Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

{3/5} “I don’t get vests. What, is it winter in your torso but summer in your arms?”

Flint Lockwood has a chance to work with his idol Chester V. Chester V tells him that he has to go home because his machine, the FLDSMDFR, is still running — and it’s producing dangerous food/animal hybrids that could destroy the world. Flint accepts the mission — he’s joined by girlfriend Sam Sparks, father Tim, monkey Steve, cameraman Manny, policeman Earl, and former mascot Brent.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, released in 2013

I saw it in 2D. It’s a sequel, of course, to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

It’s a visual delight.

The music is great. I didn’t pick out any themes from the first movie, although it’s the same composer — Mark Mothersbaugh. I probably focussed more on the music this time because there was less story to focus on.

Regarding the story, parts of it were mildly amusing and parts of it were boring. Perhaps Pixar has lulled me into thinking that all animated movies will be great, whether they’re sequels or prequels or not — but sequels, of course, aren’t always as good as the original.

The aspect of the first one that they expanded on is the puns. If you’re a fan of puns, this is the movie for you.

It seems to me that the premise could have had another great movie in it, but this isn’t it. I see the movie had lots of writers — that’s often a bad sign.

I could have been in a different mood when I watched the first one, but the story here is definitely significantly less interesting and more predictable. It’s watchable, but that’s about it — I was getting a bit antsy.

Mr. T is missing, although the person imitates his voice quite well, but the other voices from the first movie are back — Bill Hader, Anna Faris, and James Caan. Kristen Schaal (the TV show The Daily Show) joins them this time.

The movie was directed by Cody Cameron (Open Season 3) and Kris Pearn (storyboard artist on The Pirates! Band of Misfits).

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