Comedy food creatures sequel for kids and adults
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD CA, (Hollywood Daily Star) 2013/9/27 – “Flint’s trip back to the island is supposed to be a secret, but we know Flint can’t keep a secret,” says Sony Pictures Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 co-director Kris Pearn. “He blurts it out right away to Sam, and she says, ‘You can’t do this alone.’ And before you know it, they’re getting the gang back together.”
“When they arrive back at the island, they find a huge, overgrown jungle that has overtaken the town, and the food has evolved,” says Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 co-director Cody Cameron. “It’s more than gummy bears and pizza slices It’s giant wild scallions. It’s watermelo-phants, strawberries, pickles. It’s the Serengeti of food.”
There are lots of new “foodimals”. The sequel has more fruits and vegetables, less junk food than the first film.
Returning are TV weathercaster Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), Manny (Benjamin Bratt). Flint’s dad (James Caan) is still trying to bond with his son Brent (Andy Samberg). Chick-N-Sushi is the hot restaurant. Earl (Terry Crews) has given up being a cop as he’s realizes that he loves food. Steve the Monkey (Neil Patrick Harris) causes mischief again. Chester V (Will Forte) and his new assistant Barb (Kristen Schaal) are going to cause problems.
Co-directors Cameron and Pearn were picked to direct Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the writers and directors of the first film. “I worked on the movie for 4½ years, the last 3½ with Phil and Chris,” says Pearn. “In the story department, you tend to have a small crew and you spend a lot of time with the directors. Cody and I were on the movie pretty much until the end, which is unusual, because it’s common as a film winds down to let board artists move on to other projects. So, once Phil and Chris decided they weren’t going to direct the sequel, it was an organic choice to allow us to take the reins.” Lord and Miller acted as executive producers.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens in theaters everywhere on Friday September 27th, 2013.