Family Movietime: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Taking places mere minutes after the town is saved and where we last see Flint Lockwood and the crew is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Before anyone has a chance to even catch their breathe the Live Corp people arrive. Live Corp is headed by Flint’s childhood idol Chester V (Will Forte). He arrives to tell everyone that he will help clean up the town but everyone has to leave first. The townspeople all move to the city where the Live Corp headquarters are and Flint is offered a job working at Live Corp.
All the main principles are still here, Flint (Bill Hader), Steve (Neil Patrick Harris) and his dad Tim (James Caan) now live together in an apartment, Sam (Anna Faris) lives across the hall and is busy working as a meteorologist. Brent flips a sign for a chicken place and Earl (Terry Crews) and his son work at the local Cupcake shop Manny (Benjamin Bratt) is a surgeon. We see in clips that things are not going well back on the island and its not long before Flint gets the bang back together to head back to the island to find his weather food machine.
The newest element and the stars this time around are the foodimals. They are pretty creative, hippos made out of potatoes, watermelon elephants, butterfly toast, and a frog shaped butter that croaks butter…and Parkway when it melts, one of the moments where all the adults in the theater laughed and it clearly went over the kids heads. They are people chased by 2 hostiles, the Tacodile Supreme and a Spider cheeseburger which is a little creepy looking to be honest. The foodimals including that leek in the boat provide cheap thrills and laughs but they work and they look stunning. The Chester V character is interesting but his ape companion Barb is fun. She’s voiced by Kristen Schaal who you might recognize as Louise from Bob’s Burgers or Mabel from Gravity Falls.
While not as witty as the first movie its still pretty entertaining. It should keep any children who were able to sit through the first one equally interested. I enjoyed it as well, but I must confuse no matter how many times I see the commercial I still laugh at the Leek in the boat. Good thing they do that joke twice in the film.
My Rating: Matinee
Worth 3D upgrade: Yes
Directors: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Studio: Sony Pictures Animation, Columbia Pictures
Release Date: September 27, 2013
Run time: 95 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG