Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was another example that animated films – while primarily intended for children – can be smart and inventive enough that adults of all ages will find entertainment in them. Offering a heartfelt story that never lost its sense of humor and snagging box office success, it’s only expected that we would get the upcoming sequel, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers.
While the original film’s directors Chris Lord and Phil Miller (who found live action success with 21 Jump Street) are no longer helming the project, they are ensuring it’s in good hands. They’ve placed two key members of the Cloudy 1 team in the directors’ chairs, and ensured that the story doesn’t simply rehash old ideas.
Cloudy 2 picks up soon after the events of the first film with the town of Swallow Falls in dire need of a clean-up crew. Enter Live Corp, a company run by Chester V (Will Forte), who like main character Flint (Bill Hader), has a talking monkey, this one named Barb (Kristen Schaal). Live Corp must clean up the mess left by the FLDSMDFR (the machine that turned water into food) albeit without the knowledge the machine is still pumping out creations – like talking pickles (a reference to the second Cloudy book’s title, Pickles to Pittsburgh), a strawberry named Barry, and a “giant, french-fry-legged bacon cheesespider, which lords over the abandoned town like a massive cholesterol-spiking tarantula.”
Also returning for the film are James Caan as Flint’s father, Tim; Anna Faris as weather reporter Sam Sparks; Andy Samberg as Brent; and Benjamin Bratt as the ultra-talented cameraman, Manny. Unfortunately, Mr. T will not be reprising his role as Earl, Swallow Falls’ resident lawman whose chest hairs tingle whenever Flint is up to no good. Entertainment Weekly reports that Terry Crews (Expendables 2) has been tasked to fill in for the role.
Rather than giant food this time around, the inventive nature of the film will be centered on part food/part animal creations with “cringe worthy pun[s]” for names. Producer Kirk Bodyfelt wouldn’t give any examples, but given the imagination displayed by the creators of the first film, we doubt they will disappoint.
With most of the cast and crew returning in some fashion, it’s safe to say that Sony Pictures Animation is trying to build a brand off of the success, both critically and with audiences, of the first film. If the team can keep their sense of humor and not rehash old ideas, then it wouldn’t be hard to imagine this sequel being more successful than the first.
Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers will release in 3D on February 7, 2014.
Source: Entertainment Weekly