Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t quite as fresh as the original, but it’s still a tasty adventure. Although the book was followed by a sequel called Pickles to Pittsburgh, this sequel picks up right where the movie left off. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller are replaced by a different directing duo that also have ties to Sony animation. The computer animation is just as vibrate with even more crazy cartoony antics. Almost the entire cast returns with Bill Hader as inventor Flint Lockwood.
Anna Faris returns as his presumed girlfriend Sam Sparks, James Caan as his more understanding fisherman father Tim, Neil Patrick Harris as his monkey Steve, Andy Samberg as redeemed bully “Chicken” Brent, and Benjamin Bratt as Sam’s more fleshed out cameraman Manny. Terry Crews replaces Mr. T as Officer Devereaux since the latter hasn’t done much since the first movie. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 isn’t as simple as food raining from the sky. The plot is a bit over complicated with a more obvious villain plotting to steal Flint’s food machine. Fellow SNL cast member Will Forte previously voiced a recurring townsperson, but now he’s promoted to Flint’s flexible scientific idol Chester V.
He manipulates Flint by moving the town and making him question his friendships. Kristen Schaal is also on Chester’s side as his intelligent talking orangutan Barb. Flint and the gang are closer than ever when they all go on a mission to find the FLDSMDFR. The sequel is basically The Lost World with constant food puns. Swallow Falls is now populated by foodimals like a cheese spider, tacodile supreme, Tim’s pickle friends, and the adorable Barry the strawberry. Of course there’s a message about respecting the new ecosystem that’s just unique enough to work. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a second helping of fun.
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