty dose of adorable buoyed by colorfully inspired designs and a heartfelt theme of friendship. Read my review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.
I adore Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s adaptation of the classic children’s book is one of the most unexpected and successful book adaptations of the past several years. Most movies based on children books are belabored, tiresome affairs, and Cloudy turned the simple idea of food falling from the sky into a weird, adorable, and hilarious animated comedy. It set an incredibly high bar for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but new directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn have come close to giving us a movie as wonderful as the original. Everything that made the first Cloudy a success is still in place, even though there’s more reliance on some cheap gags. The sequel has cemented the identity of the series even though the story leaves some residual guiltiness about being a carnivore.
Recently I was invited to take an early look at Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn’s hilarious new animated comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, at Sony Pictures Animation Studios. The co-directors, who were story artists on the first film, took the reins from Phil Lord and Chris Miller who remain onboard as producers. Cameron and Pearn’s enthusiasm was obvious as they presented some very funny clips and cool footage from the sequel which picks up sixty seconds after the 2009 hit comedy ends.
The plot revolves around what happens after the island of Swallow Falls is evacuated to clean up the food disaster from the first film and Flint (Bill Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out mutant food animals. He and his friends set out on a dangerous mission to save the world from adorable but deadly food monsters that include ravenous double bacon Cheespiders, Tacodiles, Shrimpanzees, Apple Pie-thons, Flamangos, Bananostritches, Fruit Cockatiels, Mosquitoast, Watermelophants, Wildebeets and more. Check out a recap of the day’s presentations and an interview with Cameron and Pearn after the jump.
A few days ago at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. The sequel’s plot revolves around Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) and Sam Sparks (Anna Faris) returning to Swallow Falls to clean up the mess created by the FLDSMDFR, only to find that food is now taking on the form of mutant beasts. Based on the trailers, the film looks to be every bit as zany as the first one and then some, so if you’re worried about Cameron and Pearn handling the follow-up (Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed the first one), I don’t think you have to worry.
During the interview, they talked about taking over the franchise, what the sequel is about, the development process, editing, Easter Eggs, the worldwide release schedule, the possibility of future sequels, how advances in technology have made the animation process easier, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in 3D on September 27th.
While at Comic-Con this weekend for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Anna Faris, Bill Hader and Terry Crews and co-directors Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn spoke to the press about their new animated comedy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The sequel to Sony Pictures Animation’s 2009 hit comedy picks up sixty seconds after the first film ends and revisits the characters in a new and crazy adventure. After evacuating the island of Swallow Falls to clean up the food disaster from the first film, Flint (Hader) discovers his infamous invention is still active and churning out mutant food animals, or foodimals. Once again, he and his friends have to save the world.
During the interview, they talked about the creative ways they expanded the story and characters, how they came up with the new designs for the food creatures, and what it’s like for the actors to convey their comedic work in an animated form. Hader also discussed getting back into character the second time around, his reaction to hearing he was nominated for an Emmy, and why he decided to leave SNL. Crews revealed what it’s like to live in both the Cloudy and Expendables film worlds and why we need a Camacho movie. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
One of the most enjoyable animated films of the past few years was Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s very funny Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and so I was very happy to hear that Sony was moving forward with a sequel. Lord and Miller remain onboard as producers for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, but Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn take the helm as directors this time around. At the film’s Comic-Con panel in Hall H today, Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and Terry Crews showed up alongside Cameron and Pearn to talk about the follow-up, the numerous “foodimals,” and more. Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Let’s all do the release date shuffle, courtesy of Sony!
- RoboCop, the Jose Padilha-directed remake starring Joel Kinnaman, has been bumped from its August 9th, 2013 spot to February 7th, 2014.
- Taking over the former RoboCop spot will be Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, starring Matt Damon. The picture moves from March 1st, 2013 to August 9th, 2013. (Fun fact: Blomkamp’s District 9 was released that same week in 2009.)
- Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will move up from its previous spot of February 7th, 2014 to September 27th, 2013. The animated feature will land on roughly the same weekend as this year’s hit, Hotel Transylvania.
- Pixels, the Happy Madison production based on an 8-bit French short, is listed as “in development” and won’t make a 2014 release, though it was previously pegged for May 17, 2013.
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We’ve got some new release dates to share with you today. Here they are at a glance:
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Sony Animation has settled on the directors of their follow-up to 2009’s swell animated feature Cloud with a Chance of Meatballs. Variety reports that animation artists Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn will be taking the helm on the sequel. Last we heard, the original film’s directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were attached to return for Cloudy 2, but it now appears that they won’t be back. Lord and Miller are currently busy with post-production on their live-action debut 21 Jump Street (which looks great), and the recent greenlight for the Lego feature film that they’re attached to may have something to do with their non-involvement with the Cloudy sequel. Hit the jump for more, including the story status of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.